The location where the dark swallowed everything and took everything from us has become known as the Lightless Realm.
Born there, as if they were mirror images of the despair and chaos humans felt, were aberrations.
They were called Admonitions.
An investigation of the Lightless Realm that eats away at the human psyche. Can a group of eight boys and girls gathered in an effort to combat the Admonitions see the light of the future beyond the Lightless Realm, while their past destinies and dangerous present intertwine in a complicated web?
First of all, I'd like to say that the key to truly enjoying M3 is having an interest in a series that not only showcases sci-fi/fantasy elements but also has the tendency to go deep into the characters' psyche, exploring their personalities and how they came to be like that. I'd go beyond that and say it's not so much about the story but the journey these people go through and the very simple yet effective and truthful message it’s trying to convey about what connecting with others truly means.
It starts really slow and sligthly confusing. I'd say this is the main downfall
for the series, for those that do not find something about it that makes them want to stick with it. The first ten or so episodes are the weakest ones, but they ARE indeed important to develop the background and offer a starting point to the characters. At the end everything comes together nicely.
I personally found the character designs appealing and distinctive enough. It handles its (I'm guessing) low budget well enough, but it lacks dynamic action, fluid animation or a visually captivating direction. But it gets the job done.
The music is good, not spectacular. Voice acting is very good, though you could find a particular character hamming it up from time to time.
This is where the series shines. It's quite likely that you won't like some characters from the beginning, but them being initially unlikable really works positively for the series since their evolution and reasons for being how they are makes sense in a satisfying way.
Not all of them are particularly interesting, but the crucial ones are. By the end of it, they're people you want to cheer for.
This is a very subjective area; I personally found myself enjoying the series more as it went on. It started pretty mediocre and confusing but as the episodes went by it found the right balance. In the end, the good taste left by the second half overcame the bitterness of the first one.
I'm a huge fan of sci-fi in many areas: books, movies and anime. In this last form of media in particular, I have enjoyed wildly different stuff, from Gundam to Getter Robo, with series like Votoms or Dougram in the middle. M3 has little resemblance to the real or super robot genre: it's definitely in line with what most of Evangelion talks about, but developed in a much simpler, easier to grasp manner. It's more akin to mystery series in which the characters' motives are the center, such as Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.
It was a pleasant surprise and I'm sad to discover most people did not find it appealing enough to stick with it until its final episode. What's more it was not commercially successful at all. While it clearly had flaws (slow start; mediocre production values; excessive use of flashbacks; an underdeveloped character), the positives outweigh the negatives and it offers a satisfying story with a clear finale and a more thoughtful focus.
Ok, so I've just finish watching this 24 episode anime and quite frankly I have mixed feelings about it, so I'm gonna cut to the chase and just present my ratings for this anime:
Story: Decent 4.
The problem with the story was that it has too much in it that the plot and the story-line itself wasn't easily understood, especially when it has a mixture of sci-fi mixed with supernatural, in my opinion the two genres are like oil and water that don't mix, it also has a combinations of "SOMEWHATS" and SOME SORTS"and I do mean "SOMEWHATS." First of all there is that somewhat of
a harem combine with a some sort of yaoi, there is that somewhat supernatural beings represented by "Corpse" vs the some sort of sci-fi which was represented by the MA-Vess. There was also that somewhat of melodrama combine with some sort of action. Also the plot was obviously a recycle of "Guilty Crown" and "Black Bullet" which was given a little bit of a tweaking to make it look like it was different, but even so the story is still decent enough.
Art: Very Good 8.
I really like the CGI that was incorporated into the anime especially when it involves that Corpse thing and the MA_Vess, very fancy but very good indeed.
Sound: Mediocre 5.
Ok, as far as I'm concern, I just don't have any comment about the voice actors who did the voices of the characters here, as for the opening and closing, I really don't have much to comment about it, sorry.
Characters: Good 7.
At first it was one of those high-schooler who would be doing jobs that should be done by grown ups, but then again, as the anime progresses, you would forget that the pilots of those so called "MA-Vess'" were high-school kids, but what really prompt me to give this section a 7 was the intensity of them character's portrayal as they not only struggle to do their jobs to protect the population outside the "Lightless Realm" but also the conflict they encounter and their own personal feelings and fears that they themselves will end up as LIM's. But the one who really impacted me was Natsuiri, yes, it was that antagonist that really impacted me, not because I admire him, but rather, he is the kind of character that I really wanna see get turned into a necrometal, and seeing his demise is what convinces me to give this section its score.
