Posted on 5 March 2010 with categories: Anime Reviews, Cobra The Animation



Here’s a quick review. I think that my biggest issue with Cobra is that I unfortunately happened to watch one of the worst Cobra episodes as my introduction to the franchise (the first episode of the Psychogun), and because of that I was reluctant to check out Time Drive. Still, I’m glad I did, because especially that first episode stands out to me as one of the best Cobra episodes I’ve seen.

The main problem with Cobra has always been that he God-moded himself through any sort of problem that he ran into. This OVA shows a unique side of his character, though. It’s not just the fact that we get to see a younger Cobra, but also the older Cobra is much more interesting than he usually is. Not to mention the huge amount of ideas that the creators managed to put in just thirty minutes. It’s an excellent adventure.

The second episode is a bit of a step back. Nowhere near bad or anything, but it lacks the punch and the amount of creativity of the first episode, plus the transitions move a bit awkwardly at times. Nevertheless, it’s a nice conclusion to that excellent first episode.

Storytelling: 8/10 – A bit rough around the edges but packs a great sense of adventure, which is exactly what

this series should be.

Characters: 8/10 – In two episodes, it showed more variety to the characters than the 40 TV-episodes that I’ve seen so

far.

Production-Values: 7/10 – Hmm, lacks the excellent animation of Cobra 1982 or the eye candy of Cobra 2010, and it’s

supposed to be an OVA. Though Yoshihiro Ike kicks ass as usual.

Setting: 9/10 – So. Many. Neat. Ideas.

Just one side-note: what is it with Japanese confusing “dive” with “drive”? First Real Drive, and now this. When characters are clearly diving into

something metaphorical… why call it that way?

2 Responses

  1. sengoku says:

    Just for info, cobra time drive adapts volume 6 color ( 190 pages ) in two episodes of 25 minutes . ( i retired opening and ending )
    And Cobra galaxy nights ( episodes 10 to 13 of cobra the animation tv ) adapts volume 4 color ( 188 pages ) in four episodes of 20 minutes .
    It’s true that episode 1 of Cobra time drive is very good .

  2. Brand says:

    I agree with your comments on the second episode but no comments on just how strange the transforming monster main villain was? Because dude that was so WTF?! First it’s a giant pig monster with women strapped to it then it’s like a floating fish, and then it does other strange crap. Really the most bizarre bad guy in a while.

    I really liked the migratory books in the first episode that was just an awesome concept.

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  • ninjarealist
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 06:55 AM)
    I thought mondaijiatachi was ok but I like NGNL better so far. For one this show has good art. Two it has parodies. Three it rarely takes itself seriously. I can see why someone would dislike it and the premise is extremely derivative, but I like the characters and I like the show.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 06:39 AM)
    =( shame mondaijitachi didn’t get a second season. I always wanted to see the MC in a serious fight.
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    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 06:38 AM)
    @ninja it’s like an alien nightmare! T^T I was scarred for life.
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    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 06:34 AM)
    I was merely surprised at the lack of creativity. It felt like an exact copy of Problem children are Coming From Another World. And that one wasnt even good. Go figure XD
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    The urethra is barely noticeable. It’s really not that scary. There are better reasons to be afraid of vaginas IMO.
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    I’m afraid of real vaginas. Two holes!? TWO HOLES!?
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    lol, now that you mention it I have know a few individuals, of both sexes, who are just afraid of vaginas. It’s actually a real thing and I bet some of those people were traumatized by episode 1 of NGNL.
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