In the future, water has covered much of the Earth due to the effects of global warming. The orphaned Maia Mizuki, 15, just graduated from middle school and has already applied for employment in the elite paramilitary Ocean Agency, part of the futuristic world government. Only the best, most intelligent, and physically fit students are eligible for admission. Maia, the series' protagonist, is set to become one of the few.
But her ideal life quickly falls apart. To her disappointment, Maia unexpectedly fails her entrance exams. Making matters worse, she promptly gets evicted from her house, pick pocketed, taken hostage, then shot. She is "saved" by two women (Rena and Shizuka) that are part of an unorthodox help-for-hire organization called Nereids (inspired by the Greek mythological Nereids ). With nowhere to go, Maia joins up with Nereids, taking jobs from capturing wanted criminals to chasing stray cats, often with unexpected results. Gloria and Yu later join up with Nereids.
"Daphne" in the title refers to a subplot that starts midway into the series and eventually become important to Maia. "Brilliant Blue" refers to the fact that this is a world covered by water with almost no land. The world consists of vast oceans, a few islands, and floating cities.
Daphne in the Brilliant Blue is really a hidden treasure amongst anime. This series was a pure enjoyment, from beginning to end. So on to the review...
Story! Like the title suggests everything in this anime revolves around the sea. In (not so) distant future people are living in mega-hi-tech cities that resurfaced from the ocean floor when Earth recuperated from pollution and could once more sustain life on the surface. In one of this cities live our main protagonist Maia Mizuki who has a case of amnesia and as story unfolds begins a quest for discovering her past. She and her female friends trough series of adventures finally come to the conclusion of the main plot which also as of near everything in the series has to do with the sea. It's not by any means revolutionary plot but it grows on you and is spiced with great humor and funny situations like those deja vu gags that always make you smile!
Characters! Main characters are females, the part of the organisation called "The Nereids" (nymphs of the sea from Greek mythology-name suits them well indeed) which are somewhat rather stereotypical in characterization but all for the better! E. g. Maia is a sweet and nice girl next door type who doesn't really enjoy bullets flying over hear, on the other hand Gloria is that Revy type: shoot first and ask questions later type and also case of pathological materialist... It is that different characters of our female heroines and their contrasts that produce those great comedy moments and plot twists! Maybe it's overdone sometimes but it's never like that it becomes a nuisance!
Art! I could easily call it an eye candy! Everything is done very well with fluid animations and what's easily a "trademark" of the series are beautiful paysages: palms, vast skylines, cities, sunsets and of course brilliant sea and its depths! It gives that nice Seychelles/Balearic touch to it! I must make notice of outfits that our heroins wear which are rather hmmm "provocative" showing curves and are in my opinion to please more a male audience:) Also there are nice little details throughout the series which sometimes serve as a tribute. Gloria is e. g. wielding a PSG1 sniper rifle and a SOCOM gun which is tribute to MGS I believe-really nice to see those and other well implemented remarks and details! And in the end the whole title of the series is symbolical and has connection to the plot (meaning of Daphne).
Music/Sound! Koh Otani! Need I say more! Those who are acquainted and love his work shouldn't miss this one! Beautiful soundtrack all round with truly excellent main theme! This has my highest recommendations!
Conclusion/Enjoyment! Daphne in the Brilliant blue was a great show! Beautiful presentation, funny moments, emotive and climatic ending, nice details, exceptional music score... It's a shame, I could say, that this one is still not uncovered by many because it has has to offer so much!
ps: There are two Bonus episodes which are hilarious and if you liked the series be sure not to miss them also!
THIS DOESNT EVEN HAVE AN ECCHI TAG ON IT! look and see know where does it say that. That is what i want to say to every, just because there in little to nothing doesnt mean ecchi. there and no boobs flying around, or bouncing as they are fighting. AND That is what people think when they see the art work on this site.
yes i would say this is a diamond in the rough. And I know why it is. Just from looking at the art that is attached to this you will see women barely clothed and say Oh its gonna be some stupid ecchi show with very little story well. In fact
The story is decent not the best, it starts to pick up towards the end however the beginning sets the entire ending up to be a good one. Just to say i did enjoy this great character developments along every episode the twists and turns of the main protagonist. the last 4-5 episodes are very good and yeah it might have been a little predictable but its okay, it was a heartwarming story that just made me feel good after seeing all the episodes.
The art was fair i thought nothing great just about as average as you could get so if you are big into how it looks this isnt for you, its got an old school feel to it so if you like bebop, GTO style art then you might want to check this out.
Sound was another meh not great not bad just luke warm i thought, not really much to say. The op was good the Ed was not, but sound is not a big deal breaker for me but for some this might be the deal breaker.
characters, what to say about them..... Great, honestly the character were lovable, violent, strong, weak, you basically had every type of character you could have thought of in this anime. yeah they are wearing almost nothing during there mission's but i enjoyed it, i mean it wasnt like there boobs were bouncing around or anything like that.
my enjoyment was about a 7 give or take some decimal points depending how far along the anime was. when i sat back and added everything up my overall score would be a 7 this should get more looks than what it has the score well lets say it sould be about a 7.5 not in the 6's i would almost guarantee people didnt even finish this and just gave it a 2 or 3 just because they can starch at it and say "it was a crappy fanservice show" when in fact it wasnt.
IF you like police work, bounty hunter types of anime mixed in with some nice female characters, and a pretty decent story with some funny situations you should check this out.read more
dear god this has to be one of the worst anime, i have seen in a good long time! first of all their is no real story at all!! they are so dumb they can barely do any jobs right!!witch is why they have a hard time getting to the story!! the art is o.k but not that good. sound was the only thing they got right! oh! why have they not killed each other is beyond me.i mean come on 2 of them can have a hard time not fighting each other. the main character can not get any more useless if she tried! their is some enjoyment watching them screw up but that wares thin quick. I tried watching it all but near the end it just got too painful to watch:(read more
If there ever was a case of not judging a book by its cover, it would be this anmie. what looks on the outside as just a mere "fan service ' T@A with guns affair" in truth something much more substantial and meaningful.There is a depth to this anmie ,( you wouldn't normally associate with this type of anmie and) that makes for a satisfying watch both intellectually and emotionally as well.
Story- Quite well developed , with many twists and turns and coming to a proper conclusion.I also love how the side characters would pop up later in a place or time , that was consistent with the plot. The sign of really well organized and thoughtful writing.
Art- OK let me start of by saying , I like ecchi and fan service( a lot) as much as any guy , but I think they went slightly over board there , with the uniforms.That's only a minor complaint on an otherwise pretty impressive art work. The cites were well designed as were the vessels.the scenery was also great.
Sound. just heard the subbed version but it was spot on as were all the sound effects.
characters-- I cant give spoilers , but if could ,I would wax lyrically in trenchant detail how each character is developed and expounded upon.How the layers are stripped and what we though was just a 2d character , really have more depth and background , that we thought.
Its very easy to pass them off as the ditz , clumsy girl , silent killer type but this anmie shows that all is not as it seems, which by anmies end , makes you look at them in a different light.I would be very surprised if you didn't have any empathy for our heroine/s by the end of episode 24
Enjoyment- 100% yes. lots of action , pretty girls , decent story , twists and turns , humor , slap stick and otherwise as well.A few teary eyed moments too
slight spoiler - I personally loved that episode with Yu and the baby , which reminded me of Washu Hakubi in Tenchi Muyo. same feeling .Both quite touching in their own ways.
The title will make sense by the anmies end.read more