Monday, July 30, 2018

Gasaraki: Of White Noise, Details, and Japan

Hey there peeps. Wolvenciel here with YET another super delayed review. I really should be more consistent at this point. I enjoy doing this, don't get me wrong. I was busy with life for a bit and stuff. So lets get to it!

That's my first ever censorship work. Lol.

The Hell is This Gasaraki

Right. Uh. To be completely honest with you, I have no idea. Gasaraki focuses on a sort of dystopian Japan and the early developments of Tactical Armor or TA for short. The story focuses mostly on the SSDF which are involved in the testing of the prototype TAs and how the TA itself came to be. Its really a bit more convoluted than that but this is the simplest summary I could give.

These are two such Gowas.

You know what. Fine. This show is also about an ancient Japanese Family known as the Gowa trying to resurrect an old deity-like being using a Noh dance of some sort. But you won't get any of this shit. At all. Because they don't friggin explain it to you.

Blame the stupid idiots who made the plot for this show.

Confusing Storyline

I watched this series from the beginning to the end and what I can say about the story is that it tries too hard to be profound at its writing that it didn't make sense 60% of the time. A lot of the information given does not make sense and the show throws you all these weird unfamiliar terms with little to no explanation for them whatsoever.

They said this in episode 20. And they were right.

An example I could give is for the early episodes. They were super slow and full of dialogue that never made any sense to me. Maybe I'm too much of a dumb ass to notice what they we're talking about.


One of the random things that was never explained.

It felt like someone decided to make an anime about mecha and decided to just throw in some random Japanese stuff in between.

Where it Does Feel "Real"

Ignoring the random incorrigible parts of the anime, there were actually some pretty decent stuff shown in it. One such thing is the weight of actually operating an early version of bipedal machinery.
The SSDF members had to be subjected to rigorous training and even chemicals during the time they pilot the machines due to the strain that it gave. It had limited uptime due to that fact as well.

I'll be posting mecha details from here on out. Look at the chips due to machine gun fire on the TA.

The anime also presented its viewers with some national economy war between two large countries and how one could beat the other in said war. It was quite heavy and I didn't understand all of it but the show made it feel like the situation could actually happen in real life.


I believe that's what the show aimed to produce. Realism. To feel that its actually possible for stuff in the anime to actually happen.

Bla Bla How About The Mechs?

Now the Tactical Armors. Damn. I only ever see this kind of detail in movie mechs. Not even kidding WHAT THE ACTUAL F*** Sunrise you exhausted all you budgets on the goddamn details that you asked a senile old man to write your story is that it?

Look at that. What the hell.

Uhum. So yeah. The details on the TAs were superb. Right down to their cables and their mechanical parts and their joints. This part felt most grounded to me. They made the TA balanced. It has its strengths and weaknesses. It wasn't like this super powered prototype mech that was able to operate in all conditions and beat the crap out of every single thing that moves on the battlefield with a beam saber. It had limited ammo. It has a limited operating time. You need a command vehicle nearby to guide the pilot inside.

More damage effects.

And don't get me started on the damage effects. Phew.

Not as detailed as the TAs

There is one letdown to this however. You watch the first few episodes of this anime and you'll think "Oh there's gonna be some forbidden demon that's gonna wreck everything and the main character will pilot it". As soon as I saw the details on the demon mechs I knew they'd suck. So yeah. Don't get your hopes up.

Shouldn't even exist. Makes the anime feel less grounded if anything.

Thank God Its Over

I might sound whiny when I say this but yeah this show might not be for everyone. Its not for me. Gasaraki feels like it could have been a whole lot better if it was given a whole lot of context and explanation. But as of now, the only thing it has going for it is the sense of realism that it gives and its awesome mech details.

Hey look at that the Straits of Malacca. *smirks*

Don't watch this unless you have ample of free time or you just like mecha designs. Even then I'd recommend watching the fighting parts. Don't watch the whole thing.

Wolvenciel, Signing Off.


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