Japanese: NO.6 ナンバー・シックス
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 8, 2011 to Sep 16, 2011
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 7.791 (scored by 63466 users)
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Sep 24, 2011 1:22 PM
NOTE: For my sake, I’m writing Nezumi, as Nezumi, and not “Rat” like in the subs, and Shion instead of Sion, like the MAL character page.
Story – 8/10. No.6 is a utopia, there is no poverty, there are no conflicts, there are no problems. You will live happily and peacefully within these safe walls, and you will wear this lovely bracelet that is your identity. Oh, and one last thing: if you doubt us, we won’t hesitate to eliminate you. Ignorance really is bliss.
On his 12th birthday, Shion hides and helps an injured Nezumi, a VC. This leads to being stripped of his rights to live in Cronos and qualification to enter the Special Course. There’s a time skip, and suddenly it’s four years later and instead of studying ecology, Shion’s a park worker. After witnessing two people strangely die, he’s taken away by the Bureau of Safety. At that point, he’s rescued by Nezumi and whisked away to the Western District to discover the truth about No.6.
No.6 is listed as Sci-fi and Action, but there are also elements of Fantasy and Shounen-ai. Yes, shounen-ai. I’m not sure if I view it as a good thing, or bad. I mean, I’m a fan of yaoi/shounen-ai, so that probably contributes largely to the fact I enjoyed it, but I know there are a ton of people who aren’t comfortable with it.
If you’re a fan of shounen-ai, you will enjoy this. Well, to be honest, I’m not sure it would be able to appeal to any other audience beside BL fans...
Aside from the homosexual content, No.6 starts off with an intriguing plot – and I won’t lie, I’m a total sucker for utopia/dystopia stories. But like a lot of people, I thought this had a lot of potential to be something amazing, but it never did reach what it could have; whether it’s because of the length of the anime, or because it got side-tracked by shounen-ai fan service, I’m not sure. I kind of feel like a lot of loose ends weren’t dealt with.
Art – 7.25/10. The art... isn’t one of No.6’s stronger points. While it isn’t terrible, it isn’t amazing. The characters are sometimes really awkwardly drawn/animated, such as Shion’s scar or his blushing. But the background and scenery are amazing, and the OP was done beautifully. Especially the last thirty seconds.
Sound – 9/10. I won’t lie; I strongly disliked the OP at first. I thought it was really strange sounding and the singer’s voice was abnormally high... but as the episodes went on, I’ve grown to like them quite a bit. I found myself watching and listening to it on replay. Anyways, it suited the feel of No.6 perfectly. And ohmygosh, the ED. EDs are something I skip over all the time. Not this one. I couldn’t. This one I liked right away. It felt incredibly sad, almost like nostalgia. As cheesy as this sounds, my heart clenches when I hear it. Background music was very subtle, but added wonderfully to the overall feel.
The voice actors also did a pretty good job. Nezumi’s singing was nice... though, it took a bit of time getting used to little Shion’s and little Nezumi’s deep voices...
Character – 8/10. I cried. I got so emotionally attached, that tears came pouring out when Nezumi began singing in the last episode, despite how confused I was.
In the beginning you’re introduced to 12-year-old Nezumi. Running around from authorities in what seems to be a sewage system, panting, with blood trickling down his arm. He meets a dead end, where steel bars are closing off on an opening, preventing chances of escape. Then you’re introduced to 12-year-old Shion. Right away their lives are contrasted. Shion’s sitting at his desk in the middle of Safu’s presentation; there hasn’t been any real hardships he’s been through in life since being ranked as having highest intelligence.
Shion is naive, innocent, kind, and for the most part, ignorant like many other No.6 citizens. Nezumi is sharp-tongued, gives of an arrogant vibe, and is artsy. Yes, their personalities have been done before, but I don’t think you’ll get bored of them... Shion and Nezumi are actually quite likable. As the anime progresses, you see moments of complete contradiction to their personalities which I found quite interesting. Shion has a darker, more aggressive side that comes out when it comes to Nezumi, and Nezumi definitely has a soft spot when it comes to Shion. This might make them seem out of character at times, but I think that’s the point. They bring out entirely new sides of each other.
As for the other supporting characters: Karan, Inukashi, Rikiga, even Yoming, – they’re pretty okay. You know general information about their life and their past, but not in great detail. They’re not exactly incredibly developed characters either, but the anime was only 11 episodes long.
The only one I found kind of strange was Elyurias/Safu. I didn’t really understand her presence or character...
Enjoyment – 10/10. I enjoyed this 10/10 easily, even the second time going through. I grinned and I worried, I eagerly clicked each episode and got frustrated over waiting for the next one. With this anime, I watched it each episode from beginning to end, OP to ED. Stating it simply: I loved watching it [and rewatching it.] The last episode did confuse me a bit, but I’m seriously longing for more.
Overall – Each category is weighted differently for me, and of course, there are always miscellaneous factors. I consider Story to account for 25% of the overall ranking of animes, Art 10%, Sound 10%, Character 25%, and Enjoyment 30%.
[80% x 0.25] + [72.5% x 0.10] + [90% x 0.10] + [80% x 0.25] + [100% x 0.30] = 86.25%
Round it up, and that’s how No.6 gets a 9/10 from me... and my first review on MAL. ^_______^
Dec 29, 2014 11:16 PM
Nov 16, 2014 2:19 PM
What makes the show is the main story and the characters. Off the bat, the two main characters show that a complex, turbulent but genuine relationship will form. Other characters introduced in the show are also fascinating with strange dynamics between them. I would have liked to know more about the world of the show. Like most future dystopian stories, there are things you want to know that both drive you crazy but also make the world even more fascinating. What No. 6 did right is focus on the story and characters so that you I didn't feel dissatisfied with the mysteries left behind.
