Gasaraki (1998– )

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The US and fictional Middle-Eastern Belgistan are at war. The US takes heavy loses when Belgistan uses their giant robots, but they get help in military aid from Japan including a superb giant robot and its Japanese pilot.

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Series cast summary:
Nobuyuki Hiyama ...
 Yushiro (25 episodes, 1998-1999)
Chris Patton ...
 Yushiro (25 episodes, 1998-1999)
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 Kazukiyo Gowa / ... (24 episodes, 1998-1999)
Kelly Manison ...
 Rin Ataka / ... (24 episodes, 1998-1999)
...
 Kahoru Kaburagi / ... (24 episodes, 1998-1999)
Victor Carsrud ...
 Additional Voices / ... (24 episodes, 1998-1999)
Kevin Charles ...
 Takuma Tokudaiji / ... (23 episodes, 1998-1999)
John Swasey ...
 Kei Nishida / ... (23 episodes, 1998-1999)
James Marshall ...
 Additional Voices / ... (23 episodes, 1998-1999)
Mami Kingetsu ...
 Miharu (22 episodes, 1998-1999)
...
 Miharu (22 episodes, 1998-1999)
Yuji Takada ...
 Kazukiyo Gowa (22 episodes, 1998-1999)
Minami Takayama ...
 Rin Ataka (22 episodes, 1998-1999)
...
 Tamotsu Hayakawa / ... (22 episodes, 1998-1999)
Jay Hickman ...
 Akihiro Hirakawa / ... (22 episodes, 1998-1999)
Mike Kleinhenz ...
 Meth, Nozomi Takayama / ... (22 episodes, 1998-1999)
Andrew Klimko ...
 Additional Voices / ... (22 episodes, 1998-1999)
Randy Sparks ...
 Additional Voices / ... (22 episodes, 1998-1999)
Jennifer K. Earhart ...
 Sunao Murai (21 episodes, 1998-1999)
Bob Biggerstaff ...
 Additional Voices / ... (21 episodes, 1998-1999)
David LeMaster ...
 Additional Voices / ... (19 episodes, 1998-1999)
...
 Additional Voices / ... (17 episodes, 1998-1999)
...
 Kiyotsugu Gowa / ... (16 episodes, 1998-1999)
Brett Weaver ...
 Kiyoharu Gowa / ... (15 episodes, 1998-1999)
Ralph Ehntholt ...
 Additional Voices / ... (15 episodes, 1998-1999)
Foley Gang ...
 Additional Voices (15 episodes, 1998-1999)
Shô Hayami ...
 Kiyotsugu Gowa (14 episodes, 1998-1999)
Isshin Chiba ...
 Kyoharu Gowa (14 episodes, 1998-1999)
Satomi Koorogi ...
 Misuzu Gowa (14 episodes, 1998-1999)
Hilary Haag ...
 Misuzu Gowa (14 episodes, 1998-1999)
Illich Guardiola ...
 F / ... (13 episodes, 1998-1999)
John Kaiser ...
 Symbol Leader / ... (13 episodes, 1998-1999)
Ted Pfister ...
 Daizaburo Gowa / ... (11 episodes, 1998-1999)
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The US and fictional Middle-Eastern Belgistan are at war. The US takes heavy loses when Belgistan uses their giant robots, but they get help in military aid from Japan including a superb giant robot and its Japanese pilot.

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A strange and wonderful blend
3 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

I've seen the 1st 4 episodes on DVD, and it leaves me anxious for more.

Gasaraki is a blend of very realistic mecha warfare with Shinto mysticism, recent geopolitical history and Noh theater. If this sounds strange...well, it is. But it works, very well.

The series is organized sort of as an unfolding mystery, confusing at first, and as questions are answered, more questions pop up. We've got Yushiro Gawa, who is a crack mecha pilot, but (perhaps more importantly) a Noh Shite. The extended Gowa family run a weapons conglomerate, and are willing to manipulate politics to generate opportunities to show off their new TA mecha weapons platform. They're also conducting experiments on Yushiro as he Noh dances; his dance causes strange gravity anomolies.

...and some other organization seems to be developing very similar mecha systems and gravity effects. We're being set up for later conflict between these two groups.

The artwork of Gasaraki is wonderful; realistic hard edged military hardware juxtaposed against a delicate garden with koi swimming in a pool or traditional Japanese architecture. The Noh theater segments are otherworldly and haunting.

Check this one out.


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