Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2014 to ?
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 6.701 (scored by 7318 users)
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SynopsisOne night, right before summer vacation, Manatsu Daichi, a second-year in high school, sees a weird round rainbow floating in the sky above Tanegashima and ventures there alone. He has seen this rainbow before. With the memories of his father's mysterious death and an encounter of a strange boy and girl, Daiji arrives on the island while the alarm of a building labelled Earth Engine is going off. Someone asks him if he is a captain, just as robotic intruders from Uranus called Kill-T-Gang arrive. The battle around the shining stars is about to begin.
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Captain Earth Mid-Season Review
This was undoubtedly THE show I was most hyped for. The PVs were some of the best I have seen in quite some time and I was ready for a fantastic mech series. To be straightforward, this show has not even remotely lived up to my hype. However, I have still enjoyed the show and believe it is a quality mech anime worth watching.
The beginning of Captain Earth is like just about every other mech. Kid wildly ends up in a mech and is tasked with saving the world. The world of Captain Earth is truly interesting, although the explanations for things have been coming very slowly. It has taken a very long time for us to learn who the Kiltgang are, and we still have many questions about them. Most of the reasoning in this show has come at a very slow pace which I know has turned off many people, but I'm confident by the end of the show we will have most of our questions answered. To this point the show has been using an arc format that is extremely formulaic. Get attached to a character. Watch that character turn into a bad guy. Watch Daichi or Teppei defeat him. Repeat. The most recent arc with Baku was very good, although some of the others weren't as impressive. The story for now gets a good score because of the potential it has, because it seems to be building up for an intense homestretch. I see many characters switching sides, revelations about the Kiltgang, and epic battles in the future for this show. Although it hasn't been the epic journey I thought it would be, the story for Captain Earth has still be entertaining enough and has plenty of potential moving forward.
This is one of the best departments for this show, as Bones clearly put a lot of effort into it. Although the quality has dipped a bit from the first episode, when this show shines, it SHINES. The mech building sequence is fantastic, and just all the lighting during dawn or evening in the show is gorgeous. It isn't the best art I've ever seen, but it is definitely note-worthy and great.
The OP for this show was easily my favorite of the season and one of the reasons I was so hyped for the show. The ED is good as well. The overall OST is definitely very good and sets the mood perfectly for each scene. Voice acting is varied and strong throughout with no cringe-worthy character voices so far. This section along with the Art makes for a very high production value anime.
I would have to say the characters in this show are as a whole very average. The main characters are honestly pretty bad with Daichi acting like someone 10 years younger than his age half the time, Teppei being a self-absorbed emo prick, and Hana being a complete idiot. There are notable side characters that arcs focus on such as Baku that do keep the balance to average instead of below average however, and Akari is also a joy to watch. The motivations for the bad guys is extremely shady at the moment ESPECIALLY for the humans helping the Kiltgang but hopefully this will be cleared up later.
I have had an up and down time with this show, initially being blown away by the first episode, only to be let down with the next few, then impressed again with some of the arcs. If the show can break out of the arcs soon and progress the story, then I will undoubtedly have a great rest of the time watching this show. It's funny at times, can be emotional, and has a setting that keeps you intrigued as to what everyone's goals are. And that is enough to keep the enjoyment department at good.
This is a low 6 score for sure, but Captain Earth is definitely a decent watch. I wouldn't really recommend it to many people yet, but it is definitely a serviceable mech if you are looking for a grounded mech show that doesn't go over the top like Gurren Lagann. It does have a similar feel to Eureka Seven due to the young cast of characters so I guess if you liked that, you may like this show (although this doesn't even touch Eureka Seven at this point). Expect this score to rise closer to a 7 because it does seem like things are going to heat up, but for now this show is pretty good, but nothing more. read more
This will be my first review on MAL, and to be honest, I haven't bothered with MAL in ages, but the idiocy of this anime has riled me to post, and boy could I rip it a new one.
Where do I start. If you haven't watched the show, GREAT, DON'T. It's literally the biggest disappointment wrapped up in bows and sparkles. Why do I keep watching it? Honestly, I'm hoping a main character will die because that is the ONLY way to have made this entire ordeal a little more bearable.
To begin with, Captain Earth has a very very generic but mildly interesting premise: essentially, aliens attacking earth. However, the show starts right off with name dropping, names that are hardly explained throughout the entire show, and even at 18 episodes, the point of what the main characters are doing escapes me. To be honest, I've mostly given up at this stage. There are so many plot holes, I don't even know where to start.
There's some action, but overall, it's mostly just a bunch of kids bumbling around and succeeding because that's how the story was written. And then maybe a third of the episodes don't have any plot at all. There's pool episodes and beach episodes. The fact that anything substantial happens is amazing. However, their achievements are ludicrous even in the forum of anime mecha. The story is shoddily put together and obviously shouldn't be taken deeper than face value. If you enjoy empty plots, then Captain Earth may be for you.
The ONLY saving grace for this anime is the art. It's very high up there for anime, and granted, nice looking mecha aren't uncommon nowadays, I would still say Captain Earth has some movie quality graphics. As expected of Bones. The animation and coloring are sharp, and hey pretty space animation.
Sound is fair. Nothing too astounding or memorable, to be honest. The first OP was good. Second OP is eh. Both ED's aren't anything worth mentioning. And the overall OST is forgettable, but it sets the mood well enough in the moment.
