When aliens suddenly invade the world, Earth seems to be fighting a losing battle until Arikawa, one of the defense command staff, accidentally discovers a young man lying on a hill. Tests soon prove the impossible: this one teenager, Kakashi, has the power to defeat the attackers! Unfortunately, Kakashi has also lost his memory, and with it the knowledge of how to actually use his power. Moving Kakashi in with himself and his own commander, Shiro, Arikawa accidentally starts a strange triangle of emotions and relationships. A triangle that threatens the fate of the planet as Kakashi begins to question his own motivations!
Some people say that there's no plot and the story is too simple but I can't disagree more. The show makes you ponder about the deeper question behind it. Why are they attacking? Why should I fight? What happens if I don't? Am I alone?
To me, the story is absolutely stunning (and I ended up crying a little while watching). It is some what light hearted but those who have watched anime like Bokurano will definitely be struck by the similarity between the underlying theme.
The main issue with this is the animation. However, I came to watch it with the full knowledge that
it is a mixture of anime and comics animation so while it is a major drawback, I was not too much of an issue to me.
Watching this OVA was absolutely breathtaking. I, per se, thought the animation was stunning. It was truly unique and a breath of fresh air. I really loved not just the character designs but the backgrounds as well. The use of pattern and comic elements really made the animation pop.
The story itself was very cute and lighthearted making it a relatively easy watch although information regarding Kakashi's relation the aliens still remains a mystery. I also wish there had been some more development leading up to the ending. I think it would have enhanced the OVA if it had been a tad bit longer. The ending
of the OVA was very heartwarming and I could have sworn I felt a tear or two developing.
The shounen ai elements of the story were very poignant and soft and contrasted very well with the story. I'm really happy that it wasn't the type that would smack you right in the face or else I think the story would not have went as smoothly.
The voice actors were wonderful and really fit the characters and their personalities well. The ending song really added to the emotions of the ending and I thought it fit perfectly.
Perhaps not everyone will enjoy this anime but I would highly recommend it if you enjoy animations that are out of the ordinary.
This was perhaps the one of the most touching things I've watched this new year.
If you are a person that likes everything explained and wrapped up nicely in a neat little box, you're not going to like this. However, if you're the type that can enjoy an endearing and heartwarming story, then I promise you won't hate it.
A bit about the plot first - aliens invade the world and attack once a day. Only one boy has the power to fight the aliens but he's lost his memories.
Anything regarding the aliens or why only Kakashi can fight them goes unanswered - and I
suppose that's mostly because the aliens are the not main point of this story. I interpreted the aliens to be a metaphor for Kakashi struggling against himself. I can't tell you why without giving away the end.
This story asks a question: is the world a kind place?
Kakashi is happy with his new life but he is forced to wonder, does he have friends? Are there people who truly care about him? Why does he have to fight everyday? What happens if he chooses not to fight?
It's a very touching although short story.
The anime is a mix of animation/comic style artwork. Personally, I found it to be rather refreshing with beautiful artwork. It was definitely stylistic and eye-catching, though there were some odd angles but to me it just made the art even more interesting.
And the music... ok, there was a scene where Erik Satie's Gymnopedie started playing and it was like... just perfect. The scene mixed with the music created this heartwarming feeling.
This particular anime is not for everyone. I will say that. But if you're open to something completely different from the norm, and want to see a story that's both happy and sad, then this is the one for you. And I can honestly say, that I started this anime with a frown on my face but by the end, I had a smile.