Cross ange...I started this anime when it was ongoing. That was a big mistake because every single episode was outstanding and always i wanted to see the next one. If i could watch the whole series in a day i would definitely do it. This anime is the absolute ecchi,mecha, sci-fi experience which every fan of this genres would enjoy it the most but let's be more specific
Story: well the main character of this anime is a teenage girl named Angelise. She lives in a world that lives by using "mana"
Everything is only controlable by this kind of magic. But some girls can't use
it and they are known by society as "Norma". They are hated by everyone and all calls them monsters. (Anyway it's not bad to be different but it's something extra ordinary) The police which caught these girls sent them to a secret location known to the 5% of the humaniy as Arzenal. These girls are sentenced to spent their life there and fight the D.R.A.G.O.N.s as they called in some kind of planes-spaceships-unifoms
Art: The art i can say that it's absolutely stunning. Everything is well animated and fascinating
Characters: hmm the characters are at a 98% girls and each of her has her own interesting story
Sound: the sound is the best part of this series with Nana Mizuki singing the opening will keep your ears pleased in every single second
Enjoyment : well I'm not a mecha-science-fiction anime fan but i can say that i really enjoyed this anime series. Do not let the ecchi scenes take you away from the main plot. Of course it will have ecchi scenes cause it's based to a group of girls. If you are interested to something new and awesome you will definitely love this anime and i believe it deserves a 1000+ ranking (but that's only my opinion
This is my second review, after I've watched the last episode, I will say everything fairly with reasons for my views. Cross Ange is one of those anime that 'HAD' potential to be a mind-breaker but the staff didn't realize that and ruined it with ecchi moments, unnecessary romance,etc.. Here's why:
Plot/Story (10): The plot is the best part of the series. Once you've passed through the first 6-7 episodes, the show starts revealing the history. I know you might feel that the first few episodes were disappointing, but 'I' think they just meant to make you understand each character properly. For example, Hilda's character is
meant to be that bully that shows you how the 'New-comer' isn't accepted by all. Every episode revealed bits and pieces of story, You never find out anything until just the perfect moment and you're left amazed. In other words, it adopted a great way of presenting the story. Yes, the first 6 episodes or so, are a bit disappointing but trust me, it gets better and better until your mind explodes. I can take in whatever the first 6 episodes offer without much problem.
Characters (9): Voice Acting is an important factor for any character. The Voice Acting is here, is as beautiful as needed, you can feel their emotions just like other great anime. The characters are represented nicely, for example "Hilda" being the bully at first who turns her friend. Chris is the 'left-out' type, Jill is the smart commander that always know what to do. Salia feels herself left out too while Vivian is simply "I'm cool no matter what" type. You may find Ange to be a bit aggressive, but that is no legit reason to rate it badly, it's part of the story and the anime shouldn't be rated bad considering the behavior of a character. Now for the bad part: The lesbian content in the anime is too high, some people find it unbearable. Of course, I have no problem 'ignoring' it, but that isn't the case with everyone. So this is the point where I deduct a point from my rating. I did find that ecchi scenes completely unnecessary. If you take out those parts you are left with a perfect masterpiece that deserves 10/10, but unfortunately as the staff tried to push that 'stuff' into the show, it damaged the anime badly. Ange, the main character, was a princess once. She treated Norma like they're not humans. In other words, she hated them just like every other 'human'. I find this great that in a SINGLE day, she is converted from a pampered Princess into her worst nightmare, it happens all of a sudden. Everything was normal in the morning and at the same night, she had lost her mother, father, her identity, her freedom and everything else. Ange finds herself in despair, not accepting the fact that she's a Norma, the same 'creatures' that she found pathetic once, and always disobeys her orders. As time passes by, she starts accepting the fact and loses herself completely, knowing that it's all blood shedding in her life until she dies. Then she meets Tusk, who gives her hope of 'humanity' among Normas, however, she still wants to escape. When she escapes, she finds out that every 'human' including her remaining family members want her dead. She realized that the humans are not actually humans, she then develops a friendly relation with other Normas, determined to destroy the Human world. He then develops a deep relation with Tusk and there you go, till you reach the final episodes, Ange is transformed from a Princess to a Killing tool and then to a caring and daring, bold girl.
