In A.D. 2031, humans are enjoying a prosperous existence until strange life forms called Hardians appear. They suddenly begin to multiply and assault the human population. As a countermeasure, mankind organizes the N.I.D.F. to investigate the Hardians and protect themselves.
A fighter pilot, Aiba Shu, begins to become involved in the battle against the lifeforms. Rurika Yuno, one of Earth's foremost scientists, investigates the Hardians and hears rumors about the "Book of a Dead Man." What is the secret of this tome, and what relation does it have to the Hardians?
#1: "Toki o Koete (時空を超えて)" by II MIX⊿DELTA (eps 2-21) #2: "A Runner At Daybreak" by II MIX DELTA (eps 22-24) #3: "Toki o Koete The Second Chapter (時空を超えて The Second Chapter)" by II MIX DELTA (eps 25-26)
Now before I continue, there were only 19 episodes subbed for this series and most of the resulting subs were either sub-par to horrible to acceptable. This was due to having 3 different fansubs from the superb subs from the original fansub group (MENCLAVE) to the infamously "horrible" fansub group Mendoan.When I state "horrible', I meant the English composition that one will read when watching the series from episodes 8 onwards.
Another note: After episode 7, Bandai Visual bought the rights and any viewer of the series will no doubt, notice how inferior the subs got once the announcement was made by Bandai.
Now to the series...
One thing that caught my attention was the concept of oversized bug-like creatures who begin to obliterate humankind and they are called the Hadians. The storyline revolves around Aiba Kun who is one his path of revenge against his former boss who betrayed humankind to these creatures. The reason is slowly told in the late episodes. Also in this blood-lust package of revenge, is to avenge the "death" (or disappearance) of his love, Yuno. As the story progresses, Aiba is given the ultimate power of the Messenger from the Book of the Dead, as a savior of humankind. He is guided by 3 cute-girls who are demi-gods acting as Aiba's arsenal because his body can transform into different weapons.
Another thing worth mentioning is the original and superb design of the flying war-ships like the Dolphin and the NES-1 which makes Gundam and Macross look silly. This eye-candy makes me want to buy one (if it really existed and if I'm rich) and that what separates it from the rest of the mecha series that abound in the anime universe.
There are only 19 episodes subbed and there's a rumor after 2 years of no news, that a new season is underway..named Planet Engage R. R either stands for the mythical episode 27 which is the actual fill-in for episode 4 ( a repeat of the past 3 episodes) or signifies according to the last info dated 11-2008 that a season is being produced. It also is ridiculous that Bandai hasn;t done anything in 2 years, unlike Funimation which releases their series as quickly as you can say "money".
A fantastic series, IMHO and worth watching. If only they would not HAVE bought the series rights that we would all enjoy a show whose greatness would have been comparable to Gundam or Macross.read more
Well then before i begin,there is something you should know... This series has only 19 episode English subbed only. I have included a short summary of episode 20-26 to the best of my ability and please forgive me if the information isn't 100% correct.
The beginning is very face past and really hooks you in. The 4th episode is a recap of the 3 fast pace episode. If you survive that then your in for somewhat of a treat.
The storyline does have its fascinating points. If the author expanded the story, i can almost guarantee this anime could've been very popular. It has action, some drama and mecha.Expanding parts of the story like, the NIDF's past and deepen our knowledge of how deep the comrades friendship is. Also parts like the past of the Hardians. Like in the 19th episode they mentioned some of the Hardians past and also later in the episodes it revealed that the Hardians are the one who once fought for the book of the dead and lost. They got resurrected and make them fight again for the book of the dead but this time their eyes are shut tight and they've become these monsters.
Characters aren't express too well. I do know that only the main character and a couple of side character and a lot of extras.
Aiba Shuu is expressed well but not too much in depth. I do realize they tried to reveal some of his past but not enough for the viewers to be engulf with his character.
Rukina, Yuno- although she is a main character, in the anime she is often pushed aside quite often. She does suffer from amnesia but it could've been more interesting to see her recover from it. In the end we still have no clue who was she referring to when she said "Shuu."
Nanao Syu- He is one of the character i really don't get. He could be a very nice guy but a very despicable guy. Where he lied to Yuno about being her "Shuu" when she was referring to Aiba in her amnesia state. He seems nice but then later on it revealed he was just being selfish and trying to Yuno his.
