3 of 10 people found this review helpful
12 of 12 episodes seen
Opening sequence: 8/10
The characters basically range from good to great. Of course, out of all of them you always have to get an annoying character and this time his name is Gora, a little monkey like troll which you'll have to endure from time to time to enjoy the rest of the show. The other characters however are pretty solid. Jin, at first you see Jin as a responsible capable man whose mostly acting as a protector and father figure to Sana. He's always there for her and he takes care of her. SPOILER-Of course that's before he turns psycho on us-SPOILER As the story progress you get to know his goals, which are mostly revenge, and you also find out there is more to him and even what he really wants, but going further would go too much into spoiler land. Jo, at first he plays the silent type and seems mostly uninterested to what's going on, fighting merely because Jin desires it. His only distinctive feature is that he sheds tears whenever he pilots the Gladiator (Mecha), of course that little detail becomes a little more relevant later on. While some may discard this character at first, even Sana seemed to in the beginning, I highly suggest on paying close attention to him as he later becomes much more interesting. In fact, after watching the entire show, he's my favorite character. Sana, a little girl without parents travelling with Jin and Jo. She is scared and rightly so as for some reason the government is desperatly trying to capture her and her only protectors are her two companions. She is mistrusful of Jo due to his silent nature and as an infinite trust in Jin whom she remembers as saving her in the past and regards him as a father figure. Off course this situation dramatically changes later on.
The remaining characters consists of a military team of sadistic killer, with the exepction of their commander, and a crew of pirates who, mysteriously enough, are actually the nicest bunch in the show. My final take is that character wise, this show did it's job.
The story revolves around a post apocalyptic Earth were different governments seem to rule the world, with the strongest being mostly a monarchic state in which the rich and socially elevated abuse the poor. The lower class citizens even live in dumps outside the gloryfied cities and while the wealthy enjoy luxury the rest sufer in poverty. As the sotry advances it becomes clear that rebellious elements as well as other nations begin to come into conflict with eventually the pirates ironically leading the battle for freedom and a better world. The main charatcers are the focus of the show though and they are mostly fugitives. They are escaping the military who seeks to capture Sana who is the key to their evil plans. By the end you realise that the conflict between nations and rebels are far less relevant than Sana and her pursuers who will actually determine the outcome of the conflict. Off course the biggest plot twist lies in the SPOILER-betrayal which happens at around 2/3 of the show-SPOILER Rarely am I taken by surprise like that in a show but I really didn't see this one coming. I guess the other big plot twist lies with the mecha, but that's another story.
The show's got a nice soundtrack, good voice actors, more than decent action and somewhat realistic battles (well as much as can be, given the setting). The artstyle is great and I think they did a good job in creating military uniforms, character designs and backgrounds.
Final appraisal, the show appeals to a wide variety of people, but for mecha fans, they should watch it if they enjoy a good military/character base story and not if they only look forward to the mecha as that's not the main focus here. I highly recommend this title, it keeps you wanting to watch more and leaves you satisfied, unlike many shows whose ending isn't the equal of the rest of the series.