For a long time, I kept confusing Gravion and Godannar. This was mainly because both shows came out at roughly the same time and both begin with the letter G. After actually watching them, they’re not too hard to tell apart:
Godannar has Takahiro Kimura character designs. Gravion has Makoto Uno ones.
Godannar has Nemeses. Gravion has Zeravires.
Godannar has Ichiro Mizuki songs. Gravion has JAM Project.
Godannar is awesome. Gravion well, kinda sucks.
The easy explanation would be to simply say “lol Gonzo”. The weak pacing, inability to make disparate elements gel together, and lame ending that are Gonzo hallmarks are really only a small part of Gravion’s problem. The real problem is that it really felt like Gonzo was just phoning things in.
Why is that such a big problem here? Well, it’s because Gravion is a super robot show. If there is a single genre which absolutely, positively should not be half-assed, it’s super robot shows. A dull harem comedy is still somewhat completing its goals if it has regularly scheduled nuditity. A moe-centric show can coast along with nothing but some decent character designs. Yet with a super robot show, everything cannot be larger than life if you’re not filled with HOT BLOOD and BURNING PASSION. Nothing in Gravion ever feels exciting, epic, over-the-top, or ridiculous (in a good way or a bad way) to the point where when I hear a JAM Project insert song, rather than being a cue to get pumped, it’s a cue for me to fast forward through a dull, overly-lengthy stock transformation scene.