The story focuses and revolves around the 108th Guard Squad, stationed in Aomori. A poorly equipped unit with very little military standing, it is often viewed as a 'reject camp' for pilots not making the grade for the elite units based in Hokkaido. The apparent helpless nature of this force is hardly a deterrent for the encroaching enemy armies, ever closing in on both the 108th and the rest of the empire. The young pilots of the 108th, who had dreamed on returning home, are plunged forcefully and unwillingly into a war.
Story: 5 Don't be fooled by the description, the story changes every 8 episodes, the intro movie should be your first warning the moment you see some genetically engineered animals with people riding on top ... this show at least the prequel (March) focused on mechs and one crew. I was turned off by episode 16. Only the first "story" is of any interest as it sort of a poor group to success kinda story. The animals part was lame especially the ending for that story and by the time it got to boats I gave up. Also the mecha team seems to completely ignore the nuclear type weapon employed by the original team.
Art:6 Some art is good, specifically the action but by the 3rd story the animation quality drops significantly.
Sound:6 nothing too noticeable, the only good thing I remember was Faze to Love which is just some techno jpop.
Character:5 Disappointing because you will hate the first crew until the end and when you see a potential romance its suddenly switches to another group which uses animal rides ..
Enjoyment:5 Action scenes, the romance in 1st story arc, then afterwards downhill.
Overall: Disappointing and tbh plain irriatating by 3rd story arc. Only noticeable elements was occasional action scene and the opening theme song.read more
Unfortunately, I have to analyse whole anime, not particular parts about it. Why I'm worried? One can say, there are 3 8-episode stories within 1 anime. Overall it's terrible, only first 8 episodes - first story - are worthwhile.
I must admit, I was really interested in the story, and watching first one from these 3 was a pleasure - nice characters with proper background, likeable and realistic. I won't comment on the other two parts, because I couldn't stand nor characters, nor story, so it won't be really fair, but they just lost their uniqueness. It gets worse and worse, so much that I almost didn't complete the anime.
I was truly disappointed - after nice beginning, and well-done first part, the other ones just didn't keep up with it.
So I have one advice for future viewers - stop after first 8 episodes. If the anime ended after them, I would have said, "it was really good".
Sound here is quite good, but not outstanding or catching, although I liked opening.
Art is, to be fair, the only thing that keeps it's good quality throughout whole series, although it's not amazing or anything, just nice to look at.read more