Posted by psgels on 13 February 2009 with categories: Anime Reviews

Dai Guard is another Evangelion-inspired series: throughout the series, a bunch of strange huge monsters starts wreaking havoc, and it’s up to some private corporation to get rid of it. An Evangelion (or whatever series was the first one to come with such a concept) rip-off however, this isn’t: you can see it more as a combination between satire and homage of the Giant Robot genre of the seventies. And it works pretty nicely.

This series tries to set itself apart through its large focus on the inner politics of influential corporations. The titular Dai Guard is owned by a huge company, and therefore restricted by all sorts of rules and regulations, which led to the priceless situation in which its launch was delayed because one of the business officials who was supposed to give his approval happened to be golfing on a business trip. There’s also a large focus on the company’s struggles with the military, who hold very different ideas from the overmoralistic lead characters of this series.

But even though they’re very moralistic at times, the lead cast of this show is a really lovable bunch of people. At first, they may seem a bit strange and clichéd, but they’re the type of people that’ll grow on you. There isn’t really one person who stands out in particular: every single member of the division that this series focuses on has his or her moments of greatness.

Overall, this is just a fun series for those who are looking for action that’s a bit more than simply handing out punches or throwing beams until the other party goes down. Strategies are a large part of the battles in this series, not to mention that the army also likes get in the lead characters’ way. It’s not without its flaws, though. In fact, it’s got a pretty big one, aside from how the premise gets formulaic after a while.

The big problem with this series is that the people from the army really are portrayed like a bunch of incompetent idiots. I can understand their own situation, but every time they get the chance to show themselves, they either behave like complete morons or the enemy robots do things that would have screwed the lead characters over completely as well if they had to deal with it. While the scriptwriters do provide them with enough chances to show themselves, they also subsequently write any battle in favour of the lead characters, even when the odds are completely against them.

The ending also feels forced as well. The creators created a monster there that may have been a bit too strong, so obviously the operation to get rid of it introduces quite a few plot-holes. So while this show has a lot do dislike, it’s also got a lot to like, and it especially captured the working environment of the lead characters quite nicely. It’s not going to make any top 10 lists, but it does what it intends to do: entertain. It’s a great series as long as you don’t think too much behind it. ^^;

Storytelling: 7/10
Characters: 8/10
Production-Values: 8/10
Setting: 8/10

2 Responses

  1. Avatar Mackreki says:

    This is truly an awesome day for me . Your blog echo’s my exact opinion of the anime series .

    With a better ending , it could of been a very good mecha series , rather than being pretty solid . It had good comedy , and good character development( for a few characters anyway) . If only it had a real ending , or at least something more conclusive . I feel like they are right back where they started with that last episode .

  2. Avatar Greg Cameron says:

    Hey, but dig that catchphrase – “Office workers trying to save the World!” How can you resist a cartoon like that? I recommend it….Greg Cameron, Surrey, B.C., Canada

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