Jin and Jo are former members of a unit called Phantom. As they strive to protect a girl named Sana, they must fight their former comrades using mecha that are called Guardians. (c. 2006 Rating: Average)
If you look at this series’ description, it actually looks interesting. To quote Wikipedia:
After the world population and economy is devastated by simultaneous hyper-huricanes, many different factions and fledgling nations appear. In Japan, an elite class called Logos appears, controlling special zones in the country which have most of the wealth and resources. The Logos exercise control over the Levinas, the lower class which struggles day to day in order to stay alive. The Levinas are restricted from entering the special zones, causing tension which creates a resistance group which fights back against the Logos. With the tagline “A Near Future Late-Shogunate Action Animation”, the story draws analogies with 19th Century Japan at the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate period, just before the Boshin War.
Really interesting right? However the only outstanding episode was the first one. The action was quite good, the baddies made a ‘whoa!’ type entrance. After that it’s really, ‘Oh yeah? Duh.’
- Animation at 0.5/0.75. One of the rare times I’ve been displeased with the animation. When the flow of the story ain’t that really good, the not-so-excellent designs are also glaring. The mecha CG are not that awful, but how the villains (and other characters) are drawn just gives you the feeling it’s a real generic anime.
- Characters at 0.5/1. Ugly. There’s a loli who’s attracted to one of our male leads, there’s an annoying mascot, there’s a pirate (or pirates), there’s a confused ex-lover sharpshooter, there’s a bland hero turned traitor, etc etc. Of course, I didn’t realize how much I disliked the characters until after I finished the show.
- Music at 0.25/0.75. Nothing to warrant a 0.5. And no, the piano piece doesn’t register anything memorable.
- Story/Plot/Dialogue at 0.75/1. There is a twist in the end, but by that time I was already hoping to finish the series and be done with it. Of course, there’s a mix of politics, love, and mecha action. But there’s no real uniqueness to this show. What I saw never made me feel anything for any of the characters. This series had such a nice premise that I don’t know how they failed to make it engaging.
- Entertainment value at 0.75/1.5. It was so full of promise (for me), and then the series went down to an average level series. The mecha fights are acceptable, but not grand enough to be memorable. I was yawning before long. I was only able to finish it because there were mechs, and it was only 12 episodes long.
Verdict? I may have been harsh with this review, but the series was disappointing. As I said in one of my posts, I was so glad I didn’t blog this show; it would have been a waste of my time. So if you’re a mecha fan, yes, there’s mechs, but find something else better to watch. If you’re not a mech fan, there’s not much reason to watch this.