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    サクガン

    A show set in the Earth's underground about a father and daughter who go on an adventure after their colony gets attacked, and they would come to learn the value of family.

    Airs: Thursday, October 7, 2021

    Studio: Satelight

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    Far in the future, the human beings were pushed into the deep underground world called Labyrinth and they are living shoulder-to-shoulder. The Labyrinth has several colonies with severe settings such as one having an insanely high temperature, while another is full of gold and silver. Among those, in a colony of Pinyin, resides a curious nine-year-old girl named Memempuu and her father Gaganbar. As "workers" aiming for survival, they live with the lowest profession of riding a working robot to dig ore.

    One day, Memempuu pestered Gaganbar, a cave examiner who makes maps of the internal part of Labyrinth, to go travel together with her to find her mother. As a "marker," Gaganbar holds the most dangerous yet attractive profession. One step outside the colony is already deemed to be a dangerous area and meeting a huge mysterious creature that loiters the cave, one's chance of living will be cut down to five percent. Since it is a dangerous racket to explore the unknown world, the map they hold is valuable and can be sold at a high price. However, is the price for their curiosity higher? What could be the cruel truth that is hidden among them? What awaits at the end of the test? In this travel story between a father and a daughter surrounds adventure with family love.


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  • #2
    Episode 1

    Daddy knows best.

    Quite an impactful start that was as Memempu's personality took a 180 after seeing Lynda and Walsh die right in front of her after their mecha exploded. Things start off with Memempu and Gagumber butting heads over becoming a Marker as while Memempu dreams of becoming one, she fails to realize just how much of a dangerous job it is. And then a treasure maps arrives at their door from Urorop and that has Memempu wanting to go on a journey, and seeing that their home has been decimated by invaders that there's no better time to embark on one. Memempu used to be immature and airheaded, but after seeing what happened, she's now more humble. It will be interesting to see where things go from here after a nice way to start off things.
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    • #3
      Episode 2

      It takes a genius.

      Lots of action here as thanks to Memempu's thinking, they found a way to deal with those kaijus, and she does it by luring them into a pit filled with flammable ore, and then burn them to a crisp. Now that the enemy has been dealt with that they can now mourn Lynda and Walsh, and then go on their way on their journey. With that, the journey begins that will bring father and daughter closer together, and it should be great to see it all going down.
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      The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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      • #4
        Episode 3

        Not going to get boxed in.

        Once again, Memempu shows just how reckless she is. While she is smart, when it comes to knowing when not to jump right into a dangerous situation, not so much. She was almost done for when she was being pursued by a ton of man-eating crustaceans, but Gagumber came to the rescue just in time to get out of this mess. Once again, it's an episode that's filled with thrills. Next time, they meet up with Merooro, who has some sort of bad history with Gagumber in some way.
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        • #5
          Episode 4

          When in Jolly-Jolly, do as the tourists do.

          Gagumber and Memempu are in Jolly-Jolly, and they get arrested seeing that they violated a number of rules of the labyrinth on the way to the Italian colony, but they are allowed to go sightseeing around town with Merooro's permission. They get separated, and Gagumber ends up hitting with the sexy chick Zackletu as the two apparently have some history with each other. But then a mafia comes storming in as Gagumber and Memempu learn that Zackletu is a master thief and has a huge bounty on her head. So after Gagumber gets captured, Zackletu comes to his rescue, and after a thrilling chase, they manage to lose the mafia, though Gagumber is in even bigger trouble with Merooro. It was an action-packed episode there, and Zackletu made her presence known in a big way.

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          The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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          • #6
            Episode 5

            Let there be wind.

