Posted by psgels on 24 December 2009 with categories: Anime Reviews

So I was told to check out Garzey’s Wing. I can see why. It’s hilarious.

For all of the wrong reasons, though. Especially with the English Dub on, it’s just one of those shows that are so bad that they become hilarious. There’s no way that I’m going to rate this high, but it is an hour and a half of solid entertainment.

It’s basically just another one of those stories in which a teenager somehow gets warped up to a different world and somehow turns out to be the holy warrior who is the only one who can save the day. There are really tons of shows with such a premise, but this is really a particularly badly executed one. The pacing is just so incredibly erratic that 50% of the cuts don’t make any sense whatsoever. This OVA leaves no time to catch a breath, and the amount of plotholes that come out of it is just huge (the good guys, for example, for a bunch of people who are mere slaves, they surely collected quite a bit of ammo and supplies).

The dialogue is… just abysmal. The English voice acting in particular just way too stiff and camp. Seriously, I have no idea who was behind them, but while watching this, I could almost imagine the voice actors yelling all of their lines in an over the top manner. I have no idea who wrote the English dialogue, but it makes no single attempt to come across naturally. There are hilarious parts in which characters stop mid-sentence because the original Japanese dialogue was much shorter. It also leads to some absolutely priceless one-liners.

I’m not one to usually enjoy bad shows, but what sets Garzey’s Wing apart from most of the other really bad series is one person: Yoshiyuki Tomino. While this was his biggest failure ever, he at least tried: the movie’s concept is at least creative, the animation is at least good (save for a bunch of really obvious shortcuts) and the pacing at least doesn’t drag or become boring.

I respect Tomino a lot: this series really shows how bad his depression was, and it must have been horrible for him to go through this for around ten years, and I have respect for this guy for pulling himself out of it. He very neatly produced the good version of Garzey’s Wing with the Wings of Rean, which was a genuinely good OVA.

But Garzey’s wing was just crap.

Storytelling: 3/10 – Stupid, way too fast and tons of plotholes.
Characters: 1/10 – Abysmal voice-actors, non-sensical characters, no depth whatsoever.
Production-Values: 7/10 – Nice animation and music, save from some horrible shortcuts.
Setting: 5/10 – Lots of nice ideas, none of which are used well.

10 Responses

  1. Avatar Camario says:

    Did you really watch the whole thing? My already high respect for you has increased slightly.

    I’m fine with just seeing an infamous clip with all the hilarious lines from the English dub over and over.

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Well, the thing is that it’s just an hour and a half. It’s not like you have to sit through an entire series. And for me, I found that watching those lines in context makes them even funnier.

  3. Avatar Camario says:

    True, it’s not particularly long, but nothing in that clip really appealed to me. Having said that, I might get around to it sometime if I’m ever excessively curious.

    Btw, I guess you already know that this supposed to take place in the Aura Battler Dunbine universe, no? Not that this really does much to change my mind though.

  4. Avatar Keith says:

    Garzey’s wing is a comedic masterpeice!

  5. Avatar theone says:

    “I am bruised all over my body because I had to fight naked!” and:

    “I must make sense of our convoluted situation. I must do chi, spiritual unification, and practice zen-”

  6. Avatar kiwi says:

    where did you find this? I’d love to watch it just off of your review.

  7. Avatar kiwi says:

    Thanks! Hope it downloads.

  8. Avatar kiwi says:

    Won’t download. T_T

  9. psgels psgels says:

    kiwi: hmm, that’s strange. Does bakabt usually work for you, or is it just that one torrent that doesn’t work?

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