Artwork (9): To me, the artwork looks at its best. It's not perfect of course, but it's as good as required. I never saw any flaw in the main characters, I can allow a little relaxation in the background or supporting characters. The mechas(robots) are nicely polished (Pun not intended), and the colors are also beautiful. Yes, the dressing and the uniforms may be somewhat pushing the show towards sexual stuff, but overall, they're not always pushing you into that.
Soundtrack (10): I wouldn't be surprised to see great soundtrack supporting the great plot. The music is amazing. As a vital part of the story, they have inserted those "Endless songs"(It has alternate names) that provoke a sense of excitement every time you hear one. The Opening and Ending songs are nothing below amazing. Trust me when I say this, you have to get the OST for this.
Enjoyment (10): There was too much hype, at least for me when I was just near the end of an episode. They always left you on a cliff-hanger and that made the next episode even more interesting. I do like many other anime, but this anime, for some reason gave me the most excitement and enjoyment. You just couldn't wait a whole week for the next episode.
Conclusion (10/10): There's something I'd like to mention here: I think I'm not the only one who rates many shows 8+. I think the reason behind it is that we bring all our emotions into it. When I hear the ending song of Cross Ange and all those characters pass by, I can't help but think about their dark past and their hard times. I think everyone needs to bring some feelings into such anime. Please, don't always expect action. Try to connect the personality of each character with your emotions. I'm sure it will help you a lot to love all that you've ever hated. Overall, the ONLY thing that I found "BAD" in the anime was the insertion of ecchi scenes/ lesbian romance or whatever you call it, into a mecha based anime. It left a bad impact on people otherwise I'm ready to bet on the fact that if the haters ignore these facts, they will rate the series 8+ for everything else it has to offers. Even the show itself, after it comes out of the '6' episodes, makes you realize that while there will still be a few ecchi moments, that isn't the sole thing it has to offer. Otherwise, Everything else is great. I rate it 9/10 for such an amazing work. I expect another season if they can manage without more nudity and lesbian scenes... Thank you for reading this far!
(This has been adapted from my reddit thread. Spoilers ahead!)
Think about something that you did within the past few minutes. Maybe it was clicking a link to read this review or making a phone call to a friend of yours. Now, why did you perform this action? Was it a preordained happenstance that you had no control over? Or did you feel compelled in some way to act accordingly? The long and short of it is, did you make such a decision of your own free will? The idea of will, that you make the choices that govern your life, is something that has been
endlessly debated about for centuries. Cross Ange dabbles into this very topic. And while it might not be completely resonating, it has as much fun with the notion as it possibly can.
Cross Ange begins in stunning fashion; Angelise, the princess of the Misurugi Empire, is discovered to be a Norma -- someone incapable of using the "Light of Mana." Thus, she is sent away to Arzenal, a prison for other Normas whose only goal in life is to kill the DRAGONS that threaten the non-Normas.
Cross Ange is crazy. This isn't an exaggeration; this show is as wacky as they come. Not in the sense that what it is doing doesn't follow logic, but that its very nature is aimed at being as ridiculous as possible. On the surface, the anime deals with obscene fan-service, machine versus dragon battles, and insane plot developments. But on the inside, Cross Ange treads on very mature subjects, such as sexual molestation, racism, and philosophical questioning. In essence, the anime spans an incredible range of emotions. One instant it is having Ange's bare crotch shoved in Tusk's face while the next has her being the object of ridicule as a means to demonstrate the social disparity that exists in their world. This tonal dissonance isn't a detriment, though; rather, it is a boon for the show. Cross Ange revels in whatever it is currently doing, whether it is comedy or drama. And it knows this: it flits back and forth between the two constantly, never letting itself become too serious. In this way, Cross Ange manages to maintain its craziness and subsequently is able to always "know" itself.
While the silliness that Cross Ange engages in is its "home turf" per se, the nonstop swinging in direction is not something that lends itself to an overall direction. In other words, much of what occurs within the show happens "just because." While there may be some obtuse reasoning as to why the narrative is going one way or there exists particular events that make sense in context, the plot points are isolated instances that never truly feel connected. Ange may be struggling with her new life, then whisked to an island getaway. Only to then be transported back to her birthplace which in turn leads her to an alternate dimension. And this says nothing of the more "unfair" ventures that take place. For example, the Vilkiss -- Ange's flying machine -- pretty much has features added to it as the plot deems necessary; characters miraculously survive after being killed off; and once certain happenings come to pass -- such as Zola's death, the "Old Earth," and the betrayal of Salia and Alektra -- they are largely ignored, simply because Cross Ange needs to make room for its next "big" scene.
