Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2014 to Sep 21, 2014
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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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.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Captain Earth
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Great animation and mech designs, lovely sound track, likable characters, and a plot that will put you to sleep. I normally don't judge incomplete shows but CE had 22 episodes to be interesting and I seriously doubt it's going to turn things around in 3 more.
Captain Earth is boring. It's boring in a way that makes giant robot battles with aliens who feed on human lust totally uninteresting. It dumps a truckload of exposition on you in the first few episodes and then never raises the stakes, like this:
Episode 1: aliens are attacking and will wipe out humanity if we don't stop them.
Episode 22: aliens are attacking and will wipe out humanity if we don't stop them. And now we have a plan for how to stop them.
Yeah I'm leaving stuff out, but that's kinda the point. That other stuff doesn't change the dramatic tension at all. There's no rising action, the action is a flat line. Despite all the battles and the byzantine intrigue between the various human factions, nothing game changing ever happens. Any time an exciting development is about to happen it's immediately resolved, sometimes inexplicably, and the status quo returns.
And that's another hilarious-yet-pathetic thing: Bones managed to make the imminent threat of destruction by libido-consuming aliens the status quo, a state of normalcy in which our heroes lounge at the poolside and flirt with each other.
There's so many other specific things that ruin the enjoyment of the show but my jaw just cracked from the yawn I had thinking about them, so I'm gonna call time on this review. 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 mecha anime. 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. Later developments attempt to make Hana out to be a badass, but she is really 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. Teppei rags on Daichi for being too naive because he doesn't want to make sacrifices, but this is the same character who, up until this point, has been acting JUST AS, IF NOT MORE, IMMATURE THAN THE MAIN MALE.
Don't even get me started on the """""DEEP"""" friendship Teppei and Daichi purportedly share. This show pulls so many deus ex machina it's ridiculous, and I honestly cannot take anyone or anything seriously anymore. Life and death situations are glazed over; emotionless reactions attempt to portray the two males as so "DEEP" and "MATURE" and "DEVELOPED" in the latter half of the show, but honestly they just come across as one-dimensional and flimsy and really really really unbelievably ridiculous and underdeveloped. You won't find any Shinji-level outbursts here or any other kind of realistic reaction for that matter.
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. 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.
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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