English: No. 6
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 8, 2011 to Sep 16, 2011
Premiered: Summer 2011
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
Score: 7.781 (scored by 73,439 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
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. ^_______^
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
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
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.
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.
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
The art is lovely and my initial impression is the same that I had for Eden of the East. It just has that feel to it.
Anyway, only one episode in, I don't know much about the story or where it's going, but it looks promising. Extremely promising. I think this is the anime to watch this season. read more
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
The story itself is okay. The thought behind it is intriguing, but the way they've told it, the way they've progressed.. it's just absolutely horrible. "best security ever" is all they discuss for 3 episodes long, and when they finally infiltrate, they are all able to walk by freely. A hallway with 30 people in, someone asks you something, you punch them in the stomach, and then are able to get away without someone noticing? Yeah. Okay.
Art and sound:
The art is okay. A bit dodgy at some points, but overall okay. The sound is great as well.
Wow. Okay, here we go. The characters are inconsistent. Inconsistent to the point where you just want to tear your eyeballs out of frustration.
He started off as a naive little kid, always seeing the positive side to things. It got a bit creepy when another kid, about his age, grabbed him from behind and pulled a knife to his throat. All he could do was laugh, smile, and not be terrified.
Later on, after the wasp bite, he manages to keep his positive side, even though he's really an unguided missile.
This guy.. wow. If there'd truly be a Kira, he'd be at the top of the list. Never seen someone deceive so many people, enjoy it, and later on cry about it when alone in bed. Imagine asking someone for help by entering their bedroom doors from the outside, only to put up a knife to the kids throat.
Imagine saying "fuck you", "i wont help you even as you die", "your mom was a stinky old dog", and then later on to say "ill help you always". No sorry's, just this.
He hates Shion, but yet, has developed romantic feelings for him. If I knew this were to be a ecchi series, I'd never have started. This guy goes from killing someone in cold blood, to making sure his clothes don't get dirty, to avoid killing someone at all costs. He makes no sense. None of the characters do though.
This woman hates everything in the entire world, and yet, loves everything that she owns. "Go fuck yourself and die" seems to be the attitude she has. Going after Nezumi when he's walking alone, accompanied by her dogs, she wants to tear him apart. Even though they're actually good friends. See how it doesn't make sense?
Rikiga. This guy must have been a pervert, and therefore placed outside of No. 6. There is no other explanation.
Youming. This guy seems like he wants to help, yet, only later shows his real intentions. Raping, killing and misleading the one he wanted to help.
Safu. Good girl. Bit weird to ask for a guy's semen only if the girl's.. what? 14-15?
Don't bother watching. It goes to such extremes. From not hurting a fly to shooting someone in the head whilst they are lying on the floor begging for their lives. Note that I'm talking about the same character in both scenarios. I've yet to see more shittier characters than this anime does. If you feel I'm wrong in any way, feel free to contact me. I'd love to spread more hate about this anime.
Good god, please go watch something worthwhile. I will be finishing this, only because I don't like loose ends. read more
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
Nezumi and Shion are the protagonist of No.6. Nezumi is the typical character that was hurt badly and now he can’t trust anyone. In fact, he thinks that trusting someone will make him weak. There comes Shion, the innocent guy that knows nothing about what’s up outside his little world. However, he seems willing to learn about the harsh reality and confront it. Apart from the protagonists, there are other interesting characters like Safu, Dogkeeper or Shions mother. Almost all of them experience a changes in their attitude, the character development is considerable in this anime.
It’s obvious that the main characters love each other. They show this with little actions and words rather than with physical contact. But the story doesn’t revolve around their love relationship at all.
The sound is good but not remarkable. If I had to point out something, it would be the OP. When I first listened to it, I thought It was weird, but after a few episodes I found it really catchy.
The animation is mostly average. However, backgrounds are amazing, and I really like how the fighting scenes are animated.
Like: dynamic characters, intense end, original story even thought the main idea has been used many times, nice scenery
Dislike: the animation gets awkward sometimes
Favorite Character: Shion/Dogkeeper
Story (%20) – 8 Characters (%20) – 9 Art (%15) – 7.5 Sound (%10) – 7 Enjoyment (%35) – 8
*English isn't my first language, i apologize in advance for my mistakes. Feel free to correct me if you find any*
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
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
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
There are as less as two parts of this anime I like. The beginning, and the end. Last time when I reviewed this anime were when I was done watching episode 7, and by then I realized that this anime was lacking of action and interest. between episode 4 an 8 it was very minimal action happening in this anime. The only thing I was excited about by then was when Safu was captured, and after when they started to rescuing her, I was more revealed that the excitement finally was back and it actually happened something
The beginning really took up inportant parts like how Sion and Nezumi met, and how they met again years afterwards. Although for me it was kinda confusing to hang on in the first two episodes. Especially if you did it just like I did: Watched the teaserphoto (thet one with Sion and Nezumi), then I was like "Where is the whitehaired guy?" but later on I got things clear to me and could follow the anime.
The ending really made me a bit sad because of the terrible happenings, but later on near the ending it seemed like it really went fine. But still I really wonder why Nezumi suddenly left Sion. Couldn't they be together even though they succeeded with their mission? And then I really wanted to see many after-scenes like when Sion and his mom finally meets which we never see them do.
