This Cobra TV anime is divided up into a number of mini-arcs with our titular space pirate tackling different adventures and crossing paths with other space criminals. The quality of the arcs tend to vary as I was turned off by the one-shot episode ones since they had little time to provide their build-up and suspense, while those spanning multiple episodes caught my interest more as there was more time to buildup their plots and offer their twists in Cobra's adventures. The series retains the typical mold of past Cobra installments, though I felt a little turned off that Lady Armaroid didn't get much in the way of screen time in this series. Overall if you have enjoyed past anime adaptations of Cobra, this is more of the same for you to enjoy.
Last updated Saturday, July 01 2017. Created Saturday, July 01 2017.
I have seen three episodes of this series and .... IT'S REALLY FUNNY
The character of Cobra in book-form might appear as the Harry Harrison's ↗Slippery Jim DiGriz. In movie form, he might appear as the 1970's anti-hero ↗Shaft.
But in any case, the character of Cobra is a real hoot. With a stupid cigar plastered to his face, he can be counted on to flirt with any half-naked girl and smack down any of over-blown masked villains who might be chasing her. And somehow all of the ladies that he rescues or plays with always seem to be half-dressed and boyfriend-free.
Adapted from a 1970's Japanese ↗Cobra Manga series, this series is a blast from the past. It is sooooo dern cheesy and trashy, that should never be taken with even an ounce of seriousness.
He is cool!! He's slick! He's that beefy pirate with a laser cannon hidden in his left arm!! He's Cobra!!!
Last updated Monday, February 01 2010. Created Tuesday, January 19 2010.
(One episode watched):
On the one hand the OP sequence to Cobra TV was snazzy and encouraging; on the other the not altogether handsome character designs reminded me of Scooby Doo more than any anime series. Sometimes the jokes seemed to be about as funny as those from Scooby Doo as well, and it gradually became clear that this story had about the same sophistication as an old American children's cartoon. This seems like a simple plot without much imagination; one definite indicator of this was the cheesy lines being spoken by the characters. Basically, a fantastic threat of apocalyptic destruction is presented to us, but without much effort to explain it or make it plausible. That is, without the slightest evidence to back up the claim, it is very difficult to suspend disbelief. And if what's at stake is as great as a character claims, what the characters do doesn't make much sense. For example, while in a fight with Cobra for an object which can supposedly determine the fate of our entire solar system, the heavily armed bad guys break off and run when the ordinary police arrive--even though the police don't seem any better equipped than in the present day. Cobra's opponent "Blackborn" feels like a generic, two-dimensional bad guy (or girl), whose only personality is evil. Cobra's own personality is largely a mystery, since I got the distinct impression that the viewer is expected to already be familiar with him. He mourns someone named "Domenique", apparently a lover who was killed in the past, but I had no way of knowing for sure. In other words, this series isn't starting at the begining of Cobra's story. Also, the BG music seemed poorly chosen, in an apparent attempt to force emotions upon us instead of letting us select them ourselves. To sum things up, Cobra TV just seemed juvenile and patronizing to me, and I don't see much reason to commit my precious time to it.
Last updated Tuesday, January 19 2010. Created Tuesday, January 19 2010.
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