Even when the show is juggling its absurdity and misdirection, it does manage to bring about some personal message. And this is what the introduction introduced: the idea of one's will. This isn't too far-fetched a notion; "Mana" is usually a term used in conjunction with magic, which is itself a word connected to a person's fortitude or will. And so that is what is seen through much of Cross Ange: the use of will or lack thereof. Those using Mana are slaves to the system whereas the Norma are free from the chains of constriction -- though ironically being slaves themselves to the aforementioned slaves. This is what the first half focuses on; the second half shifts to the manipulation of will. Alektra demonstrates when one's will is tarnished; Salamandinay represents someone who's will is guided by the very principles she grew up on; and Chris showcases how will can be used for both good and for evil. And that is the show's message: you are not subject to fate nor are you destined to follow some predetermined path. While people -- be it a close friend or a lover -- may be able to influence you, you ultimately have the final say in the actions you take.
Cross Ange unfortunately suffers from quite the poor art style. The actual locations visited are not that exorbitant: Arzenal (the prison), the open world (lots of sea and sky shots), and Embryo's castle make up the majority of where the show takes place. More so than this, details are often nonexistent, with little attention given to the backgrounds, giving everything quite the boring look.
The character designs are not that impressive either. Besides Ange's various transitions, Hilda's striking red hair, and the revealing outfits that all of the girls wear, the show often experiences terrible quality issues. There are numerous scenes where the designs of their faces or bodies fall below an acceptable level, distracting the audience from everything going on. Granted, one could argue that this simply adds to the charm of Cross Ange's crazy behavior, but this kind of drop in effort is nothing more than a lack of detail.
Actual animation, like what has come before it, is below average. The show sticks closely to the use of CG for the machines, but even so, their available movements seem weirdly limited. Often times, the robots would perform the same up-and-down slash pattern or the same volley of rifle shots, with the machines twirling around in an indiscernible manner. And when Ange and the girls weren't flying around haphazardly, the show never had much motion, instead sticking to still shots of the girls' various body parts -- namely their butt, breasts, and crotches.
Interestingly, there are only two important characters throughout the entirety of Cross Ange: Ange herself and Embryo. The rest of the cast have their small moments here and there, but their true worth is in supporting these two, characterizing them, and reinforcing the ideas that they represent.
Angelise Ikaruga Misurugi is, as her name sounds, royalty. She's arguably the most famous person in the Empire of the same last name...at least, in the beginning. For within the very first episode, she falls from the height of popularity to the bottom of the barrel faster than is physically possible. Her arrogant attitude, lack of empathy, and inability to cope with her new surroundings painted her as an annoying little girl lost among a sea of women. As she acclimates, and like the flip-flop nature of the story, Ange goes to the complete opposite side; she's arrogant not because of status but because of prowess, she acts rudely selfish, and refuses to associate with anyone. But this, too, wasn't working. In both cases, her personality prevents her from being sociable. At first it was due to ignorance and later it was due to misplaced worth. Eventually she finds a balance by retaining her own identity while letting others in to her world. This emotional instability makes sense; the Mana-users cast her out, the Normas mistreated her, and the Dragon people wanted her aide. Nobody bothered to ask how Ange herself felt in these situations, and through her experiences with all of them, she comes to learn that valuable lesson about will. That you alone have the power to make your own life choices.
While not as strong of a character, Embryo, or "The Tuner," as he likes to call himself, is a literal manifestation of God. With the ability to teleport, make infinite copies of himself, and possessing the knowledge to alter genetic code, nobody within the millions of dimensions that exist holds as much power as he does. What's nice about Embryo is that he isn't a bad guy for evil's sake. He values beauty and power, while loathing boredom. His actions follow this philosophy; he surrounds himself with hot, "strong" women with an overall goal to recreate the world once more. And yet, despite his all-knowing wisdom, Ange wants nothing to do with him. After all of his parlor tricks to coerce her are used, she continues to despise him. The idea here is simple: where Embryo is the epitome of control, Ange is the epitome of freedom. Thus, this dichotomous relationship is always feuding: Embryo has an instinctual need to dominate whereas Ange places all value in choice. And since Embryo, for the first time, cannot have what he wants, he relentlessly pursues Ange to the point of demise. In the end, his death is symbolic: not even God can force you to do something against your will.
