Posted by psgels on 16 April 2011 with categories: Anime Reviews



If you thought that the 2004 series of Tetsujin 28-Go was obscure: meet the movie. Seriously, I could hardly find anything about it online. The only working version I found was a random raw somewhere on Megaupload. With so little attention on it, you might think that this is just another one of those recap movies. And actually, it isn’t.

This movie is standalone from the series, but I would recommend having seen the series before it. It builds further upon its themes, characters and setting. It really serves as an excellent complementary to the series, while having a good story for itself as well. Again, we see here focus on the 1960s. While most anime set in that era are focused on looking towards the future, Tetsujin 28-Go looks back. In fact, this movie is all about the fear of another atom bomb, and about the huge effects that the second world war had on the people of Japan. The TV-series already had this, but it really turned into the core theme of the movie. This relates back to the original Tetsujin 28-Go (pretty much the first giant robot series ever), which also was created with the earth shattering devastation of these weapons of mass destruction in mind.

This movie is 90 minutes long, but what surprised me the most is that it had relatively little action, especially compared to the TV-series. The action is only focused on a select number of key climaxes, with the rest of the movie being build-up and character-building. It took a bit to get used to, but it works surprisingly well. This movie also introduces one particular new character and it makes sure that he really makes his own impact on both the story and the characters. And yes, this remains a Yasuhiro Imagawa anime. The ending really is an excellent one that wonderfully uses its own build-up. It has nice action, but the real meat actually lies in the dialogue here.

Having said that though, this movie does get quite a bit far-fetched at times. Especially Tetsurou’s father did things that just… make you wonder about his sanity, but there also are other plot twists in this movie that perhaps took a few too many creative liberties. They’re used well, but seeing a things as an enormous robot with bombs as back-hairs gets a bit… hard to buy at times.

Storytelling: 8/10 – A bit long on the build-up, but comes together wonderfully when it counts. Excellent dialogue as well, though a bit far-fetched at times.
Characters: 8/10 – One particular character has suddenly gotten really annoying, but the rest of the cast is still very likable, plus the now characters are excellent.
Production-Values: 8/10 – The creators couldn’t get themselves a movie budget here. Pretty much looks the same as the TV-series.
Setting: 9/10 – Makes terrific use of its legacy, being based on the first mecha show ever made.

Suggestions:
Giant Robo
Rainbow
The Big O

2 Responses

  1. AshLynx says:

    Man, I had no idea this existed! I loved the TV series, which I checked out after I read your review on it, I’d love to see this if it ever gets subbed!

  2. Macros74 says:

    AshLynx: BlueFixer Subs is working on this movie. Might take a while yet though.

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  • k-off
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 11:39 AM)
    I’ll probably try it over Christmas if I can, we’ll see. But the title, obviously a reference to Crime and Punishment, reminds me of a conversation I had with Emma concerning the novel where she said she only read the manga. I should make ut xlear that I absolutely HATE manga adaptation of literary classics with a burning passion.
  • k-off
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 11:35 AM)
    @Bam If someone is a neocon, they usually have a bible open on their desk, a library full of Ayn Rand and Chuck Smith, a picture of Thomas Jefferson on one side of the room, and one of Ronald Reagan on the other.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 11:34 AM)
    @K-off: try it m8, this is genuinely different then most adventure games that I’ve played, and I’ve played a lot. It also helps immensely that the game looks really good and the character models are based off the Granada series’ actors. The new voice-actors take a bit to get used to tho.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 11:31 AM)
    @K-off: oh yeah she sounded like she was in need of a good screwin all her life. I forgot who we had here that like her a lot. You know the funny thing is how Republicans hold unto her writings as life guidelines, and then completely ignore all the anti-religion stuff that she had to say lol
  • k-off
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 11:29 AM)
    @Bam I’ll try that, but for a casual gamer like me those are usually off-putting.
  • k-off
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 11:26 AM)
    @Bam I personally have no problems with CS Lewis but I cannot get through some of Ayn Rand’s books because she’s such an asshole.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 11:23 AM)
    @K-off: I see, well I guess that doesn’t necessary makes them bad writings, but he does lose a bit of respect in my eyes for that.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 11:21 AM)
    I might’ve mentioned this before but Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments is an excellent adventure game that actually puts you in the shoes of Holmes and at the very helm of each investigation. You make inferences and deductions based on evidence and conversations, and is up to you to decide who is guilty. It is often pretty complex and requires noticing of details to make the right call.
  • k-off
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 11:21 AM)
    @Bam I’ve read his other writings and I’m 99% sure he meant for it to have Christian undertones. That last percent is from Plato, but that’s about it, lol. Even that had been turned into an allegory for Heaven.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 11:18 AM)
    Cumberbatch is gifted, but Sherlock the series is never meant to be taken seriously as any kind of adaptation. At least not in my eyes.

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