English: Infinite Ryvius
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 6, 1999 to Mar 29, 2000
Producers: Sunrise, TV Tokyo, Bandai Visual, Yomiko Advertising, Bandai EntertainmentL, Sentai FilmworksL
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.671 (scored by 5189 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
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Mar 23, 2009
For me, what made the characters interesting wasn't so much their innate personalities, but the way they handled the situations around them. Ultimately that is what defines the cast in this series. After all, many people find their true colours emerge in life-or-death situations, and I took a strange pleasure in seeing everyone change, stay the same, or reveal their true selves as everything began to crumble. While some of you might think about boys running amok doing all sorts of bad things, the instance that disturbed me the most involved perpetrators from my own gender. There are no groups in this anime that can easily be seen as victims or oppressors... everyone loses their grip a bit. We are all human, and there are no monsters to blame everything on.
The production, though nothing earth-shaking, adequately supports the story and characters, such that I never felt myself cringing due to quality issues. Certainly we're not taking about a Miyazaki film here, but we spend so much time listening to dialogue that it never grated on me.
Infinite Ryvius is a look at the politics of a confused society under threat. Any student of history or politics would do well to watch this title. For those non-politically inclined, you might find yourselves drawn in by the character drama, thinking a lot about the world you live in, and that's always a good thing, hmm? What would you do in the same situation? I think I'd probably cry, but then, that's why I watch anime instead of actually piloting space ships. ^_~ read more
Jun 26, 2013
It's also worth mentioning that in addition to the design choices, the follow-through on the art and animation in Ryvius is lackluster at best. Stiff, jerky movements abound, and the character art, which is rough to start with, suffers noticeable degradation in quality at many points. The cinematography during some of the space battles is so poor that I genuinely don't think I would have been able to tell what was happening if not for the narration offered by the characters. Still-frames, poor transitions, reused footage—any technique that could shave a dollar off the cost of animation is used, and used frequently. On a more positive note, the space backgrounds aren't half bad, and the mecha and ship designs are pretty impressive in comparison to everything else.
I swear that I'm not trying to beat this show up based only on its technical side, but frankly, whoever thought that this musical score was a good idea deserves to be beaten up, figuratively and literally. To elaborate on that a little, I'll say that the soundtrack is unique—it's a mix of jazzy contemporary, soft atmospheric noise, and grandiose orchestra, all underscored by a distinct flair of hip-hop influence. That sounds strange on paper, and in this particular case, it isn't any better in practice. I've been impressed by hip-hop and electronic soundtracks in the past, but most of the music in Ryvius consists of simplistic beats that sound tinny and uninspired. One track features a man (who I can only assume was hard-up for cash at the time) repeatedly rapping the word “Ryvius.” I wish I could say I was kidding. It is one of the worst pieces of music that I have ever heard. The score has its high points, but they're few and far between; in general, it actively detracts from the show. Good integration is theoretically possible even with a sub-par soundtrack, but the music in Ryvius fails to jive with what's happening at any given point in time. Upbeat tracks play while people are panicking and dying, not just once, but with unerring frequency. Sometimes the music will start, barely manage to reach a point where it's noticeable, play for five or ten seconds, and then stop abruptly to match an awkward scene transition. My impression of the sound in Infinite Ryvius matches my impression of many other things in Infinite Ryvius: It's tacked-on and it feels unnatural.
The series hurries to introduce disaster; it takes all of two episodes to get to the “kids trapped on ship trying to stay alive” premise. The beginning is rushed, clearly, but it works; it breeds tension and arouses curiosity about how the situation will play out. It introduces the large cast, briefly but sufficiently, and tosses them all into the fray. But just as it gets to the point where the pot should start boiling, the series freezes. It has no idea what to do, and perversely, it brings some of its less convincing sci-fi elements to bear in a series of dreadfully uneventful mecha battles which mostly consist of the characters shouting inarticulate technobabble at one another. There's precious little indication that these battles have anything to do with the plot as a whole, and indeed, once the story is complete it becomes glaringly obvious that they serve almost no purpose other than to kill time. Isn't that an oddity; at the points where they occur, these fights lack the context to be suspenseful or engaging, but in retrospect, that context makes them seem silly and unnecessary. Nor do they appear to affect the characters in any way. You would think that these constant reminders of how tiny and mortal they are would drive the kids mad, but it seems like most of the character conflict pushing the story would have occurred with or without eight episodes worth of borderline junk.
