Japanese: NO.6 ナンバー・シックス
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 8, 2011 to Sep 16, 2011
Premiered: Summer 2011
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 7.781 (scored by 69,550 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 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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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
After watching this anime, I fell so in love with the characters that I read both the light novel and the manga. While the anime version felt rushed at the end and the storyline was changed, I still think this anime is amazing. No.6 is not a perfect masterpiece, but it is a masterpiece.
The story is about a boy, Shion, living in a privileged community that has no crime, poverty, and is a so-called perfect world. He is utterly innocent and kind, very trusting. Nezumi, a boy who lost everything, is the exact opposite of Shion. Hard around the edges, untrusting, pessimistic, and full of a desire for revenge.
These two boys partake in an adventure to shut down this disastrous society after learning many secrets behind the truth of No.6. As they experience their journey, the two boys become close to each other. I found their relationship to be extremely moving and a longing from both characters for love and warmth. This creates an interesting dynamic between them as well as interesting character development. I really enjoyed the amazing contrasts and complexity of the relationship that occurs. At the end, it is plain as day that Shion believes the most important and most beautiful moments of his life are the ones he spent with his friend, eating Macbeth soup and reciting Shakespeare. Please watch this anime. read more
The characters are absolutely beautiful. Each and every one of them, not just Nezumi and Shion, but all of them. They are solid, believable, and they make you empathize and sympathize and drive you crazy with how much you come to love them in just 11 short episodes. The story itself is pretty good – except maybe for the ending, which to me was a bit of a Deus Ex Machina moment, but I can forgive everything.
The art is breathtaking. Nezumi is simply beautiful, and the way so many characters are left ambiguous in their sexuality/gender is absolutely great. The music is fantastic, even though the OP does sound a bit weird at first, it grows on you.
I never expected to love this anime so much but it truly is a masterpiece.
Reunion will come. 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*
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.
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
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.
Also, I felt very bitter sweet at the end of the story. For one, only being twelve episodes long doesn't really leave much room for an elaborate plot. At the end of the show I was just feeling like it was a bit rushed,. It didn't really explain a whole lot of things, like how characters are able to communicate telepathically, or what the hell the baby was thrown in there for, it didn't go into any more detail about the people of the forest or shion's mom's involvement with the city, or why rat and shion simply part ways at the end. The ending didn't leave an enormous impact on me.
So why should you watch this anime and why does it deserve an 8? Well, it fulfilled one of my biggest wishes, which was to see a mature anime with some sort of homosexual relationship. This isn't a romance anime though, it's more about the struggles of dealing with an apocalyptic 1984 style city. I only read the first few pages of that book, but now I feel like going back and reading more of it after finishing this series.
So to tie up this review, the art style was lush and stylish, the characters were crisply and attractively drawn. The story left a lot to be desired. It creates a lot of canon stories, but so many of them seem to go totally unresolved. It didn't progress the relationship between rat and shion any further, which I was really hoping that it would. You know what though? It had me hooked throughout most of the show, leading up to the end it was very fun to watch. I was really excited to see the ending of the show, but I think it left a lot to be desired. The average adds up to 8 though, because there were a ton of redeeming factors. read more
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
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 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
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
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
The story's problems start with the setting, which is bland as all hell. The anime fails to make No. 6 interesting or threatening. Because of this, it is hard to get invested in the story. If you want world-building, I point you towards the novels.
The story's problems continue with the story itself, which is poorly executed. It isn't until very late in the anime that you learn anything about the city, making the pacing extremely poor. On top of that, the climax is sloppy and the plot twist is complete bullsh*t. I can't fault the anime for the last one, since it was in the origional source material, but still, it's really stupid. It's out of place and should've never been there. If you still want to know the plot, the manga is for you.
The characters are the best part of this entire anime, but still underused. The anime spends a great deal of time trying to flash the characters out, which it succeeds in. None of the characters are stereotypes (except maybe Shion and Nezumi, being the Naive Nice Guy and Repressed Asshole with a Tragic Past respectively, but they never shove that in your face, so I didn't even notice it until I started thinking about it), which is rare in anime nowadays. It introduces multiple characters that are incredibly interesting (Shout out to Inukashi).
Sadly, the show falls flat on its nose when it comes to actually developing them. This is mainly because it doesn't spend enough time on the second half of the story, which is where all the development happens. The only thing I applaud this anime for is that it does manage to give Safu an interesting personality that doesn't boil down to 'I love Shion', something both the manga and novels failed in.
The relationship between Nezumi and Shion is practically the only thing that the anime actually nails, but it should not have been the focus. Shounen-ai fans will be thoroughly pleased, though. And I can't pretend as if I didn't fangirl over it myself. So major kudos to that, as I normally hate romance. (Seriously, someone should give these guys a medal. I HATE HATE HATE romance, and the fact that I loved these two really says something.)
The art is nothing particularly special, but it's not bad in the slightest. The backgrounds (especially West Block) are actually really really good. The animation on the characters themselves isn't top notch, but it's not bad per se and not distracting unless you focus hard on it.
In the sound department, I personally found the soundtrack to be rather plain, though maybe that's because I'm spoiled too much by Yoko Kanno, Yuki Kajura and Hiroyuki Sawano. I really LOVE the ending theme, though. I was actually listening to it before I even knew that it was from an anime. But I absolutely HATE the opening, so I guess that that balances it out.
All in all, despite the amount of smack I've given this anime, I really did enjoy it. Which is really all that counts in the end. It just bugs me that it's very mediocre on almost all fronts, when it could have been fantastic. The source material really lends itself to great world building, and I'm convinced that if they had given the second half of the anime more time, it would have done exactly that. What we are left with now, however, is a nice supplement to the manga/novels, but not really something that can properly stand on its own.
If you are going to watch this, please do it as either a gateway into the manga/novels, or simply as a shounen-ai series (though it pains me to say that, since romance should never have been the focus). If you see it as such, you will enjoy this just fine, or even be like me and enjoy the hell out of it. Otherwise, give it a pass. read more
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.
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