HXH got ridiculously gruesome after 75 episodes lol, talk about an adjustment in viewing expectations.

@MochaKoffee 1st season: dangerous, but basically Naruto

5th season: hope you're cool with regular torture, dismemberment, and gore (sometimes of your favorite characters!)

@maolfunction Zambot 3 is sufficiently niche enough that basically all modern viewers are going to come to Zambot 3 with Tomino's reputation in mind, which is going to make the carnage obviously less surprising.

when you're familiar with stuff like this, then, yeah, you know what you're in for.

@maolfunction But, taken into the context of the show itself, you begin to realize how terrifying it actually is.

The main protagonists are all young children. Like, young, young, even for mecha anime standards. Only one of them survives the series.

You'll quickly begin to realize that the status quo is /not/ resetting. All of the damage to the city sticks. All the mental damage sticks.

Then it pulls the human bomb stuff.

All in an anime marketed like this:

youtube.com/watch?v=32JJ7O65nm

@maolfunction Tomino goes absolutely ham in Ideon, but it's the context of it all in Zambot 3 that makes it stand out.

Tomino was "deconstructing" the mecha genre well before Evangelion was even a twinkle in Anno's eyes lol

@maolfunction if you want to watch a Tomino, obviously watch Gundam first, but then watch Ideon. The Ideon is legitimately a fucking terrifying machine, lol.

then maybe dunbine and zambot

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@maolfunction Ideon is a bit of a slog in the middle, but stick with it. Be Invoked is worth it.

if only to see what Anno ripped off wholesale lol

youtube.com/watch?v=m2cGQPbXW2

@maolfunction Dunbine is a deeper cut, but it's a fun ride, and decidedly different from the standard mecha fare.

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youtube.com/watch?v=ajiAvb_XfN

@maolfunction As for the Tomino Gundams, the trilogy of 0079 + Zeta + ZZ (plus CCA) is something pretty much everyone should watch at one point or another.

Victory Gundam is Tomino at his worst state, mentally. He was actively trying to tank the production throughout it, and it comes through loud and clear.

youtube.com/watch?v=OTYPjcrB9l

@maolfunction Tomino was in a much better spot during Turn A's production, and it turned out to be the the best series in the franchise, lol.

Unfortunately still trapped on overpriced blu-rays.

youtube.com/watch?v=tpqwY7tsZS

@maolfunction G-Reco was quite maligned while it was airing, some of which it deserved, but it's probably the most 'fun' mainline series in the franchise. In a genre that has become far too reliant on re-litigating Evangelion, it's a breath of fresh air.

Most of its problems stem from its small episode count while having too much to say, which will hopefully be fixed with the compilation films.

youtube.com/watch?v=rXjMFBL24R

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