Watching Tekkaman Blade will remind you of the reason why you watch anime in the first place . During the era of American cartoons flooding your TV screen with never-ending episodes and a formulaic non linear plot , coupled with the fact that there are no such thing as human drama but just pure nonsensical scenes after scenes to make it accessible to all children , the contrast of Japanese animation where they show blood and violence while dwelling on moral issue with hints of angst and grit coupled with a “non formulaic” story with an end in mind , one will definitely get attached to it and see it as something more mature and you know , superior .

Of course after hundreds of such angst and shit like that , we know that they aren’t any better than American cartoons in terms of being non formulaic or unique . While American cartoons uses the same plot of monster per week or wacky nonsensical plot to push on the show , Japanese does the same thing with their angst and stuff . No , it isn’t anything special any more, it is just the same old same old being recycled again and again. After knowing this and got desensitised by such recycled plot but end out turning anime into some sort of habit/hobby anyway for reasons differ from fans to fans , fan will normally forgot how they got into this shit in the first place . I forgot mine , but watching Tekkaman Blade reminds me of how cool anime appears to be when I don’t know anything.

I think most people know and heard of Tekkaman Blade , but due to it being something like a cool childhood cartoon which you have no memories of , most people didn’t know that the cool cartoon they watched when they were 5 years old was this Tekkaman Blade which I am talking about now. Nevertheless , you just need to know that it is a show about a slick action hero with a dark past and bleak future going to space and kill aliens with badass moves with tons of character development.

That’s enough of an introduction and talk about things that I like and dislike about Tekkaman Blade.

1 Thing that Bothers Me:

Recap episodes . Guess how many are there? I don’t know , I lost count of it but I think there are at least four of them and most of them recapping the same shit over and over again for what I don’t know? Maybe they need to stuff in some ass to delay time because they can’t meet their deadline or what . Now being as awesome as I am  , I can’t skip the recap episodes because most recap episode has 1 min of new content .Can’t deny the effort of the animator to at least try to give you 1 minute of extra content , even though most of which are useless . Actually all the extra one minute are useless.Man , come to think of it ,  it’s a waste of fucking time! We already have enough flashback in normal episode , I don’t need a whole episode which was made out of it!

2 Filler Episodes Which I Liked

You know how all these long 50 episodes of epic journey always have those subplot which may or may not do anything at all . Eureka 7 has it own share of awesome William the Farmer and such while Tekkaman has 2 exceptional filler episodes . Now telling you what episode it is will be useless because you won’t know what the hell I am talking about anyway so I will just stuck this category in for the sake of having a sequential numbering order.

3 Minor Gripes

1. Weak Writing Occasionally.

Sometimes, Tekkaman Blade  withhold minor information and just brush off plot point easily then stalled it until later  to further explain it because the creator haven’t made out their mind on what is actually going on  , or so it seems . One instance is that we know that Omega is stuck with the Radam mother-ship during episode 24  but why? They didn’t give you any reason until  episode 41 or so , and the reason is as lazy and stupid as he needs to merge his body with the ship to repair it . Wtf? Can’t you just tell me that and not make it wait till 20 episodes later to reveal it?

Not to mention , lots of plot twist and introductions of characters happen without any build up  . I bet the producer has this kind of conversation during their meeting.

Producer A: Man , you know yesterday when I fuck my hot wife , I finally thought out of a great reason for the Radam Mother-ship to  be stuck on moon!

Producer B: How?

Producer A: We can just lightly brush off it and say that Takaya’s Father blew up their space ship.

Producer B : But we already show the audience that he got engulfed by those slimy Radam so how did he blew up the spaceship?

Producer A: Hey! We didn’t explain how others turn into bones and die after Radam rejection while Takaya’s father can be alive and kicking and even have enough time to try save his children! This shows that viewers wouldn’t care about such details , we just need to brush it off and touch on it lightly without even animating the exploding of the space ship to get off with it!

