Synonyms: M3: Sono Kuroki Tetsu, M3 The Dark Metal
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 22, 2014 to Sep 30, 2014
24 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company
Score: 6.761 (scored by 6606 users)
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SynopsisA distorted, endlessly black darkness.
The location where the dark swallowed everything and took everything from us has become known as the Lightless Realm.
Born there, as if they were mirror images of the despair and chaos humans felt, were aberrations.
They were called Admonitions.
An investigation of the Lightless Realm that eats away at the human psyche.
Can a group of eight boys and girls gathered in an effort to combat the Admonitions see the light of the future beyond the Lightless Realm, while their past destinies and dangerous present intertwine in a complicated web?
Related AnimeAdaptation: M3: Sono Kuroki Hagane
Summary: M3: Sono Kuroki Hagane Recap
Characters & Voice Actors
First of all, I'd like to say that the key to truly enjoying M3 is having an interest in a series that not only showcases sci-fi/fantasy elements but also has the tendency to go deep into the characters' psyche, exploring their personalities and how they came to be like that. I'd go beyond that and say it's not so much about the story but the journey these people go through and the very simple yet effective and truthful message it’s trying to convey about what connecting with others truly means.
It starts really slow and sligthly confusing. I'd say this is the main downfall for the series, for those that do not find something about it that makes them want to stick with it. The first ten or so episodes are the weakest ones, but they ARE indeed important to develop the background and offer a starting point to the characters. At the end everything comes together nicely.
I personally found the character designs appealing and distinctive enough. It handles its (I'm guessing) low budget well enough, but it lacks dynamic action, fluid animation or a visually captivating direction. But it gets the job done.
The music is good, not spectacular. Voice acting is very good, though you could find a particular character hamming it up from time to time.
This is where the series shines. It's quite likely that you won't like some characters from the beginning, but them being initially unlikable really works positively for the series since their evolution and reasons for being how they are makes sense in a satisfying way.
Not all of them are particularly interesting, but the crucial ones are. By the end of it, they're people you want to cheer for.
This is a very subjective area; I personally found myself enjoying the series more as it went on. It started pretty mediocre and confusing but as the episodes went by it found the right balance. In the end, the good taste left by the second half overcame the bitterness of the first one.
I'm a huge fan of sci-fi in many areas: books, movies and anime. In this last form of media in particular, I have enjoyed wildly different stuff, from Gundam to Getter Robo, with series like Votoms or Dougram in the middle. M3 has little resemblance to the real or super robot genre: it's definitely in line with what most of Evangelion talks about, but developed in a much simpler, easier to grasp manner. It's more akin to mystery series in which the characters' motives are the center, such as Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.
It was a pleasant surprise and I'm sad to discover most people did not find it appealing enough to stick with it until its final episode. What's more it was not commercially successful at all. While it clearly had flaws (slow start; mediocre production values; excessive use of flashbacks; an underdeveloped character), the positives outweigh the negatives and it offers a satisfying story with a clear finale and a more thoughtful focus.
Ok, so I've just finish watching this 24 episode anime and quite frankly I have mixed feelings about it, so I'm gonna cut to the chase and just present my ratings for this anime:
Story: Decent 4.
The problem with the story was that it has too much in it that the plot and the story-line itself wasn't easily understood, especially when it has a mixture of sci-fi mixed with supernatural, in my opinion the two genres are like oil and water that don't mix, it also has a combinations of "SOMEWHATS" and SOME SORTS"and I do mean "SOMEWHATS." First of all there is that somewhat of a harem combine with a some sort of yaoi, there is that somewhat supernatural beings represented by "Corpse" vs the some sort of sci-fi which was represented by the MA-Vess. There was also that somewhat of melodrama combine with some sort of action. Also the plot was obviously a recycle of "Guilty Crown" and "Black Bullet" which was given a little bit of a tweaking to make it look like it was different, but even so the story is still decent enough.
Art: Very Good 8.