Summaringly. The beginning and the ending is really great (except about the named parts), but the middle... It was really unnecessary I gotta say. Nezumi and Sion is repeating the same questions to each other, and they never get an answer, which can be pretty irritating. But otherwise, I don't regret watching this anime. read more
The pacing to this series is already looking fairly rushed as time already skips ahead several years following the first episode and the pace in which Shion flees from the city he lived in gives you little breathing room to get any sense of the world within and outside the city Shion had lived in. Thus far, I get the feel this is turning out to be a cookie-cutter dystopian title in the same vain as Fractale yet with a darker and rougher edge to it. Like Fractale and C, the visuals thus far are of great quality with clean details and subdued color shades to convey the dark mood the series gives off. While action hasn't been so prominent thus far, the show does have its moments of fluid animation seen from Nezumi dealing with the Men in Black as he gets Shion out of the city.
With how No. 6 has turned out thus far, I'm not too confident in saying I'll get any anticipation out of seeing what happens next with Shion and Nezumi in this anime if this series is geared only for an 11-episode run limiting the amount of time the series can put into exploring its elements. I'm dropping this series at this point and hope that Noitamina can cut it with this routine of offering one down-to-earth series that works well within its episode count and another that has too much to squeeze into 11 episodes. read more
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
Anime follows the story of Sion, who lives in a perfect, utopian society of city called No.6, and Nezumi, who falls the victim of authorities ruling mentioned town. Two boys join forces to discover the truth about about the city, as well as themselves.
As you can see, what we deal with is a dystopian society - perfect at first glimpse, but rotten at the core. On the other side we have people living ouside the city - animals spending their lives in the slums. At that point No. 6 breaks typical sci-fi convention - in films like Equilibrium or Book of Eli, those who oppose the system are good, almost bleached out guys. In No.6, it's the choice between being happy, but manipulated, or constantly in danger, but free.
Sion and Nezumi spend their days in the latter part of the world. Surrounded by violence, rape and filth the're getting more and more drawn to each other.
This way we got to the strongest part of the show - character developemet. Both boys are sensitive and inteligent, as a contrast to a harsh world surrounding them. Still, it's not flat. Nezumi, natural-born badass, likes poetry (if you like finding tropes in anime, you'll be in heaven). Sion, a full-heart pacifist and humanist can punch a guy in the face. Besides, Nezumi confronting Sion is a big clash of ideologies. It's really great to watch as they try to explain each other their point of view, and how the other one reacts. Both of them, treir relationship, how certain things slowly change their personality, is a piece of well done, deep character developement.
Not to mention solid, interesting bacground characters.
Art, Sound and Setting
There is not much of "music" in No. 6. Soundtracks played in background are not someting that touch your heart and makes you think "I love that track! Need to hear it more!" but they create the atmosphere nicely. However, I have to mention beautiful elegies sung by several characters. Quality of art in the show is good, there are scenes with bad animation, but sudden drop of quality between highly appealing scenes is something common in recent anime's. The overal look of characters is nice to watch, and bg are rich.
As or the setting, some scenes, like dialouges, ale played flawless, which is great for a series full of it, but other scenes seem to be a little bit too rushed (especially most lyrical ones). I think that is beacuse the series is too short, and director still tried to make it a little bit more metaphisical.
No. 6 was great, touching story to watch. It gets strange at the end, but still I highly reccomend to watch it.
The story takes place in the future after wars have ravaged most of the earth’s surface and now people live in a few city-states which are built on the only habitable pieces of land left. We are introduced to Shion a gifted young boy who one night provides refuge for Nezumi, a boy about his age, who is on the run from the authorities. He saves Nezumi’s life and four years later when Shion is accused of conspiring against the state and is being disposed off, Nezumi helps him escape. Together they flee to outside the city limit where apparently people still live in the desolate environment.
First off the site states that No.6 is a sci-fi and action anime and I have to say I could not disagree more with the later as there is little to no action during its runtime. The driving force behind No.6 are the characters and the relationships between them especially the relationship between Shion and Nezumi. Depth of the characters is amazing especially considering the extremely shortness of the anime. We can see one of the best portrayals of a society that is under complete surveillance, the most interesting thing is that most people are completely fine with the control as it allows for a leisurely life. The ending has to be one of the best I have seen in a while, the build-up in the final few episodes and the catharsis that comes in the end is just so well done and filled with emotion that I cried like a little bitch for the first time while watching anime. Well to sum it up the storytelling in No.6 is great.
Our two main characters are great as well, they might lack a bit of backstory explanation especially in Nezumi’s case as his motives are not explained well enough, but I have to say they are still amazingly well developed. The relationship between Nezumi and Shion has to be the highlight of the anime and is in my honest opinion one of the best I have ever seen in an anime. The way they first meet, and later form deep emotional bonds even though they have strictly different life views, with Nezumi’s complete pessimism, lack of belief in humanity and the desire to destroy, while Shion wants change to come on the backs of the people in whom he believes are able to force the change. We have some other important characters that all bring something to the table and actually manage too help the story advance as well as deepen the bond between our two main characters.
The art was a bit disappointing as the whole thing looked a bit dull, but there were the occasional moments of complete beauty. The soundtrack on the other side was unbelievable, the background music choices were perfect and the moments where Nezumi sings were exceptional. The opening and ending were fantastic and fit the anime perfectly. The opening song “Spell” by the band “Lama” sounds just otherworldly with some of the best this amazing instrumental introduction followed by some almost ethereal singing intertwined with great instrumental backing. The ending itself is also very close to perfect, with its soft vocals over some peaceful piano later evolving into this unbelievable uplifting song that manages to bring up the feelings felt throughout the anime. The end of the anime is where this all comes together to form one of the most stunning displays I have ever seen.
Overall No.6 has to be one of the best anime have seen in quite a while and while there were a few minor problems I am still able to give it a very high score of 9. I am currently seriously considering tracking down the light novels an giving them a try. I do recommend this anime to everyone and I urge you to see it if you haven't already, as it is really fantastic.
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