Although old, the graphics are still very good. And I’m not talking about the human figures or the spaceships; to hell with them; they are one of the same. I am referring to the bioorganic alien Tekkaman suits. Many series have bioorganic suits in them (Guyver being the most known) but none were that imposing. Slick drawings, cool to look at, awesome to watch them fight. They are the main attraction that keeps you watching even through boring episodes.
Tekkaman had great battles by combining mecha elements with martial arts in an era were almost all science fiction series had simply bulky robots throwing missiles and fighting with swords. The only anime that I can think of that has better action scenes of this kind is the much recent Karas.
As for the rest of the non-action time, there is still enough to keep you optically interested. There are gorgeous women to look at, villainous-looking, scheming military men and detailed spaceships/futuristic bases. Anything a classic title deserves to have.
As for the bad part, there is unfortunately plenty of repeating footage going around. Many battles repeat the same action clips in very obvious ways, which is infuriating.
The sound department is also very good. Decent voices that allow you to easily bind with the characters and hard pop music themes that increase the adrenaline sky-hi. More specifically, the second opening song is amongst the best I have ever heard (and I have heard a lot).
A weak point of the series. In the future, insectoid aliens attack Earth and a man possessing (or better say, has been possessed by) alien technology tries to stop them. Tekkaman is a bioorganic suit with an alien parasite that uses a human host as a main body. Anyone who is trapped inside an alien cocoon-like tube for a long time, is turned into a mindless killing machine, bind on destroying humanity. The protagonist escapes before the transformation is complete and thus can use the suit without loosing his sanity. He is aided by friends in military Earth staff, who help him feel human again after every transformation.
Most of the scenario elements are pretty typical in superhero series. The protagonist uses an energy crystal to transform, yells sound activating special attacks and even fights with far-east-like style of fighting. There are several plot twists that prevent the story from being stale. The protagonist’s past is slowly revealed, old friends-turned-rivals appear, he tries to have a normal relationship with the leading woman, he gets weapon upgrades, he tries not to loose his sanity, and not to turn into a mindless weapon for some treacherous military men. But still, the plot moves rather slowly and has several unimportant battles with secondary uninteresting villains, becoming boring half the times.
All the series revolves around the protagonist, D-Boy, as he struggles to save the Earth, avenge the aliens for what they did to (I’m not revealing that! It’s a spoiler!) and have a relationship with the leading female. The other strong characters in the story are the woman he loves that continually reminds him of what it means to be human and his main rival who (what a surprise!) is the strongest enemy Tekkaman. These three are so memorable that make up for all the rest who don’t really have a personality or character development. There is sadness, anger, angst, and laughter, enough to consider the series a space opera at the non-action points. Some really fake characters and the overusing of melodramatic scenes spoils a perfect mark but in general, the characters are good.
It’s still amongst the best action/science fiction series. It has cool battle suits. It’s partially centered on love, hate, sadness and the human psyche. It is not repeating the same stuff over and over. What more could someone want? Many parts will feel repetitive or fake but then the battle begins and you forget everything.
And now for some excused scorings.
ART SECTION: 7/10
Analysis: General Artwork 1/2, Character Figures 2/2, Backgrounds 1/2, Animation 1/2, Visual Effects 2/2
SOUND SECTION: 7/10
Analysis: Voice Acting 2/3, Music Themes 3/4, Sound Effects 2/3
STORY SECTION: 5/10
Analysis: Premise 1/2, Pacing 1/2, Complexity 1/2, Plausibility 0/2, Conclusion 2/2
CHARACTER SECTION: 7/10
Analysis: Presence 2/2, Personality 2/2, Backdrop 1/2, Development 1/2, Catharsis 1/2
VALUE SECTION: 5/10
Analysis: Historical Value 1/3, Rewatchability 1/3, Memorability 3/4
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 4/10
Analysis: Art 0/1, Sound 1/2, Story 1/3, Characters 2/4
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