            So the increased punishment is hard labor at Windy Hill, except it's not really hard labor as it is doing some rather menial work to support Merooro's hobby. It's a lush and green place, which is surprising seeing that they are underground. But nearby there's a dead zone due to the lack of wind, and vultures rule that roost, except that they are critically endangered. So they go out to the wind machine where there's a problem area, and being a dangerous job that Memempu decides to go and fix the problem. It's a good thing they are wearing those suits seeing that they are dealing with an animus leak, and having the pendant also helps as well. And Memempu could have been a goner having been splashed by a stream of that stuff protecting a couple of vulture chucks, but the suit protected her. And so having completed the job, it's onto the next destination as they are now free to go. Good to see the amount of worldbuilding here given that everything is underground now, and there are lots of mysteries to be unveiled, but in the meantime those two are having one heck of a journey that has taken so many twists and turns already.
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            The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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            • #7
              Episode 6

              He is justice?

              Next stop is AreYaar as while avoiding Zackletu, they run into Yuri, and it didn't exactly help that after getting a handsome reward from Merooro, Gagumber turned around and blew it gambling. In this place, Yuri has formed a gang of outcasts in a place where the president Trevi brags about equality, but in truth that's only because those deemed unworthy are sent away never to be heard from again, which is what happened with Yuri and his gang. While it's quite a problem, Yuri's approach to fixing it wasn't exactly the way to go as the orphans he became a family with are simply happy to just have enough food to eat and to have an oprhanage to live in, and after their latest heists they have way more than they need. Even so, Yuri is forced to leave having become a wanted man, and not to mention he has a new job from Zackletu to provide for them, and for that Zackletu is continuing to follow Memempu and Gagumber seeing that they owe even more money now. Things have gotten really crazy here as now a thief and a hacker have joined the party. Sooner or later, the show needs to get back to its original objective of reaching that place Memempu believes comes from her dream is, as well as to explain what Urorop had been up to since it has been going on too many sidetracks now.
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              The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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              • #8
                Episode 7

                All routes leads to doom?

                After a bunch of what felt like sidetracks, it's back to the main story at hand and the reason why Memempu and Gagumber set out on this journey as they hit the road, and the destination in Memempu's dream re-emerges, and this time an ominous vibe comes out of it as Gagumber is killed in front of Memempu in it as the father and daughter, along with Zackletu and Yuri, are on the road. It's a good thing Memempu was forewarned about those red flowers and put on a mask after everybody else inhaled the pollen and went crazy, though it didn't help that it's easy to be tricked into using the wrong cactus plant for the cure. Nevertheless, there was quite a lot of tension here, especially in the end there when Memempu and Gagumber have a falling out with each other. And then there's Urorop herself as I'm pretty sure that's the cloaked figure who appears in the dream, as well as being the one watching over them in that last scene. It will be interesting to see what secrets lie in that dream and stuff as whatever it is, there's definitely something behind it all.
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                The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                • #9
                  Episode 8

                  Gale or fail.

                  And now, an episode focusing on Gagumber's past as he has a great relationship with Rufus, but one day he was killed. He had a little "brother" named Zack, and it turns out that this brother is actually a sister as Zackletu is that person named Zack, which I saw coming as soon as I knew what that kid's name was. While Zack is a girl, she was acting like a boy as she used to get bullied before Gagumber came into her life. And seeing that Rufus was killed on the job with Gagumber that it's easy to see why she's none too pleased. But involving Memempu in this mess was totally uncalled for as her act nearly got her killed as Gagumber turned on his Gale force mode, which is an illegal body modification that he hoped to never have to use again, and it's easy to see why it's illegal. That dream from the previous episode did come to happen in a way, but while Gagumber is still alive, that took a toll on him. Good to know that Gagumber was made to confront his shameful past, but Zackletu went too far with this act as it only should have been between her and Gagumber. Next time, it's a calm before the big storm episode as it's a swimsuit episode before hitting the stretch with the destination in the pendant.
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                  Watching: School-Live!, Hanako-kun, Vanguard Link Joker, Kingdom
                  Simulcasts: MHA, TYE, TRN, TSL, HIG, IMH, PMM, KMD, OGF, AQT, VTS, FPP, REM, ROL, DDM, GRO, JHY, HRH, PBR, SGK, SON
                  The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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