The technical quality of the show is good but not the best. The animation was enjoyable but not incredible, same with the sound (though I really like the opening/ending themes). The dub is not the best either, but I still enjoyed it. To me, the character's voices matched pretty well.
Overall, I don't think of No. 6 as a masterpiece but I'd definitely recommend it, especially since it's short and doesn't have filler. And I'm always down for some good shounen-ai! read more
Apr 14, 2013 11:20 PM
Let"s take a closer look.
Just a fair warning, this is not an anime for people who cannot stand shounen ai. Not that it's a vital piece to the story or anything, but there are still some moments that might turn you off if you don't enjoy that kind of romance.
So here's the story. Sion, our protagonist, was a young, promising student. On the night of his 12th birthday, he met a fleeing fugitive, Nezumi. Despite knowing that he would be punished by the law, hid and helped him escape. Four years later, after witnessing a strange event at work, he was taken away by the police and was rescued by Nezumi and the two of them ran to the outside world that the walls of no. 6 was trying to hide from its inhabitants.
After putting so much of drama in the opening episodes of the show, you would think that the creators would then try to maintain the audience's attention right? Wrong. The remainder of No.6 is then used to explain side characters that you would never care about, raises conflicts that would just disappear not to ever return. Maybe it's because of how short this series is, but that does not cover up for the fact that there are many episodes that just waste time building up to a good development, and then completely forgets about it next week. I've find myself wanting to drop no. 6 because of that. It is not until near the end of the show when things are finally explained and the plot moves on. However, by the time that happens, we're already on the last few episodes and there's no room left to truly establish a good motive or villain.
Although the character design is not very outstanding, Studio Bones does do a very good job of animating No. 6. The few actions scenes are worth watching and they do make the show a lot more enjoyable. Of course, this is not FMA, but it is fun looking at Nezumi beating the crap out of some random grunt.
Music is perhaps No. 6 worst aspect. The op and ed are fine, and I rather enjoyed them, but the BGM is bad to say the least and some tracks just simply fails to deliver a good moment. That is not very annoying in through out most of the anime since nothing really happens, but when things really heat up later on, don't expect shivers to run down your spine because of the epic music.
As I mentions before, the side characters of this show are not very interesting. Although No.6 does try to give the audience something to relate to them, there's not very much to grasp onto as they are only given a few minutes of back story at best before being thrown into the plot device closet again. Where the show really shines is the interaction between Nezumi and Sion and that's what made me stick around. I'm not going to reveal a lot of it here since I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but I'm going to say that through their interactions, they grow a lot together and character development is always very appreciated in my book.
This show was recommended to me by a friend who was praising it a lot, and I could see why. Does that mean I enjoy it as much as she did? Unfortunately no. Despite having potential, No. 6 just falls short of many other brethren of the same genre, and the music did not help a lot either.
If you don't watch a lot of anime in the scifi or dystopia genre, you might find No.6 a refreshing deviation from your typical high school anime. It has a decent plot, and overall solid leads. However, if you're the type that could talk about Ergo Proxy, Psycho Pass, etc. for days on end, this title might be a bit lack luster for you. Despite that however, No. 6 does manage to pull itself through in the end. Is it an anime that you must watch before you kick the bucket? No. But is it a good way to spend a boring Saturday afternoon? Yes.
Sep 23, 2013 6:58 PM
The story is basically about a utopian society called No. 6. The story basically centers around two teenage named Nezumi and Shion. Now, like all utopian societies, this one holds major unseen flaws. Though it is not mentioned, this is a sorta shonen ai type of anime. However, the story does not revolve very much around that aspect of the anime, so for those who do not care for it, do not worry. Just ignore it and keep watching.
The story of the anime started out with good promise. It starts out with Shion, the protagonist with a high level IQ, who has a fateful meeting with a boy named Nezumi. After allowing Nezumi to stay the night, Shion's high class life is brought to an end as he is banished from his district. Years later, Shion directly encounters the utopia's dark secret and is nearly euthanized for his discovery. In an encounter of fate, Nezumi comes to the rescue and saves Shion. The former then introduces him to the true face of No. 6. The story venters around the theme of humanity, and ignorance. Is ignorance good? What is a person willing to sacrafice their beliefs for? What can revenge do? Is there anything more important than that? At the start of the series, the story was well rounded, but as it moved on, plot holes were formed, and problems were created then left. The plot became too rushed and confusing.
The art and animation at the beginning of the series was presented neatly and without a hitch. However, as the story moved along, the animation and art got sloppy and at the most crucial moments of the story. The opening and the ending are extremely good. They are some of the best songs that I have heard so far. The opening and ending have that sort of tone that fits the story perfectly. Both melancholy and hopeful. Prior to watching this series I had no idea how beautiful a voice Yoshimasa Hosoya had.
The plot focused mainly on the two main protagonists and very little on supporting characters. However, because the plot focused so much on them, their presence became more interesting. It felt like a daily/weekly routine in a sense that seeing them in every episode made my day. In all honesty, when I was watching the series, I did not care at all for what anyone on the show did or said except for Shion and Nezumi. The main protagonists are the only characters that are worth watching on the show. The supporting characters leave no desire or lust to see them. The development of the two main characters and how they progress as a result of each others actions is a sight to see. Up until the very end, their development has been the pinnical of the series.
I relatively enjoyed the first few episodes of the anime. However as the series went on, the story line became a bit more ridiculous. The last few episodes were some of the biggest disapointments the series has to offer. It's like when the cafeteria is serving your favorite food, but when you get to the front of the line NOTHING IS THERE. It's just that disappointing.
After watching the anime, I turned my attention to the manga, and the manga provided so much more insight on the events than the anime and it angered me so much because this anime could have been extremely good, but because so many key events and details were skipped, the story line practically jumped off a cliff. read more
Jul 17, 2013 11:21 AM
I do have to say, the main reason I wanted to watch this show was because it was recommended as a yaoi anime. But in all entirety, it's not really all that yaoish. Yeah, the main characters are the intended couple, but this is more of a story than a yaoi anime. So, even though I was disappointed in that area, it turned out to be a great story all together with amazing characters. I really could not stop watching once I had actually started.
