Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 12, 2012 to Mar 22, 2013
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.481 (scored by 30547 users)
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Synopsis2019, Divergence Ratio 1.048596. The near future, where a device popularly called the PokeCom, packaged with PhoneDroid OS, spreads, bringing the Augmented Reality world close to existence.
Central Tanegashima High School's Robot Research Club is in danger of losing its club status. Kaito Yashio, one of only two members, is only obsessed with robot fighting games, showing no interest in the Robo Club even in this situation. The reckless, useless club head, Akiho Senomiya, aims to complete a giant robot, struggling hard to avoid losing the club's status.
Then, one day, Kaito discovers the A.R. annotation that becomes the Kimijima Report. Written in that report is the indictment of someone named Kou Kimijima's conspiracy involving the world.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Robotics;Notes
Alternative setting: ChäoS;HEAd, Steins;Gate
Characters & Voice Actors
my main impression: whoever came up with the original concept as well as the script writers for this anime need a really good editor, who can wrangle their ideas into something that actually hangs together structurally and makes sense. because there were plenty of ideas here, quite possibly too many, and the result is a hodgepodge of giant plot holes held together by spit and enthusiasm.
i can't remember the last time i watched an anime that was so meticulously produced, so overall pretty, so well animated and orchestrated, and found it such an unholy mess on the inside, which ultimately left me unfulfilled.
story: there are two main stories here; one consists of a high school's robotics club trying to put together a giant robot, the other is pretty much at the other end of the spectrum: saving the world from mysterious villainy. the first part is decently executed (love the battle bots!), but it soon takes a back seat to the second one, which is sadly not executed well at all. i liked the twist, which i did not see coming, but i didn't like the hurried exposition explaining it all. the pacing of this story is all over the map; IMO 22 episodes are enough time to handle it much better.
animation/art: production IG, need i say more? it's beautiful. so much detail, and characters even change their clothes and hair styles several times! backgrounds showcase tanegashima (an island off the south coast of kyuushuu), where japan's actual space facilities are located -- i want to go!. smooth animation, good cinematography. i have no complaints here; it is a joy to watch.
sound: my reviews tend to lack good notes on sound because, while i know good music when i hear it, i don't have a knowledgeable vocabulary to convey its nuances. i like the BGM here, i also like the OP and ED songs (i'm becoming a fan of itou kanako; a strong, non-cutesy female voice). the voice talent is decent -- shinichiro miki is wasted as sawada, morikawa toshiyuki does a fair but kinda bland job voicing kimijima (for which he probably should not be blamed), and nazuka kaori steals the show with her interpretation of fraukoujiro.
characters: great visual design, sub-par personalities.
1. senomiya akiho, super-enthusiastic president of the robotics club with a serious inferiority complex about her older sister misaki who first had the idea of building a giant robot for the famous anime "gunvarrel" 9 years ago.
2. yashio kaito, whose sole interest at the start is playing a giant-robot battle game, at which he excels. otherwise he doesn't seem to care about anything, doesn't want to do anything, and basically just lays around, only moving when aki drags him around.
3. daitoku junna, a moe blob with a fear of robots (she has reason).
4. hidaka subaru, megane guy with delusions of bishounen/liberace grandeur, heavily into robots, serious to a fault
5. fraukoujiro / furugoori kano, shut-in, geek, gamer, genius programmer, fujoshi, equal-opportunity lecher
6. yukifune airi, AI interface
that doesn't sound so bad, you say? well, it's not bad bad, but it's just... there isn't enough character development here. we get a bare bones skeleton for most of them, and while we might find out a secret or two, we don't really get to know these people, and they feel almost generic (except that their character design is very good). except furugoori, who is quite a unique character, albeit bordering on caricature.
aki and kaito both drive the show; everybody else feels like an extra. aki bulldozes ahead on the robot-building side, while kaito investigates the odd occurrences that start with an alleged ghost. he becomes a little more interesting as time goes on, but i had a hard time warming up to him because he is just not innately curious (unlike me, *wry grin*), and keeps dragging his feet, almost lackadaisically stumbling across serious secrets, and showing little intellectual curiosity. he frustrated me a lot until fairly late in the anime when he grows a pair. his saving grace all along is that he does care about those he considers his friends, and he will act to help them, often quietly behind the scenes. i am happy to say what little romance this anime involves is actually well done, no typical stupidity involved.
i can't talk about the villain(s) without spoilering, but that's probably my biggest disappointment -- we get no good villain. there is no proper motivation for the villainous intent, and frankly, most fights between good and evil just bore me; i prefer conflict between good-yet-flawed characters, dilemmas that make me think. don't get that here. oh, and i could have done without the parrot ex machina intervention at the convenient moment; i actually laughed -- not what i should feel moved to do in a life-or-death situation
so where the heck did the monopoles come from? is that ever explained and i just missed it?