Producer B: At the mean time , let’s slap a never mention before Kengo Niisan and make him OMEGA! Yea baby yea.

Awesome.

2. Repetition of Dialogue

The dialogues of the second part of the series were exceptionally great but the first part? Idiotic . Many times you will find characters repeating the same conversation again and again because they can’t think of better dialogues.

Example. Episode 22

Honda: NO YOU CAN”T TEKKSETA!

D-Boy: But .. but

Honda: NO YOU CAN”T TEKKSETA!

or something of this effect. There are lots of instances with such redundant repetition .

3. Animation Decays


Pretty self explanatory and I am not even talking about dated animation!

Also ,sometimes the character just does weird stuff.

Now you see that hot blond guy above? What is he doing? Jumping off the window? Perhaps avoiding some enemy? Or perhaps he realise that there is something outside there but doors and hallways are for pussy so he decided to jump off the window just like that? Awesome.

4 Things  I will Love to See

1.More badass fightings like those from Twin Blood.

2. More angst

Actually , there is a lot of angst already but some of them are not quite there yet. Come on , you are fighting your siblings and friends! You just can’t kill them off so lightly without any emotion! You need more episode to suffer after killing your once comrades!

3.An episode on Freeman Fashion Taste


4.The full animation of Missing Ling(k) and the final novel

Lots of English fans didn’t know that a full script for Missing Ling exists and there is also a final novel to tie the loose end . That’s why they can’t appreciate Tekkaman 2 because without Missing Ling , there isn’t really any reason to continue the plot as it seems to solve everything during part 1.

5 Great Things About Tekkaman

1.Aki

2.Manly Songs


3.Awesome Static Sketchy 90’s Arts with Lots of Toning

4.Episode 41’s art style

Go and watch episode 41 and you will understand how awesome the art is . The keyboard still has no key labels though because all the Space Knight are genius who memorise the whole keyboard .

5.Great Cast of Interesting Characters

I do agree that some of the characters are underdeveloped but most of them have at least something interesting about them .

D Boy for instance is the extreme tragic hero who life is so tragic  , you can’t help but throw a 10 cent coin to him when asked for donation .

Aki is the chick who isn’t annoying until the end where she whine and cries too much but hey , you can’t find another chick as hot and as her and 2/49 episodes of being annoying is nothing when she was consistently good for 46 episodes.

Miyuki’s ending is so tragic , like all her family members are , you can’t help but ask her to go to your bedroom to console her.

Noel jump out the window for nothing ! You can’t be as cool as him .

Barnard is the badass soldier while Freeman has awesome taste in his glasses.

One of my personal favourite  is Balzac . At first , he was the evil man who diss the hero but after some off-screen development , he turned into the slickest , funniest and best character to reform the whole sub-par dialogue from Tekkaman Blade. Come on , he tells you he doesn’t have any sense of direction out of no where and cracks jokes every time he speaks . His dialogues are so awesome , something golden will come out every time he talks.

Evil , the villain  was so crazy , you need to praise his voice actor for not dying out of laughter because  his voice is so over the fucking top . Watch the youtube video , “Twin Blood” above for example . Other villain like Axe was great because he is like the shifu for Blade and Evil . Of course , Lance and Dagger and to a lesser extend , Omega are throwaway villains to fill in the space but the others are at least well written.

The other side characters served as awesome plot pusher and character driven plot point so at least they aren’t that useless.

All in all , it was a fun and interesting cast who grow into you before you notice it .

Tekkaman Blade was cheesy , but it was enjoyable and the last 8 episodes were so well written  , I felt that the time I invested in it was well worth . Also , it has everything which makes a 90’s anime 90’s . It also feature Megumi Hayashibara because all the 90’s anime has her and Aki was one of her early role.  With that said , I won’t  highly recommend Tekkaman Blade because it is too dated for the majority taste . I don’t see anyone but those who has a interest in 90’s anime to be patience enough until the series grows on them  , but then again , I didn’t say I won’t  “lowly” recommend it .

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