Speaking of those characters, it's on their behalf that I can finally give the show some much-needed credit. The cast is huge, and individually they aren't the most complex bunch, but the show manages to juggle a pretty involving web of relationships that ends up bearing some rewards. There is a gritty and understated wit to the way the characters interact that I found myself appreciating more than anything else in the show—they mock each other gently, threaten each other softly, and on the rare occasions where they help each other, they do so with great humanity and sincerity. There is no clear-cut good or evil present in the series; everyone is an antagonist to someone, whether they know it or not. Some of them hate each other, but at the same time they recognize the need for one another. The ship's pilots don't like the thugs and the thugs don't like the pilots, but neither can exist without the other; they know it and it shows in the way they act, which is both clever and true to how a society really functions.
Ryvius also manages to generate a fair amount of effective drama by taking character archetypes and forcing them to react to adversity. The pushy, aggressive, prideful brother? Make him get overpowered by a stronger boy and turned into an unwilling underling, then see how he handles it. The peacemaking, kind-hearted girl who just wants everybody to get along? Make her the target of merciless violence, and see if she can still cling to her optimism. It isn't the most inspired or original formula, but it's played well enough here—even in the very early episodes, the series is careful to drop some subtle hints that everyone might not be who they initially appear to be, and some equally subtle hints that some of the cast are undergoing transformations, for better or for worse. Sometimes those transformations are a bit over-the-top, but I'll forgive that, because in general I found myself having just enough emotional investment in the characters to not want to see them break under pressure. In some of its human elements, at least, the series soundly struck the right note.
To get back to the story for a moment, I talked about the show's beginning and middle, but not about its last third or so, which is the most satisfying part. It's not perfect. It's a plot that definitely requires a stretch on the part of the viewer to appreciate. But the fact that the series actually manages to snap out of its lengthy funk and make something of a story that initially appears to be a complete mess is commendable. Not only do some of the science fiction aspects come full circle, but the show actually manages to draw a meaningful parallel between the unseen antagonists and the children they're targeting, which is a surprising and welcome turn of events. The last third of Ryvius makes all the difference in the world. It manages to pull the series out of the quagmire of mediocrity that the middle nearly drowned it in and breathe some life into it. There still isn't any excuse for the painful ineptitude I mentioned earlier, but that the writers actually managed to pull themselves together for the home stretch is nothing to sneeze at.
To pin down just what ails Infinite Ryvius: It's ambitious to a fault. There are way too many scarcely explained, grandiose sci-fi concepts placed alongside the comparatively grounded character interactions, and for the most part they end up feeling misplaced. Things like the Geduld, the destructive natural phenomenon that suddenly appeared in outer space, or the Sphixes, the beings which are associated with controlling the giant robots. Or the giant robots themselves, for that matter. Some of them do actually end up working, and when that happens they couple quite well with the show's human half. I can see what the series is going for, certainly, but if I had to pick a number, I'd say that it's sixty percent of the way there; not every thread is tied off, not every connection is firm. Its world just isn't made whole on the level that you'd expect a sweeping sci-fi to operate on. But I do think this show earns the privilege of at least some recognition, mostly on the basis of its characters and the way it manages to steer itself into a graceful ending. It does just enough right for me to give it the benefit of the doubt, and a cautious recommendation. read more
Sep 3, 2007
Strange but this anime seems to be the only one that all the people who rated it liked and respect it, even the ones that gave it an average 7 think this is a really good anime, but just gets dragged down by animation and the really depressive story, in their opinion, i happen to like the animation and the story.
This anime has one visible flaw but the good points more than make up for it. The only flaw i can see, and the one that drove people off from this anime even before they gave it a chance is the animation that looks like it came out of the early-mid 90's. Sure the fighting scenes don't look so spectacular and there are no majors CG effects, but the animation is still capable of inflicting a few WOOWWs and i find the space battles more intriguing from the logic and realism point of view a lot better than in Gundam, and if you'll watch the show you'll know what i mean.
