Figured that I’ll do a quick post before I turn to my longer projects.
I want to bring to your attention this OP from Metal Armor Dragonar:
This was made by a man named Masami Obari, who is the Japanese equivalent of Rob Liefeld (instead of drawing buff people in disturbing proportions, he draws buff mechs in disturbing proportions, and that is A Good Thing). This is the prettiest OP I’ve ever seen during its time period, the 80’s real robot boom. It’s got OVA quality written all over it–sweet mechanical detail and incredible smoothness. The 2nd OP is a little less good, but see it for yourself anyway.
Unfortunately, it’s probably the only thing Obari ever did in this show, because the actual animation of this 48-episode TV series is a crock of shit. As the story goes, Sunrise wanted to make something that would replace Gundam, so Dragonar was born. It was a lighter version of the original Mobile Suit Gundam, except you have three Judau Ashtas in place of Amuro Ray, and no Bright Noa to put them in line either. The series did kick into high gear by the second half, but the show is probably more remembered for sending people to the Netherlands instead of an EWACS mech fucking a large enemy over by the power of DISRUPTING COMMUNICATIONS. I still like it.
There aren’t even proper subs, which is a shame. One alternative that I recommend you to try, however, would be playing Super Robot Wars A or MX to see the show’s mechs in action.