The first OP starts off almost Scottish in tone, but then becomes more techno in its beat and instruments. It can be pretty catchy, with the vocalist doing nice work alongside the more triumphant sounds that the track gives off. If anything, it's a zany piece that perfectly fits with what Cross Ange set out to do.
The second OP starts off slow, with powerful chanting taking up the background. The piece progressively gets more mysterious, with the continued chanting and instruments moving to a crescendo. After the break, the vocalist, still working with the male chanting, shows great range and strength, leading the piece to a resounding conclusion.
The first ED initially goes against the fast-paced nature of the show, with soft singing and finger-snapping making up most of the piece. But, in true fashion, the track transitions back to quick lyrics and louder instruments. And still following the anime's nature, the song comes to a crawl by the end, filling the listener with an odd sense of hope.
The second ED isn't as experimental as the others, following a simple beat with equally simple singing. The halfway point gets slightly faster, but the piece itself stays relatively the same from beginning to end and is easily the weakest of the four OPs and EDs.
The rest of the soundtrack is very much forgettable. The pieces mostly consist of non-lyric vocals, piano-and-violin melodies, and even Hawaiian tracks that exist as nothing more than background filler.
As far as voice-acting is concerned, it's generally around average. If anyone deserves some recognition, Nana Mizuki as Ange earns it for her wide range of personalities that she had to portray throughout the show's run.
This anime was probably the funniest "comedy" that the season had to offer. There was just so much ridiculousness going on at all times, that I couldn't help but laugh at both the "drama" and the actual comedy. The writing at times could be hilariously bad, but it worked in the show's favor. One of my favorite characters from the show was Ange's younger sister, Sylvia. Not only is her "Angelise-onee-sama!" something that I still jokingly say in her voice to myself, but also the revelation that her paralysis wasn't real for part of her life? Absolutely classic.
The fan-service was rather nice, too. The lesbianism, bikini Twister, and butt-smacking were all nice to see at intermittent points during the anime, and were also the source of more smiles from time to time. Without them, the anime would not nearly be as enjoyable as it was.
All in all, Cross Ange is quite the Ragna-Mail ride. While its characters are average in their execution, and its art can be shoddy at times, the crazy plot, unintentional comedy, and varying levels of fan-service make this an anime you may not have to will yourself to watch.
I would be lying if I didn't say this series was dreadful; in fact, it's garbage. I want to get one thing out of the way before we continue, and that's that I don't think the characters themselves are horrible, but that all the effort that did go into this series was clearly from the VA's and nobody else. How does one sit by and watch a trainwreck? Well, aren't you in for a ride.
Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo is what you get when you mix Gundam with the magical girl genre and toss in some bad writing and worse animation. The series
kicks off with Angelise (A princess of some kind) telling the mother of a "Norma" (the people who can't perform magic) that her kid is a freak and to stop giving birth. The next day, the pampered princess is revealed to be a Norma herself (and because her maid did everything magic-related for her, she didn't need to do it herself) and gets sent off to prison. After being bitch-slapped, near-raped, told she's trash, and essentially kicked into the mud, she grows a pair and becomes the equivalent of Buffy cosplaying sailor moon and piloting a gundam.
The problems with the series isn't the characters; I quite enjoyed myself some lesbian relationships. The issues stem from the production standpoint, where the studio seemed unsure of how strong their "strong, female protagonist" should be. This lead to Ange often forgetting how to be strong for her own sake and instead laying down and crying herself silly until someone came by and told her to grow a pair. The other characters often range from silly to endearing and, with the last handful of episodes, just obnoxious. I would suggest first-timers go as far as Arzenal getting wrecked and stop there. You'll thank me later.
The animation is also pretty subpar, and that's complimenting the series. A lack of effort went into the mecha fights (where it should have really shined) and at times you wonder what you're watching. The character designs are, for the most part, your usual fair. The settings and backdrops are unfortunately "okay" despite the attempt at some interesting designs. Also, a lot of the fights take place over an ocean because.
What can I say about the music? It's personal taste, but only the song the protagonist sings is memorable at best.
