Monday, June 27, 2005
Every night I come home and flip on the TV while I'm preparing dinner. It's either ABS-CBN News Channel or Cartoon Network for me, though, really the latter wins out.
That's how I discovered Medabots. Golly gee whiz! I'm getting addicted to the show.
Yes, it follows the trite anime format of kids competing with their toys, this time with fighting robots instead of cars, cards, or tops. But what's different about it is that it doesn't take itself too seriously. There isn't the fate of the world hanging in the balance, just the spirit of competition.
There's a lot of humor as well. Their main nemeses, the Rubberobo Gang, a group of weirdos in black suits with yellow horns, declare their intention to rule the world...by setting up flower shops, interior decoration services, and other crazy schemes (shades of ETC channel!). The referee pops up everytime there's a robattle, never mind how implausible the situation.
But it's really a well-written show within the confines of its silly little world. The stories are about friendship, sportsmanship, and perseverance. The adults are neither treated as skeptics or critics, and instead as understanding advisers. And above all, the dialogue is true to the characterization.