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Best Zoids Of All Time

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Bob Roberts
• Thursday, 12 November, 2020
• 18 min read

Originally a line of model kits made by Tom, the series has expanded over the years to include manga, video games and even numerous anime adaptations. Voids : Wild, the latest anime adaptation recently hit Netflix in the U.S., making this the perfect time to revisit the franchise.

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In America, Voids : Furors was canceled after its 13th episode, which should tell you how popular this series was with fans. The series follows a boy called RD who lives in the large metropolitan center of Blue City.

As a member of team Mach Storm, RD takes part in competitive Void battles. The series starts off episodic; however, as it progresses, RD and his team learn about a conspiracy to take over Blue City via a military uprising and have to work together to stop it.

The 3D models used for the Voids look cheap and the movement is nowhere near as fluid as it was in the previous series, making the whole show look extremely dated. After an event called “Gods' Fury,” Planet ZI (the setting for most Voids media) goes post-apocalyptic.

The series follows Fuji Family, a boy who lives in the small village of Miro do. With the town facing destruction, Fuji agrees to use the Murasaki Liner to go search for someone who can repair the generator and save the townspeople from certain doom.

Fans are divided on the series, with some praising it for taking the show in a new direction and for its new cast of Voids. This commission sets rules and regulations in an attempt to make the battles both exciting and safe.

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The series tells the story of Bit Cloud, a boy who joins the heroic Blitz Team when he discovers that he is the only one capable of piloting Liner Zero. They also have to handle a criminal organization referred to as the Backdraft Group, who run unsanctioned Void battles.

Unlike other entries in the franchise, this season is totally episodic, making it really easy to jump into. In the U.S. dub, the series is split into two halves, entitled Chaotic Century and Guardian Force respectively.

While being pursued by bandits, Van finds an amnesiac girl who calls herself Fiona as well as Zeke, an extremely rare dinosaur-like organic with the ability to join with and enhance a Void. During this journey, the uneasy peace between the Helix Republic and Guys Empire breaks down causing chaos across the land.

Van's idealism is slowly eroded as he is dragged into the war, quickly developing a heated rivalry with Raven, a pilot from the Guys Empire who harbors a deep hatred for Voids. The story and characters of Chaotic Century are what make it stand out among the other entries in the Voids franchise.

It also strikes the perfect balance between intense action and deeper themes, touching on the nature of war and how we are shaped by our knowledge of history. Even though the Voids series is based on a toy line, there’s an argument that one can make for Chaotic Century regardless.

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Unlike the other series in the Voids franchise, Chaotic Century started off as a manga. But having source material is a good thing for a franchise like Voids, which is already based on another media anyway in having a toy line.

The manga narrows the focus of what they could do with the series, allowing them to tell a tight, concise story. Voids doesn’t miss an opportunity to take some cues from Gun dam, and that’s maybe rightfully so.

Gun dam has long-established certain tropes in Mecca anime, one of which is the importance of a young character for the audience to relate to. It gives Van and his friends a lot of opponents to fight against and really lets us feel like maybe there’s a chance that they could win.

Gunther Proven, the leader of the Guys Empire and the main antagonist of the series, gives us the sense that he’s willing to do anything to win the war. But Raven, Van’s main rival as a Void pilot, is actually dangerous and shows himself almost impossible to beat for much of the series.

This isn’t the first franchise that came out of a desire to make more money on selling toys by creating a story to go along with them, and it probably won’t be the last. The series was able to establish the lore of Voids : where the creatures come from, why they exist, what their relationship with people is.

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It made us really feel like the Voids were both awesome to look at and were living things, something we could connect with as viewers. This meant that there were unlimited options for the different kinds of stories that could be told, and it wasn’t held to the same narrow lore and mythology that the later seasons were.

The series follows a Gun dam style war drama plot, with the battles fought with meccas, but since it takes place on another planet, with different kinds of technology and cultural implications, it felt like a totally different series. Instead, we find that Gunther Proven, who is leading the imperial forces against the Republic in the war, has taken over the Empire illegally, staging a coup against the prince.

So when the prince returns and reclaims the throne, Gunther loses his mind and rampages, leaving the two combined forces trying to stop him. Her work has been featured at Loser City, HelloGiggles, and Women Write About Comics among others.

In her free time, you can find her eating hummus, riding the Haunted Mansion, or being suffocated by her cats, Moo and Mai Tai. The following is a list of Voids that have been released in the form of official model kits or products.

These include unreleased prototypes and models custom-made for use in official media. In America, it was the second anime series to receive an English dub, after New Century, but was released in its original order in other countries.

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As he travels, he becomes involved in the ongoing war between the Helix Republic and Guys Empire. Guardian Force picks up after a two-year time skip from the events in the first half of Chaotic Century.

