I like the fact that the mechs in this series are not flying like many series that have interwoven war into its plot. Two countries fighting for control, and both sides are even grounded in technology. But come on seriously? The show as far as I’ve noticed in the first two episodes focuses too much on how the characters are thinking. Tokimune has had zero development in his personality in the previous episode and now this one. Yeah he has a tough time killing and cannot control a mech very well but why deliver it in this way? At least in M3: Sono Kuroki Hagane Akashi has a legitimate reason for being there. He tested in to the program after which he was handpicked by higher-ups. This guy is a wimp. XEBEC could have done a much better job getting this message across rather than oh lets put a mysteriously powerful robot in the hands of someone who cannot even pilot it! This episode vaguely brought in Jessica to explain this really tough idea of “just think about moving and it will move”! Deus ex machina. I hate these plot devices. This is used in so many anime series and can effectively be done well but more often than not it’s bad just real bad. Sorry to say this series did not even make it to episode 3. This was terrible!
OVERALL IMPRESSION: 2/10
I know I am a bit behind on the previous season’s series but I figured might as well get some of these out as well. Welcome to the first post of the summer season!
So we’ve got a new mech anime series. XEBEC is animating it, these are the same guys who did Love Hina, Space Battleship Yamato 2199, and one of my favorite series of all time The Third.
Two countries [Arandas and Ingelmia] have been at war for quite some time. Tokimune, a young man part of the eight division of Arandas pilots a new robot “Argevollen”. I have is the writer of this Tatsuo Sato. He is all across the board when it comes to his production of an anime series. He’s done Mouretsu Pirates to the Ninja Scroll series. What he is famous for is his directorial debut of Martian Successor Nadesico. I just hope this guy can write something real serious here. The music I can already tell is going to be fantastic, it’s done by Kotaro Nakagawa. Now this is a composer you would definitely want for a series of this stature. GOSICK is one of my favorite period anime series and the music was truly telling of it. I have no doubt in my mind this guy can pull this off considering his compositions for Code Geass R1 and R2. Not to mention Gun X Sword. This sounds promising right? Well the big concerning issue here is Atsushi Ootsuki. Creator of To Love-Ru?! Come on! All this director has ever done even in episode production and as an original creator are moe fan service series! I will give this series the 3 episode review, and if it fails I will drop this show. The reason why I am rating this so highly is because I love mecha series and with an awesome writer, composer and animation team I cannot see why I would really enjoy this. This would have been much higher if it wasn’t for the director. They at least could have gotten someone more solid in the genre like Koichi Chigira.
The OP was featured at the ending credits and it was a nice rock song, that I hope the animation goes well with it.
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