Promare (2019)

I saw Promare in theaters on Sept 19 (subbed of course) and I have been struggling to put my thoughts about the movie into words.

Mild spoilers ahead.

I will start by saying that the movie kicks off perfectly with just enough of background about the world before dumping you into an intense firefighting rescue scene which culminate in a fight between the main character, the totally-not-Kamina-as-a-firefighter Galo, and the Mad Burnish trio, the fire-wielding mutant terrorist sect. The rescue scene and subsequent scene were full of heart-pounding action. I have to say I was not a huge fan of the animation in parts of these scenes. At times it was hard to keep track of what was going on as it just seemed like the whole theater screen was filled with pixelated blue and red CG sprites. This scene did a great work at establishing all the characters in the firefighter team and really showing the crazy stakes these characters face on a day to day basis.

Probably the biggest weakness of this movie is that between the teaser trailers, prologue and the opening fire rescue scene, the entire firefighter team is hyped up…but then rarely appears in the rest of the movie. None of them have any real impact beyond that first scene. Even the cool mechs that their resident evil genius creates are hardly used afterwards.

Back to Galo for a moment. He is basically Kamina from TTGL as a firefighter. He’s definitely the star of the show. I love his character, but it also brings up a point of contention. Would I love this character as much if he didn’t remind me of Kamina? Probably yes. They even give him a drill at one point! Of course the entire theater busted up cheering at that point, even if the drill does get melted a few minutes later by the Bad Guy.

You don’t need to know much about the Bad Guy other than his design is on point. I can’t stress this enough, don’t worry about the plot.

There are a lot of little nods to the fans throughout the movie. It’s clear that this movie all about style, and it comes packin serious heat. All the subsequent fights are amazing, especially once the giant mecha are revealed. Because it wouldn’t be Trigger without gratuitous giant robot fights. In true Trigger fashion, the giant robot starts off fairly plain looking and keeps getting visual enhancements and power buffs throughout the fight until it reaches a universe-shattering scale. Those last ten minutes are a visual orgasm and make the entire buildup of the movie totally worth it.