Gunparade March

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  • TV-14
  • 2003
  • 1 Season
  • 6.7  (106)

Gunparade March is a science-fiction, romance, and action anime television series from Japan. The series, produced by the media company Sunrise, consists of 12 episodes, and aired from February 6 to April 23, 2003. The show is set in an alternate reality where the Earth has been invaded by aliens called the Genju. After years of conflict, humanity has developed humanoid weapons known as Humanoid Walking Tanks (HWTs) to fight against the Genju. The story focuses on the lives of the 5121st Platoon, a group of HWT pilots stationed in Tokyo.

The main protagonist of the show is Atsushi Hayami, a cadet of the National Defense Academy who is assigned to the 5121st Platoon after graduating. Atsushi is a skilled HWT pilot, but he is also socially awkward and struggles to connect with others. As he joins the 5121st Platoon and grows closer to his fellow pilots, he faces both the hardships of war and the complexities of love.

The other members of the 5121st Platoon include Mai Shibamura, a self-assured HWT pilot who is the most skilled member of the team, and her twin sister Midori, who is a mechanic and works with HWT maintenance. There's also Takumi Kisaragi, a tough and serious HWT pilot who has a crush on Mai, and Kumiko Komori, a kind and caring HWT pilot who is always willing to lend a hand. Last but not least, there's the team captain, Yoko Machi, who commands the 5121st Platoon with compassion and skill.

As the 5121st Platoon fights the Genju and protects Tokyo, they also navigate their own relationships and personal struggles. Atsushi develops feelings for Mai, but he has to compete with Takumi for her attention. Midori struggles to come to terms with her own feelings for Atsushi, while Kumiko tries to deal with the loss of her previous platoon.

The show balances the action and romance elements well, with dynamic and engaging HWT battles that keep viewers on the edge of their seats. The romance between Atsushi and Mai is also sweet and heartfelt, adding emotional depth to the show.

The animation quality of Gunparade March is top-notch for its time, with slick and detailed character designs and fluid action scenes. The soundtrack, composed by Kenji Kawai, is also impressive and adds to the show's overall atmosphere.

While Gunparade March may not be as well-known as other sci-fi anime series, it stands out for its unique blend of action and romance. The show manages to create a compelling setting with interesting characters that keep viewers invested in their story. If you're a fan of mecha anime or enjoy a good romance story with a sci-fi twist, you won't want to miss Gunparade March.

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Whenever You Say Goodbye... - Gun Parade March
12. Whenever You Say Goodbye... - Gun Parade March
April 24, 2003
It's Christmas again and Mai finally decides to reveal her feelings for Hayami.
Hard to Say - A Good Reward For Their Labour
11. Hard to Say - A Good Reward For Their Labour
April 17, 2003
Following a TV report, Hayami and Mai are found to speak of their mutual testimonials. Their relationship is more frustrating for those around them as they are close, but distant at the same time. May is still struggling to forget her previous love and discharges its emerging feelings.
Hello Sadness - Once Upon a Dime
10. Hello Sadness - Once Upon a Dime
April 10, 2003
It's a happy day for Tanabe! She stumbles across a wallet full of money and finds herself elected as the princess for the next piece of the Academy.
My Heart Throbs for You - A Day in the Life
9. My Heart Throbs for You - A Day in the Life
April 3, 2003
Hayami finally seems to be motivated to speak a little more and he starts to seek advice from his friends about his relationship with May. Trying to confess to May, Hayami hears a discussion between the girls about their relationship. The dishonesty of May ruines his confidence that he has won and leaves him disappointed.
When It's April, She... - With Your Musket, Fife, and Drum
8. When It's April, She... - With Your Musket, Fife, and Drum
March 27, 2003
The months pass quickly and we are already in April. The relationship between Hayami and Mai is still unclear and their journey is getting close to Christmas.
A Long Night - In the Forest of Nights
7. A Long Night - In the Forest of Nights
March 20, 2003
The mecha of Hayami and Mai does not respond and can not be found on the radar. They find themselves completely isolated from the rest of the unit and in enemy territory.
After You Have Left - I Guess Everything Reminds You of Something
6. After You Have Left - I Guess Everything Reminds You of Something
March 13, 2003
The atmosphere worsened since the death of a team member during a previous mission. Hayami and Mai seem to get better results in terms of the timing of their mecha, but their relationship becomes dull.
Autumn Leaves - Thursday's Child
5. Autumn Leaves - Thursday's Child
March 6, 2003
On the occasion of the 17th cultural festival of the academy of Shoukei, the "5121" unit is preparing a specatcle puppet show of "Hansel and Gretel". The choice of roles is causing some tensions within the team.
Let's Have Tea With the Two of Us - Duelist
4. Let's Have Tea With the Two of Us - Duelist
February 27, 2003
A new mecha, controlled by two pilotes is arriving at the barracks. Now, discussions are underway to determine who will control this new power. According to statistics, the pilots should be Takayuki and May.
Summertime Blues - Fire Works
3. Summertime Blues - Fire Works
February 20, 2003
It's finally summer vacation. Unfortunately for our young warriors, they do not have the right to take time off. Yet they will celebrate a sad anniversary of the death of Akane, a former fighter who died in combat. Hayami remembers this sad event and is going to meet the beautiful May, which also assists at the ceremony.
Do Whatever the Hell You Want - Going My Way
2. Do Whatever the Hell You Want - Going My Way
February 13, 2003
The new recruit is fueling discussions and debates within the unit "5121". Cold and haughty, the young May Shibimaru does not seem to reach unanimity. However, she will be the victim of the Casanova of the barracks, Takayuki Setoguchi. He will however be trapped by his female colleagues, because of a micro hidden under a desk.
Playback - The Visitor
1. Playback - The Visitor
February 6, 2003
A "Brain" is discovered in a region of Japan and an disposal mission is ordered. It ended in a huge massacre. A new elite unit is then called to deal with this threat. It's the unit "5121", consisting of young men and women. A new mysterious rookie also happens to lend a helping hand.
  • Premiere Date
    February 6, 2003
  • IMDB Rating
    6.7  (106)