Fight! Iczer-1 (1985 IMDb)

Categorization

Bold action and body horror on a dark backdrop, where all protagonists and most other characters are female.

Subject

A regular girl on Earth is chosen to be a mecha co-pilot. She hates and fears this responsibility, but is forced into it when lesbians have her parents murdered and replaced by hideous Lovecraftian lifeforms as the planet is invaded and laid to waste. The girl's anguish feeds her machine.

Commentary

As in Space Runaway Ideon (1980), primal emotion is put through an id machine. The alien enemy operates out of a spaceship that looks like a half-eaten moon and bears the name Cthulhu (in one possible transcription), in a world where a kindergartener can give a panty shot. Sleaze and schlock cranked up to 11, with an unusual backbone of childish nightmares.

References here: Gall Force: Eternal Story (1986), Bubblegum Crisis (1987).

Japanese production animation mecha movie

Sequel:

Bouken! Iczer 3 (1990 IMDb)

Categorization

A move away from horror, towards cute drama and more traditional superhero/mecha action.

Subject

Nagisa's grandchild survives a new assault on Earth. She meets Iczer-3, a “sister” sent by a wounded Iczer-1, and a total stranger to malice. The new Iczer doesn't quite understand the war, but appreciates nature and fights for the remnants of humankind, befriending some of her enemies.

Commentary

Hair and shiny eyes galore. Iczer-3 is played by Cutey Suzuki, a gravure idol whose incompetent monotone is appropriate for the construct. The “Princess Who Loved Insects” theme is also quite good, but peripheral.

Japanese production animation mecha series