Title: Chousaku Henkei Gyrozetter
Genre: Kids, Action, Comedy, Mecha
Publisher: A-1 Pictures
Director: Shinji Takamatsu
Music Composer: Naoki Sato
To say the least, Chousoku Henkei Gyrozetter ended up being as lame and childish as I thought it was going to be. Shows aimed at children with large, transforming robots, I’ve noticed, usually don’t appeal to me. I tend to find the characters annoying, bland, or a combination of the two, and the story lines boring. Gyrozetter is no different.
The story revolves around several kids who, because of some prophecy inscribed on the Rosettagraphy Stone, are destined to pilot special versions of the Al cars everyone drives in Arcadia, a city that was established to promote the widespread use of mentioned cars. One of the really great ideas this show presented us with is teaching children how to drive at young ages. I mean, why aren’t we, in real life, started putting our children behind the wheels of cars yet? If Arcadia can do it, so can we!
The silliness doesn’t stop there though. Arcadia also has a great secret group conveniently run by the people who work at Arcadia’s driving school. This secret group has spent a great deal of time coming up with the idea of a car that can transform into a robot (complete with feelings), and what do they do? Why they put a hyperactive kid behind the wheel, of course! And, of course, he pilots the thing like he’s been driving it his whole life. Although the episode as a whole wasn’t interesting or engaging, the setting and story line made me laugh a few times. The names of things especially (Gobli squad, Xenon, Moebius, LORD GOAT) were pretty funny, but that was mainly because of the general silliness of the story, something that wouldn’t last beyond the first episode. The ED, for example, was one of the stupidest parts of the show but was funny because of its stupidity, something that I doubt I would find funny after seeing it more than once. Heck, I was tired of it half way through the song.
Unsurprisingly, the character side of things wasn’t much better. The main character is a guy who really, really, really wants to be a hero, and, by golly, he’s not afraid to tell you…multiple times. His voice has an annoying ring to it and hearing him constantly yell about his dream of becoming a hero or hearing his exciting yelling really started to grate on my nerves by the end of the episode. His female friend, who is obviously the smarter of the two, also had an annoying voice, and while her personality as a whole wasn’t exasperating, was pretty bland. All the adults were also pretty ridiculous. From their costumes to their attitude, they were impossible to take seriously or to even see as proper adults.
Animation-wise, Gyrozetter wasn’t too terrible. It wasn’t anything special, but it got the job done, with the CGI probably being the most offensive on the eyes, especially when it came to the robot designs.
In the end, I don’t plan on ever coming back to this show. Although it was sort of funny, I already know that is a sentiment I won’t have if I were to watch more. Though I don’t care for the series at all, I know that there are people (probably young boys) who will eagerly watch our heroes’ adventures, their eyes glued to the screen as the epic struggle against the Golbi Squad and Lord Goat continues.
I shall admit it from the start, I did fast forward. And even fast forwarding it was boring.
Let’s face it, this show is definitely targeted at kids (Even though I doubt it is a good idea to show such young people driving, like there isn’t enough people driving without license already). I sometimes don’t mind shows targeted at kids that much, like, I love Gundam. Because while Gundam caters to kids it also know how to interest older people. Chousoku Henkei Gyrozetter really doesn’t do that.
The story is really simple, young people fighting evil. Nothing much from there.
The characters aren’t all too great either, I usually never remember their names but we have attained a whole new level, I don’t even remember their faces. That should tell you how forgettable they all are. Also, you know, this was boring, even writing about it is boring, so you shouldn’t read this, and definitely not watch. Definitely not.