Daimidaler: Prince vs. Penguin Empire

Alt title: Kenzen Robo Daimidaler

TV (12 eps)
2.71 out of 5 from 1,722 votes
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Daimidaler: Prince vs. Penguin Empire

There is a high school boy named Madanbashi Kouichi who has Hi-ERo particles, the power source to operate the robotic weapon Daimidaler. With the help of Sonan Kyouko from the mysterious Prince Beauty Parlor organization, he stands up against the Penguin Empire that troubles humanity.

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VIDEO VERSION: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38nImIIszIUToday I will be talking about Kenzen Robo Daimidaler. This series is directed by Tetsuya Yanagisawa, famous for the High School DxD anime series, as well as Studio TNK. This studio not only made High School DxD, but also School Days. The studio already bears a lot of negative responses for making a series as near universally reviled like School Days, however the negativity didn't stop with Daimidaler. Daimidaler was considered by most to be a terrible series, and by some to be the worst show of Spring 2014, and one of the worst series from 2014, in general. This was due to its heavy amounts of fanservice as well as what many consider to be an idiotic plot and bad characters. I don't consider myself to be one of the show's detractors, as I see it to be an enjoyable, if heavily flawed series.For starters, let me get one thing straight about the show. It is clearly a parody as well as a tribute to mecha. Many of the show's detractors still seemed to take the show way more seriously than they should have. The series makes itself very clear that it is not to be taken seriously, what with the intentionally bad mecha designs and outright silly premise. Yes, there are a lot of ecchi moments, however that is also part of the parody. Quite a few mecha shows, such as Code Geass and Valvrave, have a lot perverted moments that seem out of place with the show. Viewing it as a parody, I think it is a decent show.The show does pay tribute to a lot of the famous scenes in mecha series. One in particular that I noticed was how, near the end of one episode, they had actually made a nice nod to the famous Zabi speech in the original Mobile Suit Gundam. Or during the second half of the show, when they clearly paid homage to super robot shows like Gunbuster and Gurren Lagann. Or even Kazuo being a nod to overbearing leaders such as Gendo Ikari from Neon Genesis Evangelion. Those tribute moments work, as it makes the show a lot more dynamic, and it also has the show do more with its premise. One other thing I like is that the show's power-ups, the Hi-Ero Particles, are not as simple or as stupid as people make them out to be. Many people criticized the show's Hi-Ero Particles claiming them to be juvenile, as they believe the main character gets powered up from groping women. While there is some truth to it, the Hi-Ero Particles aren't quite that simple. The Hi-Ero Particles come from intense amounts of excitement, not simply being groped. They are only used that way due to circumstance, because the main character is a pervert. This does end up making sense if you analyze the series, as you'll notice that when Koichi constantly gropes Kyoko, it stops becoming exciting, leading to a lack of Hi-Ero particle production. Also, Kiriko explains in episode 6 that she had been receiving random Hi-Ero Particle power ups during class that she was trying to hide. No one was groping her during class, she was just feeling a lot of excitement, none of which was implied to be sexual in the slightest. The show actually does manage also to explain further the ins-and-outs of the Hi-Ero Particles themselves, as well as how they affect the characters. But I think the fact that the Hi-Ero Particles aren't inherently perverted, but rather, it is due to the nature of the characters that makes the Hi-Ero Particles what they are, makes the show's writing a lot less juvenile.I think people also tend to forget how clever the show can get, and that it's not just a bunch of sexual content on screen. For example, one episode the main protagonists are looking up the Penguin Empire's website, and they encounter heavy amounts of pop-ups and viruses. Also how the Penguin Empire is politely handing out pamphlets to the townsfolk, in order to get people to subscribe to their agenda. Or even how the different mechs the penguins send out are named after different species of penguin, such as Macaroni and Humboldt. You do get a sense the show is doing more than just simply making another dumb ecchi series with these kinds of neat jokes and tidbits.The music is awesome, with large amounts of epic tunes being played during battle sequences, as well as one of the best opening themes I've heard, performed by Masaaki Endoh. The ending theme is also cute and charming. The voice acting is over-the-top and hammy, perfectly fitting for the show in question. I'm hoping the dub, when it eventually does come out, delivers as well, but I cannot guarantee that, at this point in time.I also think the characters are humorous and interesting. I think that in spite of the fact that some of them can be pretty dang one dimensional, I find the teams of Koichi and Kyoko as well as Kiriko and Shoma to be fun to watch, even if they can also get a bit grating at times. I really think the Penguin Empire is what really makes the show as enjoyable as it is, though. You do get a sense that, in spite of how stupid, perverted, and incompetent they are, they do care for each other and look out for each other as a family. Though it is done a bit simplistically, I am surprised that what one may consider a low-brow type of show would have antagonists that aren't really quite antagonists. There are parts of the show where you find yourself rooting for the Penguin Empire more than the Daimidaler team, and the show points that out to the audience.I can't fully defend the show; however, as it does have numerous, and I mean numerous problems. The writing can get very convenient at times, the jokes don't always hit the marks, and one does need to remember that it is still an ecchi show. It sometimes can go way too far with the fanservice, leaving me sometimes absurdly cringing at the show, and wondering why I am defending it in the first place. The animation wasn't all too great, either, but it was passable. I also found that the Penguin Empire really lacked motivation for wanting to take down the Daimidaler team, as we never really get a clear cut reason.Even with those large problems, I still find myself kind of liking Daimidaler. It is no deep masterpiece, but as a parody of mecha, it's not too bad, and certainly not one of the worst anime of last year. I don't know if I'd be able to recommend it, because I can't guarantee you'll find it enjoyable. That being said, I would still recommend it anyway just because of how much fun I had with it.

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