Enjoyment and Overall: Fair 6.
For this anime to be 24 episode long was really very long, in fact nearly half of it was created to serve as a mere cliffhanger, ok, I really do enjoy watching it but only barely since my enjoyment stems for my desire to see how Natsuiri will have his demise also, we're left with other questions such as to how on earth did a small village where Tsugumi, Sasame and Minashi lived where able to obtain that "Corpse" thingy? Also, anime director Junichi Sato forgot to mention as to what "LIM" stands for ok so we know it is a kind of dark metal that powers the MA-Vess' and produces a sort of resonances with the pilot, but what was the science behind it? Also, how did Tsugumi survive in the 'Light-less Realm" for too long and didn't even bother to look for his friend and her sister Sasame while she is has that so called Corpse in her command, also why did she stayed in the "Light-less Realm." These question alone form a plot hole that basically kept me from giving this anime's enjoyment and overall a high score, so opinion wise, I just limit it to a 6 and I think that's fair enough.
I do not know why people dislike this anime, or the amount of hate I get from people watching this, maybe because this is pretty slow-paced, so most watchers didn't continue to bother watching this series. First of all I'd like to say that watching this anime episode by episode will only bore us, and that's why I think most people dropped this show. Maybe they don't find it appealing enough, or because of the slow start, forgettable characters, and the mediocre animation. So I advise everybody who plans to watch this anime : WATCH THIS STRAIGHT.
The story is good, the synopsis explains that
this anime has potential, and the plot itself is indeed interesting. This anime has VERY slow pacing, you will find quite boring for the first few episodes(boring until episode 12 I guess?), but you will get hooked by it. One thing that I didn't like in the story was the concept of mechas being used, it didn't fit really well with the story. This anime also brings deep messages to its viewers, but it doesn't convey well straight to the point and can't connect its meanings to the viewers completely. With some deep messages it brings, this anime has psychological undertones and contains some explicit scenes which may not please others.
The characters were really good, we can see leaps of character developments as we go on with the show. At first they seem pretty forgettable, but they kinda grows within you. That feeling when your first impression on a character changes, you will like them and eventually root for them. Some supporting characters may be dull, one-dimensional, and their actions do not make sense, but you can see their developments as the show goes on. Also, one thing that I also find it interesting is that this anime isn't afraid of losing its characters, characters that didn't stand out at first evolved and developed pretty well(especially Mhamu), character interactions, some characters were just so crazy and insane(the mad scientist LOL) but their presence is really essential for the plot.
The art, for a 2014 anime, was quite cheap and a little bad. Maybe the studio were on a tight budget for producing a 24-episode anime or something, but it still fits the atmosphere of the show. The use of dark colors really sets the dark mood of the show. Character designs were fine, the mecha is also good I think, having consistent animations and distinctive designs. CGIs were satisfying enough to entertain our eyes throughout the show.
For the sound, which includes its music and sound effects, were pretty good. I really find the openings catchy, the first one "Re:Remember" by May'n fits with the sad tone of the show and reminds us of a beautiful sorrow, the second opening was "Replica" by Sakamoto Maaya, was really catchy, giving us hints of how the series will end but the animation of the anime spoils its viewers.
"Ego-izm" by lalalarks is not that appealing for me...at first. But eventually the song, piano keys, and its music gets stucked in your head. The second ending song "SABLE" by nano was my favorite, it really conveys the action genre of the series. There is only a small set of soundtrack, but it still gets the job done. Character voice acting were just average, they didn't stand out.
As for my personal enjoyment, the first few episodes are not that good, to the point of being boring or even bad, but I assure you watching the episodes continuously can at least change on your point of view to this anime. For an action anime this has less action, but more on character interactions for summing up the plot, but it's still good. For those who dropped this, give this a chance.
Overall, I give this anime a 9. It think it deserves some praise, the show was pretty successful itself in terms of adaptation, it's really sad, as the anime itself didn't do anything bad to be hated, that people dropped this, this isn't even worse than other mecha animes out there, so give this a shot.
It took me a while to decide whether I should write a review for this anime or leave it. I watched this series in 2014 and thought that I should just forget about it because of how it turned out in the end, but seeing the many high scoring reviews for this story there are, I would like to point something more.
