Aldnoah.Zero

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Synonyms: AZ
Japanese: アルドノア・ゼロ
English: Aldnoah.Zero
Spanish: Aldnoah. Zero
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 6, 2014 to Sep 21, 2014
Premiered: Summer 2014
Broadcast: Sundays at 00:00 (JST)
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: A-1 Pictures, TROYCA
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: MechaMecha, MilitaryMilitary
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)

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Score: 7.401 (scored by 274529274,529 users)
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Ranked: #20782
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Popularity: #399
Members: 494,513
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Preliminary Spoiler
Sep 21, 2014
Mixed Feelings
Graphics/animation

The overall art design is beautiful, very atmospheric. The only „criticism” this show usually gets is the use of CGI, but after re-watching those scenes Ill call it good. Apart from a few scenes where the Terran mechs looked really clunky most of the time they were using various tricks to make the robots blend into the background which included the clever use of camera angles, lighting, colors, smoke, snow etc... The show is easy to follow and visually appealing.

Music

As many have stated already – it’s great. Hiroyuki Sawano showed us again what a talented composer he is. But since this is a review about ...
Feb 17, 2015
Mixed Feelings
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but at what point do we cross the line between paying homage to other works and being a complete ripoff? Many titles have been labeled as copycats or cheap knockoffs before, usually riding the coattails of tentpole entries to gain recognition. Every storytelling medium has this occurrence, and with anime, it's no different. But every once in awhile we get a title that doesn't just copy a well-known property but takes it a step further by copying the definitive title in its respective genre. A public display of pillaging so unforgivable, that in the court of ...
Mar 21, 2015
Spoiler Warning: This review will spoil specific plot points in certain episodes in order to provide examples of why Aldnoah.Zero writing fails for a number of reasons. While I attempted to keep spoilers to a minimum, it’s best recommended to avoid reading this for those who have an interest in checking out Aldnoah.Zero and don’t want anything to be spoiled. In a nutshell, Aldnoah.Zero has the aesthetic for a great series, but no substance to support it not offering anything in between all the eye candy. If you plan to continue reading past this point you have been warned.

“Fiat justitia ruat caelum” is ...
Sep 21, 2014
Mixed Feelings
Aldnoah.Zero not only flashed the name Urobuchi before it aired, but it was supposedly seen as the love child between Legend of the galactic heroes and gundam wing. I'm glad they used a condom because Aldnoah.Zero would tarnish their names through association.

Aldnoah.Zero follows the strained relationship between humans (commonly referred to as Terrans) and Martians (from mars). After an assassination attempt on the princess of mars, war breaks out with the Martians, whom wielding their sacred Aldnoah technology fight against the earthlings. The show depicts the war from both sides.

Aldnoah.Zero follows the mecha genre in more of a 'super robot' format than the 'real robot' ...
Sep 21, 2014
"Let Justice be done, though the trainwreck rolls."

Aldnoah.Zero is an original sci-fi mecha anime about an intergalactic war between Terrans and Martians. It was highly anticipated because of the superstar names under the ones who made the show, A-1 Pictures, Gen Urobuchi as the original story creator and script writer and Hiroyuki Sawano making the soundtrack. However, the creators and hype don't guarantee a good anime, and we witnessed that in full bloom here.

Plot:

After a Martian princess Asseylum Vers Allusia comes to Earth in attempt to form a friendly bond between Terrans (Earth habitants) and Martians (Mars habitants), she is assasinated during a parade. Outraged ...
Sep 25, 2014
In Short: A slightly above average (I've seen some really bad ones) mecha anime, focusing mainly on art, music, and battle sequences. Character development is sadly not very existent, and the story is mostly predictable with a few twists (except the end...)

Story: 7. Rather predicable with a few twists. Coherent for the most part. Was best in first few episodes and the last 2. In between I kinda felt like watch someone play a RPG. You know, defeat a bad guy, oh look, there's a new one. The ending was unexpected... but feels really random. I really wonder what season 2 will be like.

Art and ...
Sep 26, 2014
When I first heard that Man of Steel was referenced in an interview pertaining to Aldnoah.Zero, with Gen Urobuchi also playing a small part in the project, I had a general idea of what to expect from the series. I wasn't wrong. The high production values, high amounts of collateral damage, questionably bland characters, and a controversial ending are a close match to the recent DC Comic film about Superman. Mix in some grim thematics that Urobuchi is notorious for and we now have our new mecha tragedy series.

While the overall premise of Aldnoah.Zero is heavily based off of the tension and prejudice between ...
Sep 20, 2014
War is a controversial word. People fight in wars for a variety reasons. Oppression, liberation, or imperialism are just a few reasons. But fighting a war for survival sometimes also become a reason without choice. In Aldnoah Zero, that war takes place in 2015. After fifteen years of peace, we have one side from Mars (the Vers Empire) trying to annihilate Earth off their existence in its galaxy. To say the least, Aldnoah Zero hits where it hurts. It establishes the foundation of sci-fi action series with war but also other factors packaged into this Summer extravaganza.

For starters, Aldnoah Zero already had several key ...
Sep 20, 2014
Great story, great art, great sound...questionably well played character development? Possibly. Regardless, Aldnoah.Zero will probably be seen as an instant favorite to most anime lovers. It makes sure to get you attached, but not too attached to characters, and I put much emphasis on the 'too.' Nevertheless here's my review continue to read to see if this show is for you.

Story: 10/10

I give this anime the benefit of the doubt strictly due to the fact that it was deeply implied that a season two would be coming, most likely this is the case. In fact as far as story is in general ...
Sep 20, 2014
Hype, hype, hype. If one show received a huge ton of it this season, it was A-1 Pictures' Aldnoah.Zero. But is it as great as all the big names and the hype make it out to be? Well... not really, but it certainly was a good watch. Thanks for reading my review on Aldnoah.Zero!

