Kazuki Yotsuga is just an ordinary Japanese schoolboy and computer geek, but when he starts seeing visions of battling giant robots, his life starts to change forever. His participation in his girlfriend's, Mitsuki Sandada, scientist father, Ken Sanada, throws him into a parallel Earth that is threatened by the organization, Raragun,who is gunning for world domination. Kazuki finds that he has no family in this world but it does have a version of the Sanada's as members of an elite defense force dedicated to stopping Raragun. Now Kazuki must join the fight as the only male of an all female pilot force who can pilot the giant robots wielded in this war even as he must adjust in this strange world. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm <email@example.com>
Made by the same team that created the classic Tenchi Muyô! Ryô Ôki (1992) (V), this is an extremely well-done series that manages to be both a fond tribute to and a sly parody of the "giant robot" genre. In particular, it gently spoofs some of the more distinctive elements of the groundbreaking anime "Shin seiki evangelion" (1995). Although a little short on coherent explanations (which action in the opening scenes of the first episode caused which universe, exactly why Kazuki is so different from his counterpart), it's chock-full of great characterization, hard-and-heavy robot action, and character-driven comedy that's never silly or cringe-worthy. While the characters are mostly high school age, adults can watch "Dual!" without fear of it being "dumbed down" for a younger audience; the writing is on the whole sophisticated and witty. And for those who don't like subtitles, the Pioneer dub is chock-full of great performances, particularly Joshua Seth and Georgette Rose.
Don't miss it!
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