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Gasaraki 

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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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Nobuyuki Hiyama ...  Yushiro 25 episodes, 1998-1999
Chris Patton ...  Yushiro 25 episodes, 1998-1999
Andy McAvin ...  Kazukiyo Gowa / ... 24 episodes, 1998-1999
Kelly Manison ...  Rin Ataka / ... 24 episodes, 1998-1999
Heather Bryson ...  Kahoru Kaburagi / ... 24 episodes, 1998-1999
Victor Carsrud ...  Additional Voices / ... 24 episodes, 1998-1999
Kevin Charles Kevin Charles ...  Takuma Tokudaiji / ... 23 episodes, 1998-1999
John Swasey ...  Kei Nishida / ... 23 episodes, 1998-1999
James Marshall James Marshall ...  Additional Voices / ... 23 episodes, 1998-1999
Mami Kingetsu Mami Kingetsu ...  Miharu 22 episodes, 1998-1999
Monica Rial ...  Miharu 22 episodes, 1998-1999
Yuji Takada Yuji Takada ...  Kazukiyo Gowa 22 episodes, 1998-1999
Minami Takayama Minami Takayama ...  Rin Ataka 22 episodes, 1998-1999
John Gremillion ...  Tamotsu Hayakawa / ... 22 episodes, 1998-1999
Jay Hickman ...  Akihiro Hirakawa / ... 22 episodes, 1998-1999
Mike Kleinhenz Mike Kleinhenz ...  Meth, Nozomi Takayama / ... 22 episodes, 1998-1999
Andrew Klimko Andrew Klimko ...  Additional Voices / ... 22 episodes, 1998-1999
Randy Sparks Randy Sparks ...  Additional Voices / ... 22 episodes, 1998-1999
Jennifer K. Earhart Jennifer K. Earhart ...  Sunao Murai 21 episodes, 1998-1999
Bob Biggerstaff ...  Additional Voices / ... 21 episodes, 1998-1999
David LeMaster David LeMaster ...  Additional Voices / ... 19 episodes, 1998-1999
Vic Mignogna ...  Additional Voices / ... 17 episodes, 1998-1999
Jason Douglas ...  Kiyotsugu Gowa / ... 16 episodes, 1998-1999
Brett Weaver ...  Kiyoharu Gowa / ... 15 episodes, 1998-1999
Ralph Ehntholt Ralph Ehntholt ...  Additional Voices / ... 15 episodes, 1998-1999
Foley Gang Foley Gang ...  Additional Voices 15 episodes, 1998-1999
Show Hayami Show Hayami ...  Kiyotsugu Gowa 14 episodes, 1998-1999
Isshin Chiba Isshin Chiba ...  Kyoharu Gowa 14 episodes, 1998-1999
Satomi Kôrogi ...  Misuzu Gowa 14 episodes, 1998-1999
Hilary Haag ...  Misuzu Gowa 14 episodes, 1998-1999
Illich Guardiola ...  F / ... 13 episodes, 1998-1999
John Kaiser John Kaiser ...  Additional Voices / ... 13 episodes, 1998-1999
Ted Pfister 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 triumph of substance over style
4 October 2003 | by thestudent32See all my reviews

Chances are, you've never really seen anything like Gasaraki. Probably because there isn't anything really like Gasaraki.

Gasaraki is a show about politics, a family, spirituality, mechs, and more politics.

The show opens with a test of the Japanese Special Self Defense Forces' new Tactical Armor, a bipedal weapon with unprecedented mobility in an urban environment. The mechs are very well-designed, and look like the sort of thing that the US military might actually produce.

Then we are treated to a Noh dance, being performed by one of the pilots of the Tactical Armor. During the dance, bizarre phenomena occur, including gravity increases, and a girl appearing to him in a vision, begging him not to bring back "the terror."

And then we learn that the pilot/Noh dancer is Yushiro Gowa, one of the children of the Gowa family. The Gowa family also just happens to be developing the TA for the army.

And that's just the first episode.

Much of the show is produced in a style similar to the news coverage of Operation Desert Storm in 1991, further adding to the realism of the situation, which includes the US invading a (fictional) middle eastern nation which appears to have developed weapons of mass destruction.

The animation is uniformly high quality, fluid and clean. I've never seen a show produced for television that looked this good.

The show was written by people who actually understood politics, and that is a breath of fresh air. With a complex geopolitical scene as a backdrop, Gasaraki constantly has surprises for the viewer, as well as the constant sense of mystery surrounding the "terror" of a thousand years past.

Some have compared the show to Evangelion, but such a comparison is flawed. Gasaraki is much darker and more complex plot-wise. Where Evangelion is about Hideako Anno's personal views on spirituality, Gasaraki is about politics, with a dose of spirituality to add mystery. Beyond the obvious similarity of mecha and spiritual elements, there's really no comparison.

In summary: Gasaraki is not for those with short attention spans. Gasaraki will reward those who pay attention to detail. Gasaraki is a triumph of substance over style, a rarity in the world of anime these days.


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