Synonyms: M3: Sono Kuroki Tetsu, M3 The Dark Metal
Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Apr 22, 2014 to ?
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 6.621 (scored by 4101 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
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This is a quick review for people who are curious about this show. It's not even close to finishing, and I for one find that to be a good thing.
I won't call it a review, actually, just a quick impression.
I love several aspects of this show. My favorite kinds of series are dark, melancholic ones that move slowly with a sort of sad atmosphere and a unique story. That's why I love the anime Another so much.
Anime like that are extremely hard to find. Especially ones that actually do a good job at keeping the same feel throughout the entire show.
M3: The Dark Metal is one of the very few shows that perfect this feeling.
The pacing starts off fairly quick, mainly to introduce the story and characters. (There are several main characters to be introduced.)
After a few episodes, the story slows down to give out characters more depth and time to build relationships with one another, while on the sideline, our main character Akashi moves the plot along slowly with the Shinigami and the Lightless Realm. (I won't explain any of the plot for you, the show does a fine job at doing so itself.)
Anyway, the atmosphere is fantastic. As I said before, it's very melancholic. The show's music, which has an overall sad feeling to it, helps create a unique sort of atmosphere that gives a feeling of... a beautiful sorrow. Yes, I find this show to be beautiful, in it's own special way. The story is intriguing so far as well. Even the action scenes don't give a feeling of tenseness, which I don't mean in a bad way, at all.
The art is good. The animation isn't in par with the other 2014 simulcasts, but it's still good enough to portray the lightless realm and other story elements perfectly fine. The only complaint I could ever have is the CGI, but even then I don't have much to complain about.
This is a unique show, with a unique, melancholic feeling to it. It's a very sad show, with certain situations that I honestly didn't expect.
I find that this anime will end up being an underrated gem of 2014. The first few episodes may not spark interest in you at first, so give it a chance.
If you love dark anime with good, but slow pacing and a sorrowful atmosphere to it, watch M3. I'll update this review when the show finishes. I'm really glad it's getting 24 episodes, seeing as it's been able to fit in plenty of story already. read more
Well, it start pretty good, has dark aura to it, story gets your interest easily and than characters suck up and story doesn't really go anywhere. And it still feels like you don't know a thing about this anime. You spend few hours, get probably to episodes 5-6. Maybe 7-8. You still have no idea what the hell is happening. They explain nothing, but mystery which is supposed to be anime's selling point, backfires when we try to have fight scenes. You just have no idea what the hell is happening, you can't get excited, or scared or wait for something. You can't feel anything watching the "mecha part." Why?
Because characters aren't good enough, you start to hate most of them easily, and you never get time to really know them. I was REALLY interested in that girl with black hair, Mahmu, but no, she just get like 3-5% screen time and usually does something embarrassing. You can't just like her, only remembered her name 'cause it was unique. And all the other characters are really... bad, not only you can't like them, writer of this thing went through a big effort for you to hate them for some reason. And you hate them even without knowing them, you don't really get to know these characters.
Well, you get to know one but ugh.... spoilers. +she is really "forced" character.
Aside from characters, the story/world of this anime. You practically have no slightest idea about it. Story starts and kinda stands like that for looong time, almost turning mecha in slice of life. Really, it's supposed to be Action? Story development was like, really bad. 1/3 you'd normally require from an anime, 9 episodes had plot of 3 episodes in it. By plot I mean that something changed, something developed, characters had some influence on them , they changed even a little, situation changed even a little. But it kinda seem really fast when in reality nothing is happening. And this is why I said that mystery part of anime backfired.
Overall I'd recommend many other mecha/dark animes instead of this, it's just a waste of time. 5/10. read more
Slow-paced animes with mysterious and moody atmospheres. Information is only revealed very gradually, eventually making the show borderline horror. Both are about a group of children who are being controlled and manipulated by the adults in authority, who sometimes condemn them to horrific fates.
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.
Opening Theme#1: "Re:REMEMBER" by May'n (eps 1-13)
#2: "Replica (レプリカ)" by Maaya Sakamoto (eps 14-)
Ending Theme#1: "ego-izm" by la la larks (eps 1-13)
#2: "SABLE" by nano (eps 14-)
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