Episode 1 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 2 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 3 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 4 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 5 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 6 – | Review Score – 4.5/5
If you’re in the market for jaw-dropping, skyscraper-wrecking kaiju action, look no further than Netflix’s Gamera Rebirth. The kaiju-based action space is teeming with multiple new series hitting the scene each year, all tailored to cater to the growing demand of the genre’s audience.
Given the standard narrative of the kaiju-based movies and shows, Gamera Rebirth remains rooted in the narrative of a world being trampled by gigantic alien creatures as humanity scrambles at the brink of extinction. Every Kaiju show does its best to bring about a flare of uniqueness and originality by playing with free variables.
Given this, Gamera Rebirth attempts to bring about its own flare of uniqueness to the genre using Gamera, a kaiju as the primary line of defence against the other kaiju. Gamera Rebirth, like any other kaiju show, begins with Earth being under attack by gigantic creatures, but the twist is these creatures are unleashed by a group of elitists who claim they have a vision to ‘purify’ Earth and start afresh.
In an endeavor to accomplish this, they unleash 5 different species of kaiju for Gamera to fight against, each better than the one before. Earth’s only reliable line of defence is Gamera as it seeks to protect Boco, the protagonist. The story begins with a group of misfits, who are also a crazy blend of kids with completely different personalities.
The lead protagonist of the show is Boco, a young schoolboy with a heart the size of a kaiju. He is accompanied by a rather uptight friend, Joe, who takes on his older brother’s role. Junichi is a nerdy science freak who gets included in the group on the common ground that they love to do out of the textbook stuff. Joining the group in the progression is an American bully called Brody.
On the night of the first encounter with a kaiju, the kids are introduced to James and Emiko, two personnel of the Foundation as they recognize the kid’s importance to their cause. The Foundation is an organization pretending to help develop technology to fight the kaijus, but in reality, is planning something threatening to the human race.
As the episodes progress, Gamera’s devotion to protecting Boco only becomes more evident with each passing fight. The Netflix animated show unfortunately doesn’t give a very reasonable explanation as to how and why Gamera came into existence in the first place, but simply looking back at it and calling it destiny can be much more helpful.
The action sequences are characterized by a beautiful art style and an accurate representation of kaiju biomechanics. Unfortunately, the realistic approach of moving such a huge body while carrying its weight around limits the scope of the action sequences and lacks fast-paced explosiveness in the bargain.
Oddly enough, the visuals of the kaiju battles are breathtaking, however, the show takes a massive hit when it comes to the visuals of the human characters. In addition to this, the character’s voice acting doesn’t synchronize on multiple occasions and can end up sounding odd.
The storyline is overwhelmingly simplistic and unidimensional until the halfway mark, after which many revelations are made, making the show 10x fun to watch. The kaiju combat scenes also have a lot of inconsistency and can be frustrating knowing a move could be used right at the start.
All that being said, Gamera Rebirth is an easy and fun-to-watch show mainly geared toward a younger audience and can also help kaiju action fans add one more to their list.
Verdict - 8/10