in short, i enjoyed watching it, but the pay-off didn't materialize, and the 7 is primarily there because the production is so good, and i average all values to get my overall score. i don't think that i would recommend it to my friends. read more
Whenever I watch an anime I get an initial impression or a promise. The anime will usually promise me that it's going to be one way or the other. Just from looking at the cover and watching the first few episodes and the main gist if the anime told me I was getting into an anime full of inspiration about a group of kids trying to make their dreams come true through the building of a robot. It could have been that or an Angelic Layer style robot tournament. I wouldn't have even minded a slice of life with a little robot building hobbies on the side. However this anime so far has introduces so many concepts that for the sake of not spoiling anything I will not mention. Lets just say some of those concepts were pretty... earth shattering. Anyway, I really don't know what this anime is suppose to be, I don't think it knows what it wants to be. The reason why I brought up impressions and promises earlier is because I need to commit my feelings to something, at times it's ok to willfully betray the viewers initial impressions like in Madoka Magika, to get a certain effect, but this anime didn't seem to have a goal in mind as it popped question after question in my mind. Even at this point in the anime I feel like there were so many odd ball occurrences that were completely out of context that they could very well end up being plot holes by the end of the series unless they do some serious tying of the strings.
Another thing I would like to touch on is the Characters. I felt like in the context of this ever vacillating story, the characters could not plant their roots firmly enough to make significant development. The characters all have very strong personalities and they are all very likable. I just wish that I could come to draw even closer to them especially by now.
So far my mid series review is this:
Story: There really isn't much of one at this point, I am having a hard time even pegging it as a slice of life anime. There are too many themes that are picked up and dropped to be able to understand what the anime is trying to be.
Art: It's quite good. It;s very befitting of the overall mood of the story and it is quite pleasing to look at for long periods of time. Very smooth animations and pleasant backgrounds. Very Slice O' Lifey.
Sound: My hands are together for Asami Tachibana, Takeshi Abo, and Yuuki Hayashi for putting together such a wonderful soundtrack. If anything, the sound kept the mood relevant throughout the anime. I especially liked some of the more ongoing pervasive melodies as they were very nostalgic and just put me into a very good mood. I would definitely purchase an album if made available to me.
Character: The storyline aside, the characters were very lovable. They all stood out in their own way and if anything is the reason to watch this show as these character would probably make a better episode by episode anime rather than a show with an intricate plot that divides and ties together at the end.
Enjoyment: Frankly, I found my attention drifting. It really hasn't riveted me as much as I'd like. Nitroplus has been known to make other animes that have been more or less slower at the beginning like Steins;Gate which is probably one of my favorite anime ever alongside Bokurano which also has a slow beginning. The thing is, even those anime had enough promise to keep me watching the show until the kicker, when i was fully submersed. I can't say that even up to this point I am fully submersed in the show. I'd even go as far as to say that it's because of Steins;Gate that didn't get truly interesting until ep 11 that I am even giving this as much of a chance as I have (Along with the fact that once I have gotten this far into something it has to be really bad for me to not commit till the end. The only anime that bad was Star Driver but that's another review).
Overall: Once again this is a mid way review and my thoughts may change but usually the first half of the anime marks the point at which it will not get any worse and the first half of this has set the bar pretty low, so I am just eagerly awaiting. Until then, I will continue to enjoy the gorgeous soundtrack and lighthearted humor that this anime has to offer. read more
Both has the same Visual Novel Company and it makes Science Fiction very realistic. A little bit fun in the first, but it will be getting very serious about the story and it can make you believe what will happen in the future.
both animes give you a sort of "ah ha!" feeling at points as you figure out what is going on in the plot. also both of these are based on visual novels made by 5pb and nitroplus.
They both have a similar plotline with both hidden conspiracies and sci-fi elements. plus it's the third of a series of sci-fi games created by 5pb/nitro+ which also includes Steins;gate.
Both shows feature a few teenagers who are interested in mecha and the setting is in the not-too-distant future. The teens spend a lot of their time in a garage and discuss the robots. Also, in both of the series, there is a bit of politics/conspiracies mixed in. Although the vibe of both series are a bit unlike each other - some of the character's personalities in both series are similar to each other. For example, both the RN and RB main female characters are persistent and are focused on reaching their goals and have a bond with their robot/RideBack.
In both series, there is a similar feeling and involves a female protagonist who is interested in technology that are appealing to the world that they reside in. Although their interests are different, the main female protagonist is determined to make their dreams a reality.
Both series also takes place at a school setting where there is a club formed for the series' interests.
Both series has some science fiction themes as well as comedy, drama, and some emotional moments in later episodes.
Opening Theme#1: "Junjou Spectra (純情スペクトラ)" by Zwei (eps 1-11)
#2: "Houkyou no Messiah (咆筺のメシア)" by HARUKI (eps 12-22)
Ending Theme#1: "Umikaze no Brave (海風のブレイブ)" by fumika (eps 1-11)
#2: "Topology (トポロジー)" by Kanako Ito (eps 12-22)
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