Story - 10 - The story, though somewhat...unoriginal with the post apocalyptic background, turns out to be something different than most in that genre. When I had first started watching, I was a little confused in the beginning, but as the story carried on, it began to make more sense. The mystery of the background of the city and the people unravel with each episode. I really was blown away but the events that occurred and many of the twists and turns the plot seemed to take.
Art - 10 - Though, looking rather common in modern art styles, for some reason, the eyes seem to catch...well, your eye. I have to say that that was what really pulled me into the art. The amount of detailed put into one small part really sold me. And when you take all the other bits, it looks just as stunning. Everything shows effort and focus, even though it was a short series, the artists made EVERY episode count with it's beautiful art and style.
Sound - 10 - The music was always soothing or seemed to fit in with the idea of the show, I always found myself listening to both the opening and ending themes, though I often usually skip those when watching anime. The voices were also well done, I can say for both the English and the Japanese. I had watched halfway through the anime in Japanese, stopped for some unknown reason and when I decided to pick the anime up again, I decided to watch it in English this time around. The actors, in both, put a lot of effort into their acting. Though, there were times when I felt that the English lacked a certain emotion, I have to admit that I felt the same way with the Japanese at times. But overall, it turned out rather nicely.
Character - 10 - Now, since most people think this is yaoi, there is bound to be a Seme and Uke character. Turns out that there is neither. Sure, at first it seems that way, but the two main characters, Nezumi (Rat) and Shion, both showcase their own traits that of neither of these categories. The character development, or rather, reveal-ment for Rat, is stunning and really makes you want to know more, of not only the characters but of the backstory of these characters. Many times during the anime, I often questioned some actions the characters did and later on, after these actions were explained, it either left me satisfied or mind-blown by the reasons. Every little turn in this left me wanting to know more.
Enjoyment - 10 - I have to say, that I thoroughly enjoyed it. Even though I had watched it for the soul purpose of yaoi, it lacked it with many other animes. But it made up for that disappointment with story and characters. Everything was so drawing, that I couldn't help but be entranced by much of the events that happened. I found myself not caring for the lack of yaoi and just enjoyed the ride of the amazing plot.
Overall, I have to say that this is a fairly good anime and deserves a chance by many. To those who love a good story that can make you laugh and cry, this is highly recommended. And to those few yaoi fans who like maybe a little fluff, this is great for you. It's lovely and very heart-warming, though, be warned, it is also heart-wrenching as well. I have to say, I found myself crying at the end, though, I am a sab for stuff like this too. So my opinion on the cry and sad bits might be over-exaggerated. read more
May 19, 5:59 AM
Main themes are contrasts, knowledge/ignorance, dreams/reality. Inside the narrative, though, there is a lot of refreshingly progressive turns. There are strong, feisty intelligent girls interested in sex, there are strong emotional relationships regardless of gender and time, there are people in sync with animals, and there is clear character development. I was hooked, and I can't wait to read the manga.
I thoroughly enjoyed Psychopass and Guilty Crown before landing on No.6, and I do think it is a good series for any fan of dystopian sci-fi. read more
Sep 18, 2011 9:57 PM
It does have quirky moments though and the relationship between the two main characters tugs at your heart a few times. You even get a few kisses as well (for all the boy-love fans out there). However, even though there are kisses, this anime is not Shounen Ai. I would say more 'bromance' than boy love. It's more about their 'bond' and the feeling of surviving for the people who mean the most to them - as Nezumi slowly learns from Shion.
The negatives would be: Nezumi's singing and cross-dressing hobbies, the gender of Dogkeeper (that is still a mystery to this day), the random unnecessary side characters and the sci-fi elements can be confusing, at times. Also, towards the end, things tend to go a bit crazy with the fantasy side of things. There were a lot of questionable moments that I feel are probably better described in the novel(?). I think that the anime could have done without the crazy-fantasy moments but I still enjoyed it just the same and overall every anime has their bad points and these did not alter in my final score.
From watching this I can compare this to Wolf's Rain and Romeo+Juliet. Not that the plot is the same but the feeling you get while watching this is the same. If you've seen both those animes you can probably relate to where I'm coming from. The drama is dark and there are a lot of political secrets, death, action/fighting and blood spillage but at the same time you have this hope from the main characters that everything is going to be alright, as long as they are together.
BONES, once again, lives up to their reputation with their animations; outstanding! Although, they also live up to their other reputation for choosing the odd plot series and some-what unsatisfying endings. And when I say "unsatisfying" I mean: sure the main goal is achieved, but at what cost? One cannot achieve their goal without sacrifice.
All 'n all, I love this anime for the action and the animations. read more
Dec 25, 2013 6:46 PM
Let’s start with the plot, which I gave a solid 7. This anime takes place in a supposed “utopia” district known as “No. 6,” the name creatively given for it being the 6th city in the walls of human habitat that was created after [Insert spoiler Here.] The story focuses on an intelligent boy named Shion who was born in No. 6 and had all of his privileges stripped from him after he saved the life of an escaped boy named Nezumi, or Rat. Years later, Shion grows up to become a park manager in No. 6 and starts questioning the reality and legitimate nature of the city, only to be arrested for suggested suspicion of betrayal; and who rescues him? Nezumi, after 4 years. They go on to live in the western District outside the Walls of No. 6 which is where all of the rejects run away to and is considered to be one of the most dangerous places to reside. This all occurs while Nezumi and Shion begin to understand each other and develop a strong friendship and hinted relationship that is thought to be deeper than that. The plot is definitely a good idea on paper even though the “dystopian society” and “totalitarian” genre is getting more and more popular every single year as anime continues to spread across America, and with only 11 episodes, they managed to fit it all in while adding the finer details. The best points of this plot were definitely the added contrasting elements. While the mood of the anime was supposed to be hopeless, depressing, and scary; the fact that Nezumi and Shion manage to find hope and have their friendship shine through really added to the plot. Also, the fluff in the anime, including the suggestive “romance” scenes b/w the two main protagonists, wasn’t too overwhelming and it respected the fact that the anime was still a shounen. The problems with the plot seemed to focus around the fact that the anime was only 11 episodes long. If it was 12, or 13, like most, I think all of the holes in the plot would’ve been resolved peacefully. I mean, I never found out the secret behind the bees, and the goals of the antagonists. I don’t know if it was just me, but it was just too obvious to ignore. The plot was obviously rushed and that definitely took away from the plot, adding the fact that a lot was changed around compared to the manga. It took away the plot's potential even though it was such a good idea.
