Are you bored this anime season? Whats your problem, then, idiot? Penguindrum is on! Don't you know about rock'n'roll? Haven't you seen Redline yet? Haven't you seen Redline twice yet?
Anyway, there's a great 30-year-old robot anime that's being fansubbed right now and it's called Galactic Cyclone Bryger. The dude subbing it got himself through Fang of the Sun Dougram and Panzer World Galient already, so even though there are only six episodes available right now, I expect it to be followed up on and finished. (As for its sequels...)
So what's good about this show other than "it's a really old sci-fi anime with a robot in it"? That's easy. Bryger is fun. It's way chill. It's super laid-back. That up there is the eyecatch for this show.
The catchphrase of the team is a thumbs up and a "Yay!". You may notice that the character designs are kind of... reminiscent of Lupin III author Monkey Punch. If we trust Wikipedia, the character designer was told to do that, and honestly the whole of Bryger kind of has a similar vibe. It's a robot caper anime.
These are the most gung-ho protagonists I've seen in a robot anime in quite a while. Internal conflict doesn't take place here: hell, they don't even think. When Blaster Kid, Speedy Bowie and Angel Omachi are called to live on a remote asteroid in a lawless sector of the galaxy with Isaac (the Harlock-looking guy in the back) to go around doing mercenary jobs in his flying space car, they all just say "Yay!" within five minutes of meeting the guy. And they put on the uniforms right then and there.
And they're that free-wheeling about everything. This is how the hero sits during the robot transformation scene. The car grows to 20 times its size (a logical nightmare, don't even think about how this is supposed to work), turns into a spaceship, and then turns into a robot. And this is how impressed the hero is by all this as his seat is catapulted into the head of the monster.
J9 missions include stopping space biker gangs from fighting so much outside the dance club in their space bikes (by planting bombs on their space bikes) and taking down an evil organization that kills dudes by stuffing them into missiles which they then fire at Venus. J9 shows no mercy and makes no money!
Right now there is only a hint of a continuing story: mostly the gang just does work (usually the delivery of an ass-kicking) for nice people with deep pockets, only to then lose the money doing something nice for the nice person. There is banter. There is fun. It is ridiculous, and it knows it and it is smiling (but not smirking).
So call Bryger. It'll arrive in a second!