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Sadamitsu the Destroyer

a.k.a.Hakaima Sadamitsu

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Genre: Action/Romance
Company: SME
Format: 10 episodes
Dates: 1/17/2001 to 3/21/2001

Tsubaki Sadamitsu is a high school student and gang member who loves nothing more than a good fight. One day, Sadamitsu sees a strange creature fighting against a robot. After the monster rips the robot apart leaving nothing but its head, Sadamitsu learns that these monsters are called Rukeitai and are convicts that had escaped to take over earth. He also learns that he can put the head of the robot on his head, transforming himself into a super hero with the power to fight the Rukeitai. Now he must fight them all and send them back where they came from, one by one.

summary by Keitaro

 

Reviewed: 09/18/2002 by
Grade: 72% av-Keitaro

Highs: Great character design; excellent music; superb art and animation

Lows: Predictable plot; poorly thought out fights; irritating seiyuu

How disappointing. After watching one episode of Sadamitsu the Destroyer I loved what I saw and had very high hopes. On the surface this anime will not fail to impress. With each passing episode, however, I liked this series less and less, and even had a hard time finishing it. Can you say style over substance?

You guessed it; the plot sucks. I wish I could find a nicer way to put it, but such a blatant lack of creativity doesn’t deserve kind words. Take your typical male hero, who will always fight but never kill, throw in a dash of Digimon and insane, off-the-wall, DBZ-style fights against a new monster every episode. It isn’t the worst plot in the world, but it certainly gets no points in the creativity department. Some of the seiyuu really got on my nerves too. No character could ever be more annoying than Sadamitsu’s teacher… besides his wisecracking motorcycle and talking helmet.

On the other hand, what amazing art! The character designs are truly impressive, and the battles, while lacking creativity, are animated remarkably well. I loved the music too; more than once I found myself re-watching a scene just to hear the music again. I wish I could say that I liked the characters, but they left me with mixed feelings. On one hand, they each have a unique personality, and I really liked Sadamitsu’s even though I’ve seen it before. On the other hand, there is very little character development throughout the series. This just added to my disappointment.

The plot screams mediocrity at the top of its lungs, but the art says otherwise. If you are a sucker for eye candy and overpowered monsters fighting it out, then I suppose you should give this one a chance. I just didn’t find much value.


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