The issues with this series unfortunately overshadow the pluses. The main gundam of the series, Vilkiss, only exists to move the plot forwards and, perhaps self-aware of this fact it picks and chooses when to do so. The villain is hilariously-bad and suffers from being a horny fuck who has gone a thousand years without. Yes, that's the reason he sucks at his job so bad; he hasn't had any in a thousand years. The protagonist earns her applause by telling him so and to go fuck himself right before doing the deed for him.
In fact, the entire series is an allegory for having sex. The lesson? Sunrise is full of horny, old farts. Now, go watch something better.
Lets start my first ever review on MAL. I wanted to write this review because of how much underrated this show is...
Some people might argue it has some Evangelion or whatsoever Mecha anime cliche, it might has the general concept or idea, but the delivery and the uniqueness of the story is what captivated me.
There might be small spoilers down the line so, bear with me.
We get a very unique about that amazing princess who seeks peace and everyone looks up to, she has everything a girl could dream of. Yet all of the sudden all is gone. This might some
cliche to many weebs, and it is, however the anime holds a very beautiful concept of Utopia, like there is that perfect world without violence or crime and everybody almost equal and happy, yet this world is revealed to be shallow, emotionless, just a bunch of heartless people, living to satisfy their own desires, and prejudicing other people (Norma). Regardless of the world created there will be always discrimination and injustice, the beautiful theme that the anime tries to deliver is that everybody should in harmony with each other, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity or even species (lol because there are other species other than humans).
The story events are really unpredictable and that what made it awesome, however the ending was a little bit cliche and somewhat predicable, but still overall the story is amazing.
I dont want to talk about art, since i am not an artist myself nor that i have that good taste in arts, but the arts and graphics were really good and battle scenes were great.
I know this illogical rating, but please accept my childish behavior, since the songs and the music were really amazing.
The only character that caught my attention is ANGE, I fell in love with her character, her character development was one of the best of all animes that i have seen, the transition from an asshole to a lovable amazing badass character was captivating.
I did enjoy ever bit of the anime except the scenes of Embryo with Ange, those scenes made furious Lol.
Its a show that all anime and non anime fans should see as it has a very strong message, beautiful characters, nice story, and AMAZING Music And SONGS...
The one thing I appreciate the most about this, what I think to be very underrated anime, is the fact that you start off by disliking/hating the protagonist, Ange.
We are introduced when Ange is Princess of Misurugi, and right from the get-go we see how sheltered she is, when she witnesses a child being ripped away from its mother for being a Norma (a human incapable of using Mana). The mother is furious at her behaviour, about how she tells her to just let her daughter go and that it is the best for the country.
The mother's hatred is immediately projected unto the
viewer, who recognizes how ignorant Ange is. She is the typical princess type that cannot do anything by herself.
However, when it turns out that she herself is a Norma, Ange is thrust into the Hell that she previously defended. She now experiences cruel treatment from Jill and the other Normas, as well as the terror of fighting DRAGONs. She is first-hand confronted with death and pain, and comes to slowly realize just what she had been defending and turning a blind eye on in the past.
It is then that we slowly start to warm up to her. Ange goes from a whimpy, helpless princess to a confident, strong woman who is able to hold her own in battle. We see how she realizes that this is now her life, and she decides that she will not simply be killed by a DRAGON, but will fight for her survival and that of her fellow Normas.
That is what I love so much about Ange. She accepts that her past views were wrong, and at the end does everything she can to help the Normas and overthrow the policies in place that treat them as slaves. She goes against her own family because she realizes the horrors that they have allowed to happen.
Concerning the romance plot, I guess it was pretty solid. Without infringing on the actual problems and battles of the show, the love story between Ange and Tusk is slowly build up, and makes for some quite comedic moments. It's good to see how, slowly, Ange starts to let Tusk in and they end up genuinely loving the other to the point where they are ready to sacrifice themselves for the other.
The lesbian romance is, in my person opinion, unnecessary and really just pure fan service. However, it does make a lot of sense, given that Normas are solely women. It would be impossible for them to have a male lover since they are never in contact with any men. So, in a world where they can die any day, it would be normal for them to look for some form of intimacy.
I also quite liked the development of the secondary characters like Hilda (whom I greatly disliked at first) and Jill, and even Momoka, who is a loyal friend to Ange. They all get time to be developed and change, going through their own little story as they follow Ange.
