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Dai-Guard Vol. 1: Hostile Takeover (1999)

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Studio: ADV Films
Genre: Anime, Animation, Cel
Running Time: 125 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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12 years ago, a strange enemy from another dimension arrived and destroyed Tokyo who was almost completely immune to traditional weapons. To combat this alien menace, the government built the giant robot Dai-Guard. Now, years of peace have made Dai-Guard a useless anomaly, and the government foists the robot off on the 21st Security Corporation, a civilian corporation. However, as Dai-Guard's new owners cleaning out its cobwebs, a new alien menace arrives who overpowers the traditional military. Deciding he must protect his beloved city no matter what, Akagi Shinnosuke takes two of his employees and fires up the aging and malfunction prone Dai-Guard to save the city.

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Funny and Charming Without Pretension by Calafragious August 27, 2004 - 8:36 AM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
This review covers the whole six disk series of Dai-Guard. I didn't expect much from Dai-Guard but I was very pleasantly surprised. It's great to see anime like this: witty, knowing, funny, great characters, good story. No over-the-top attempts to be artsy or difficult or anything other than reliable entertainment. But Dai-Guard offers more than it first seems to. The giant robot action (against monsters-of-the-week amusingly called Heterodynes -- a term from the old solid-state stereo days)is really more like work in this story, than adventure. The apparently simple stories actually present some very wise and thoughtful commentary on work, acceptance, office culture in contemporary Japan, and accepting life -- which is very different from "coming of age." The characters in this show are not teenagers but people in their early maturity, and their concerns are handled in a touching and thoughtful way.

The English voice track on Dai-Guard is a real treat, with great acting and many very funny lines. The fight scenes are adventurous but never disgusting or grotesque. This show might be a little too slow and introspective for teenagers, but I found it fun, compassionate and memorable. Definitely worth watching.

"Office workers saving the world" by PSun April 27, 2004 - 12:50 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Very enjoyable drama/comedy with some decent giant robot action. All the characters are endearing and engaging, the dialogue runs the range from hilarious to heart-wrenching. Bears similarity to Evangelion in tone and pace; I'd even say that if you enjoyed Evangelion, you would enjoy this.

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(Average 7.22)
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Mad Brilliant Anime!!! (on-going) 04/04/07
From the "Good" to the "Holy-Sh#t!!! I can't wait to see more" of all the animation I have seen thus far... (You've got to kiss a lot of Frogs to find the Princes... Here are a few Princes I've found amoung the frogs) [single entry = whole series]

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