What's with people calling super robot shows made after a certain period a homage? I see this a lot specifically with GaoGaiGar and TTGL. Are super robot shows just not allowed to exist on their own merit after the mid 80s?
Nowadays (at least in the US), most people can only accept dynamic, colorful and upbeat entertainment as "lol so cheesy so bad its good xd", leading them to label GGG, TTGL etc. as parodies.
Because people who don't know much about anime and mechs in particular think Evangelion was a massive breakthrough that changed the face of mecha forever, and that every show that came after was either aping its success or nostalgia for a simpler time.
Instead of, you know, both kiddy and edgy stuff coexisting since forever. If anything Eva had more impact on the cute girls side of anime since it made Teh Rei and clones popular.
While I can mostly blame TV Tropes for this, it's because the vast majority of the more colorful mecha shows never got brought to the US. It's a miracle that Raijin-Oh even came out in recent years.
I think TTGL's case, that was the point but in the case of GaoGaiGar, they're just being (probably) unintentionally uninformed as to what other super robot shows were like at the time, or even if they knew it was part of the Brave series at all
I never see anybody call stuff that came out in the early 00s like Gravion or Godannar or Rahxephon called as homages though
Since this is a thinly-veiled Brave topic, I think it's the right time to post this:
https://msubsreleases.(word on a press).com/2016/02/13/goldran-26/
Seems that Sasword is picking up the pace somehow, lately.
Well, part of the issue is probably that these shows all have very similar elements. As much as I love "super robot," (for whatever that term is worth), it's a samey genre. I can't deny it.
The enemy monsters are literally referred to as kikaiju in the Japanese original and there is a character named "Kouji Tetsuya," voiced by Guy. If that isn't a homage, I don't know what is
I have to really hand it to Anime Midstream for managing to get all of Raijin Oh out on DVD. Hell, they even gave the first half an amateurish yet oddly enjoyable dub. I hope they give another Eldran or maybe even one of the older Braves a shot next.
GGG is just a mecha show. It does have some passing homages, though. But what doesn't?
TTGL is a legit homage to 1970s works and more specifically Getter Robo/Ken Ishikawa, as confirmed by the series writer.
Evangelion is Anno regurgitating some of his favorite stuff but with sexualized 14 year old girls.