While talking about the art, I might as well start off with the character designs. I’d say they were creative, but I can’t let go of the fact that Nezumi and Shion look so much like Allen and Kanda from D. Gray Man. Shion even has a pink scar in the same place Allen does. It’s too obvious to let go. Other than that, though; I really admire the fact that each character is created with a specific personality in mind, and that personality was personified into the perfect figure. Shion is supposed to be this naïve, innocent and pure, intelligent boy; so he was given white hair for purity, big eyes to represent his child like demeanor and good intentions, and dressed in comfortable, loose clothing to represent his comfortable and gentle character. Nezumi, on the other hand, was designed to be the exact opposite of that, given dark hair, sharp eyes, an d a dangerous smirk to represent his nickname as a “demon,” (Given by Inukashi.) Normally in a shounen, I look for the beauty in action scenes, which there weren’t very much of, unfortunately; but the setting and development of the anime as a whole along with the symbolism of the colors really fit the anime’s character and added to contrast. They tried really hard to make “No. 6” as pretty as possible in order to highlight the contradiction later on that accuses the city of being a living hell in its core. Overall, you can tell the art was looked at really well and carefully done. So for that, it gets a 9.
Sound-wise, I gave “No. 6” a 9, as well. All of the tracks were very beautiful, especially the OST. As you may know, the anime has a very sad nature behind it, along with a hidden sliver of hope; the composers of the music for this anime paid very much attention to this detail and the result was perfection in the OST. The ending, I thought, was very beautiful. Much better than the opening, anyways, which seems to be the only flaw I can find in the music. I can’t help but pull my hair out at the opening, which sounds like a child that just had throat surgery. It didn’t fit the anime and just didn’t do anything but cause annoyance. It’s a shame considering the first thing one hears when they open a new anime IS the opening.
Let me first point out that this anime had the perfect amount of characters. There weren’t too many or too little. Also, the main protagonists of “No. 6” were a couple of the best developed and most likeable characters I’ve ever seen in anime. Their interactions, if you ask me, made up most of the best moments in the anime. Their arguments, which were hiding their secret admiration for each other, were genius additions. A lot of hate has been given to Shion in particular, after reading some forum discussions, for being too clingy and dependent on his partner, Nezumi. I find this to be quite legitimate, though; mainly for the reason of character development and added contrast. Nezumi wanted to break away from Shion in fear of becoming weaker; Shion wanted to get closer to Nezumi in order to become stronger. Shion is sometimes useless, but, if necessary, he can do a complete 180 and will even murder somebody when someone insults Nezumi. There is only one character that conflicts me regarding her purpose, and that was Safu. I mean, yeah, he [Insert Spoiler here], but I just found her completely useless and as extra baggage that caused a lot of struggle character-wise.
Overall, I enjoyed this anime a lot. It may seem cliché, but I’m a sucker for subtle romance hints, yaoi or not. Also, my most favorite animes in the world are tearjerkers, like K, and FMA: Brotherhood, and D. Gray Man, etc. This anime definitely adds to that list. The ending brought tears to my eyes and if this was a score based off of pure enjoyment, I would give this anime a 10. Unfortunately, because of plot holes and obvious rushing in the plot due to major compression, I had to give the overall score a 9.
Oct 31, 2011 1:44 PM
Watching the next batch of episodes had me hooked because there was so many things going on with Shion and Nezumi, both apart and together, plus the background of No. 6 and how it got the way it is. The horrible acts committed by them et al. I thought I was in for a good treat. And on top of it all, the two male characters were falling in love, not just some boy love teasers some animes throw out to bait Yaoi fans into watching. I've always wanted to watch an action anime where the male leads fall for each other but it isn't a drama or romance show. Mirage of Blaze is the only other anime I can think of that was action and yaoi. So I was on cloud nine.
However, somewhere along the way the show lost focus and had no idea what it was going to do with the characters or the No.6 city itself. It begins to trip and falter and just does not know how to pick itself up. The characters essentially become cardboard cut outs and just placed in scenes and seem to not really do anything.
For example, Shion and Nezumi seem to have conflict about their viewpoints on how No. 6 should be handled with people dying. Nezumi wishes to destroy the city while Shion wants to save the people. Yet neither character does anything about it. Then the writers tried to focus on the female character (I forgot her name) the girl who was in love with Shion. But they have no idea what to even do with her by this point, it's just her walking around thinking about Shion, then when she decides to do something she gets taken.
So I'm thinking, fine, I guess this will cause Shion to act and maybe cause some tension between he and Nezumi. And they do act by going to save her. Meanwhile, the story takes a whole new focus on these forest people and alluding to the girl and Nezumi having a connection. But this goes NO WHERE!
The connection between Shion's mother being one of the creators of No.6 goes NO WHERE
The Radical group who wants to take down No. 6 from the inside, goes NO WHERE
Finding out why or how No.6 turned out the way it did, goes NO WHERE
I tried to figure out what was happening here with this show that started out so good and the only thing I got is that the show lacked a human villain. When you have a city or institution as the villain, having a personification of the city would help. After all who is behind the city? Who is the one giving the orders for these terrible acts to take place? Sure Nezumi and Shion are fighting against the city, but who is the one they have to beat? Who does the radical group have to go after to free themselves of No.6?
