Review: Zoids Genesis
T-N's first dabble into the Zoids series. The story is essentially about a small group of characters and their vital role in this epic battle against a seemingly unstoppable empire. It's a war story and it shows many of the ugly aspects of it. However, this realism is what makes it so satisfying to watch the good guys when they are victorious.
Being a Zoids series, there's a wide variety of awesome CGI mechanical beasts piloted by a variety of characters. The main character is a brilliant but idealistic and naive boy who slowly gets dragged further and further into the war. He travels with an old man and his niece, who slowly teach him about the terrible dangers lurking outside his peaceful village. They are later joined by a beautiful mysterious woman (who keeps weapons concealed all over her body), a gorilla of a man, and an enigmatic man who obviously knows more than he lets on. Finally there's the rival, a young, arrogant, talented man who takes a dangerous interest in the protagonist.
It's a long series, but it's quite satisfying to watch once the heroes start gaining ground against the enemy. The setting is the wild and alien landscape of post-apocolptic world, Planet ZI. The music can be eerie or mystical sounding, depending on the mood. "Flag of the Hawk" by a group whose name escapes my mind is very catching, and I also like the ending, even if I'm in the minority.
Anyway, the story is good enough so that I would recommend this to even non-mecha fans.