The character design is that semi-realistic mid 90's Evangelion like style, no pink or blue hair, just the realistic colors you'll find in humans, Aeris Blue doesn't count since he has dyed hair. So overall i love the way they are drawn.
The sound is great, with nice music beats, even dough i didn't enjoy the OP theme to much, but i can't think of giving it a lower grade than 10 when it comes to voice acting. It has the best voice acting i ever came across, with voices so diverse and acting so realistic in all sorts of situation, from happiness, to anger, cry or desperation.
The plot is good and filled with nice and unpredictable twists and similar to the classic "Lord of the flies" but placed in a sf ground, so it's all about how a few hundred teenagers without adults to watch over them fight to survive. And belive me, the outside enemy isn't their own enemy, they are their worst enemy and as time passes things become more and more violent and desperate and the mood darker and darker.
So overall the story focuses on the human nature, on how people act in desperate situation and how these situations change their personalities, the fight for survival and acts of alliances, violence, backstabbing, emotions of all kinds from love, friendship to fear, hate, jealousy and self conservation. All put in an overall realistic and very detailed manner and very dark and dramatic that just keeps you wanting more. And this anime has a real ending, and i don't mean the short, forced conclusion, no, a hole episode in which you can see the aftermath of "no spoilers" the story, unlike most of the japanese animes.
The character development has to be the crown jewel of this anime, it has the best, most extensive and unexpected character development I ever seen. All the characters are taken care of, some are important from day one others that you'll never consider get a big importance after a while. I should warn you that there are about 26 characters that appear in every episode and have a real development, and that you might not like any of them in the end, but almost all change and at the end you'll never recognize them and you'll probably say "i never thought that he'll end up this way". Maybe you'll love some characters at first and then come to dislike then and the other way around.
Value and enjoyment:
This is one of the best, if not the best animes i've seen, and if you don't mind the animation you'll find a masterpiece of a story development, voice acting and character development...these are the three areas in which this anime could be the best of the best animes.
If you are a SF/psychology fan and you prefer story and character quality over animation quality then this is the BEST choice for you, but if you are a shallow person who just enjoys explosions and cool mechas and pantie shots then you better thing twice.
It is such a brilliant anime and yet so few people know of it, and why you ask? ... Well i guess this world is composed of shallow pantie shot, mega-exposion loverz since this show is so unknown and shows like DearS, Naruto or other top100 animes are soo famous. read more
Jun 13, 2008
The story of Infinite Ryvius is developed well. The plot is fairly basic, a bunch of kids attending a space academy are involved in an accident and get stranded on a space vessel with no adults. However, they do a good job though at developing the story by showing all the ordeals and troubles that the kids go up against and more importantly how they affect each character's state of mind individually. A lot of drama and emotions are involved, there's a good fill of action, and even a nice touch of romance is brought into the mix. So overall, it's a pretty entertaining story to follow. There's just a couple of things that might confuse you in the series as the story unfolds since a lot of it isn't explained thoroughly, but that just means you have to pay attention a bit more.
Obviously, due to Infinite Ryvius's air date, the art isn't exactly top notch. One thing I'd like to point out that I guess falls under the art category too though is that I was a little displeased with the mecha design, the mecha itself just looked kinda blah, unlike most mecha series where you have a really badass looking robot. That's one of my few complaints on the series. Other than that, I can't really complain too much about the animation due to its time.
I found the music fairly impressive. The OP and ED, especially the OP, had a really nice vibe and feel to them that complimented the show well. The background music was pretty good and would always intensify the situation, but luckily you do get that in most series. Same goes for the sound effects. I liked how at the middle of the episode, where it shows the title of the show and where I guess commercials would usually be, they made these cool music mixes, kinda reminding me of Samurai Champloo.
If only the characters designs were a tad better and more special, this would've gotten a 10. The cast of characters is vast, and each is highlighted somewhere throughout the series pretty well. They all encounter a variety of obstacles, and they display and give insight to so many contrasting emotions as the characters develope greatly. Obviously, some are focused on more than others, but to paint the brilliant picture that was painted with so many characters and in just 26 simple episodes, Infinite Ryvius is pretty remarkable in that aspect. All of the characters have a very 'real' feel too, if that makes any sense.