So yeah, the writers try to solve this glaring issue by making the girl who loves Shion into a magical forest goddess that they have to beat. *eye roll*
Then at the ending when everything seems so bleak the girl transforms into a large magical bee and destroys the city walls with bee tornado for Shion because having him do it himself would take more episodes than they were willing to write. She also grants instant life with her LGBT rainbow powers then float away with her magical bees.
Yes an action Scifi post apocalyptic anime transforms into a fantasy magical anime at the end.
By this time I am just watching for Shion and Nezumi's love story. But I'm given NOTHING but a second kiss on the lips and the characters deciding to part ways for unexplained reasons. Honestly, I would had been better off just watching the first episode and just using my own imagination to come up with what happens.
Sep 29, 2011 3:36 PM
Yes not much action in the middle episodes, and yes some characters on a first look might just seem filling. But if you look closer it's not so.
This isn't an action anime. It actually addresses many issues about what is is to be human, how we can evolve or not, how we make our own place in the world and most importantly how we deal and interact with others that come into our lives even for just a few minutes...
I also see nothing wrong with the ending, I thought it was magnificent.
And i strongly disagree with the comment that Nezumi and Shion had no effect on the outcome. Quite the contrary, in my interpretation what they did and said in the machine room changed what was going to happen and all episodes (how meaningless they seem to some ) build the interactions and feelings of all the characters in that scene, in that moment. read more
Jul 29, 2011 5:10 PM
Firstly, although only four episodes in, there are some definite Shonen Ai hints. We still have some more episodes to go before it is confirmed, but it is most definitely on the cards. So do not watch if you aren't into that kind of thing. If not, do try this, it makes for interesting character (and comical) interaction and relationship. (Sometimes even married couple like)
Now onto the main story, set in the near future in a Dystopia. (Google is your friend) Which follows Sion and Nezumi(Rat)'s story that investigates the mysteries of an area inside the Dystopia called NO.6. I will not go into the story too much, as I will just be repeating the synopsis already on here and on the other reviews. Though I will say that it is worth it to bare with the slow-ish episodes- It will undoubtedly pick up.
The art is pretty, like all bones series, the opening is pretty to look at. At first I hated the song choice, but it has started to grow on me, although I wouldn't listen to it actively on on Ipod. The ending I find much better and was perfect for the mood in the last scene of episode 4 and I have a feeling it will be used at some point again in the same way. Background music is good and used appropriately. Nothing special, but adds to the scene.
The contrast between the two characters is clear from the start and the opening does a great job at portraying this. Well done Bones! The relationship between the two characters and the plot both seem to be of equal importance. What I like best is the realisticness of the two main characters, especially Nezumi's. This is rare and I find it quite refreshing. Although Sion's character can come across as irritating at points. A third notable character is Safu, Sion's female best friend, who you could say is his heterosexual love interest who is in love with him. Who I don't personally take to nor does she contribute much to the series thus so far. Interested to see if this changes.
Enjoyment is pretty high surprisingly. It is unlike most series you will come across and although I don't see it becoming the next smash-hit anime. It is a unique anime which is different from all the mainstream animes you have seen cloned many time. And the Shonen Ai subcontext adds to the story in a way that most Anime shy away from. Good for you, no.9! I will be watching to see how the series progresses. And so should you. Now, go watch! :)! read more
Sep 15, 2011 10:52 PM
The first three episodes of the show were really interesting. Not fantastic, but enough to get me excited. There's a strong sense of mystery pervading the first episode: Why is this kid being pursued? What's that thing in the center of the city making a strange noise, one that causes those that hear it to listen in seeming awe and reverence? The second episode continues to add questions, while starting up the plot proper as prettyboy Nezumi helps hero Shion escape No. 6 before Shion can be taken to the Ministry of Love. Excuse me, I meant the Correctional Facility. The third episode gives us our look outside the city, so we can see a town built from freedom and poverty, distinct from the strict control of the supposed utopia beyond the walls. At the end of episode 3, Nezumi, who has stated his disgust at No. 6, promises to reveal to Shion why he hates Shion's former home, and why Shion should too.
And then episode 4 comes, and we get nothing. Then episode 5 comes, and we get nothing. Episode 6? Nope. Episode 7? Still nothing. The show spins its wheels for four episodes, and Nezumi and Shion's interactions in each episode can be summed up like this:
Nezumi: I hate No. 6! I want to destroy it!
Nezumi: I'll tell you later!
Shion: I love you, Nezumi.
Nezumi: I hate you because you love No. 6!
Shion: Why should I hate it?
Nezumi: I'll tell you later!
And so on. Eventually, something happens that causes them to actually decide to get off their asses and finally do something. This is episode 8. There are only 3 episodes left after this. They spend this episode seeing a guy who helped build the city, and getting answers from him. Why Nezumi didn't take Shion to him as soon as possible and keep the plot going is beyond me. We do learn some very important things this episode, though! Namely, the government of No. 6 is actually... evil! This was in no way obvious based on the previous seven episodes, and is a giant shock to everybody. We also learn about something called Elyurias, but what that actually is isn't explained yet.
The next bit will be a bit spoilerish. It shouldn't be too hard to guess the basics of what happens, but if you're really picky about avoiding spoilers you'll want to skip ahead, or stop reading and go do something that isn't watching this show.
