A classic Anime.....
I love this series
But a word of warning...don't watch the series if you suffer from depression. If you do..avoid the Ideon movies like the plague. lol
Space Runaway Ideon begins in 2300 AD, far enough in the future that mankind has begun colonizing other planets. On the planet Solo a group of archeologists come across the mysterious remains of the Ideon—three large armored trucks with the ability to transform into the godly mecha. They also come across a large spaceship. At that very moment of discovery, a humanoid alien civilization known as the "Buff Clan" comes across Solo. When the daughter of the Buff Clan's military commander flies down to the planet against orders an interstellar war is triggered. The cities on Solo are obliterated by the Buff Clan soldiers and the survivors, using the Ideon for protection, board the spaceship found with the Ideon (known as the "Solo Ship") and flee. The survivors travel from planet to planet, constantly pursued by the Buff Clan who desire the Ideon for themselves along with the mysterious energy source behind them, known only as "Id" or "Ide". The Ideon is piloted by several Solo Ship crew members, but the main pilot is the series protagonist Cosmo Yuki.
As the crew of the Solo Ship fight and survive further, the true power of the Ideon begins to slowly be revealed with terrifyingly devasatating results. Although the crew often latches onto various hopes and optimism, as the death toll of the crew rises and the devastation surrounding them increases, the crew of the Solo Ship slowly begin to despair. Eventually turned away by their own world out of fear, what fate awaits this lost ship and its inhabitants?PS:WHo digs the ED themeInfluence:
The influence of Ideon on Japanese animation, despite its rough beginnings and infamous ending, has been enormous. It was rated #10 among the greatest anime series as compiled by famous anime magazine Animage (counting popularity, influence, and opinion).
Space Runaway Ideon is a predecessor of sorts to Hideaki Anno's Neon Genesis Evangelion and deals with many of the same issues. There are a number of homage shots in the Neon Genesis Evangelion movies in which certain scenes are mirrored from Be Invoked almost perfectly. The Neon Genesis Evangelion series also ends in a similar fashion, with two theatrical releases: the first part ("Death") being composed largely of clips from the already-released episodes, and the second part ("Rebirth", or The End of Evangelion) made up of new animation devolving into apocalyptic territory much like that of Be Invoked, right down to overtones of rebirth.
In many ways, Ideon was a first of its kind. It has been considered to be the prototype of the modern dark and twisted science fiction anime such as Akira, the above mentioned Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Tomino's own beautiful but bleak Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam. Although it is debatable as Mobile Suit Gundam is often considered the first anime to show a truly grittier side of science fiction, Ideon undeniably has a very distinct presentation and plot style which had never been seen before, specifically with the series' emphasis on making the audience feel for the characters and their struggle against a hopeless scenario as opposed to just watching the Ideon do battle or feeling for the overall theme.