Shin Mazinger is only one of the few mecha shows of 2009, but it’s managed to be a spectacular weekly watch thanks to well-done cliffhangers and a moving, non-episodic plot. I can almost forgive the lack of mecha this year just for it alone! The infamous episode 1 separated the /m/en from the boys with its undecipherable structure that only came clear far into the show–the perfect Imagawa gambit.
But I won’t talk about episode 1. Here is a scene that uses the narrator to great effect:
I felt I was 5 again.
As Sub pointed out, Tesshou Genda GETS HYPE, and earns his paycheck many times over with this scene. He turned an otherwise normal scene into a memorable one, which I can’t keep from replaying. The impassioned narrator is a common weapon employed in super robots, but few can match Mr. Genda, who also does exposition scenes (CHOGOKIN Z!) and 4th-wall-breaking segues.
He is truly someone you can watch the show alone for.