What is this I don’t even..
You know, I think it’s safe to say that we all know what Transformers are. Even if you didn’t want to, you couldn’t have ignored the recent Michael Bay remakes, teaching you at least the gist of the franchise. Transformers is a damn old series, harking back to the mid 1980’s, when I wasn’t even an idea yet. I’ve never seen any of the TV series, and one might think that this parody continues the PSG tradition of imitating/mocking western culture, as one would believe Transformers is purely an American bred idea. Really? You think gaijins could come up with the ingenious idea of oversized robots fighting each other? Pfffft. (well apparently they did, so shit.)
At first, I only looked at the TV series, as they were written and recorded in America, but animated in Japan by the (in)famous studio, Toei. So I figured, alright, but what about the real origins of Transformers? After a couple clicks, it tells me, “Transformers is a line of toys produced by the American toy company Hasbro.” Hasbro were bros. But then I kept reading. “The Transformers toyline was originally created and produced by Japanese company Takara Tomy.” Yeah, my face when all those older American generations that look back on Transformers with fond memories was pretty much loving something originating from Japan, and technically, was watching “anime.” I wonder how many of those people are the same ones that blindly hate on anime or Japan itself with a passion now… (yeah I don’t know where I’m going with this)
So, because this was practically home turf, Gainax imitated the retro color palette, thick lines, and even animation movement of the old Transformers cartoons pretty well. “But Kiiragi, you’ve never seen the series, how could you know?” The wonders of Youtube, my dear reader. Plus I’ve seen other 80’s cartoons on reruns as a kid, so I remember the general style most of them had. Incidentally, the title and end effects seemed more like it was parodying the live action Bay movies, if just by the familiar sound effects and movement. But hot damn, the fx was cool. I had shivers seeing that END sign click itself into place.
While I may not have enjoyed this as much as had I been born a decade earlier, I can appreciate the detail given to the original source material. I think even “Hot Rod” from the original series made an appearance, being the guy who used his screwdriver to “screw” Panty’s ..”bolt”, making probably the most blatantly suggestive sex scene in this series yet. I’m sure there’s an assload of references I am not sad to admit that I missed, but the folks at 2ch will probably come up with some extensive picture comparison. I give this part 7 condoms out of 10……:D
「現金に裸体を張れ」 (Gennama ni Ratai o Hare)
I didn’t think the demon sisters would make an appearance so soon, but it’s nice for them to have some presence along the way till the inevitable finale showdown. They didn’t pose much of a physical threat this time around, but did manage to undress the angels almost till their bare bottoms, though it’s not like they ever needed help in that asspect. Oh man, more bad puns.
Probably one of the more gratuitous episodes in terms of fanservice, you’ll have to thank Garterbelt for provoking them into finding jobs, which led to a multitude of costumes and a kickass montage song. Well, they have a better time actually getting the jobs than me, but given their “professionalism,” it’s no surprise they end up earning nothing, so how’s one supposed to earn big bucks in little time? The brilliant scheme some dude cooked up after seeing how humans are weak against risk with big rewards that we call the casino! I’m rather jealous that the angels can rock the luck probabilities of gambling (reminding me of anti-probability missiles from a certain other Gainax show). Coupled with their supposedly ridiculously good looks, I guess that’s just what angels are, superbly perfect in every way. Question is, where’s the male angels? Audience: “Males? Tch. Of course the perfect form has to be female. wwwwwww” (sorry, more otaku humor) Though in seriousness, I wouldn’t be surprised if one shows up later.
It’s funny, I’ve spent almost an hour thinking about what kind of impression I have on this part of the episode. Besides the commentary above, I’ve got absolutely nothing. Feel free to do better in the comments so I can hang my head in shame. For some reason there’s just nothing I could really talk about two promiscuous angels gambling until the edge of dignity, and yet because they have none, they can’t break the addiction as onlookers soon become fuel to the fire. A vicious circle is born, as the angels sell their clothes and receive compensation, yet it works as an economy would, with demand evolving from simply wanting their clothes to having the chance to see them stark naked. With a twist of fate, the angels only get out of this debacle by winning, ironically, with pure chance. Yeah, definitely nothing exciting to talk about, but hey, I liked the fanservice! And uh.. don’t gamble unless you’re an angel? And don’t be greedy with money! Till next week~