The enjoyment level of this series I would think probably varies from person to person, and what expectations you have going into it. I went into it simply with the desire to watch a decent space drama since I haven't seen much of the genre, and I got what I wanted, in fact I'm now looking into more similar series. But if you're going into this series thinking you're gonna get some awesome mecha action like Gundam, I'm afraid you'll be disappointed. There is action involved, but it is certainly not the main focus. With that said, I feel Infinite Ryvius is a very enjoyable watch because of a lot of the stuff I have already mentioned. The bombardment of emotions, the series of unfortunate events that these kids have to deal with with practically no break, the betrayals, the violence between people, the desperate desire for survival, the new forming love relations, as well as the severing relations, and so on. read more
Oct 14, 2007
With two main plots, being the misterious spaceship at the center of one and the human struggle inside the other, the show appeals to several diferent tastes, even if several combat action scenes are included it wont appeal to younger audiences as the main focus is based around complex emotions, humans and society.
The animation is quite old and doesnt stand out, even during the battles are quite dull, the music rarely stands out mostly just filling the background or annoyingly misplaced like the hip hop during the intermissions wich only serves to break the mood, a joyfyull track in the middle of a sad tragic scene isnt really my appeal, on a couple of ocasions it fits decently but most of the time you wont even notice any music. Altho technically aged its enough to feed the content into the viewer and thats the reason of this review, I enjoyed the character development deeply even if sometimes the main character can sometimes be extremely annoying with his swinging emotions and seems to never learn anything it eventually works out, doing a great job to keep the expectation of whats going to happen next and dramatically emotional is enough to make it a good show. Its a shame it wasnt made with better graphics and soundtrack or it could turn into a great classic but its still good enough considering the old age and I recommend it.
Favorite aspects: emotional depth and story development.
What I dislike: Outdated graphics and soundtrack. read more
Jun 9, 2013
The sphinx (sort of like the persona of the ship) reminded me of Boogiepop Phantom, which only served to make me think of how much better a show that was in comparison.
To get into details:
There are about 3 or 4 episodes which consist purely of flashbacks, all very close together at the end of the series.
There are only really 2 factions consisting of about 5-8 characters each, and they don't really differ too much in how they think. They just sort of vie a tiny bit for control. You might say there's a third group, but they get so quickly assimilated into the other 2 factions (which also assimilate) that it doesn't really matter. The political depth of this show goes about as far as 'group in control abuses power a bit and lies' vs 'main character thinks that's pretty lame and so does another, but it's too lame to really rally any support for himself.' The 500 or so other students play little to no role except to be worker bees and faceless mobs.
The characters are all pretty unlikable babies. There never feels like anyone I want to cheer for. They either complain, or don't get things done, or do something really dumb that makes no sense.
The show's premise of being about kids in space governing themselves doesn't really even start until 12 episodes in. Most of the episodes before that are really boring 'hey, lets play house on the space ship.' You could call that build up for character changes later in the show, but the changes are all pretty abrupt, and the build up doesn't seem to have added anything to them, so I just think it's bad pacing.
TBH there's anime far, far worse that this, and it certainly goes beyond the dime a dozen anime, so I can give it some points for not being a total carbon copy... but it still wasn't good. Pass on it if kids' romances don't interest you. read more
Jul 9, 2012
Opening sequence: 7/10
Ending sequence: 6/10
My Age Rating: PT: The violence isn’t graphic and the sex isn’t depicted but it has very mature situations such as implied serial and gang rape, gang beating and murder.
The story seems fairly simple, a group of people are trap aboard a ship and must survive until they are rescued while escaping an unknown enemy. It has some government conspiracies but it remains a background focus. During their trip they face great difficulties such as leadership, order, survival, test of friendship, betrayal… They have to manage to stay together and learn to use to ship to survive. The series starts out slow and almost uninteresting but as the story progresses you realize the beginning was laying the ground work for the later episodes and without it the later half would have been devoided of any impact. The first episodes are a necessary evil but they are more enjoyable during a re-watch.