Rei- She's just one of those characters that is has to be included in these man vs alien series. A mysterious villain pulling the string in the back who isn't the mastermind. Then again she has a deep connection with the mastermind but this connection wasn't clearly clarified. She was however clarified as Commander Iburi's daughter. However even though she was born as a human child, she isn't human but a "Hardian lord"
Most of the other character are pretty stock and some confusing
Rukina, Noa- she seem to have one-sided love with Aiba but it doesn't seem to be the Aiba and the ending just makes it worst with the appearance of the reincarnated Aiba and Nanao together working with Noa
Roki- The captain of the squad, he seem to be very cold, where he would even kill his closest friends on just orders. He claims to want to protect the people but when he doesn't meet their expectation, he kills them.
Toun- He's the girly looking guy. When he got resurrected he meet this girl but at the time he battled with Aiba it's pretty confusing to why is he fighting and not finding a way to get the girl out of sync with the Hardian's brain.
Aguri- He claims to get along the best with Aiba yet he's the first one who want Aiba's head to the ground. He wants to the the best even though their is nothing to be compared anymore.
Ituki- Her fight with Aiba is one of the most confusing. She was fighting him just to ask him why he doesn't hate Yuno for turning him into a monster. She herself is a cyborg. Her dad saved her life by inserting cybernetic technology into her.
She calls the "dolphin" her brother because when the dolphin doesn't work, she sync herself into the dolphin and move as is she is one. Thus without saying if the dolphin dies she will as well.
The artwork is pretty good, depending where you watch. Some version have different graphic where some character hairstyle changes in some scenes and some people's action and movement gets altered. However the artist did express the characters nicely where they have the boss, devious Rei, they gave her ponytail and the express on her face at the last 3 episode of her angry face is just amazing.
The music in the story is a bit delayed. Where they only have some epic BGM occasionally at some battles. They could've inserted more in each episode how ever i do like the fade crossover when the episode about the end. The song stephanie wrote really suit the anime where it express (to me) that friends fighting one another is tragic and that people should value the things in life.
In other words i really do like the anime however it still stumps me why no one is English subbing the last 7 episode. This anime is pretty good, i would highly recommend to check it out if they did finish English subbing it.
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Aiba realizes Yuno is still alive, He searches frantically
Rei goes back to HQ severely wounded.
Noa and Iera bumps into Nanao and poisioned Yuno.
Noa helps analyze and make the antidote for the poison
Aiba finds the amnesia state Yuno, Yuno not only not able to recognize Aiba and called for Nanao for help but call the name, that both guys share "Shu"
Aiba enraged and fight Nanao
Battle gets everyone separated
Noa tries to bring the antidote to her sister
Nanao looks for Yuno
Iera is suspicious of Yuno being a Hardian and she might betray them
The all meet up.. drama beings and suddenly a Hardian appears.
Aiba sacrifices his life to save everyone.
The rest of the gang decided to head to the underwater base of the military where they have medical technology and some sense of security
The final battle begins between humanity vs Hardian. Rei turning into the core of the Hardian's attack.
Nanao goes ahead to the base with Yuno. In the middle, they get attacked by Rei and Yuno falls into the deep ocean trenches.
Ituki and Noa's dolphin broke down and both got separated
A short recap of the battles of Aiba and his past comrades.
Commander Iburi rescues Noa, and they talked about how Iburi gave birth to Rei and some past about the Hardians.
Aiba is revealed to be still alive. He realizes everyone's escape and he chases after Yuno. He finds ituki and Nanao and realizes that yuno and Noa might be dead.
Nanao is then killed by Rei while trying to protecting Aiba
Aiba then finds Noa in a dolphin and rescues her.
The massive Beelze swarms on the surface of the waters and Valda and the other two decided to lure the swarm up out of the atmosphere and self destruct.
After the giant flash and the loss of his servants, Aiba gets sent to another world where the creator of his servants greet him. She tells him all this stuff about how humans are born to fight and she handed some many books of dead out to observe all the warrior desperately fighting to be number 1. She then extract the abhors from him and make him fight it.
In the meantime Rei turns into this gigantic monster and eating every living soul in the planet.
