Region: 1 - North America
Length: 650 minutes
English 2.0 Stereo
Japanese 2.0 Stereo
Life is dull for Akagi, Ibuki and Aoyama in the Public Relations department of the 21st Century Security Corporation, low pay, plenty of paperwork and having to degrade themselves by taking part in company marketing schemes and events. But all of that is about to change as Japan is about to be attacked by a huge monster that appeared out of the sea! The only things standing in it's way are three office workers and a giant robot built by the company, that's only qualified as a marketing gimmic. Follow the three friends as they battle the mysterious 'Heterodyne' on one side and petty office beurocracy on the other!
Visually, Dai Guard looks quite impressive, with slick well paced animation and bright, nicely toned colors. The subtitles closely match the dub, giving no advantage to either, so the viewer can pick the one they usually prefer without having to worry about a loss of quality. The audio in this series is a strange collage of light 90s pop/rock with a definite retro style, with the usual violin and trumpet heavy battle music, which is quite strange, but suits the subject matter quite well. Sound effects are well placed and include several subtle cartoon noises to accompany the robot from time to time, only hightening the comic effect.
The greatest success in this series is the way it manages to play off the idealistic nature of the pilots that you can find in most giant robot Anime against the corporate nature of the company, causing a kind of comic friction between defeating the enemy and making sure that the company accounts balance. Intermixed with this are plenty of gags and digs at other anime, the robot itself could have come straight out of Mazinkaiser and the premise of having a different strange alien creature to threaten the city almost every episode could have the creators of Evangelion reaching for their lawyers phone numbers, but that only makes the whole series more fun. The characters are interesting and orginal, leaving the viewer wanting to know more about who they are and why they continue to fight. Akagi is incredibly optimistic and enthusiastic obviously loving the position of pilot, Ibuki and Aoyama on the other hand are less gung-ho and must have other reasons for piloting.
I don't think that if you like giant robot Anime that you can help but like Dai Guard, its light hearted nature and constant self mockery are totally endearing, where else would you find a robot so flimsy that in a brainwave during battle the main pilot decides that after pitching a passing car at the enemy with a reasonable effect, he rips off one arm and hurls it baseball-style at the enemy with the other!? As this is a Perfect Collection, Dai Guard comes in at an extremely competative price, and as a consequence, no giant robot fan should be without it unless a diehard fan that refuses to mix action with comedy.