We pretend: Flipping channels looking for anime to watch, we see two OPs on two different stations. We know nothing about these shows (we actively avoid researching them; at most, we’ve seen adaptations/dubs/raws in part but this is rare). Based on what we see, we have to pick one show to watch together.
This will be a series of some sorts here on WRL. Our shows for today: Fang of the Sun Dougram, and Sentai Mecha Xabungle. (Note, there will be a broader sample of anime genres in future installments).
Mechafetish: All right, let’s do this!
ghostlightning: HASSHIN! < /weaboo>
Fang of the Sun Dougram OP
We’ll keep our comments on the scenes in slideshows so as not to clutter up the post body with images (just note that you can’t view the slides if you’re on a feed reader; go visit the post ^_^).
ghostlightning: Ok, I think the show had me during the emo into to the song. I think shows usually start with a loud, driving beat for its song, but Dougram does something interesting here.
Mechafetish: I dunno. Too much skin, not enough PEW PEW. However, I find it very interesting how couture is the clear demarcation between the heroes and the villains.
ghostlightning: Oh, so it’s like some Marxist class-struggle, only the labor/communist party was driven to the desert…
Mechafetish: …without food, water, and CLOTHING…
ghostlightning: …by the bourgeoise, who wanted a monopoly on fine and fashionable raiment. Ok, there is a specter hanging over wherever they are… the poor and disrobed unite, NAKED BUT NOT ALONE!
Mechafetish: Instead of cloth, they are draped by the the black steel of the FANG OF THE SUN DOUGRAM.
ghostlightning: … who will lead the world to peace, of course.
Mechafetish: Ya rly, nice mecha. Wait, the show on the other channel is starting too. Let’s check it out!
Combat Mecha Xabungle OP
Notes and comments (slideshow):
ghostlightning: I think it’s clear what we can expect from this show.
Mechafetish: Lots of robot action, lots of fighting…
ghostlightning: … with the novelty of having a lead character with the fattest head in robot anime.
Mechafetish: This is a must-watch I think.
So, what do we watch?
ghostlightning: Dougram. Not a clear-cut choice, but I think it’s the best one.
Mechafetish: What? On what basis really? I think that judging from both OPs, there is even more uncertainty in Dougram‘s than in Xabungle. Let us say that there is an equal possibility of each being awesome, BUT, there is less ambiguity in Xabungle’s. We know pretty much what we’re going to get.
ghostlightning: Tell you what, while I think you aren’t incorrect; I think that while Xabungle poses less risk of watching something we won’t enjoy, it has less potential to surprise us with something beyond mecha anime. In Dougram, with it’s unorthodox OP, I sense a level of risk-taking and attempt at distinction.
While the risk is arguably greater that we don’t enjoy what we watch (rather, we regret not being able to watch a surer thing) we may end up with something transcendent of robot anime.
So, what are you more interested in?
Mechafetish: Dougram, because in the end I want to watch something transcendent. If we’re wrong, I think I can live with our way of choosing.
Those of you who know these shows are free to tell us how wrong our impressions are of it. After all, we’re only basing them on the OPs.
Those of you who are as clueless as we are, which one would YOU pick, and why?
One Year Ago…
ghostlightning finished watching Legend of the Galactic Heroes and reflects on the experience in this post [->]