Curse my lack of Cable TV; I’m only now finding out about this new cartoon series, they’re up to 7 episodes I think. I have to download them to watch them. And being made by Genndy Tartakovsky (the genius behind Samurai Jack and Clone Wars) they’re as awesome as I expected.
Now, the story itself is nothing original- it’s basically a mishmash of various old Giant Robot animes. On the other hand, the fact that, despite having a lot of humor, the story is serious, even grim, is new for similar cartoons on this side of the world.
Basically, it’s about an alien princess who comes to Earth to hide from the villains that conquered her homeworld; along with her come her bodyguard and a multipurpose robot. All three disguise themselves as regular teenagers and join the local high school. The bad guys find out they are on Earth and (of course) start sending giant monsters after them, which they fight using Iron-Manesque power armors, that in turn can be combined into the titular Titan, which resembles a transparent version of Gigantor.
Like I said, nothing that original, but the characters are interesting if very stereotypical: the princess is all sentimental, the bodyguard is a jerk and the robot is a nerd. Other characters include the main villain who is a lot like Darth Vader, a General who looks and acts like the one who is always chasing The Hulk, and the leader of a mysterious organization that seems to be in charge of dealing with aliens. Despite their not being deep in character (so far, to be honest I have only seen one episode as I write this) the dialog and situations they get in make up for it- their attempts to fit in High School, while predictable, were still hilarious.
And of course, the part that will matter the most to fans is the special effects- the battles are dazzling and the robots look cool. Most characters however are drawn in the cartoony style associated with Tartakovsky (think Dexter’s Lab or Samurai Jack) which will probably weird out anime fans. But I find the combination charming.
The only thing that bothers me is the intensity of the story- the villains are VERY cruel, even the heroes argue a lot about what they should do. Oh and people DIE here, though mostly off camera. Power Rangers this isn’t!
We’ll see where the series goes. I know I’ll be following it for the near future.