Some who watch it may also find some alarming similarities between this title and the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, it appears the creators of Galactica’s remake saw this show before making their own: The girl with a religion in her room had a huge Baltar vibe, then there’s the entire premise of escaping from an enemy while having to survive on the ship (I’m ready to give them this one since its from the original Galactica series that came before Ryvius), the girl who gets abused in prison, the mutinies… At least it explains why a bunch of adults were going through major teen angst on the Galactica.
The characters were great and realistic. Most are teens and they each have their own friends, loyalties and relationships. At the beginning you become familiar with the characters and their stories as well as their personalities and this allows for the second half of the series to have some real impact on you: rooting for certain relationships, hoping for certain events and even having some tragedies that hit you in the guts. When you get the lay down of the show it seems like a regular story about friendship and pulling through together but you’d never expect the serious and horrible turn it takes as it goes on. Depicting realistically what such a situation would entail, you see betrayal by friends, prison rape, corruption, mutinies, gang beating, murder and how some members even snap under the pressure or in the wake of certain events. Out of all the cast the only character that will really get on your nerves might be Koji who seems to be the twin brother of Shinji Ikari so much so he looks and acts like him.
Out of all the characters they are only three that really made me react or care even though the cast is well established:
-Ikumi: He starts as mister nice guy but certain circumstances flesh out his character and reveals a really twisted past as well as a very unstable individual. Though I might be one of the few who actually thought his actions were not only warranted and necessary in the last few episodes but I also thought he should have gone farther.
-Kuzoe: She seems like a spoiled brat and she is but what happened to her is really horrible and undeserved. Her situation made me care for her and hoping she would pull through and piece her life back together somehow.
-Aoi: You can definitely understand her pain and some may even be able to relate to it. Her struggle and her relationship as it develop are really one of the greatest in the series.
The voice acting seemed fine aside from Neya, but I think her tone was intentional even though annoying.
The action is never truly elaborated as they seemed to have avoided graphic content and the space battles weren’t much to look at so you don’t watch this series for the action but for the characters and the drama.
Now since the show leaves much to the imagination I will clarify a few details that are nebulous for those who have seen the show (I found these answers from more than simple deduction, I searched through the internet as well). Below are spoilers, huge ones:
-Michelle does indeed get serially raped in prison even though she doesn’t seem very affected by it afterwards. Considering she was waiting for the right time to escape and purposely stayed captive until she acquired the code of her friends’ cells, I’d say this kind of stuff doesn’t bother her too much, she was more shocked by the betrayal of Blue than anything else.
-Kuzoe gets taken away during the series by jealous girls and we are left wondering what they did to her. The answer is they had her beaten and gang raped by a group of guys at a party. Her mental instability afterwards and how Ikumi snaps into a frenzy are easily explainable when you have the facts. The guys we see Ikumi as beaten who were at a party after Kuzoe was attacked are the culprits and this is why he lashed out this hard on these guys even though he went more easy on the random bullies he finds later on. It also explains why he beat the crap out of a bunch of people who seemed to have done nothing more than to party at first glanced.
-Fina isn’t following the real teachings of her religion but a version she exaggerated herself and she indeed killed her former boyfriend as well as one other person to cut ties with her past. Even so Koji still seems to be willing to forgive her, there’s nice but this is just too much if you ask me.
To finish, the series really makes you think and feel, whether it be anger, sadness or sympathy for certain characters and their situations, and is truly something that should be watched by any Taniguchi fan and pretty much any fans of character development or drama and of course, survival stories. I also recommend watching all the way through, the show may not start out exciting but the later episodes are definitely worth watching the beginning. read more
Nov 25, 2009
This is by the director for Code Geass and Planetes. It's more like Planetes than Geass.
Animation is mediocre. If you want to watch something for the animation, I suggest Tekkon Kinkreet or 5cm/second instead. I do not suggest watching this for action either.
There is little comedy here. Actually, maybe this is a spoiler, but if you're feeling cheerful about something that happened, it's probably so you can be sucker-punched in five seconds.
What Infinite Ryvius does have is lots of drama, lots of characters, lots of talking, lots of plot, and lots of serious. If that's what you like, you will probably like this. I rated it a 10. It's good.
