Straight Up Saturdays (True Gar: Moments That Define A Hero)

No taunting Hockey Fans this time, just a moment of openness that is relevant to anime.  I’ve been marathoning Kotetsushin Jeeg all night and have been waiting for this moment since the very second after the very first scene depicting Hiroshi’s heroic sacrifice in the pre-title sequence of episode 1…..the moment when Hiroshi and Michie meet again after 50 years.  And finally it’s happened and exceeded all of my expectations as well as providing an example of what I like to call True Gar, something different but similar to what ghostlightning describes here.  I differentiate this from the more popular and well known loud screaming male character beating things up in that it cuts right to the heart of what it means to be a true hero….that being the brave heart to stand against villainy and the compassion to protect and treasure loved ones and justice.  The ability to meet an antagonist who would unjustly rob others of the joys of life with the ferocity of a lion on the battlefield, but also the ability to treat the ones that you care for with the gentleness of a cub in the moments that the hero fights for.  This to me is one of those True Gar moments that defines a hero:

Michie is much older then the last time they met and initially Hiroshi is blind after having been reawakened from his 50 year slumber after having been sealed in a zone where time does not pass.  Soon the truth becomes apparent to him as his sight returns.  See if you can pinpoint the exact moment where Hiroshi shows how impossibly manly he can be

It’s moments of passion like this that are the reason I watch Mecha anime.

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8 Responses to “Straight Up Saturdays (True Gar: Moments That Define A Hero)”


  1. 1 ghostlightning May 16, 2009 at 5:43 am

    I’m not sure about GAR and manliness in this clip, but it is quite a romantic and touching scene.

  2. 2 schneider May 16, 2009 at 6:53 am

    I’m guessing it’s the moment where Hiroshi pulls Michie’s hand back as she retracts it.

    ghostlightning should watch Shin Jeeg too!

  3. 3 deathkillz May 16, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    And here I thought you’ve already watched this before recommending it to me D:
    I better get started on it soon…

  4. 4 Kaioshin Sama May 16, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    @schneider: You got it! :D

  5. 5 Cr4Zy_NoOB June 11, 2009 at 8:14 am

    I better get started on it soon

  6. 6 moritheil June 12, 2009 at 11:59 am

    I think the terminological inexactitude has to deal with whether one views GAR as equivalent to manliness, or denoting a special subsection of manliness. Cutting off the heads of enemies and being unafraid to show love are both “manly” but they are different kinds of manliness.

  7. 7 Kevin Salles April 8, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    This is remarkable. Did you need to go to college to find out to accomplish this stuff? Genuinely cool.


  1. 1 Anime Diet » The Worst Manga Ever Trackback on June 12, 2009 at 3:30 pm

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