English: Knights of Sidonia
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 11, 2014 to Jun 27, 2014
24 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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SynopsisIt's been a thousand years since the Gauna, a strange alien race with no known method of communication, destroyed the solar system. A portion of humanity managed to escape using enormous "seed ships" like the Sidonia, which have allowed them to maintain the population while drifting through space. Nagate Tanikaze is a young man who has been raised deep in the bowels of the ship. When he goes into training to pilot the huge robotic weapons known as Gardes, Nagate is entrusted with piloting the legendary unit known as Tsugumori. Nagate and his fellow pilots put their lives on the line against the Gauna, in the ultimate battle for the survival of humanity!
(Source: Polygon Pictures)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Sidonia no Kishi
Sequel: Sidonia no Kishi: Daikyuu Wakusei Seneki
Characters & Voice Actors
Sidonia no Kishi is truly a marvel. When I began the first episode and laid my eyes on the CGI, I felt a bit underwhelmed and my opinion began to waver on the show; However, SnK soon made me realize that I could have never been so wrong and I'm glad for that. Sidonia no Kishi is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi anime where everyday mankind lives in fear of being decimated, but continues to survive on an enormous ship known as Sidonia. There struggle is against an alien-species known as the Gauna which have brought humanity to its knees before and the only thing between them and Sidonia are the pilots of the Gardes(mechs) whom protect Sidonia. This setting is not necessarily new, but the way it is handled and presented can only be said to be top-notch.
The story sets itself for excitement, thrills and edge of your seat action which is all done masterfully in SnK. Considering humanity could be on the brink of being destroyed on a daily basis there should really never be a dull moment and there never was. Even at times when the scene was supposed to ease the tension or be a bit more heart-warming not once did it lose my interest. The sci-fi played a huge role when showing off technological advancements and it's thanks to this and the anime's emphasis on it which made it only that much more interesting. Every single moment had its intensity, the plot would constantly mesmerize you with excitement, but evens it out superbly with some comedy and scenes to ease the tension before throwing you back in the action again. The story has been done many times over, but not a lot could match up with what Sidonia no Kishi brought to the table.
The world is brought to life using CGI which is what gave me the first impression that it would be underwhelming. In-fact, I felt rather unsettled seeing the CGI, but moving forward giving the anime a chance I realized there would be no Sidonia no Kishi without it. The CGI is used masterfully for every scene and whenever it was time to buckle up and fly into the heat of battle the action was on a completely different level from anything else thanks to it. While it did take some getting used to for when we were simply watching our characters walking around, it became no problem soon enough and well worth it to just see the Gardes in action.
The sound completely exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend if you have a pair of fantastic headphones, use them. The quality of the sound during the encounters versus the Gauna were some of the best I have ever heard. Once I put on my headset and listened, I was completely immersed. The engines roaring, weapons firing and so-on, you could tell the studio payed especially close attention to the details and it was phenomenal.
The characters in SnK were very interesting. While I cannot say they were completely original they each had unique characteristics to separate themselves from most other characters. Each character evolved in his or her own way and it was fantastic to see some of the interactions between them after the course of some events had taken place. It's really thanks to the sci-fi setting that allows for such diversity among them and while you may not appreciate every character; Each character we're introduced to have their own role in the story and I cannot deny that it's thanks to what can be created within the sci-fi setting which makes each of them only that more intriguing.
Sidonia no Kishi had done everything completely right in my eyes when it came to entertainment. Every episode had a huge significance and would leave you with an aching appetite for more. Every time the Gardes had flown off into battle I was completely overjoyed with excitement and even in the more relaxing scenes I was still just taken aback by all the twists the plot had taken along with the progression. For an anime to be able to succeed in capturing the audiences attention every single episode is a grand feat.
Sidonia no Kishi is an amazing anime that should not simply be overlooked. The CGI, while may take some getting used to for some, is an integral part of the anime and those whom give it a chance will see why. Even for those with a dislike of mecha I'd recommend this to as the major focus on character interactions, fantastic sound and breath-taking action all put into one package makes this one of the greater Sci-fi mecha anime out there to look out for. Out of all 12 episodes there was not one that was uneventful and it continued strong from start to finish.