I really like the CGI that was incorporated into the anime especially when it involves that Corpse thing and the MA_Vess, very fancy but very good indeed.
Sound: Mediocre 5.
Ok, as far as I'm concern, I just don't have any comment about the voice actors who did the voices of the characters here, as for the opening and closing, I really don't have much to comment about it, sorry.
Characters: Good 7.
At first it was one of those high-schooler who would be doing jobs that should be done by grown ups, but then again, as the anime progresses, you would forget that the pilots of those so called "MA-Vess'" were high-school kids, but what really prompt me to give this section a 7 was the intensity of them character's portrayal as they not only struggle to do their jobs to protect the population outside the "Lightless Realm" but also the conflict they encounter and their own personal feelings and fears that they themselves will end up as LIM's. But the one who really impacted me was Natsuiri, yes, it was that antagonist that really impacted me, not because I admire him, but rather, he is the kind of character that I really wanna see get turned into a necrometal, and seeing his demise is what convinces me to give this section its score.
Enjoyment and Overall: Fair 6.
For this anime to be 24 episode long was really very long, in fact nearly half of it was created to serve as a mere cliffhanger, ok, I really do enjoy watching it but only barely since my enjoyment stems for my desire to see how Natsuiri will have his demise also, we're left with other questions such as to how on earth did a small village where Tsugumi, Sasame and Minashi lived where able to obtain that "Corpse" thingy? Also, anime director Junichi Sato forgot to mention as to what "LIM" stands for ok so we know it is a kind of dark metal that powers the MA-Vess' and produces a sort of resonances with the pilot, but what was the science behind it? Also, how did Tsugumi survive in the 'Light-less Realm" for too long and didn't even bother to look for his friend and her sister Sasame while she is has that so called Corpse in her command, also why did she stayed in the "Light-less Realm." These question alone form a plot hole that basically kept me from giving this anime's enjoyment and overall a high score, so opinion wise, I just limit it to a 6 and I think that's fair enough.
They are both different from each other but somehow they both give off the same vibe and eerie atmosphere. One is set a thousand years in the future and the other in the present and the latest is mecha.
Both have a mysterious air about them and the characters in both are a group of students either friends or acquaintances.
I can't help but think that M3: sono kuroki Hagane will have a twist just like Shinsekai Yori did.
Both have very similar dark flair, atmosphere, and complex character developments.
A group of acquaintance / friends experienced the same past. Time flies. Now the time has come to reflect about what really happened. Horror beyond the death in an even more complex manner takes place. The dark edge gave me goosebumps.
Both have to deal with the sin of the past and the recent suppression of science-society.
What M3 does Neon Genesis Evangelion did before it and better. That being said, M3 has more characters and group dynamics, which is a worthy addition, while NGE was about loneliness, abandonment, and how they shape people and their choices.
On the other hand, while NGE's characterization is better and there are proportionally more adults, there are few "likeable" characters; M3 is a more typical genre anime with a larger cast with plenty of cliches which makes it easier to find someone to like. If this is an essential element for enjoying anime, Neon Genesis Evangelion might not be a rec for you.
A bit strange, that still there is not NGE recommendation. Just look at the dark future city, where mentally ill teenagers on the brain-damaging robots fight with notorious giant monsters from nowhere! Yeah, add vile commander hiding truth about monsters and noble scientist, supressed by commander above...
However, with such plagiarism level, which could make show at least "Just another NGE-ripoff" with generic score, M3 suffering from cliche storm, alogic characters, boring plot pace and depressive atmosphere and may be things, that i could not notice.
So, this show is pretty bad, but still NGE clone and deserve to be in Recs.
Opening Theme#1: "Re:REMEMBER" by May'n (eps 1-13)
#2: "Replica (レプリカ)" by Maaya Sakamoto (eps 14-23)
Ending Theme#1: "ego-izm" by la la larks (eps 1-13)
#2: "SABLE" by nano (eps 14-23)
#3: "Replica (レプリカ)" by Maaya Sakamoto (ep 24)
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