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Godannar! V.1
Released By: ADV Films
DVD SRP: $29.98 – 125 Minutes
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen
Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Stereo), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo) & English Subtitles \

Five years ago, as the Mimetic Beasts laid waste to Japan, Dannar Pilot Goh saved young Anna Aoi’s life. Now, as they prepare to march down the aisle, a new Beast appears and Goh is summoned into a battle once more. But he’s not going alone, not if his blushing bride-to-be cab help it! It’s a honeymoon from hell as two stubborn mecha pilots bump heads, egos, and other bits; but if Anna and Goh can mate their robots interlocking parts, they’ll form the ultimate marriage of man, woman, and machine! The battle of the sexes and the battle for the future of mankind are fought simultaneously in the wildest giant robot series ever, Godannar!

DVD Features:
• Interviews with Japanese Staff
• Clean Opening/Closing Animation
• Character/Mechanical Profiles
• Top Secret Case Files
• Godannar Key Words

Godannar is a strange series revolving around the marriage of man, woman, and machine. The series follows a couple which does just that as their robots combine to fight off evil-doers invading their beloved city. A strange idea for a show indeed. Especially for one carrying a TV-MA rating. Is this a series full of gratuitous violence and sex or is there a deeper message behind it all? Read the full review to find out!

STORY – Rating: 8.0 (out of 10)
This series was far from amazing to me. The reason why it’s rating is so high is because I can sense that many action anime fans will enjoy this series. That doesn’t mean that I thought this was bad though. The characters are all interesting enough, the plots are substantial, and yes – the action is quite amazing. This is a show with a weird subject but one that will entertain action fans in the ways it intends to. It will also please fan service fans, despite the minimal usage. The preview for the second volume seems to suggest this area of the show becomes more extreme as a “Hot Springs” episode appears on the following release. The violence and sex is there. It’s a major part of the show. But in no way is it extreme. In fact, some of the content seemed tame compared to some other series and their suggested age ratings.

If there is one thing to really complain about in terms of this series, it’s that the humor often misses the mark. While everything else might be substantial enough to warrant investigation the jokes often fall flat and fail to become interesting. There are no other major shortcomings. It’s just nothing brilliant. Period. It may be unoriginal in terms of style (not content) but it will entertain anime lovers nonetheless.

This DVD Contains Episodes One to Five

ANIMATION – Rating: 8 (out of 10)
Not bad at all. The animation in this series is actually far from cheap. In fact, it’s actually quite nice. Colors are used in appropriate ways, backgrounds are interesting, and styles are unique and of a high quality. There appears to be little use of CG animation as well. Longtime animation fans might enjoy that aspect of the show.

AUDIO – Rating: 10 (out of 10)
The audio features rich 5.1 Surround Sound. There are no reasons for complaint. On the technical side the audio is fitting and even the dubbing for both English and Japanese languages works well.

EXTRAS – Rating: 8 (out of 10)
Now this is impressive! ADV does a good job at picking out extras for their releases. Not only does this volume contain 5 episodes but it is also covered in good extras. The interviews with the Japanese Staff were particularly interesting although nothing was of much disappointment. There’s enough going on to keep the fans entertained.

In the end, those looking for a good time (nothing brilliant or stupid) but entertaining (although without gratuitous amounts of mature content) will find things to enjoy in Godannar V.1. It’s a good action show and while these first five episodes are not outstanding they present ideas which can possibly grow in further episodes; improving the show despite it’s already impressive slate.