Good evening Leaguers and Painkillers, and welcome to another addition of Anime Wednesday. There has been a lot of talk about mecha and giant robots here on Anime Wednesday, and today we will be doing the same. This time we are taken back to the age of black and white, and odd angles. Let’s jump into Gigantor!
Now before I even start, there is a rumor about this show that I don’t know if it’s true or not, but I rather just clear the air about it, since some readers may know about it. The rumor is that Gigantor was created as an anti American cartoon, and had to be seriously edited before it hit the States and the rest of the world. Now this may be true, since this was created right after World War II, and all of Japan was probably still pissed about America dropping two nukes on them, and losing the war. It also makes sense that it says that Gigantor was created to be a weapon, but was reprogrammed to now be a guardian of peace. Again I have no idea if this is true or not, but it does seem like a very interesting discussion to have. If you know any info about if this is true or not, or just want to share your thoughts, leave a comment down below.
The show is set in the year 2000, and follows a 12 year old boy name Jimmy Sparks. His father is the creator of Gigantor. Jimmy is the one that actually controllers Gigantor with a special remote control. That can be a bad thing, since whoever has the remote, controls Gigantor. Together, Jimmy and Gigantor travel around the world fighting crime, and other forces of evil.
This show may seem a bit odd for someone that has grew up on more mondern cartoons and animes, but trust me it’s a odd show no matter what. You can clearly see how far drawing styles have come from the 50s-60s up to now. I still don’t get some of the crazy camera angles, it’s like the animation team was drunk while drawing some of shows. I don’t want to even get into the the voice acting. If you saw any of the old Godzilla or martial arts movies from the 80s you already know how it is. Overall this is a good show, and I definitely recommend everyone should try to watch this. It’s currently only Hulu now.
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