The show takes place in an alternate reality, in which the Apollo 17 mission discovered a hyper gate to Mars on the surface of the Moon in 1972. After these events, the astronauts discovered the legendary "Power of Aldnoah", which made technology beyond our imagination possible. With this power in their hands, ...
Sep 20, 2014
Out of an era where average Joe protagonists are given extremely powerful mechs to slaughter trained evil soldiers comes Aldnoah.Zero. What this show does to the mecha genre is ingenious. Instead of "super badass op mech" being the star of the show, have the trained soldiers systematically take down their overpowered opponents using strategy and planning. On top of this, Gen Urobuchi's setup of the story and his writing of the major events in the series are entertaining as usual. This show is a fantastic subversion of common tropes in mecha shows from years ago.

Story- 8/10

The setup and world building of A/Z is well done. ...
Jan 18, 2015
Before I start this review I wanted to let you know that I want to focus more of my time on the character portion of this show mainly because that is this shows biggest drawback. I will briefly go over the story, art, sound, and my overall enjoyment and score. But again I will be focusing more on the characters in this review.

Story: Aldnoah.Zero is an obvious homage to the gundam series and it succeeds in creating very cool and interesting action scenes. This shows story is simple yet there are a lot of factors surrounding it that make is unique in it's own ...
Sep 20, 2014
Story - 9
Aldnoah.Zero is A-1 studios first attempt at a mecha anime. Though the plot is somewhat common, a group of individuals decide to fight against a stronger opposing force, in this case it’s a civil war between Earth and a more technologically advanced Mars. The pace of the story is well done with back stories and exposition placed throughout the series in small amounts. The individual elements in the story are interesting and well worth watching. Each episode is unique and executed nicely with new twists every episode.
Earth, having being devastated by Heavens Fall 15 years ago, sets up the plot for ongoing events. ...
Oct 2, 2014
I hereby make another review co'z some pinche mod had a lot to say about my previous review, so, time to get down to business again.

Story: First of all, the plot where it involves aliens invading earth was indeed pretty overrated, also, the theme of the anime was based on the classic Martian invasion. However, the scenario where, Princess Vers was able to escape from an assassination was pretty darn good to say the least and her wish to stop the invasion also adds to some good in it, even so, imo it wasn't enough that this anime's story would have a high score, so ...
Oct 1, 2014
Aldnoah the rip off by this Urobutcher'd Review:

MINDSET:
The causals soon encounter the best mix of some of the most amazing staff members, we have the same script director of Boku no Pico (ok, lets ignore that one) We have the 3 legendaries of Anime script writing: Ei Aoki, the Urobutcher and Jin for the music, (who is better than Yujikadra) have now joined forces to become the Asian Writers League! The amazing trio of gangsters are in the midst on making the best Anime for your friends, your familly, your pets, your grand parents, your teacher, your ex-girlfriend and even the prostitute You picked up ...
Sep 26, 2014
Mixed Feelings
I'll focus more on the bad, since the good was covered everywhere. It's full of optimistic reviewers out there, but for the people who need to get into a show with appropriate expectations in order to enjoy it, I present to you a review with a focus on the bad.

The show reminds me of Guilty Crown. Many make parallels with Code Geass as well, although comparing it to Code Geass is an insult to the latter. The similarities to Guilty Crown are a lot more apparent, though. Aldnoah.Zero is pretty much Guilty Crown without the overly complicated plot and the awesome animation. The animation is ...
Oct 18, 2014
Mixed Feelings
In all fairness I thought that Aldnoah.Zero was a 7/10 anime throughout the whole series. I was pumped to watch the next episode, I thoroughly enjoyed the fight scenes and the artwork was almost at a level of perfection, but my overall was dropped because of the way the story was executed and played out throughout this anime.

At first I thought that the plot would fill up a fair bit of the anime instead of being based purely on the fight scenes and the war itself, yet I was slightly lead to disappointment in that component.

The part of the story which really threw this ...
Jun 8, 2015
Preliminary (11/12 eps)
Aldnoah Zero, the anime that broke my faith in Gen Urobuchi. Well, maybe just broke in a way that it can be glued back together, not shattered into dust. But yes, it did do some serious damage to my faith in the man and his writing ability (or rather, his plus the dude who wrote everyone's favorite anime recommendation, Boku no Pico.)

I can't remember the last time I saw such boring, uncompelling characters. See, usually there's a reason, usually revealed through backstory, flashback, or infodump, about why a lead character would just mutter, "Oh, a missile's coming" the way you or I would say we ...
Oct 4, 2014
Mixed Feelings
[Adapted From Original Blog Post]

Expectation, for anything really, is a really dangerous thing to have when going to any anime. I may have made this point before, but that's because it's true, starting an anime with the mindset that it will either be amazing or crap can influence your opinion on it when it ends. The problem with this of course is that you may lose sight of how good the show actually is; this is a common problem with the landmark anime like Cowboy Bebop or Neon Genesis Evangelion, it's because they are so hyped up that some people may watch them and think ...
Oct 9, 2014
In a Nutshell:

Aldnoah.Zero holds a very special place in my heart, it really does. How one anime can so comprehensively screw up in every department, that actually matters, is beyond me. It is a feat not even the great Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate was able to achieve. So unmitigated is this disaster that I think its required viewing for anyone interested in knowing how NOT to write an anime. Everyone else would probably be better off watching boku no pico.

The Review:
Aldnoah chronicles a war that breaks out over the attempted assassination of the Martian princess, Asseylum, who was on a diplomatic mission to improve ...