So what are you waiting for pilot? Suit up, it's time for the Knights of Sidonia to move out. read more
Nihei Tsutomu is one of the leading manga authors of the cyberpunk genre. With his amazing artwork in pieces like Biomega and BLAME!, it was obvious he was on a roll by the time he got into creating Sidonia no Kishi. The problem became apparent though, in his most acclaimed piece BLAME!. People had a hard time comprehending the story. Though BLAME! was experimental and had beautiful atmosphere and artwork, the adaptation did not turn out well. This created a stigma with whether or not Nihei’s work could be adapted well. When a new animation studio decided to pick up Nihei’s newest work, Sidonia no Kishi, people were interested. The hesitation lay in the medium of animation, CGI. Now the question remains as to whether Sidonia no Kishi would wipe of the stigma brought on by the BLAME! Adaptation, or just follow in its footsteps.
Knights of Sidonia is a futuristic cyberpunk piece which is Nihei Tsutomu’s niche. The big change from BLAME! to this piece though, was the story. The story, rather than leaving it more ambiguous, was more straightforward. The human race is forced into space due to a predatory and mysterious enemy called the Gauna. In order to defend the last bastion of the human race, an enormous space ship called Sidonia, the humans make use of giant mechs called Guardes to do battle with the Gauna. This setting allows for more dramatic turns to take place as humanity scrambles to face off against an enemy they know hardly anything about. The technology is advanced, allowing for interesting views upon population control and reproduction—along with the scientific breakthroughs with a certain energy called, Higg’s Particles. This energy is in fact a real thing, and not out of the realm of possibility. However, proper utilization of it will not be achievable for many years to come. It is evident that a lot of research went into the creation of the way of life on the ship of Sidonia. The Guana alone have a mystique behind them that keeps your interest as you witness them grotesquely evolve during battles. With all this captivating lore aside, there is a lot of explanation which takes time to get through. However, this does not hinder the pacing, which is a really good thing because it allows you enjoy the story along with fleshing out their lifestyle.
The majority of the plot itself is character driven, and the environment takes a backseat to some more trivial problems that help flesh out the main cast. The melding of both the situation at hand and the character’s personal struggles is well played out, with little to no hiccups. Between the intense battling at times though, it seems a little too lax for my taste. Let’s say you are on a mission where you lose twenty five lives in the process and instead of mourning, you go to the beach or a festival. I know it’s to take away the stress of everyday life, but if that is going to be done, I don’t want to have a smaller struggle happen while they are on break. Just little nitpicks on the story. All in all, it has a solid base to segue forward from here into the next season.
I’ve already stated that the plot is more character driven than complex, but in order to do this successfully you need to have a dynamic cast. Tsutomu did this beautifully; through each relationship and each battle, the main cast continues to grow and become more realistic. Though making a cast too realistic could cause them to be boring, these characters did not have this trouble. Each character had quirks that allowed you to easily distinguish between them, even with the infinite amount of clones that are pilots. The clones show that despite being genetically similar, their experiences are what shape them into who they are. Though there are a few odd ducks here and there that makes you pause for a second, like the talking bear, all in all the cast meshes together well. The lead character is far from uninteresting, in fact, he is probably the most interesting character (besides one of the possible love interests, Izana). The cast are like everyday people and you can understand the emotions that they experience. This is war, and they are soldiers, not happy-go-lucky high school students, and they act like it.
The music is forgettable at times but is always ambient. It truly meshes into the beautiful atmosphere created by Tsutomu and Polygon Pictures. The song worth mentioning in full is, of course, the opening song. The opening is describing the thought process of those out there fighting the Gauna. They are soldiers, they are not only fighting for themselves, but also so that others may have a future. Even if they die out there, they will have given it their all. It even has a different feel than other openings and sounds like a war chant which pumps up the viewer each time they watch.
