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The sci-fi adventureLinebarrels of Iron(2008) opens in 2019, as a gargantuanmechaplummets from space, crashing into the woods in Japan. Designated junior high nerd Kouichi is taking a shortcut through those woods to fetch lunch for a clutch of bullies when the robot-suit crashes. He awakens next to naked babe Emi, who helps him establish a link with themechaLinebarrel. Kouichi discovers he is the Factor, the human destined to pilot the robot-suit--although Emi explains that themechakilled him when it crashed and has restored him to life. For the first time, Kouichi feels powerful: he declares himself a Champion of Justice and wreaks havoc in the nearby city as he tries to prove it. Before he can do too much damage, he's recruited by the Juda Corporation to join the fight against the evil leader of the Katou Organization, who's out to rule the world.Linebarrels of Ironveers erratically between fan service slapstick and formulamechabattles. The setup at the Juda Corporation suggests a harem comedy, but Kouichi is an arrogant jerk who lacks the good-natured charm of Tenchi inTenchi Muyo!or the hangdog appeal of Keitaro inLove, Hina, and the gratuitous nudie shots interrupt the fumbling progress of the story. Masamitsu Hidaka's pedestrian direction keeps the battle scenes from generating much excitement as an apparently endless supply of weightless robots from the Katou Organization get cut in half by Kouichi and his understandably reluctant allies from Juda.Linebarrels of Ironranks among the least impressive offerings from the prestigious Gonzo studio. (Rated TV MA: nudity, violence, risqué humor, alcohol and tobacco use)--Charles Solomon

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CastJosh Grelle, Alexis Tipton
DirectorCaitlin Glass
DVD Release Date:  January 19, 2010
Runtime:  300 minutes
Studio:  Funimation
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review by . January 11, 2010
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A self-proclaimed mecha junkie extraordinaire, I like to think I stay in the loop when it comes to anime titles coming down the pipeline involving the genre. Proving me wrong and completely taking me by surprise was FUNimation's North American release of Gonzo's LineBarrels (of Iron). Not only are we talking about massive mecha battles, a bizarrely addicting cast of characters, nudity and a bit of comedy, the material comes from none other than the character designer from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED …
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