Think of IGPX as "mechs doing roller derby" with its premise. The series is pretty much treated like a typical sports anime as the series is primarily focused on Takeshi and the members of Team Satomi trying to keep things together when competing against other teams in the Immortal Grand Prix. Each team has their varying tactics and strategy that they stick with, which Team Satomi wind up having to find ways of overcoming. The animation for this is actually pretty solid with the mecha in the series well-animated in CGI and moving fluidly without any degradation of detail or noticeable shortcuts. The fluid movement is also retained with regular animated shots with characters, though they are not as pleasing on the eyes as the IGPX matches that take place. The show is smart to have a diverse range of fight choreography in each race since Team Satomi find themselves dealing with varying strategies and tactics used by different teams they compete against. As I winded up watching the Toonami version of this series, it is known for having a soundtrack different from the Japanese version which consists mostly of techno tracks that clash poorly with the onscreen action.
If you happen to look deep enough into IGPX though, you will come to realize that it doesn't have much to offer in terms of depth and substance. A number of the character types and plot developments that take place throughout the series are typical approaches to sports anime with characters such as the gifted slacker Takeshi, rival and former teammate River, brash tomboy Liz and soft-spoken gifted girl Amy. The anime tosses in a developing love triangle, a period of self-doubt Takeshi deals with in IGPX's second half, personalities among Team Satomi butting heads with each other and Satomi struggling to stay afloat that are all typical storytelling tropes of sports anime. Also, the anime does not put much thought into elements of its advanced future as Amy's cat Luca is conveniently able to telepathically interact with her owner through their mech and perform hacking without any reason provided beyond cute factor and the mecha used in the series seem impractical in design as they don't seem to have a means shown to move over 300 MPH beyond it violating physics and their thin designs making it unlikely they would be capable of maintaining themselves over such immense speeds and actively pummeling one another during the races. Granted the anime was made in mind for younger viewers, but thinking deeply enough about the show's story and world setup will have you realize the cliches it milks and the avoidance of any deep thought going into its sci-fi and mecha elements.
Overall, IGPX mostly exists to show off the roller derby-like competition that the Immortal Grand Prix offers and the struggles that Team Satoshi go through to maintain cohesion as a team. While the onscreen action is a decent spectacle to see, the series doesn't have much else of substance to offer as it dabbles into storytelling cliches and character types typical of sports anime and disregards putting much thought into its science-fiction elements. It's a decent diversion for casual fans and younger audiences, provided you don't think too deeply about its storytelling.
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Old Man Dream: ...later titles in the Macross franchise can finally come stateside with all involved parties finally coming to a truce over how to handle things with the Macross trademark and all later anime in the franchise associated with it.
Apr 9, 2021 10:26:05 GMT
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
Apr 10, 2021 15:30:45 GMT
HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
Apr 27, 2021 17:45:38 GMT
Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
Apr 28, 2021 7:41:52 GMT