THE BIGGEST FLAW IN CAPTAIN EARTH ASIDE FROM THE BASELESS PLOT IS THE CHARACTERS. The characters do not develop AT ALL. 18 episodes in, and nothing! Absolutely nothing!
The romance between the main character, Daichi, and the main female, Hana, is literally the most flimsy relationship I have ever been forced to endure in anime. They are forced together by the creators and act cutesy. Hana kisses Daichi when he sleeps without his knowledge. That by itself is creepy, not cute. Hana is nothing more than an airhead.
DAICHI HAS NO DEVELOPMENT WHATSOEVER, and I do not see this changing by the end of the anime. Daichi, the big hero who the anime implies will have some "coming of age" story, does the exact opposite. And to get around Daichi having to face any internal conflict or, god forbid, develop as the main character, the show makes all weapons (airplanes and tanks) unmanned, and has the other main male, Teppei, explicitly state this to appease Daichi's conscience.
Honestly, the only characters halfway interesting are the antagonists, and even then, only one antagonist. Bugbear. The other main female, Akari, seems okay at first, but later on, you realize she is way too OP due to her infallible hacking skills and her cocky personality ultimately comes across as annoying. Honestly, I am rooting for these kids to fail at this point.
I suppose I'll give it a 2, but it's a low 2. It was OK the first episode, and then it just got progressively worse. As I was saying to a friend, this is basically the happy go lucky idiotic version of Evangelion with Daichi = Shinji, Teppei = Kaworu, Hana = Rei, and Akari = Asuka, so if you want to watch an actually deep, thought-provoking mecha, please please please watch Evangelion. If you want to watch the shoddiest alternate universe facsimile where the characters can have their cake and eat it too without any long-lasting or remotely serious consequences, then Captain Earth is your anime.
TL;DR Do not recommend. I may rate it lower when the anime ends because the only way to rate it higher is if a main character dies and actually makes an impression. The only noteworthy thing about this anime is the animation, but there are plenty of anime out there with pretty pictures. Watch one of those instead.
both series are made by the same studio, it has orchestra music and it has mecha/robot action, while star driver setting is mainly on school, captain earth setting is mainly on military base
Produced by Studio Bones, Star Driver and Captain Earth are mecha series with style. But more than that, there are also mysterious origins relating to the world both series are part of. In essence, there are strange phenomenons involving the main protagonists as they deal with mysterious factions.
There is decent amount of action, drama, and focus on the conflict between various characters. If you're looking for a mecha show with similar style, these two titles should be under your radar.
Both are produced by BONES, give off a feeling of slight mystery, have casual fanservice, and have mecha. Also, the same writer and character designer
Simple-minded, and positive main character who goes to an Island and pilots robots without any proper training. Family background also was a key to them getting involved. Both the main characters goal is to protect the world.
The two series both have a fictional animal pet, and is made by BONES.
Although far more lighthearted, there are several echoes of Neon Genesis Evangelion throughout Captain Earth, this is probably a result of Yoji Enokido working on both series.
In terms of plot; both series are about an organization vowed to defend the Earth; NERV fights Angels and Globe fights the Klltgang. However, both of them have overseeing organizations pulling the strings; SEELE and Salty Dog respectively.
In terms of characters; The protagonists; Daichi, Akari, Teppei and Hana parallel Shinji, Asuka, Rei and Mari, respectively, they all share a house together under the guidance of Commander Nishikubo just as the protagonists of Neon Genesis Evangelion live with Misato.
Daichi is more competent than Shinji is. Daichi was "chosen" by the Livlaster gun to pilot the Earth Engine and Shinji is the only one that can Eva-01. However Daichi continues to fight by choice knowing he has this power, Shinji is forced to. Shinji is also directly influenced by his father whereas Daichi is surrounded by the story of how his father saved the world.
Akari fills the role of Asuka but their personalities are strikingly different. Akari is a highly intelligent hacker with an upbeat personality and magical girl motif with a parodic tragic past. Asuka, on the other hand, is the classic hotblooded and aggressive mecha pilot with a tragic past.
Teppei is essentially a male Rei clone, their personalities are very much a like and Teppei even shares a similar character design; red eyes and bluish hair. He also has prior connections to the antagonists and is subject to experimentation like Rei.
In Eva MC doesn't want to get in the robot but other people force him, in Cap Earth he wants to get in but other people don't want him to.
In Eva we have ShinjixKaworu, in Cap Earth we have DaichixTeppei.
In both we have MC sharing house with 2 women.
In both MC love has something to do with his (MC's) enemies.
Both MC seems to enjoy bananas.
Literally two girls and two guys into mecha stuff. Tho Captain Earth is quite more lighthearted, the concept brings exactly the same feeling.
Opening Theme#1: "Believers High (ビリーバーズ・ハイ)" by flumpool (eps 2-13)
#2: "TOKYO Dreamer" by NICO Touches the Walls (eps 14-)
Ending Theme#1: "Believers High (ビリーバーズ・ハイ)" by flumpool (ep 1)
#2: "Amethyst (アメジスト)" by HANA star. Ai Kayano (eps 2-13)
#3: "The Glory Days" by Tia (eps 14-??)
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