Now here we get to the sketchy part of the anime, the animation. Now I know Polygon Works is an upcoming studio and this is their first anime, but it actually wasn’t entirely bad as many people say. While at times, it is a detriment when you are trying to figure out who is who with the lighting at times, it also has a decent amount of pros. The grungy textures of the buildings give them a broken down feel, setting the atmosphere for the times. Things sometimes seem more polished, which makes them lose that same appeal. For example, the ship has been in commission for hundreds of years, it shouldn’t be in pristine condition anywhere. The Gauna look demented and terrifying and the action sequences are really well done. For a first time studio, it was pretty good CGI.
Knights of Sidonia is my favourite piece from Nihei Tsutomu. Though it is hard getting all the nuances in his drawing into an animated format, they did a great job. The characters were as strong as I remember them from the manga. The gravity of the situation is mediocrely communicated compared to the manga, but the overall atmosphere is very cyberpunk, playing well to its genre. While BLAME! might not have made a great impact, Sidonia no Kishi certainly showed us that there is a capability to adapt Nihei’s masterful artwork and story off of the page.
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A group of humans in seclusion who live in fear of a powerful race of monsters that they have managed to evade for a long time, who are suddenly forced back into combat with these creatures.
Both are placed in a world where humanity is in danger and need to defend themselves from this dangerous enemy who can push them to the brink of extinction.
Shingeki no Kyojin and Sidonia no Kishi shares a common theme of revolution/warfare between humanity and a species that threatens their very existence. There is the grim reality of death that is explicitly depicted throughout the series. The main characters' survival wits are tested to their limits. And despite their sharp contrast in settings, the violence conveys their world in which only those who fights for what they believe in will survive. Expect action, discovery, and development.
Humans gettin' boned. The only way to kill them is with a certain way; blood and gore.
A lot of deaths in both anime, everyone you love will die.
Sidonia no Koshi and Shingeki no Kyojin are set in a dystopian world where mankind is constantly being threatened by a seemingly more powerful race of which little is known about.
Both anime also revolve around the main fighting squad against those who are threatening mankind in their respective worlds.
Also, a plus to the gore fans since both anime has a lot of blood and violence here and there.
If you enjoy the suspense that will leave you at the edge of your chair while watching anime then this if for you.
Both have the same plot where humans are in a brink of extinction against an enemy of giant proportion, except in one anime the people have to do some sort of spider-man stunts in order to fight the enemy while in the other anime the people there have the technological means to fend off the enemy.
SnK and SnK? I am seriously now confused as to which is which due to my lack of intellect and apprehension to acronyms. Aside from my unimportant observation of the alphabets, both premise involves the struggle of humanity against a foe they couldn't understand, a feeling of a conspiracy at work that may or may not have any relevance to the origin, behavior and supposed animosity of such foe, and a discovery of potential in humanity that may or may not lead to the salvation of one or both clashing entities.
Same base setting, The human race is on the brink of extinction by creatures they know close to nothing about. After a long time with peace the humans have to yet again battle these monsters.
Similar in both there is lots of mystery around the creatures, where they came from, why they are attacking and what do they want, if they want anything.
In both shows there's lots of good action scenes, plot twists you did not expect and really epic soundtrack in my opinion.
Don't let the 3D-CGI animation stop you from watching it, give it a try. You will have to get used to it a bit either way. You could miss out on one good story.
Attack on Titan is a shounen version of Sidonia no Kishi set on Earth instead of space and has titans instead of gauna.
humanity's last stand kind of thing. both are not afraid to kill characters and do a good job of making it all seem very real and terrifying
both anime talks about young people who trying to rescue the humanity from extinction .
- Both tell stories of human survival against large monsters.
- Both have military fighting the monsters.
- Both have the same acronym even.
- Sidonia no Kishi far exceeds Shingeki no Kyojin in the sound department (any anime for that matter).
- Sidonia no Kishi is set in space, Shingeki no Kyojin is on land.