The final three episodes end by showing a staggering display of incompetence by every single character and organization in the show (save for one, although that character is basically lucky). Nezumi and Shion infiltrate the Correctional Facility by the dumbest luck ever. Had things gone slightly not their way, they would have died instantly the second they entered the building. They wouldn't know where they should even be going in this place if it wasn't for a magic voice inside Shion's head. The guards of the supposedly secure facility are dispatched with ease by the two infiltrators. And then when Shion and Nezumi finally get to where they were going, the person they were trying to save has freed herself just fine thanks to the previously-mentioned magic voice. A resistance movement within No. 6 tries to do something, but they just kinda set off some bombs and talk to no one in particular. Random eco-magic destroys No. 6, everyone who survived is happy, or something. We don't learn much of anything, and just when we think we might we get a huge slap in the face for thinking that we should know what the hell we just watched.
Those of you who pay close attention to the plot may notice that nothing Shion and Nezumi do actually affects it. They don't destroy No. 6, they don't save the West District, they don't save the person they were supposed to save, they don't save the innocents in No. 6 from the danger they're in. (The last one in particular was what Shion really focused on trying to do, before the show forgot that he was supposed to do that.) Everything that the heroes try to accomplish is done for them, and had Shion and Nezumi not been in the show, the plot would have been exactly the same. (I suppose there's one thing Nezumi does to help take down No. 6 at the very end, but nothing in the anime canon is preventing the one person who actually did anything useful from doing that as well. There's a reason for it in the manga, but the anime contradicts that reason.)
Character development was just as teasing as the plot. Sure, the relationship between Shion and Nezumi was cute, and the world needs more romances that don't make a big deal about the gender of the participants, but it didn't go much of anywhere. We'd watch Shion and Nezumi say the same things, and maybe kiss a couple times. It goes over better than the plot, since at least you know what's going on between the two, but still, it could have progressed a lot faster and gone a lot deeper. (I'd bet Nezumi would not have any problems going really deep into Shion's... feelings.)
At least the art looked nice, and the music wasn't so weird as to be completely distracting. I think that I'll probably remember the music most fondly, not because it was particularly amazing, but just because it was really strange. Also, Safu is the best character and I wish she'd be in the show more. (Apparently she has an expanded role in the anime compared to the novels, and considering how little she's involved in the anime...) Unfortunately, that isn't nearly enough to make this worth anyone's time, not when you could be reading the novels. Or Brave New World. Or 1984. Or watching Steins;Gate. Or Lucky Star. Or Blue's Clues. (At least you got to know the answers to the mystery at the end of each episode.)
(Update: Someone informed me that No. 6 is considered to be a novel, not a light novel. I've changed that up above. I've seen conflicting information about this, though, but this change hopefully will still make sense. If it doesn't, just pretend I said 'book' each time I said 'novel'. If that still doesn't work for you, replace it with whatever you want.) read more
Dec 16, 2014 3:31 AM
Well, the story takes place in - *rataplan* - No. 6; an ideal and perfect City, without starvation, without wars and everything you need is right there. The only thing: the city is surrounded by walls.
Soon after the start we're introduced to one of the mains; Shion. A curious, naive young Boy who lives in no. 6. One night he lets a strange, injured boy into his house - and this boy is revealed as the second main named Nezumi (Side note: Nezumi is the jap. word for Rat).
Of course is Shion interested in Nezumi - who would not if hardly nothing happens in your life and everything seem to be predictable - and that is point where the story starts.
The setting was very nice indeed and gives the show a cool atmosphere. But yet, it takes almost the entire show to get the answer for questions such as "why it was built like this?", "why does Nezumi try to destroy it?", "why..." "what..." "how..." and so on.
Some parts of the story were extremly predictable, whereas others weren't at all; the Kiss for instance.
The animation was alright, but not outstanding. The same for the characters. They were memorable, but not special at all. They were explained, but at times I felt I was missing out something. Perhaps the novels have or give a better explanation. I assume that they would since 9 volumes were published. However, I did like Nezumis style most, followed by Inukashi "Dogkeeper. I think they gave a nice impression of how life could actually look like if you were an outsider.
Another thing what I extremely enjoyed was the attention for details in the background - the leafs moving in the wind, the light behind tiny windows far away - which gave the anime such a great atmosphere.
But, without a doubt, the animes strongest point was the Art/Sound. The sound of rain or wind for instance are very well done and the voices fitted the characters nicely.
The opening and especially the ending theme can be easiely described with one word: awesome! I became a huge fan of the ending theme because of the very nice sound and the beautiful lyrics. But I also liked the sound during the show - there were times when it was bizarre, there were times when it was quite soft - and I found myself paying more attention to the sound than the show. Having said that, I personally think I only keep the anime in my mind because of the sound.
So how shall I rate this anime? After considering all these points I would give the anime 7/10 rather than 6/10, just because of the sound. read more
Sep 11, 2011 8:51 PM
Having watched the last episode, I am a little bit disappointed in No.6, perhaps simply on account of the ending. Though the last episode hastily ties up most of the plot points to a watchable conclusion, it fails to truly explain some of the story background, such as the exact nature of No.6, the role of Sion`s mother Karan, the exact purposes and extent of the resistance led by Yoming (and whether, given this is a fansub, is actually his name) and who in god`s name the Forest Blokes are. At the end of the road, it seems as if the destination was not worth the journey. As an anime with only 11 episodes, there is some reason to forgive No. 6 for its rushed ending and the inability to tie out many plot points, but it`s still a little disappointing to see a story that had great, great potential end up merely good. I wouldn`t say it renders No. 6 unwatchable, but it prevents it from reaching its full potential. read more
Mar 10, 7:17 AM
As I said before, the fiction world they created is awsome and No.6 starts with a great story. Sadly the story is not explained enough and there are a few things left unsolved in the end. It begins with some great philosophical reflections which however are not carried out through the story. So it's an interesting story, maybe not developed enough.
The art is awosome, drawings and animation are very great and there are some little things, animated with care, which add feeling and give the viewer time to think about the implications of the story.
Opening and ending are beatiful and full of feelings; the soundtrack is great - there are some piano pieces which are awsome - and it fits the moment.