May 23, 2011
Full list of the review series can be found on this page, 3rd post from bottom:
Ryvius is a blend of various different genres, such as adventure, drama, survival, sci-fi, mystery, political, and romance around a spaceship full of children getting stranded in space. Two things that are done very nicely is the atmosphere of fear, as well as the character interaction.
- You are constantly made to think that the hundreds of children that are stranded without adults in the middle of a weird cosmic phenomenon are in deep trouble. Also, you see them chatting, fighting, suffering, threatening, flirting for so long, you actually get to know them and care to see how they cope and if they survive their ordeal.
- Since the plot is very slow and tries to be as mysterious as possible, you are also made to think there is some weird shitin’ goin’ on here and you are glued to watch further. Some sort of political conspiracy or an alien mystery. Although the reward about the last part is rather disappointing, it still works as a magnet of interest.
- All of the elements in the series are quite mainstream and appealing to the majority of anime fans and that is basically the reason it was a show many were fond of when it aired. The variety of its multiple themes was also an easy way for each individual viewer to focus on the aspect he liked and not mind the rest that much.
- The elements are also NOT too serious. The show is fooling around half the time and this way it becomes easier accessible to more people who don’t fancy too much silliness or too heavy tragedy.
All the above can work both ways though. Although Ryvius is indeed specifically made to be half light and half heavy to be accessible for the masses, at the same time it is not refined to enter the high tier of quality anime. The story for example appears to be mysterious and complicating when down to it is just a mess of good ideas that are handled poorly. Some sort of political agendas and terrorists and aliens and mystical robots and whatever, all that are thrown amidst teen angst to mostly colorize the setting and not to provide immersion to it. The pacing is also painfully slow to the point the entire series could easily be zipped to half its duration. Several key events are also solved quite conveniently through mystical powers, dubbed unknown technology in the series. But all that mean very little for the target audience which are teenagers and prefer the cool factor over reasoning.
Speaking of cool, this anime does not look as one at all. Its production values are not great in any way other than the details on machinery. Animation for example is minimum, as there is a lot of frozen panels and even repeated footage. Characters are also drawn and shaded very simple too, while the special effects are cheesy. Action scenes are also unexacting to the most part, as they are short and without much choreography. Voice acting is just nice while the soundtrack, as atmospheric as it may sound to be, eventually has no memorable OST.
Down to it Ryvius is interesting and mostly memorable for its human drama. It is one of the few anime that deal with group mentality and how one can snap under the constant pressure of fear that leads to mass hysteria, as well as how propaganda can help to ease the fears even with false hope. It is also an almost mainstream teen story that shows how emotionally unstable teenagers are and how cruel and violent they can be to each other for no real reason. This is the only element of the show that is plausible, unlike the pseudo-serious story. The slow pacing is hit or miss if it works; it all depends on personal preferences.
Bottom line, I recommend this show to those who like survival stories and teen angst but not to those who want fast pace, good storytelling or great action.
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Nov 28, 2013
I watched infinite Ryvius at a very leisurely pace. I think I finished it over the course of a year in fact. I watched some four episodes at the beginning of the year and then just forgot about it in the midst of other shows and life in general, until I had the time to pick it up again and proceed with it. When I did get to watching it like this I couldn't quite put it down, it's a really engaging show.
There is a healthy dollop of realistic science fiction that controls a lot of the show mechanics. Simple maneuvers of a humanoid machine require lot's of programming, no sounds in space, the classics. I like that sort of feel to the show, it makes situations that much more tense. And thankfully the young main cast isn't completely appalling or annoying, over the course of the time of watching this show you will fall in tune with most of the characters, and while you may forget their names you definitely won't forget the characters themselves.
A great dynamic cast, and a great science fiction tale to be told. It gave me a definate wistful feeling after finishing it, so it classifies as one of the greats. No, personally I don't consider it quite a masterpiece, but it's a very welcome watch for sci-fi, and definitely one of the greatest science fiction anime out there.
For the casual observer who isn't sure you'd watch this show: I can only suggest 'watch it until things first get bad'. However, the pacing is slow so there is no helping that. read more