Given its heritage, its perhaps not surprising its wound up looking a little like the YF-22 from "Macross Plus" and one of the Core Fighters from "Gundam 0083" met in a bar...
Its a really cool tip of the hat to how popular the show was in Japan; I have a friend there whose mother was apparently a big fan back in the day!
I'm guessing with catch-up services these days timeslots are a little less vital than they used to be, and indeed thats how I got round to seeing the show last night.
The mecha design is superb
. Theres some really neat detail work; I really liked the exo-skeleton employed in a rescue and Thunderbird 4s DSV-inspired windows. And a cockpit on Thunderbird-1 - why has no-one thought of that before? The characters are a little bland at the moment, but then the original show sort of had that problem as well. The mix of model backgrounds and CGI can be a bit jarring at times (and boy, someone really got a good deal on a set of used PC cooling fans).
My main gripes, though, would be with the character animation, which often seems a bit lifeless (ironically enough), and the pacing. I get that we live in a media-saturated 24-7 world where there are endless shiny distractions to tempt the intended audience, and that the show is competing with the likes of "The Avengers" etc but if there is one thing I wish that Western animation would sometimes learn from anime, its the value of quiet
, just occasionally. The frenetic jumping from one event to another means, that at least in the pilot, theres very little chance to build up any form of tension. And kids do
get that - because otherwise why do they watch "Doctor Who"?
"The power of bakers, the power of artists; even the power of witches! It must be a power given by God... sometimes we suffer for it."- Ursula, Kikis Delivery Service.