All of Aiba's comrade which died in his hand came to teh world Aiba is trapped in to aid him to defeating Abhor. Transforming Aiba's arm into what they used when they fought him in. Where Aguri's is the harm with the eyes, Roki the one with wolverine claws, and Toun is the ring halo figure. Aiba defeats Abhor and fights the creator. As she angrily shoots dark matter energy balls at him. Aiba takes out the mirror and conceal her in the human state. Thus him winning the battle.Meanwhile outside Rei is very destructive and at one point ate the submarine Iburi's while crying. At the same time Humanity fire all the missiles they have at here and defeats this part of her. Nanao which is a soul took over Ituki's body and fought Rei. At the same time Yuno in some unknown state talks to Nanao and Aiba about Forgetting about her and moving on. "To love someone is to let them go" Aiba has a choice of staying with the creator in this immortal body and ending world with Yuno and The creator. Or destroying it. Nanao is deciding to kill Rei risking Yuno's live which Rei has in hostage or letting Rei take over the world and letting both of them go.
Both at the end decides to destroy what is infront of them and not be conflicted with the Yuno infront of them.
The ending is really confusing, 6 months is past and Iera is in charge of one of the construction of a city. Noa is researching a way into "NecroWorld" where Aiba was in. Then suddenly a mixture of Aiba and Nanao show up in front of Noa and embraces her. The final scene shows Noa waking up from some coma of unknown reasons and The "Shuu" figure in the plane ending with the word "Noa"
There you have it. One of many confusing and incomplete anime out there.
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This is one of the better latest mecha i have seen. It's derected by Yasuchika Nagaoka and Eiichi Sato, and produced by Aniplex and Satelight. It started in 2007 on TV Tokyo and has 26 episodes.
The music is ok and it has 2D+3D graphics like most of the recent mecha anime. Nice!
The story is set in the future,year A.D. 2031. Human race is enjoying a prosperous existence until strange life forms called Hadeans appear. Huge swarms of strange bugs and colosal monsters.
They suddenly begin to multiply and assault the human population. As a countermeasure, mankind organizes the Neo International Defense Force (N.I.D.F.) to investigate the Hadeans and find a way to fight them off.
A fighter pilot, Aiba Shu, begins to become involved in the battle against the life-forms. Rurika Yuno, one of Earth's foremost scientists, investigates the Hadeans and hears rumors about the "Book of the Dead." What is the secret of this book, and what relation does it have to the Hadeans?
Let's see for a series that spent the first 3 episodes speeding through the story at such a fast pace why on earth they'd use the 4th episode as a recap is beyond me. You'd think they had better things to do with episodes if they were rushing so much.
Honestly the pace was so fast i thought i was on the wrong episode or something. But i probably shouldn't complain since i actually liked the recap (which is rare) because i was able to comprehend things i didn't get the first time (cuz it was too fast).
Anyway that was the beginning. Come episode 5 things actually get interesting and moves at a better pace. So in other words if you can survive until then u'll feel a lot better :]
Story: the plot is okay. I mean the human world is coming to an end because some alien species are killing everyone off. Its basically the apocalypse. If ur into that sorta thing then there's no real reason you wouldn't like the storyline.
Art: was good as well. I think it got better as the episodes went by. Nanao looked kinda weird at the beginning but come episode 14 he looks proper.
Sound: i really liked the sound. it fit the scenes. Cool music when a fight is in session. Slow music when u need to feel the mood.
Character: I found them really fickle actually. For a group of friends that had so many fun nice times together they sure turned on one another easily. Take blondie for example (the one with the scar, team captain) he was willing to go kill members as long as it was an order. He didn't question it at all. Pretty cold if u ask me.
The crazy brunette too. When he comes back he's all "die Shu, die!" like hello wasn't he the friend u liked best? Forget the rivary u even said he was the one u got along with the most.
and then theres Toun, the girly looking one. He had the cutest personality but no, he sides with a Hardian in seconds. Of course that was cute and all but the way he protected her as if nothing else mattered?
We can blame their characters based on the fact they got messed up by Hardians but then again they seemed pretty sane to me.
ugh and Nanao. I get he likes Yuno. But the way he acted in ep 14 was ridiculous. If anything he was just plain cruel.
...Iera...she's just annoying.
Enjoyment....honestly i just can't wait for the last episodes. Its not a series i feel overly happy watching. It's decent.