published in Empire No.81, Sydney
The Getter Robot has been invented by the cranky Dr. Satome who has harnessed the mysterious ‘getter rays’ housed in the subterranean depths of his laboratory. His robot is an airborne corpus merged from three separate units, each powered by a blood-lusting pilot. But the exciting premise of a contemporary version of one of Go Nagai’s most famous manga/anime serializations Getter Robo is unfortunately thwarted in this new OVA. The Nagai trademark of irreconcilably fused sex, death and mysticism is diluted in favour of some more standard giant robot fare, even though the heroics remain laced with some extreme banzai death-thrill compulsion. Shoddy drawing adds to the series’ disservice.