Gasaraki is a techno-fantasy on par with any Tom Clancy novel or Hollywood flick. An intriguing mix of Japanese mythology, military science and hard politics, it respects its viewer as a thinking person and challenges them to participate in their entertainment.
Director Ryosuke Takahashi takes full advantage of the resources and technical knowhow of Sunrise, the studio behind the Mobile Suit Gundam sagas, to create a series were you can smell the gunpowder and taste the dust. And if you are interested in blood, sweat and tears, there are plenty to be found in the steely political machinations in the board rooms and behind the walls of the Gowa compound.
The animators obviously enjoyed their tasks, as seen in how every button, bullet and gear has been lovingly drawn with precision and believability. This obsession with authenticity carries this series even when it dips in to mythology, making it an joy to watch.
Gasaraki will not satisfy every anime fan. Its ideal viewer prefers near reality with a twist and, for them, Gasaraki is one heck of a ride.
Volume 1: "The Summoning" Plot Summary:
Plot Summary Unavailable.
Languages: English & Japanese with subtitles
Video: 4:3 NTSC Standard Aspect Ratio
Audio: Dolby Digital
American Release Status: Unavailable
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Creator: Hajime Yatate & Ryosuke Takahashi
Director: Ryosuke Takahashi
Character Designer: Shuko Murase
Music: Kuniaki Haijima
Animation Director: AIC
Animation Studio: Sunrise
American Producers: ADV Films
Volume 1 Information
Title: The Summoning
Running Time: 100
Number of Episodes On This Volume: 4
1: On the Ancient Stage of Stone
2: Opening Movements
3: Tantric Circle
Sorry, a synopsis of this volume is currently unavailable.