Cult classic remake
Raideen (set for release on DVD)
Run for your lives! It's attack of the slowly moving killer robots from space! Watch lumbering giant robots battle it out as in 1975's Terror of Mechagodzilla in the new anime remake of Brave Raideen (also 1975), now simply titled Raideen.
This year we are in for a treat as a number of classic super-robot series are getting a make-over.
Production I.G., mostly known for their ground-breaking animation work on the Ghost in the Shell series, are behind this remake of the cult classic.
The anime is now being shown on Japanese satellite network WOWOW and is being turned into a manga.
It is a stereotypical super-robot story in which a young character gains the power to control a powerful giant robot. It is so much the norm of this genre that the hero actually says in the series that he thought these things only happened in mangas.
Our young hero, Saiga, is a normal, well-adjusted high school student with a gift for mathematics. His world is turned upside down when his family receives word that his long lost father's remains have been found at an archaeological dig at a triangular mountain known as 'Japan's pyramid.'
Saiga travels with his mother and sister to identify his father's belongings. Among the items is a golden bracelet that the family doesn't recognise.
Suddenly, a meteor strikes nearby. Inside it is a giant robot that wreaks havoc as it makes its way to the pyramid mountain.
In the chaos, a dam is destroyed and Saiga is swept away by the raging waters. Just as he is about to drown, the bracelet calls out to him, and he is teleported away.
Saiga wakes up in the control centre of the giant robot, the Golden Warrior Raideen. Where did it come from? Who built it? Why are alien robots attacking it?
You will have to wait for a couple of months until the DVDs are released to answer these questions.