When I start watching an anime, I'd say that I am never immediately interested in how it is portrayed or introduced throughout episode one. But of course, I don't know what the author/writer planned out in the beginning, so I can't just say
that I dropped watching this show.
So they introduce about six characters at first, each with their own personality, who will be investigating these Admonitions and also try to get close to the Lightless Realm. Then two more characters were added, Sasame and Minashi, who seemed to share some kind of bond from the past. And then all of a sudden, they see another character named Tsugumi, who used to be part of the group in all of the characters' past, riding on top of Corpse.
All of this just turns out to be accurate in some way—that the eight chosen people to join the special force had met each other, coincidentally!, before in the past. Then it is known that Tsugumi, who lives with no problems in the Lightless Realm due to the Arbornine, has feelings for the main character, who now has feelings for Sasame. Yes, an anime with some sort of romance may make the story interesting, but certainly not like this. So something that the eight of them done in the past is considered a sin and Tsugumi has been harboring hatred ever since just because of that—weird and this is mostly because of the main character!
Okay, the plot was decent and everything went right, but some things were better off to be expected and some things just came out of the blue. Everything is solved, which is good as the wonders that went out of my head got smashed, but it felt like the story centered mostly on the characters than the Lightless Realm itself because the combat they do with the MA-VESS and the Corpse and Admonitions just seems to be decorations for the anime, it certainly did not last very long for me.
However, the concept of getting mecha and sci-fi or supernatural in this anime is worth watching, though, it certainly did let me continue watching the series. I can say that this is one thing I like about the anime.
The anime did a good job on the art, especially when it made everything look dull, which makes sense as it plays a part in the fact that this was supposed to be a sad anime and the "Lightless" Realm.
Honestly, I can't say that the sounds were any bad, and I mean sounds in general, such as background music, not just the ending or opening songs.
OMG, I really cannot wait to start on a *cough* rant *cough* about this, yet I will just stick to the point. I am not going to write about all the characters though.
Akashi Saginuma - the main character of the story, and really the stupidest MC I would ever describe as "stupid". Okay, so he is popular with females in his school and who despises and admires his brother in some way, at least that is how I see it. When Sasame shows up in the special force, he instantly becomes interested in her because she looks like someone from his childhood? Well, all eight of them together are supposed to be people he met in his childhood, too, right?
I think I remember that he was even jealous that Sasame and Minashi were so close to each other, and when Sasame and the MC finally have some space together, he wants to protect her like so much? Okay, it just happened out of nowhere to me. When he sees Tsugumi, he thought that she was Sasame, which was so bothering. And while he found out that Sasame turned into a LIM, he got so angry—more like supreme jealousy—that he said he promised to wait for her and such such such, which he started to put the rage on Minashi since he was the one riding the LIM. After that, he and Sasame's link surpassed his and his brother's link on the LIM, and then everything was over.
Emiru Hazaki - when she died, I was somewhat sad but no tears were shed. Her death changed the MC a little, but I still thought that she was a significant character in the story. To be honest, I think she was the best character in the series because I usually like characters who seemed to be out of society since no one really cares or notices them. These characters are usually strong and ignore the fact of their presence.
Sasame Izuriha - at first, I thought she was just a normal girl, but I was wrong. She and Minashi and Tsugumi used to know each other and then met the six of them in the past, and they were supposed to be priests and stuff. I was so mad at her for all the actions she kept on putting, I had no idea why, but it was basically all because of the MC.
Minashi Maki - he looked interesting and probably the most cheerful of the characters. I could say that he was even stronger than the MC (not in terms of strength though).
Maamu Yuzuki - her story was unique, and the fact that she warmed up to Emiru was nice to watch, given how slow the pace was before.
Tsugumi - so there is a character in the Lightless Realm who was waiting for all the eight people to come back and to remember her. I even felt sorry for her because she was left out and the MC kept thinking that she was Sasame, all the while I just felt sorry for her for even having feelings for an MC like him.
Character Development would be an 8 for me, it centered a lot around human relationships and consequences and such, but the characters just come back and bite.
The story had a good flow, as it made sense after a few episodes, but everything is centered around the nine kids and like the rest of the world is nowhere. They just save the day and solve the whole Lightless Realm thing because they had some connection in the past, but then again, if they were not there, then the world will better be off doomed.
When the story ended, I somehow wanted the series to continue on because the situation was solved just like that. But at the same time, when it ended, I also thought that it was not really worth my time watching at all. It was too much exaggeration for me.