> Both have some kind of weapon to eliminate enemies. ( Blade / Spears )
> Enemies have to be hit in a specific place to be annihilated. ( Nape of the neck / Core )
> Both anime has some kind of huge oppressors to mankind. ( Titans / Gaunas )
- Both series is a dark show.
- The story is all about survival.
- Humanity lives on a small world (Walls / Sidonia).
- Characters are soldiers / knights.
- They fight an unknown race (Gauna / Titan)
- Their acronym is both SNK ;)
Both are about Humanity's Struggle for Survival
The Protagonist in both of them is mankind's last hope
In both anime they are trying to survive from monsters
Where humanity’s at the verge of extinction due to more dominant creatures. Shingeki No Kyojin has Titans, Sidonia No Kishi has Gauna.
Titans and Gauna consume humans.
Superb and catchy OSTs.
Both have SNK acronyms :D
Difference is that Sidonia takes place in space and more of mecha, and most specially the art.
Sidonia no Kishi is essentially Shingeki no Kyojin meets Ender's Game. Humanity is in it's last stronghold (spaceship) fighting against giant monsters that threaten to wipe them out of existence. Monsters that may resemble humans themselves. The series is currently ongoing but I would highly recommend it.
In a post-apocalyptic setting where only a small portion of humanity survived, the survivors fight against an unknown menace which takes the form of huge beings. Then suddently, from the depths of society, an hero appears to save them all thanks to the knowledge given to him by his missing father.
To be blunt, Knights of Sidonia = Attack on Titan in space (SPAAAAAACCEEEE).
There are probably more similarities between SnK (Shingeki no Kyojin) and SnK (Sidonia no Kishi) than there are differences, one of which is the title (this will be confusing).
Both are in an apocalyptic setting with humans fighting against a large flesh-coloured monster that reappeared after 100 years of peace. The monsters in AoT and KoS (better?) both have a weak spot which the humans exploit, and they both regenerate. Oh, and lots of people die.
The differences with them, is the fact that KoS was made entirely with CGI (and 2D Cell Shading). For me, I really liked it because it kept the art style consistent. Also KoS delves a bit into the romance portions anime (but you cant feel for the characters when they die...at least I can't).
In short, Both are great series. I personally liked KoS better mainly because there was not hype for me when I watched it (AoT is overhyped IMO).
Both shows are about the humanity fighting against something like natural predators. In Shingeki no Kyojin, Humanity was fighting against Titans. in Sidonia no Kishi (Knights of Sidonia), Humanity will fight against Gaunas, some kind of giant aliens. Sidonia no Kishi happen's in the future, where humanity make use of giant robots that can fly and do cool stuff like that
As duas séries são sobre a humanidade lutando contra algo como predadores naturais. Em Shingeki no Kyojin, a humanidade lutava contra titans. Em Sidonia no Kishi (Cavaleiros de Sidonia), a humanidade luta contra Gaunas, algo como Aliens Gigantes. Sidonia no Kishi acontece no futuro, onde a humanidade usa robôs gigantes que podem voar e fazer coisas maneiras do gênero.
Both shows feature the last remnants of humanity in a fight against a powerful enemy whose goal seems to be the elimination of the human race.
Both feature life in space on a huge ship, both have an ace pilot protagonist with several supporting female characters fancying him. Both offer powerful sci-fi storyline touching various sci-fi phylosophical questions.
Note that Knights of Sydonia is dystopic, thriller seriers while Macross Frontier is utopic adventure.
The premise of these shows are similar. Humans living in huge spaceship/ships because an enemy have destroyed thier home. Both are also using giant robots to fight this said enemy.
Knights of Sidonia features humans on massive colony ships just as Macross Frontier does. The protagonists fight to survive against the incomprehensible Gauna, which have no (known) means of communication just as the SMS/NUNS must fight defend the Macross Frontier from the Vajra, which they also struggle to find means of communications with.
Very similar, where the alien life form seems to adapt, and everyone lives on ships.
Its like Macross minus the singing
Opening Theme"Sidonia (シドニア)" by angela
Ending Theme"show (掌 -show-)" by Eri Kitamura
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