Shin “Magritte” Shougeki! 09: INVASION
My rendering of Baron Ashura’s independent plan to invade Japan and defeat Mazinger:
I’m no strategist but this plan definitely looks cool. The fundamentally “unreal” factor that I see is that apparently Ashura doesn’t fear Japanese airpower, otherwise they would be starting from the South up or from the North down I think. This is where Dr. Hell’s Five Armies should be working together. An initial run by Count Brocken’s Air Force would soften things up considerably. But I guess the Mechanical Beasts can take it, right?
In the First Stage the Mechanical Beasts attack the three main population centers in the main island of Honshu: Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka. Ghostfire gets sent to Tokyo because this beast has maximum destructive power (nice touch!). Then the Second Stage kicks in: the attack spreads to Kyushu and Hokkaido. I imagine Taurus would be taking care of Kansai and Kyushu, whereas Ghostfire would ruin Tohoku and eventually Hokkaido. Kingdan would probably hang out in central Honshu and quash any international reinforcements.
We see in this episode that Ashura activates a fourth Beast, named Vargas, but at this point it’s unclear what its role will be. The blue dot on the map, southwest of Tokyo, is Atami. Atami is of course where the Kurogane Household, the Photon Power Labs and Mazinger are. The heart of the it all, or the right lung, let’s say, with Bardos Island being the left… Ashura is sending his daughters, the Gamia sisters, to take care of THAT.
The scene with the Mexican giving a cab ride to the Gamia sisters is gold. It’s also creepy and (dare I say it? yes I do!!) surrealist. I love how the we see the same frozen image from left to right 4 times (!) before they start laughing like maniacs.
I happen to have pored and pored over René Magritte‘s for years paintings and the Gamia are so Magritte it hurts. When I saw them just sitting there, I immediately thought of the Golconde:
Maybe you don’t see it because there’s too many of them. How about now?
Now there’s three, see!!! But they’re men, you say. OK, how about this?
But the Gamia are women!! Oh, now I get it. You want three women, right?
And it seems that the next episode will have onsen fanservice, so here you go:
Once you superimpose all of these Magrittean images to wit a) the number three; b) the evening sky; c) generic modernity; d) mysterious modernity; e) women and f) blondness, what do you get? You get this:
Their laughter is even creepier.
Recently I’ve been consuming much more manga than anime. Looking at Shin Mazinger it makes me think the manga would be amazing, even better than the anime. Maybe the animation here is simple (or plain bad) because this should really be a manga. I’ve never read any Go Nagai manga but I’m getting the urge to go out and get some.