Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2014 to ?
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 6.761 (scored by 6812 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
(NOT A TRUE REVIEW; THIS IS MY IMPRESSION OF THE SERIES THROUGH 15 EPISODES. IT WILL BE EDITED OR DELETED WHEN APPROPRIATE)
You can have all the budget and production value that you want, but NOTHING makes up for incoherent and nonsensical story-telling. This well-understood fact has never been more evident in the anime industry then in this season's harrowing mecha series known as Captain Earth. Studio Bones sure as hell knows how to animate, but they are developing a reputation for writing convoluted and nonsensical plots that make no sense what so ever, and this anime is no exception. When 90% of your show consists of characters spewing exposition and you still fail to convey what the hell is going on, then your show is a failure. Period. End of story. Captain Earth has shown a complete and total inability to set up a foundation for its plot, and at this point, it's too late for it to do so.
The show opens with our protagonist, Daichi Manatsu, discovering that he is the only one who can pilot a mecha called "Earth Engine". Why is he the only one who can pilot it? Don't know. Never explained. Anyway, he then proceeds to instantly hop into the mecha and begin fighting the evil "Kiltgang", who are seeking to destroy the Earth. Why do they want to destroy the Earth? Don't know. Never explained. How does Daichi instantly know how to pilot Earth Engine? Don't know. Never explained. So after ignoring those TOTALLY unimportant details, we see Daichi taken back to the headquarters where he is reunited with our two other major characters: Hana and Teppei. Daichi hasn't seen Teppei in a decade and he met Hana literally once, but apparently, they are already close friends! So close, that Daichi magically discovers his ability to summon a gun called the Deus ex Machi-... er, I mean the Livlaster, and proceeds to destroy an entire section of the building in order to bust his two "friends" out. Why? So they can throw a boomerang on the beach together and then return to the organization willingly! Because that makes sense! So you may be asking yourself: What is the Livlaster? Well, I don't know. Never Explained. Why can Daichi do this but nobody else can? I don't know. Never explained.
I could go on, but I think you get the point. Captain Earth's storyline is all over the place, unfathomably shallow, paced sporadically, and most of all: incompetent. The writers for this show are just completely, 100% incompetent, and that is by far the biggest problem with the show. The fact that they managed to turn such a simple premise into a complete and total MESS laced with plotholes and ambiguity is so laughable that it is almost an accomplishment. You would need more than just your fingers and toes to count how many plot points are introduced that never connect to anything. The characters ramble and ramble on and on about "Orgone energy" and "Libido" and other such meaningless bullshit, but they tried so hard to give depth to the scientific aspect of the plot that they forgot to make an actual plot in the first place! And, y'know, that's kind of important!
The characters, unfortunately, provide no saving grace from the plot's onslaught of stupidity. They have nothing that even resembles development and are showing no signs that they will receive any. Daichi is an oblivious moron and the other characters either have annoying personalities or none at all. Worst of all, they have no chemistry with each other! We are very clearly supposed to get the impression that the characters are close friends, but NEVER, not even once, do we see them engaging in any form of comradery what so ever. The budding romance between Daichi and Hana, for example, is one of the worst I've ever seen for a variety of reasons. One: It's CREEPY. This is NOT how people in love with each other should act. It's literally Twilight levels of bad. Two: Hana has no personality what so ever. The only development she is given is nonsensical and comes completely out of nowhere for no apparent reason. Three: Daichi and Hana have no chemistry with each other and there is no gradual build-up. The extent of their meaningful interactions can be summed up with that creepy scene in episode 12, cause, y'know, that's totally normal.
Another thing that makes me a lot more angry then it probably should is the downright idiotic slogan that the show flashes in our face whenever it possibly can; I'm talking during the OP, when it goes to commercial, when it comes back from commercial, and during the ED. They REALLY want you to remember the following slogan for some reason:
"When I opened the door called Truth, my childhood ended. It was a summer I could never forget."
Based on this quotation, it is strongly implied that Captain Earth is some sort of coming-of-age parable. That is annoying because this anime is NOTHING of the sort. There is not a single solitary element in any of the episodes that have thus been aired that would even slightly suggest that this is a story about becoming an adult. In fact, Daichi is arguably the most kiddish and immature character in the show even in the face of this world-scale threat he is supposed to be facing! I mean my god! Could this show's plot get any more stupid?
Captain Earth isn't totally unredeemable though; the animation, for example is absolutely stellar. The first episode blinded me with stunning, movie-quality art. Unfortunately, even that is going downhill. The animation has gotten slightly worse as the show has gone on, but it is still great. The sound is also well-executed; I love both the OP and ED, plus the OST isn't half bad either. Despite these things, as I've mentioned earlier, production value does not make up for awful writing and it never will. With that fact in mind, Captain Earth has thus-far been an undisputed and unbridled disaster that I do not recommend watching at all to anyone.
Overall rating so far: 3/10 read more
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.
The protagonist Daichi has a similar background to Renton as they both are young boys who are not satisfied with the current life they lead and want to pursue something they love and feel passionate about. Their fathers are both intertwined in a series of strange circumstances surrounding the causes of their deaths. They also both share a strange connection with a young girl who seems to have special abilities and shrouded with an air of mystery.
Main character Renton (E7) and Daichi (Captain Earth) both come off with the same type of background story. Their fathers both being heroes in their way and dying to become one. Also presumably they both meet aliens Eureka/ Coralian (E7) and my guess for Captain Earth is that both Teppei and the Brown-haired girl are alien as well. Bones!
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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