OVA (2 eps x 50 min)
1992 - 1993
3.455 out of 5 from 29 votes
Rank #7,015

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Swinging into the spotlight is "Gorillaman" with an intriguing premise: a mute high schooler with gorilla-like features navigates the perils of fitting in. But does this unique tale deliver bananas or leave us with a case of jungle rot? Let's peel back the layers and find out. Jungle Gems Intriguing Premise: The concept of a gorilla-like protagonist facing prejudice and social isolation is undoubtedly original and thought-provoking. It raises interesting questions about acceptance and identity. Moments of Heart: Despite the comedic tone, "Gorillaman" offers surprisingly touching moments that explore Tadashi's inner struggles and longing for connection. Fast-Paced Fun: The animation, while not groundbreaking, is energetic and keeps the story moving at a brisk pace, perfect for viewers who prefer lighthearted entertainment. Stumbling Through the Vines Shallow Humor: While some jokes land, many rely on slapstick and exaggerated gags, which can feel repetitive and immature at times. Underdeveloped Characters: Despite its interesting premise, "Gorillaman" fails to delve deeper into its characters' motivations and struggles, leaving them feeling one-dimensional. Missed Opportunities: The gorilla aspect, while initially intriguing, doesn't receive much exploration beyond visual humor, leaving its potential for deeper themes untapped. Leaping into the Unknown Silent Protagonist: The decision to make Tadashi mute adds an interesting layer of communication challenges and forces viewers to focus on his actions and expressions. Retro Charm: The 90s animation style and soundtrack offer a nostalgic vibe that might appeal to fans of classic anime. Swinging to the Conclusion: "Gorillaman" swings from vine to vine with an interesting premise and a few heartwarming moments. However, its reliance on shallow humor, underdeveloped characters, and missed thematic opportunities prevent it from reaching its full potential. If you're looking for a lighthearted and unique anime with a touch of retro charm, "Gorillaman" might be worth a watch. Just don't expect a Tarzan-esque masterpiece.

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