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27 of 27 episodes seen
Opening sequence: 8/10
Ending sequence 1: 8/10
Ending sequence 2: 9/10
My Age Rating: PT: Lots of sexual innuendo (many of a yaoi nature), light violence, heavy fanservice (many of it manservice).
So I’ll divide my review into 3 parts, as the series as 3 parts which are each distinct and almost a new show in their own if you base it on how it feels or even the story itself. Also, if you have not seen the series and are planning to, then you can safely read part 1 and 2 of the review but you ABSOLUTELY MUST NOT read part 3 or you will hate yourself for having done so, wait until you’ve seen episode 17 to read it.
Part 1, episodes 1 – 7: I wasn’t really into the series during that part, I thought it lacked too much in characters, action and seriousness. The mecha designs were a real turn off for me and while I did enjoy the series, this would remain a fact during my entire watch; I never liked 80s’ mech designs, so a rock nightmarish version of it on drugs didn’t really cut it for me. I’ve never been big on huge robots fighting with huge drills, travelling on huge ships; it all seemed like it was trying to allude to something else the entire time, the brotherly love doesn’t help either.
The characters weren’t interesting during this part either, most were bland and others only served fanservice purposes. They seemed to rely too much on stereotypes too and borrowed from Code Geass as well, that being the gay scientist who works on the mechs. Needless to say I wasn’t impressed and the worse was Kamina: he was a hyperactive, loud mouthed, idiotic moron who kept spouting nonsense about being a man.
The story didn’t do much for me either, so they’re fighting the beastmen, big whoop! Their enemies didn’t have a clear goal for attacking and they were just there, ugly furies in bad mechs. At least Viral was the only interesting character.
Then there’s the fanservice, or should I say manservice? I’m not against yaoi, I enjoy a good title of the genre once in a while. However, this series was suppose to be a badass show with strong mechs and plenty of fanservice for the guys for what I was told, yet it had enough of a focus on male to male innuendos and manservice to put genuine yaoi titles to shame. Let’s not forget episode 6, OH god episode 6! First time ever I see a hot spring/bath house episode with no focus on the girls but plenty of focus on the guys though.
Now reading this you must ask yourself why I rated the show 9/10? Well it did a 180 in enjoyability right at episode 8 precisely.
Part 2, episodes 8 – 15: Now as soon as a certain character died everything became better, it’s sad to say but the series was better off without him. Simon actually became an interesting character, Yoko served a purpose other than just having a great ass and a whole bunch of fun and interesting characters were introduced. This part sees the arrival of Nia, my favorite member of the female cast and another borrow from Code Geass unfortunately: anyone whose seen both can connect Princess Euphemia with Princess Nia, even the names sound alike and let’s not forget how she stops a mecha fight just like little Euphy too, by stepping in front of it and presenting herself as a princess. SPOILER-Heck, she even gets possessed to destroy all Japanese...sorry I mean humans, and this is caused by a power that forces her against her will, not similar at all to a certain event-SPOILER But as the series goes on, her character develops and moves away from the source character from which it was obviously inspired. Lordgenome, another great character and one of the rare villains to be well done these days, I don’t say this often but he literally had an aura of epic around him.
The fanservice also improves, more subtle and more oriented towards the girls too. The battles become genuinely good and done well enough to make me forget about the mecha designs. The seriousness of the show those crank up a bit but it never truly ever becomes a serious show. But, considering the way they made the series, it actually works for it quite well. I can’t honestly say it would have been the same show nor have the same feel had they tried to make it serious.
The story actually kicks in, you find out why the beastmen are fighting, who leads them and a true enemy makes himself present. The villain and the way they present him is truly what makes this second half great and also, epic, as people kept telling me that it was. If I’m not mistaken that as to be one of the rare occasions where my opinion of an anime changed and so drastically too; at one time I’m dying in my chair and the next episode I’m hooked to the end of the series.
Episode 16: Recap… you can safely pass it if you don’t like such episodes.
Part 3, episodes 17 – 27: Major shift in the series from all angles but fear not, it remains just as awesome. The characters have all matured, they are now literally all adults as several years have passed since the original conflict and, of course, Lordgenome is no longer the main villain. Simon becomes one of my favorite character in both attitude and style of clothing during this part. Certain events change Nia’s character drastically and if you’re like me you will feel sad about this part even though it’s a necessary evil for the sake of the series.
The series inherit a new villain and one that makes the Spiral King look like a good guy, literally. Indeed you realize the Spiral King wasn’t all evil but alas, I still never forgave him for his treatment of Nia.
The rest of the show is consistently as great as part 2 and doesn’t really need elaborating. The ending will feel 10 times more over the top and ridiculous than anything else that came before but it was to be expected, it doesn’t diminish it though.
So this is a series that I highly recommend for anyone in the mood for something epic and/or someone who likes the old school anime style. Of course you’ll have to bear through the first third of the show but as long as you’re not the kind of person to drop shows early on, or enjoy over the top ridiculous series, then you should be fine, and who knowns, maybe you’ll actually like the first part which would be great, better to enjoy a show than not. As for me it took some time to grow into the show’s style but once I did it truly was worth every second of it.