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!
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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.
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High-concept sci-fi is hardly a rarity in anime, in fact it is integral to the medium as a whole. Apocalyptic struggles for the survival of humanity are also quite common, and giant robots are synonymous with anime. However, as well tread as these elements are, they can still feel fresh and like they’re on the cutting-edge when done correctly. Knights of Sidonia, adapted from a manga by acclaimed author Tatsomu Nihei of the same title, is a prime example for this. If taken on their own, the plot elements that the show uses are not breaking any new ground, and yet they come together to create an exciting sci-fi actioner that is distinctive despite all the familiarities it shares with other shows of its genre.
A large part of what makes Knights of Sidonia so distinct is the thoughtful and well realized sci-fi world that Nihei has created. It is a world rife with super-science, enveloped in deeply intriguing mystery, and haunted by monstrous abominations. There are tons of fascinating concepts which are interwoven together to make a well detailed and convincing post-apocalyptic universe in which the last of humanity is forced to live on a space colony, and must defend itself against inhuman beings called the Gauna. Grand scale tragedies and dire circumstances have forced significant change onto mankind; both social and biological. Humans have been genetically modified to photosynthesize after a food shortage crisis. People wear belts that latch onto designated safety ramps in case of gravity instability. Some humans are born gender neutral, only becoming male or female after finding a mate. Mankind lives in a constant state of war, essentially under military rule. Anti-war protesters claim that if mankind lays down its weapons, the Gauna will leave it be. Every concept adds a little more detail which makes the world all the more believable, and very little feels extraneous or unnecessary. That said, the world is so expansive in detail that there are many things which are left vague or unexplained, but since the show’s 12 episodes only covers a small portion of the on-going manga’s material, these will presumably be elaborated on in later instalments.
The story itself follows Nagate Tanikaze, a human who has lived most of his life in the underground tunnels of Sidonia and has not been genetically modified to photosynthesis, but none the less is a talented pilot. After arriving on the surface, Nagate joins Sidonia’s military force as he learns more about Sidonia and its society. In a way, Nagate acts as an audience surrogate, as much of what we learn about Sidonia is revealed through his experiences. His relationships with his fellow pilots and other citizens of Sidonia is also at the emotional core of the show. His instant friendship with gender-neutral Izana, attraction to fellow pilot Shizuka Hoshijiro, the one-sided grudge Norio Kunato holds against him, all of these give the show a human aspect that keeps the show from being as cold and concept driven as it could have been. This is especially true when the plot takes some tragic turns that put Nagate through the emotional wringer. Nagate himself might not stand out as wholly unique when compared to other protagonists in the mecha genre, the talented misfit pilot is a well-worn trope, but he is a likeable lead that is easy cheer for, and human enough to relate.
The rest of the cast is, more or less, equally well developed. Izana in particular is a very likeable character, though admittedly is suspiciously feminine for a character that is supposed to be gender-neutral. Her relationship with Nagate is refreshing and highly endearing, and her developing crush on him is frankly adorable. Shizuka is just as endearing, being a sweet and unimposing love-interest for our protagonist. Kunato is decidedly a self-righteous jerk (putting it lightly considering the consequences of his actions), but has enough of a human-edge to make him understandable in his disdain for our protagonist, though by no means justified. Though not explored very deeply, the Gauna are an appropriately intimidating and mysterious menace that mankind rightfully fears. Even many of the bit players get just enough personality to get attached, though in some cases it is pretty apparent that they are there to be fodder for the body count.
The plot moves at a brisk pace, not wasting much time, if any at all. Veteran screenwriter Sadayuki Murai and the rest of the writing team must be commended on adapting Nihei’s expansive sci-fi world to the screen without relying too heavily on information dumping, while giving ample time for relationships to develop and having a substantial amount of action. Admittedly all is not perfect, with some plot points being overly obtuse, and some of the character interactions and dialogue can feel kind of phoned in. There are times when the show feels too close to being a harem, with so many of the girls taking an interest in Nagate, which does feel pretty unnecessary and a bit like a power-fantasy. However, as a whole, the writing here is rather impressive stuff.
On a technical standpoint, Knights of Sidonia looks pretty good, but certainly has its rough spots. Most of the technical shortcomings come from the show’s use of CG models, usually for the battles, but sometimes for character animation as well. By no means is the CG work here bad, in fact it is rather good for a series. However, it does have its bouts of awkwardness from time to time, and they are rather noticeable. By in large, the CG mecha battles fair better than when the CG is used for character animation. Granted, the former has moments of awkwardness, but at its worst the latter can be emersion breaking. That said, Kōbun Shizuno’s direction compensates for most of the show’s technical deficiencies. He knows how to frame a shot, and can choreograph action extremely well. All of the show’s action sequences and other set-pieces are executed cleanly and in spectacular fashion; never getting too busy or muddled. It also has a small amount of fan-service added in, albeit slyly using the concept of photosynthesis, but it is telling that we never see any of the men stripping naked to photosynthesis. The music by Noriyuki Asakura is fitting for a space sci-fi and used well to support the show’s content, though the battle music will likely be what you will remember the most.
Overall, Knights of Sidonia is an expertly made sci-fi mecha action show. It does have a fair amount of shortcomings, most notably the sometime awkward CG animation and the rather needless harem element. Nor does the show really break any knew ground, for as polished and well thought out as it is. However, the show has a surplus of positives that compensate for its flaws. The sci-fi setting is rich and well detailed. The characters are interesting and likeable, for the most part. The plot is both intellectually stimulating and emotionally engaging, and the action is exhilarating. It might not be the absolute best of the mecha genre, but it is certainly an impressive addition.
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, 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.
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.
Aliens that threaten the existence of humanity (they also appear very similar in both) and the development of mechas to fend off against the aliens is present in both. The setting of both is similar and deals with top notch students training to become pilots of the mechas, who live in some sort of spaceship.
*Humanity has to face aliens (that look pretty similar in both anime) who want to purge human race for the universe sake.
*Main character has a super mecha
*Hard sci fi!!! (Space radiation are deadly!)
Very similar theme Humanity struggling for survival against space creatures
both use mechas to fight them
main character get a special mecha which creates some drama in the crew
Opening Theme"Sidonia (シドニア)" by angela
Ending Theme"show (掌 -show-)" by Eri Kitamura
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