Posted on 28 March 2010 with categories: Anime Reviews, Cobra The Animation




Cobra’s premise at first seems one doomed for failure. In a world where all girls walk around in ridiculously revealing clothing, an invincible superman walks around and pretty much succeeds at everything he tries. Characters should be flawed, but Cobra is one of those guys who is perfect in every single way. Noramlly this would lead to rather boring television, but the creativity that has been put in the stories, along with Cobra’s charisma make this into a surprisingly enjoyable series.

The adventures, and the different places that this series shows make for a perfect light-hearted watch. The stories are nearly all well told and while they may not make too much sense at times, they’re well paced and built up and manage to draw you into its atmosphere.

I probably like this show even better than the original Cobra series of 1982. While that one was more of an action-series that focused on killing bad guys, the 2010 Cobra puts a lot more focus on adventures and exploration and instead of Cobra killing hordes of bad guys, it’s much more about his interatcion with the side-characters that happen to be tagging along with him.

On top of that, this series can boast the best soundtrack of shows that premiered in the past Winter-season. Yoshihiro Ike is a brilliant composer, and here again he delivers an exciting and perfectly fitting soundtrack to accompany the series. The graphics all look solid, but the animation itself is sub-par.

The arcs that this series decided to show differ a bit in quality. The mountain climbing arc is by far the best, while the two longest arcs at the beginning and end tend to drag on for a bit too long than necessary, and their plot twist may be a bit too non-sensical than what’s good for this series.

Cobra isn’t a series you want to go to for depth or realism at all. The stories are all very simple and the characters are all more charicatures than that they resemble actual people. But here’s the thing: it knows what it is, and it does this well. Cobra the Animation was very obviously made by passionate fans of the original Cobra 1982-series, who wanted to do the source material as much justice as possible. And you know what? They succeeded.

Storytelling: 8/10 – Rather cheesy at times, but knows how to draw you in.
Characters: 7/10 – Caricatures, Cobra is god-moded, but they all have their own charisma.
Production-Values: 8/10 – Animation isn’t impressive, but the graphics are. Plus a fantastic soundtrack.
Setting: 8/10 – The Cobra-universe is full of interesting places and settings.

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  1. MsteaK says:

    Need to catch up with Cobra. What started as a guilty pleasure, turned into genuine entertaiment.

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  • ninjarealist
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 12:11 AM)
    @Emma I’m kind of surprised that you prefer one over the other. You strike me as the type of person who appreciates all forms of fiction.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 12:08 AM)
    @Realist: Also alot of anime/manga are going to be series rather than a single volume or a movie. There is more to cover when writing about a series and find to write about, takes a bit longer too.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 12:07 AM)
    @Realist: Ah, that would be because I have more practice writing about films than anime/manga and am more familiar with writing that type of review. Ontop of preferring American/European films to anime/manga.
  • ninjarealist
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 12:02 AM)
    @Emma Why do you think films are easier to write about it? Just because people have less constrained expectations of what films are supposed to be and don’t expect you to treat the material a certain way? I feel like some people are (unjustly) put off when you try to write about anime/manga as if it was any other form of literary fiction.
  • Mikey
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 12:01 AM)
    Mahouka 3: Well, “that” scene wasn’t subtle at all.
  • ninjarealist
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 12:00 AM)
    I mean @Emma lol
  • ninjarealist
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 11:59 PM)
    @Realist Sounds interesting, although the lack of german accents definitely sounds like something that will irk me. It’s not a dealbreaker but I don’t like when fiction just ignores the language realities of their setting.
  • Aires
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 11:57 PM)
    Also reminder that orphan black season2 starts tonight if there are any fans here :)
  • Aires
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 11:57 PM)
    oh okay thanks guys for the warning.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 11:54 PM)
    @Realist: Films are considerably easier to write about than anime/manga =< =3

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