The plot revolves around Van, now a military pilot, and his work with the Guardian force, an elite team comprised of both Republican and Imperial soldiers, dedicated to maintaining cross-country peace. It follows a bit Cloud and his Liner Zero, as he participates in Void Battles with the Blitz team.

There is no overarching environment of war, and the antagonists are instead part of an illicit Void Battle group known as the Backdraft Organization. Notably, the animation used to depict Voids in Furors is remarkably different from the previous series.

It follows Leo on his journey with Sally Land, as they try and find her grandfather, and unlock the mystery of her pendant. Main article: Voids : Wild Sent An upcoming online CG Anime, to be broadcast fall 2020.

The futuristic misadventures and tragedies of an easygoing bounty hunter and his partners. Simply the greatest for an outstanding cast of characters, triumphant soundtrack, spectacular action, and it can be watched either dubbed or subbed, both versions are sublime.

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After discovering time travel, a university student and his colleagues must use their knowledge of it to stop an evil organization and their diabolical plans. In the era of Japan's Meiji Restoration, an assassin regains his humanity.

This anime involves masterful storytelling, Ken shin the main character is given a rich backstory, the anime plays out always rising, never falters, zero filler, a rich and rewarding experience. Despite only being four episodes long it feels very complete and those who want to see more of Ken shin (which you will) can check out the sequel (original anime) series.

Guts is a skilled swordsman who joins forces with a mercenary group named 'The Band of the Hawk', lead by the charismatic Griffith, and fights with them as they battle their way into the royal court. This series has perhaps the greatest character development of any anime ever made, you become attached to each character who each has well fleshed out personalities comprised of individual qualities, flaws, and ideals.

And haven't seen this you should look in a mirror and slap yourself :P (This anime requires a minimum trial period of five episodes). Gino is an expert travelling around to investigate a primeval life-form, the “Sushi,” and helping people with Mushi-related supernatural problems.

Ask people for the most beautiful anime ever made and the vast majority will reply, Mushiest. The story of Lady Oscar, a female military commander who served during the time of the French Revolution.

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This is a fascinating telling of Queen Marie Antoinette's rise and fall as ruler of France. This anime involved murder, suicide, betrayal, cross-dressing and even a rape attempt.

It was utterly groundbreaking and still is, the cover art is totally unfitting with the mature and serious nature of this anime. It's an anime for those interested in a brilliant plot and exceptional character development.

A Japanese boy named SHU tries to save a strange girl, Leila Ru, from kidnappers and is transported to an alternate Earth on the brink of being swallowed by the sun. This anime is the exact opposite, I did really love it but because it had a magnificent, strong anti-war message.

On Frees aspires to become a Hunter, an exceptional being capable of greatness. Just an incredibly sweet and touching story of a man trying to raise a young child single-handedly.

This anime was such a breath of fresh air to the medium, completely out of the norm and perhaps all the more enjoyable for that fact. It features a slightly unique art style that a casual anime viewer will not be accustomed to but by the second episode you will have adjusted.

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The adventures of a young wandering swordsman who stumbles upon a struggling martial arts school in Meiji era Japan. It has a solid story and is well executed, the cast of characters is extremely likable.

A brilliant neurosurgeon living in Germany finds his life in utter turmoil after getting involved with a psychopath that was once a former patient. While I really enjoyed it, I know a lot of people whose opinion I respect that offered well reasoned arguments for not particularly holding fondness for this anime.

I would say this is arguably the greatest thriller anime ever made, it's so tense and suspenseful in scenes. It has a brilliant story, shame that it's a slow burner and that many people drop it before it gets good.

Putting some filler EPS aside and the fact it takes 20+ episodes to really draw you in, don't drop this! Kanji ITU is a good-for-nothing loiterer who spends his days drinking beer and stealing hubcaps-that is, until he ends up being tricked by his former co-worker.

Maybe I'm not selling it enough, but I really can't say a lot or I'll ruin the story, it does have a very interesting concept. The worst thing about this anime is the art style, casual viewers may not be able to cope with this.

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Madison Invoke is the finest romance anime ever made, in terms of story structure, character development and emotional depth. However, the story spans several years and this allows for real character and relationship progression.

It managed to turn a big time action and science fiction fan like me into a believer that there is great romance series out there. This remains the finest example of a believable romance story in anime.

Throwing pursues a journey with his father's killer in order to take revenge and end his life in a duel as an honorable warrior and pay his father a homage. Vinland Saga was a breath of fresh air with its different setting, decent production values and surprising solidity.

While complaints can be put forth towards the MC Throwing none can for Asked who is perhaps the best anime character in the last 10 years. The adventures of the master thief Lupine III and his cohorts as they dive into various escapades, all the while in pursuit by the tenacious Inspector Zenith.

