DISCLAIMER: I SAW THIS SERIES WITH LESS-THAN-OPTIMAL SUBTITLES THAT WERE A TRANSLATION OF A TRANSLATION, SO FORGIVE ME IF I AM INCORRECT ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE, ITEMS OR LOCATIONS IN THIS SERIES ARE ACTUALLY CALLED.
I’m not sure if it’s weird to adore kids’ shows when you’re nearly thirty, but I do…especially ones that are (a) made in Japan and (b) contain giant robots. Madou King Granzort (henceforth, just Granzort) is a very good example of such a show. I can easily imagine my seven-year-old self rushing out of my bedroom and into the kitchen, pouring a big bowl of Captain Crunch, and plunking down in a bean bag (located about two to three feet from the television) to check out the latest episode of this show. Hell, Granzort is such a blast that I have done pretty much this exact thing at age twenty-nine…minus the bean bag, unfortunately. And replace Captain Crunch with Great Grains because I am a responsible adult now.
As is my wont, I will be undertaking a serious examination of a thing that probably shouldn’t be taken this seriously. First, I will discuss my own reaction to Granzort because I think it will shed some light on the sort of show it is. Then, I want to take a look at some interesting structural aspects of the series as well as some of its particularly entertaining content.
Suggested Soundtrack for Reading – The Go! Team “Bottle Rocket”