Astro Fighter Sunred is a story of good and evil which takes place in the city of Kawasaki. Frankly, I was skeptical with the idea of a tokusatsu anime in today’s culture, but Sunred has been a real treat for me. The nostalgia factor works a huge amount in the entertainment value: tantalizing fights, fearsome monster designs, and an uplifting OP that’s sure to get your blood pounding. The fight scenes are great–this show has beautifully styled animation that rivals Casshern Sins in terms of execution. The difference is that the fights are swifter and much more brutal. There’s really no contest here.
Perhaps more than half of the fun in watching Sunred is the villains. The villains of the show are just goddamn hardcore. They never let up. In a 12-minute episode, they’re pouncing on Sunred half of the time, in which Sunred responds with a lovingly-animated 5-minute henshin sequence before he vaporizes them in a DBZ-style-Spirit-Bomb final attack. And no, they don’t recycle the animation, they redraw it from scratch every ep. You can’t even begin to imagine how much money they’re spending on this show.
Some people have claimed Sunred to be the best show of this season, and I can see why. It’s got an all-star seiyuu cast, top-notch character designs, big animation budget exceeding KyoAni levels, and killer soundtrack that utterly rapes BOTH Macross Frontier soundtracks.
Actually, I think they’re wrong. This is the best show of the year, hands down. Minimal tokusatsu experience required.