The character of Lupine is one of the most magnificent and memorable in the medium, he's a terrific hero despite the fact he's a thief. Lupine is the source that inspired such characters as Spike from Cowboy Bebop.

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Good crime anime is hard to come by and this is the best as we watch the remarkable exploits of Lupine and his gang. I must also mention that greats of anime Hayes Murasaki and ISAF Jakarta both worked on this series.

An intelligent high school student goes on a secret crusade to eliminate criminals from the world after discovering a notebook capable of killing anyone whose name is written into it. However, when most people remember Death Note they tend to judge it on its early stages, ignoring all the flaws throughout.

The adventures of a space navy captain who is either an incredibly lucky idiot, or an unorthodox genius in tactics. Lovable rogue Taylor is nothing short of a hilarious goof who stumbles through life with what must be said, a lot of incredible luck.

The futuristic adventures of a female cyborg counter intelligence agent and her support team. The anime TV series deviates in feel to the original movie, it doesn't quite have the same dark tone, however it's a great watch in its own right.

This anime has exceptional production values, a strong soundtrack, but its greatest appeal is its premise. The philosophical questions it raises, ethical debates, realistic action and plausible futuristic setting make this a must-see in my opinion.

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His solely life purpose is to become the greatest high school teacher ever. It's aimed at older males but if you're in good form and don't take it too seriously you will wind up having a great time.

It's got some great moral lessons and anyone who enjoys ridiculous antics and highly eccentric characters should give this a go, this anime does exactly what it says on the tin... it entertains. Range is a frustrated fighter with poorly life, he loses his eyesight and also his disciple. Passing by a town one day he meets Joe Kabuki, a brawler, lier and deceived person which he saw in... See full summary ».

Asia no Joe is the perfect example of how when a simple story is told well, it can achieve greatness. On the surface it might not sound that special, a teenage orphan called Joe who is living in the slums, is convinced to take up boxing by an alcoholic ex-boxing coach.

It's how it's handled that makes it special, due to the masterful touch of legendary director SAMU Denali, Asia no Joe is a fantastic example of brilliant story telling and memorable characters. It's an older series and the animation might be a burden for a lot of people, but it's well worth making an exception for this one and watching both seasons of it through.

The story of Santana, a hero that does it just for fun & can defeat his enemies with a single punch. The disinterested hero who saves the day, for some reason people go nuts for this trait.

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Our hero like the name suggests is so powerful he defeats every monster with a single punch. The biggest charm of the series is the unusual premise and comedic elements.

Code Glass = quality character development, sufficient story progression, adequate animation, some interesting questions surrounding morality and some entertaining action scenes. CG is often compared to Death Note for its “intellectual intrigue” however I'm not so sure how strong a case can be made for that.

The story about the boy Romeo, who was living with his family in a small village in Switzerland and then decide to lease himself to his need for money after the crewman burn their farm for ... See full summary ». Romeo no AOI Sort= Another drama anime that many might find themselves sobbing at, a story about a brave boy who sells himself as a chimney sweep to pay for a doctor for his father.

It's a slow paced triumph of drama, friendship, heartache, hardships and character. A Japanese businessman, captured by modern-day pirates, is written off and left for dead by his company.

Tired of the corporate life, he opts to stick with the mercenaries that kidnapped him, becoming part of their gang. Rely the main character is the most badass anime chick to ever live.

She owns all the so-called badass chicks of anime and most of the guys for that matter :P Rely = A dual pistol wielding, cigar smoking, foul-mouthed, whiskey drinking, cold-hearted killer. In Tokyo, an impenetrable field known as “Hell's Gate” appeared ten years ago.

At the same time, psychics who wield paranormal powers at the cost of their conscience also emerged. A well directed anime with, superpowers, suspense, mystery and an interesting anti-hero character.

One of the four Yumiko Takanashi anime on this list (the other three being Madison Invoke, Natasha and Unused Satsuma). A ridiculous and silly concept means that this anime provides a lot of side hurting laughs during its run.

A fun cast of characters, some very memorable moments, and it's arguably the most amusing anime on this list. A teenage boy finds himself recruited as a member of an elite team of pilots by his father.

The anime that arguably cemented the mediums legitimacy and skyrocketed its popularity in America and most of the western world. Neon Genesis Evangelist while starting out rather simplistic quickly develops into a roller coaster ride of epic and profound proportions.

Words can't describe this anime adequately, I will simply say I can see why NGA is held in such high esteem and for the most part I think it deserves the iconic status it holds. The Second Empress hires a spear-wielding woman to save her son from the Mikado (emperor) who believes the young prince is possessed by a water demon foretold to bring a terrible drought upon the land should he live.

