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6.7/10 IMDb

Music by  Kuniaki Haishima
Licensed by  Nozomi Entertainment
First episode date  4 October 1998
6.7/10 MyAnimeList

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Studio  Sunrise
Original network  Television Osaka
Final episode date  28 March 1999
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Directed by  Ryōsuke Takahashi Gorō Taniguchi (assistant director)
Original run  October 4, 1998 – March 28, 1999
Genres  Anime, Animation, Action Film, Adventure Film
Cast  Nobuyuki Hiyama, Mami Kingetsu, Yūji Takada, Chris Patton, Satomi Kōrogi

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Gasaraki (ガサラキ) is a mecha anime television series produced by Sunrise. It was directed by Ryousuke Takahashi, who also co-created the series along with Sunrise (Hajime Yatate). Goro Taniguchi was the assistant director. The screenplay was written by Toru Nozaki.

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The series centers on Yushiro Gowa who pilots a bipedal weapons system known as a TA, short for Tactical Armor. Much of the initial plot is driven by means of news reports.

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Set in the near-future the series is formed around political narratives that concern a fictional war between the US and the fictional Middle Eastern country of Belgistan. An influential Japanese family, the Gowa, produce a bipedal weapon, the TA. When US military forces attempt to seize the capital they are systematically wiped out by what appear to be rival TAs. The Gowa Family seizes this opportunity to demonstrate their weapon system, and civilian pilot Yuushiro Gowa and the military squad to which he is attached are deployed to Belgistan. There, he meets rival TA pilot Miharu, with whom he seems to share a deep spiritual bond.

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The series has a mix of futuristic and historical narratives and includes elements of Japanese culture, such as Noh and Shinto, rigid family hierarchies, corruption of government by Zaibatsu, and Samurai appear throughout the series.

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Plot

In ancient Japan the Gowa family created a demonic Armor in order to defeat their enemies. Hundreds of years later this armor is exploited by the Gowa in the development of Tactical Armor for military usage and the usurpation of Japan.

Characters

Yushiro Gowa (豪和 ユウシロウ, Gōwa Yūshirō)
The main character of Gasaraki is a quiet, withdrawn teenage boy who is viewed as a tool through which his elder brothers in the Gowa family seek to further their goals. He is a member of a special JSDF unit charged with testing the TA system. As a test pilot, he is found to possess the ability to synchronize to an extraordinary degree with the TA hardware, and in particular with the Mile One synthetic muscle tissue (a process described as a "Mental Burst"). At the behest of his family, he is also a performer of a fictional, mystical form of Noh theatre, the dance of Gasara, through which he is able to open dimensional gateways. Yushiro Gowa is voiced by Nobuyuki Hiyama in Japanese and Chris Patton in English.
Miharu (ミハル, Miharu)
Much like Yuushiro, Miharu is a quiet, introverted girl, who is a test subject for the organization known as Symbol. She pilots the organization's version of the TA, referred to as Fake. She's well aware of her role but does not seem to mind very much until she meets Yuushiro, who awakens in her the desire for self-determination. Miharu is voiced by Mami Kingetsu in Japanese and Monica Rial in English.
Kazukiyo Gowa (豪和 一清, Gōwa Kazukiyo)
The eldest of the Gowa brothers, he's very ambitious and cleverly plots his rise to power first in the family by replacing his father as master of the house and then in the world by weaving a complex political and economic web. He's obsessed with obtaining the power of the mysterious Gasaraki, which he believes will give him the ultimate supremacy, and will stop at nothing to acquire it. Kazukiyo Gowa is voiced by Yūji Takada in Japanese and Andy McAvin in English.
Kiyotsugu Gowa (豪和 清継, Gōwa Kiyotsugu)
The second son of Daizaburo Gowa, he's a man of science and an accomplished researcher. He's the genius behind the development of the TAs that he considers his lifework. To further his studies, he's ready to follow Kazukiyo's sinister plans, disregarding any danger that might befall his relatives or co-workers. Kiyotsugu Gowa is voiced by Sho Hayami in Japanese and Jason Douglas in English.
Kiyoharu Gowa (豪和 清春, Gōwa Kiyoharu)
The third son of Daizaburo Gowa, he's an expert analyst and mediator, qualities that make him a successful businessman. He agrees to support Kazukiyo even though he does not approve of some of his means. Kiyoharu Gowa is voiced by Isshin Chiba in Japanese and Brett Weaver in English.
Misuzu Gowa (豪和 美鈴, Gōwa Misuzu)
She's the youngest in the family and has a close relationship only with her father and older brother Yuushiro since they're only a few years apart. She knows something is not right in the family and tries to break through her sheltered upbringing to learn the truth about her beloved brother and ultimately herself. Misuzu Gowa is voiced by Satomi Koorogi in Japanese and Hilary Haag in English.
Meth (メス, Mesu)
A council member of Symbol he appears to be one of the top figures, taking orders directly from the President. He shows great interest in Miharu's development and well being, coming to view her as a cherished person and not just a means to an end. Meth is voiced by Natsuo Tokuhiro in Japanese and Mike Kleinhenz in English.
Phantom (ファントム・F・フィーゼラー, Fantomu Efu Fīzerā)
Symbol's CEO Phantom is voiced by Issei Miyazaki in Japanese and Illich Guardiola in English.

Anime

Gasaraki consists of 25 television episodes which were first aired on TV Osaka from October 4, 1998, to March 28, 1999. It was released on VHS and DVD in North America and the UK by ADV Films. Nozomi Entertainment has re-licensed the series and will be re-released in 2012.

Video game

On January 13, 2000, the video game, Tactical Armor Custom Gasaraki, was released for the PlayStation.

References

Gasaraki Wikipedia


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