The close of the 70s also saw a new sub-genre of Anime began to flourish, Mecha. These titles (of which Science Ninja Team Gatchaman can be included) all included sci-fi/fantasy plots, super-hero oriented characters and HUGE FREAKING ROBOTS. Primary titles include Space Battleship Yamamoto, Mazinger Z and the wildly popular Moblie Suit Gundam. These titles all were far more sophisticated in animation style and tone than the overwhelming majority of their TV predecessors and featured increasingly complex plots and morally ambiguous characters that did not necessarily fit the “Good Guy/Bad Guy” paradigms.
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