The character are well designed, they have personality.. but this anime lacks of interior monologues, the thoughts of the characters are not expressed enough and as a result the actions they made aren't always clear, sometimes it seems like they act incoherently with their personality. You need to have a good comprehension of human behavior to understand what lies under their appearance. (However, Nezumi is a very good character, Safu is the worst).
I enjoyed watching this anime, it kept me entertained for a while but has left me almost nothing because I couldn't emphatize with the characters.
It's an anime who deserve to be watched, but only if you like philosophical matters and action, don't watch it if you expect a shounen-ai because you will be disappointed.
Sep 25, 2011 8:41 AM
The two characters are supposedly gaybones for each other.
No. 6 is a beautifully animated series by Studio Bones, who also gave us Full Metal Alchemist and Soul Eater. It is based on a series of light novels and should be known for its literary allusions and dystopian undertones. However, though the potential for an intelligent sci-fi anime is there, it is never fully realised.
Even in the light novels the plot seems rather dodgy, indecisive on whether it wants to focus on mythology or science as a basis for the series. As such it is an awkward blend of both, which is similar in its effectiveness as trying to force two like-poles of a magnet together.
This is the telling fault line in the foundation of the entire premise, and it is not alone. The stereotypical image of a sci-fi fan, wearing their Star Trek uniform and watching Babylon 5, does not meld well with the idea of romance, let alone boys' love, in general; especially as what romantic interaction there is between the two mains feels wedged in as an afterthought. While the original novels integrated the romance in alongside the development of the plot - making this a case of adaption decay - it is still ultimately these conflicting ideas that weaken the show at its heart. If the series leaned more towards a more mythical slant I believe that what shounen-ai there is would have been melded into the plot a lot more naturally, as historically mythology has never been shy of contraversial pairings between its characters.
The plot itself is rather badly adapted overall: this is one if those shows you have to read up on to understand exactly what has happened. Possibly this is a case of the show being compressed so much, but after reading the summary of the last volume (which I can't recommend enough - http://hiriajuu.livejournal.com/7568.html) it seems that Studio Bones apparently, like many of the characters, had a stroke, and decided to make shit up. Overall the gaps are too great for the average viewer to try and guess what's going on, and the composition of the series feels very inconsistent episode to episode. It just left me with a slightly annoyed feeling afterwards. However, if you're a softcore sci-fi fan or hardcore BL nerd with the imagination to fill in the gaps, perhaps this won't be much of an issue for you.
Whereas the characters themselves are compelling, in theory, (the dreamy boy genius, exiled tsundere with a ponytail, as well as a journalist-turned-pimp and a dogkeeper whose gender you will spend more time pondering than the actual intricacies of the plot), but in practice the characterisation is inconsistent and at sometimes enough to make you wonder if the characters have had strokes. One minute Nezumi and Sion are getting along fine, the next they're arguing, the next they're...dancing?
Though there is the fan emphasis on the shounen-ai elements, if you go into this show on that merit alone, you will be sorely disappointed. Though there are one or two signs of affection between the two male leads, Nezumi and Sion, as a romance it is sorely unfulfilling and as mentioned before, the motivations of the two are unclear at best and agonizingly OOC at worst. The ending, without giving any spoilers, doesn't improve on anything.
But not all is terrible about this show. The voice acting is quite good; notably, Sion's seiyuu does a fantastic job at tormented screams of pain. The other character's voices fit them well and I have no qualms here.
The saving grace of this series is the animation: it is stunningly pretty. The character designs are unique enough, but it is the backgrounds that are truly beautiful. Especially detailed are the iconic buildings, representing the cold, steeled nature of the city itself.
The music used was atmospheric and appropriate for the scene, as were the opening and ending songs, though the ending animation felt rather out-of-place and as the series went on, I began to openly resent its abrupt intrusion into the story. I really enjoyed the croaky vocals of the OP and would probably download it to listen to; the rest, not so much.
Many people will watch this series and, much as I did earlier, pontificate on if, why and how shounen-ai /BL/homosexuality belongs in a sci-fi setting. So it is ironic that No. 6's biggest weakness is the same as science fiction's greatest shortcoming.
No. 6's biggest defect is not the huge gaps in storytelling nor the compression of source material to fit it into five and a half hours of anime - though these are glaring - but the fact that, ultimately, No. 6 feels cold. As cold the metallic buildings and swathes of blue we see in the very first moments of the opening; as cold as the hearts of the people that run the city. Though the characters were smart, cute, at times funny, I felt no emotional connection to them after the show ended. The question is not, 'can sci-fi be gay too?' but 'can sci-fi cultivate a romance, of any orientation? Can sci-fi make me emphathise with the characters even if there is a complicated plot and futuresque setting?'
For No. 6, the answer is no. read more
Feb 9, 3:10 AM
Here's my own understanding throughout the show, I think Shion is a very relatable character, I find that there's a little Shion within us, a Shion who lacks experience outside that big wall (world) and doesn't know much about bad things that happen in life. Shion sees good in people, and if that innocence is put aside by another person who experienced so much pain and lost, everything starts getting messy. Lol, yeah that's it, that's all I could squeeze out of my brain. Definitely you should check it out.
By the way opening and ending song is 10/10, amazing! read more
Nov 23, 2014 2:32 AM
No. 6 was the first anime I ever watched, and initially, I loved it. However, after reading the manga and novel, it was disappointing when I rewatched it.
