Astro Fighter Sunred

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.

THE POSE

THE POSE

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.

Armor Tiger, one of Sunred's many nemeses

The menacing Armor Tiger training for his fight with Sunred

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.

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11 Responses to Astro Fighter Sunred

  1. Badeyes McBlind says:

    downloading..

  2. biankita says:

    the sentai-loving child living inside me thinks this show is so effin awesome!

  3. usagijen says:

    Bahaha, ok, I’m sold. After Bateszi’s praise of this show, and this total lulz I see?! Must watch.

  4. ghostlightning says:

    I have no words…

    Imma watchin this nao

  5. TheBigN says:

    You are hilariously awesome. 😛

  6. schneider says:

    @ BigN

    I was just riding on the Sunred blogging bandwagon~

  7. SRWfreak says:

    seriously, do they have this at 2rats already? or at least i wish it was… though ya think it would be better if they were five, had a super robot and did fancy synchronized routines?

    seriously, this should be my next must watch after MFrontier and Daiguardo..

  8. schneider says:

    Sunred is okay as it is. Florsheim doesn’t seem able to produce giant kaiju at all, and five Sunreds would be overkill. The villains are too monster moe to deserve getting hurt that bad.

    And please don’t talk about 2rats stuff here.

  9. SRWfreak says:

    good point, it would lose its essence, prolly.

    i dunno why you dont wanna talk about that store but ok, since ya sed please! hehe peace out! are those monsters really that likeable? kool! and what’s florshiem, if ya dnt mind? :))

  10. Paorou says:

    I was blind…

    I was too worried about my diskspace and the death of my beloved Koku-oh – to get any new animu.

    I must download this now.

  11. Sheldoon says:

    Oh yeah! This stuff rules, mocking sentai but making it look good at the same time. Very sweet!

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