I would recommend the anime to anyone who is looking for a solid plot with kickass characters. There is no shortage of death or even gore, as well as comedy and romance. All these things are balanced in a very good way to the point that no element outshines the other. They are simply part of life.
Before i even begin reviewing this, let's get one thing out of the way -
This anime at best looks something Clamp would draw on a bad day and at worst, looks like the Gundam animators were trying to draw with toothpicks.
Sunrise really gutted this one in terms of production values; But what you sacrifice in budget, you gain in artistic integrity and auteur-ship.
There's no other anime that's been as daring with it's plot, it's characters and it's sound design as this. The entire anime is almost composed by Akiko Shikata, who honestly should have equal credit with the director considering how much of this anime
is influenced by her music. The tone, the story, the fight scenes, the mise-en-scene are all dictated by and almost conducted by Akiko Shikata's music. The best way to describe this is watching an Orchestra performance, or an Opera.
Which is appropriate, considering how closely this comes to the latter.
Angelise, a princess within the Misurugi Empire lives within a society in which people known as Norma [notably all women] are sidelined and discriminated against. When it is discovered that she herself is a Norma, she is quickly captured, detained and forced to discover a world which she had been oblivious to as a princess - a world in which day and night, she is forced to fight Dragons for people who care very little for her well-being.
Cross Ange, at it's core, is above being an anime about race and intolerance. It's an anime about a woman's sexuality, and her awakening to the realities to the treatment of others of her kind. It should be noted that there's a pretty graphic sequence at the beginning of this anime that signals at sexual assault, and the main character's refusal to be subdued and held down by this. Then, she discovers men, women and faces against a man who would do everything to turn her into a sexual object.
Perhaps one aspect of this which was a missed opportunity was the connection between Vivian and Ange. That one psychedelic scene in Episode 11 [which i consider the best half an hour of anime of the past 6 years] hinted at something deeper between the two. I had imagined that the story would go on from there to explore a deep connection of sorts between the two characters and explore an incredible character arc, but it seems like we didn't have time for those characters. Perhaps this is a way to sell Blu-Rays, by teasing at a second season.
Correction: The "psychedelic" scene referred to above is episode 11, "Dragon Song", not episode 12.
Yes, yes. We all know Cross Ange totally SUCKED at the beginning and all of us had our jaws dropped at the ending of the first episode, but let me say this. When I thought this show wouldn't get better, it DID.
8 - Story: Yes, when we first heard about Cross Ange, it seemed this show was going to be awesome, but did we get what we were expecting in the first episode? Heck no, that ending scene was jaw dropping, but as the story progressed, it became better and had very good plot twist. Some plot twist weren't even anything you would expect either.
So, the story came around and did the show good.
8 - Art: The art to Cross Ange is very good to me. I mean, the art and animation can look awkward in some scenes, but who points out and cares about that small stuff? *coughsailormooncrystalhaterscough*
9 - Sound: The music is very good and likeable! I enjoyed all the music! The first opening and second ending are sung by Nana Mizuki, Ange's voice actor. While the first ending is sung by Eri Kitamura and the second opening is sung by Yoko Takahashi. The insert music is also enjoyable!
7 - Character: This show had some great character development. The main character, Ange, was whiny and annoying at first, but then she learned how to become independent for herself and learned that the world she originally lived in was a cruel and unjustified world. The other main characters also had very good character development. The development won't disappoint you.
9 - Enjoyment: I enjoyed this show very much! I was originally going to be one of the ones to drop it at episode 5, but I had faith in this show and kept going! It really did turn out to be something to enjoy.
9 - Overall: Cross Ange was a great show. You have to ignore some of the Yuri themes in there, but the main character ends up with a guy (I'll tell you that). It had a bad and horrible start at first, but it came to where you wanted to know what happened after a cliffhanger, it had emotional episodes and scenes where you could get sad, and the little comedy that needed. All in All, Cross Ange is something I recommend if you need a new anime to watch! :)
Also, the First Opening Single is totally worth the buy! XD
STORY & CHARACTERS (8/10 and 9/10)
This is a story about rebellion, growing up, friendship, love... and dragons, magic, mad scientists, science fantasy, princess and parallel universes with mecha action! You won't get bored with this one. Certainly quite unique mix. Surprisingly, story works and is actually good and really hard to not spoil it by telling about it, which just underscores my point. Notably, story works so well because characters develop so well. Which is what really surprised me. And by well I mean they grow to new situations and surroundings like, well, normal non-mental people would do.
