Generator Gawl could be called the Terminator 2: The Animation, thanks to their similar story lines, but Gawl has much more going for it besides cool enemies and tons of action.
The story is very carefully crafted and the direction is smart enough to respect the intent of the creators by revealing their secrets at just the right moment. The authors could be faulted for adding a generic teenage girl (Masami), but she is harmless and serves as a great foil for Gawl.The atmosphere of the show is well defined though somewhat trite with lots of secret labs and plenty of silent, lab-coated nasties lurking around but the monsters are very cool and the battle sequences are excellent.
If there is any one thing that holds Gawl back from a higher rating it is that the series drags. This is most likely due to the fact that the ending is such a doozy that the producers didn't want to give it away yet they were still required to deliver a full season of 12 episodes.
Overall, Generator Gawl is a fun action-adventure, with heavy emphasis on action.
Volume 1: "Human Heart. Metal Soul." Plot Summary:
Generator Gawl is set in the not-so-distant future. Things seem peaceful enough but there is danger lurking in the shadows that threatens to destroy everything.
Having experience the end results of that evil, three young men travel back from the future to this time with the hopes of changing history and preventing the cataclysm. But they don't know who or how it starts.
But someone knows that they are there and why they have come because the future warriors are constantly under attack by "Generators", bio-engineered soldiers who can transform from normal humans into fantastic monsters. To defend them while they are searching, one of the men, Gawl, a generator himself, serves as their champion.
To prevent others from discovering their secret mission, the three disguise themselves as students at a prestigious scientific academy and end up meeting two girls, Masami and Natsume.
The story unravels as the series progress and every episode has at least one meaty fight scene in it. There is little of the "blushing and cooing" of series like Martian Successor Nadesico or the psychological angst of Neon Genesis Evangelion, so this is a perfect series for the anime fan who likes his action fast and often.
Genre: Science Fiction
Languages: English VHS, Japanese w/subtitles VHS, or Multilingual DVD
Video: 4:3 NTSC Standard Aspect Ratio
Audio: Dolby Digital
American Release Status: Unavailable
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Creator: Tatsunoko Pro Project Room
Director: Seiji Mizushima
Character Designer: Akira Oguro
Music: Norimasa Yamanaka
Animation Director: Unavailable
Animation Studio: Tatsunoko Pro
American Producers: ADV Films
Volume 1 Information
Title: Human Heart. Metal Soul.
Running Time: 75
Number of Episodes On This Volume: 3
1: The Visitors
2: Flowers and Girls
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