Comparisons with 12 Kabuki (The Twelve Kingdoms, which features later on this list) are inevitable when it comes to this anime. Perhaps it's a little simplistic but Guardian of the Sacred Spirit remains a fantastic adventure/fantasy anime.

It's a well done character driven anime with some highly impressive action scenes. Gun grave follows the story of best friends Brandon Heat and Harry McDowell as they join and rise in the ranks of Big Daddy's Million crime syndicate.

Origin is hugely flawed as an anime and its only real redeemer was some great comedy and a brilliant character in Vast, perhaps where Gun grave surpasses its predecessor is in the brilliance of its ending. While both have weak episodes I felt Origin had more, and I was bitterly disappointed with its ending.

Two friends, Simon and Lamina, become the symbols of rebellion against the powerful Spiral King, who forced mankind into subterranean villages. This is an anime where characters dream and reach to do the impossible, off the chart levels of spiciness, realism holds no merit here.

*pats self on back for managing to work in a relevant Gladiator quote that can be applied to this anime* XD In a world rife with deadly creatures called “Yuma”, a young silver eyed woman, Clare, works on behalf of an organization that trains female Yuma half breeds into warriors with the ability... See full summary ».

Perhaps an effort was made to bring in a larger female audience by casting a female lead in Clare....... however this anime is hugely comparable to Berserk in terms of feel and hack and slash action. When a failed alchemical ritual leaves brothers Edward and Alphonse Eric with severely damaged bodies, they begin searching for the one thing that can save them; the fabled philosopher's stone.

There's a remake called Full metal Alchemist Brotherhood, I've gone with this one for reasons that would take eons of time to explain. A young girl is reborn as an angel-like creature called a Hainan, with no memory of whom she once was.

It does raise some really fascinating questions about death and what comes after, it's executed in a slow paced style. Janeiro sets out to become a demon slayer to avenge his family and cure his sister.

We've been here before as every few years the industry churns out something that becomes so popular even people with only a passing interest in anime hear of them, indeed “Attack on Titan”, “Sword Art Online”, “One Punch Man” might be considered previous examples of the trend. The problem with these series is that due to high expectations they often wind up disappointing.

Times is nothing groundbreaking, nothing we have not seen a thousand times before however due to the slow fleshing out of the characters and story the potential for it to be something special remain. The story in short is about a boy setting out to fight demons in order to find a cure for his sister who has been turned.

Strange events begin to occur as a withdrawn girl named Lain becomes obsessed with interconnected virtual realm of “The Wired”. Serial Experiments Lain= Let me start off with the positive aspects of the series.

The music for its opening theme is nothing short of haunting, it washes over you like a lucid dream. The concept of this anime is brilliant as it aims to raise philosophical questions about our existence.

It’s a little convoluted and as the series progresses the message deteriorates to a small degree. The concept and philosophical questions this anime tries to raise in essence the blending of man and technology, are much better realized in an anime like Ghost In The Shell: Stand-Alone Complex.

14-year-old Renton joins the rebel Gestate ship, co-pilots the Typeset with the mysterious Eureka, and unknowingly becomes part of a grand scheme. Certainly one this anime that falls under the genre of “must see”, it's a solid series, and you won't regret watching this.

But for some, at the instant of their death, they arrive at the Quindecim, a bar attended by the mysterious white-haired Denim. It focused on judging the true nature of people through a series of tests and games.

There's no linear story really, the biggest strength of the series is the premise as most episodes are standalone. Don't let that cover art fool you, Across was a very well animated series for its time.

It's the most famous Mecca series ever made, the one that pretty much defined the genre and in my opinion still does. In my honest opinion it's every bit the equal of Mobile Suit Gun dam, I enjoyed both, but I've placed Across higher because I feel it will appeal to a wider audience.

While certainly not for everyone because it's a story about merchant trading in medieval times, it's often a lesson on economics and for those interested in something different, this anime is worth watching. The interactions between the characters are arguably what makes this series special, it's an adventure/fantasy/romance anime, while favorable just be prepared for a lot of dialogue.

The story of two brainwashed assassins, EIN and Wei, who struggle to regain their memories as they work for the Inferno crime syndicate. Two university students come across a seemingly harmless girl named Lucy, unaware that she's actually a mutant serial killer with a split personality.

Ellen Lied = Extreme violence, high amounts of graphic gore, and a hot mutated chick that strolls around naked most of the time. Ellen Lied has become huge in the medium of anime due to its obvious effort to shock and entertain, for the most part it succeeded in doing that.

Both struggle to confess their feelings and their antics lead to crazy situations. I don't disagree with that opinion but personally anime like GTO: Great Teacher Orizaba, Rama 1/2 and City Hunter appealed more to me.

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