I love the story of No. 6. In the manga and novel, it's absolutely fantastic. However, in the anime, it's rushed, and it becomes hard to understand near the end. Elyrius, who is a key part of the story, is not even explained. Nezumi's past is skimmed over, more or less, and the only significance it seems to serve is to fuel his hatred of No. 6. In the manga and novel, it is much more than that, and overall it makes the story make much more sense. I'd give the story in the manga and novel an unwavering ten, but in the anime the potential is wasted because it wasn't possible to fit everything into a mere eleven episodes. It also didn't really portray how utterly horrible No. 6 really was- however, Shion's corruption scene in episode 10 remains one of my favorites ever, and that was changed from the manga. The shounen-ai parts are admittedly some of my favorites; I have yet to see any other anime that has gay characters (and shows their feelings as something legit) that isn't a comedy or has tons of fanservice. The fact that it doesn't really matter to anyone that they're two guys who have feelings for each other made me really happy. Some people don't like that, I suppose, so I guess you could simply ignore it, but the thing is, if you don't understand that they at least care about each other by the end, I feel as though you don't understand what the show is actually about. It's major character development and it completely changes the characters and how they act. Plus, one of the reasons the story is so moving is because Nezumi- cold, uncaring, angry Nezumi- actually learns that you have to care about people, and you have to let them care about you, because if you don't... what is there? And Shion, from Nezumi learns the world is not a nice place, and you can't let people walk all over you. You can't help everyone, but as long as you help someone your life is worthwhile.
That's what I got from it, anyway. Take from it what you will.
I'm never that critical about anime art- I can't draw myself, and I feel somewhat hypocritical criticizing others' work in that area- but with No. 6 I had some issues with it. I loved the animation in general, such as Nezumi's room or Inukashi and Rikiga standing in the wreckage of the West Block. But sometimes the way the characters were drawn bothered me- not in instances like the scene when Nezumi is taking the bee out of Shion's neck, but little things like Nezumi's eyes or the awkwardness of their kiss.
Rokutousei No Yoru (the ending song) was actually the first Japanese song I ever heard, and despite my family claiming it's cheesy, I adore it. The opening song, (Spell) not so much, but Nezumi's voice I think is quite beautiful. The songs were moving, especially when he sang on their way to the --------- (major spoiler), though the way he said "A song never saved anyone" afterwards broke my heart.
The characters are as follows:
Shion (or Sion, but I prefer Shion): A genius with little to no social skills who lived in No. 6 until he was sixteen, and Chronos until he was twelve. The only one to ever survive being the host of the parasitic bees.
Nezumi (Rat, in English): Escaped the correctional facility at twelve and had his life saved by Shion. Sole survivor of the forest people. Loves Shakespeare, and cross dresses and goes by the name "Eve" when he acts and sings in Shakespearian plays.. Eve is widely known in the West Block and is admired.
Inukashi: Literally translates to Dogkeeper. Was raised by dogs after her parents abandoned her and the old man who took her in died. Runs a "hotel" in the West Block and gives Nezumi information about No. 6 for his assistance when her dogs die. (Some people, including the characters, assume Inukashi is a boy; I stand by her being a girl because of Episode 9.)
Rikiga: Drunk who runs a porn magazine and used to live in No. 6 and worked with (and crushed on) Shion's mother. Was a huge fan of Eve until he met Nezumi (he hates Nezumi with a burning passion, and the feeling is mutual) and is fiercely protective of Shion.
Karan: Shion's mother. Lives in No. 6.Saying anything else will be major spoilers.
Yoming: Man who had his wife and child taken by No. 6, and befriends Karan. Is obsessed with destroying No. 6 and vows to do so at any cost.
I loved the characters. I fell in love with Nezumi (and perhaps related to his attitude and anger towards the world). While Shion's naitivity sometimes had me rolling my eyes, he is still one of my favorite characters. Sometimes his optimism made me wince in sympathy, because the world isn't as he thought at all, and sometimes it felt like a foreshadowing to a rather rude awakening. Rikiga, I symathized with sometimes (but most of the time I hated him) and Inukashi was very interesting. My heart broke for her in episode 9. Yoming creeped me out, and I thought Karan was a wonderful mother. My heart broke for her, too.
Enjoyment: First time around, I loved this, being the first anime I ever watched, and if you don't think about the plot too much in the end it's not bad, but I highly recommend reading the manga and/or novel, because they actually do it justice.
Overall, 7, because of how rushed it was. I still recommend it, though! read more
Aug 3, 2014 11:18 AM
The story has an undertone of BL (Boy Love) but I believe it was necessary to make the plot move. The main two character - Shion and Nezumi - relationship with each other was needed in order for one to pushed and other to be held back. While Shion is more of a naive type and Nezumi the revengeful type, they do compliment each other most of the time. It also revolves around saving Shion's childhood friend (who was in love with him) named Safu from No. 6.
I've read the Light Novel and the manga before watching the anime thus I was quite disappointed (though not that much) with the anime, the reason I gave this a 8/10 review since this didn't follow the progression of the latter two, and thus I find myself confused on some part. The anime removes part that I think would have made Shion characters more understandable and relatable as well.
Also, maybe because this was an anime where different people would have an easy access compared to the other two media, most of the BL moments and dialogues had been removed. It was heavily implied at the novel, but the anime removed those parts except those that could not be omitted without losing the sense of the story.
Manga and Novel wise, Shion was more dependent of Nezumi, move naive, more kind, more helpless. He often hears Nezumi out and value him more than anything else. Shion would even willing to kill even if he's against it for Nezumi's sake. Anime wise, Shion was given more backbone than his manga and novel counterpart. He was stronger and more imsistent here and doesn't always agree with Nezumi.
Nezumi on the other hand was more touchy feely in manga and novel, but besides that his character remained the same. He appears to be indifferent with everything, but deep inside he cares very much for Shion that he would willingly sacrifice his freedom and life just to save Shion's friend so that Shion won't be upset/worried.
What I enjoyed though with this anime was it completely covers the core of the novel until the end. No need to wait for the next season, because, well... it's already done. What I don't like though was it had been rushed, cause again, it omitted parts that they think would turn off non-bl supporters. By doing that, I think (my opinion) it losses some of the story's heart/essence.
Nevertheless No. 6 is still one of my favorite anime. Well, I would recommend those who had seen the anime to check the manga and the light novel because it has more substance than this.