In the year of 20XX, a young boy by the name of Netto Hikari receives a very special gift as he enters the 5th grade. His very own customized net navi, Rockman! Despite Rockman's small size and far more responsible personality, the two boys quickly become the best of friends. A net navi is designed to guide his operator from the inside of his or her PErsonal Terminal, or simply PET for short. Children and adults alike enjoy friendly "Net Battles", where they spar their navis against each other to prove their worth.
Megaman one of the most beloved video game franchises, with many years of good games and being a very well known character, some other forms of media had to be created and so an anime was broadcasted in the year 2002. It was a time where Megaman had a strong support from Capcom and gave different spin offs from the original saga but still maintaining the feel of what made Megaman so great. One of this spin offs is the Battle Network series which it had a good run on GBA and made this anime to be created possible, so let's see how this series
does by its own.
The story is very simple an evil organization called World Three, (WWW), wants to take over the world with the use of new technologies from the year 20XX that has made every single device connected to the internet possible, which is what Dr Wily wants to achieve. But it is time for our heroes Megaman and Netto to stop this from happening with the help of his friends and family.
The story is not complicated but it is very fast paced in the first episodes, it shows you the rush of how important is this new interconnected world and the problems on how it can go to chaos if it is controlled by someone. Which is one of the main problems of this series, the story wants to rush it during the first half which makes you feel excited and always ready for action but then it starts going downhill when they want to show you the second half of this story. It was way too long for what should have been and the way they tried to have some character development from part of the humans is just way too cliche and very annoying sometimes,also the filler is very present and wanted to expose things that simply could have been avoided. There is an episode where they do Mario Kart style episode and another on how bad an unimportant maid sucks and her job.So it shows that they didn't have idea on how to finish it after the battle and important evil vs good moments were finished, which leads to a stressful watch if you want to conclude this first season.
The animation is very fair, it was the time when computers were helping animators to pull this job quickly, which you can see in many 3D elements of the series which gives a nice touch to the interface of the internet world they have and that was booming during those years. Also the 2D animation is simple but it has its own identity that are very similar to the art work this game is based.
The opening simply kicks ass. The intro is very pumped and wants you to get excited for the the battles of the show. The endings are nice but not very memorable. The BGM is sometimes kinda lacking and just appears when the battles are going on, although this ones are good.
Voice characters are ok for the most part everybody does their work perfectly and there are any annoyance among then when they say their dialogues.
They are ok, but nothing stands out, we have the typical hero which wants to do things right, the best female friend, the silent rival that wants to be the best, the dorky side character that believes he is the main rival, a rich girl that gets everything and more. The highlights are the Net Navis, which are the main company of this characters. They are really cool and the battles when they face each other lets you see how they are personality wise and give you and great inside on how they attack and their abilities. My favorites being Megaman, Bass, Skullman and Magiciman.
It is a very standard series. It has really good battles and nice action going on here and there. But it can get tedious at times with unnecesary filler.
Thanks for reading this review,
P.D. Sorry if there are some errors, English is not my first language.
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