Story also takes tragic turns and characters
have it very rough at times. Ange in particular gets worst first episode in my memory and oh yes it still goes downhill for her. She is not the only sad sock either. One of testaments to characters is that I can actually recall most of their names despite vast active cast now that the show is over.
Excellent character development is great, but what makes Cross Ange even better is that good story and characters are combined with massive amount of tits, fanservice and violence! Oh my god there are so many tits! So many! All the time! All different shapes and sizes of milk glands are well represented and each pair of tits is attached to perfectly proportional female body clad in minimum amount of cloth required to pilot mechas against dragons. Yes, in anime that is that heavily geared towards pure entertainment you get actual story plus good character development. In that sense, this show must be historical. At least it warranted my review.
SOUND & ART (6/10)
Cross Ange is nothing special and has fair share of QUALITY moments especially towards the end, but nothing too off-putting. It is also about as generic anime style as it gets. In fact, all the designs are extremely generic as well. Soundscape is similar, nothing to get hyped over but not bad either. Seiyuus are generic as well. Didn't bother seiyuu of any of the characters.
It all comes down to enjoyment. With so much fanservice, tits and action, it is enjoyable by default. What makes it especially enjoyable is the good story and the great characters. Combine those two, and you have Cross Ange.
You have to keep an open mind when you watch this anime, and what the director did, was perfect. This anime is actually pretty good, I think what they did at the beginning with the characters was a good idea. This way, we can see the greater good of the development, and I'll say one thing they did well in this anime.
I understood in the beginning when I watch this while others insult it, it was for the sake of character development. This truly deserve to be one of the best for 2014.
They kept all the side characters involve, and we get to
see how they change as we go further in the episodes.
The Story was also very creative and unique, you don't see many anime that's unique. I understand that its not in everyone taste, but to me it was epic. I also like the realism, you gotta understand the yuri aren't there for show, its an all girl prison, with no males, so of course there gonna have to be some desperate people for lust.
Overall, it was very good and pleasing for me, but some parts were left unexplained, so its not exactly perfect but definitely one of the best for me.
I haven't written a review in a long while. Mainly due to the fact that MAL got rid of the "Not Helpful" option for reviews, but I digress. Watching this fucking show enraged me so much that I couldn't hold back from throwing all of my pure, unadulterated hatred at it by writing a review. So sit back and enjoy my review of this shitty Sunrise show from 2014 called Cross Ange.
Hope I'm not too rusty.
[There's spoilers all over this review]
I went into this with whatever can be considered less than no expectations. Really I can't even remember why I wanted to watch it
in the first place. Maybe it was that I heard the main character was kind of a bitch (she is), or that I wanted to get my monthly dose of bad fanservice mecha series, fuck if I know. Now despite all that, I watched the first 3 episodes, and was pleasantly surprised. It set up this princess girl Angelise as an idealistic prim and proper dunce who would kill a child if it wasn't like the rest of them, only to tear down everything she believed in, and make her change her ways. Violently forced away from her utopian world, and taken to the unfriendly Arzenal. She was beaten, harassed, defiled, and left with nothing but her self left in the world. With nothing left to believe in, she decided that she indeed would change. She cut her hair and turned into Ange, a straight up bitch who takes no shit from nobody. Now whether you believe that to be good character development or not, it's something at the very least. And it's more than I'd seen in a long while from a protagonist. There was actual change there, and I respected it for happening.
Continuing on now, there's a bunch of lesbian sex scenes, ass shots in the mechs, censored tits and whatnot, blah blah blah, and then Ange wants to go back home. Because her bratty bitch of an Imouto calls for help. She doesn't go back alone though, along with her comes Hilda, fiery redheaded twin tails girl. Another bitch who takes no shit from nobody, but has a goal of her own. She wants to get back home to see her mom who she was separated from years before. They both set their differences aside and set out together, then go their separate ways. When both of them realize that they were fools for even thinking of going back, they get captured, beaten, mocked, nearly die, and then go back to Arzenal. I don't know whether or not that whole sequence was like some kind of social commentary on how society becomes moronic and conforms to whatever they're told to no matter how stupid it is, or like how we insult and degrade those who aren't the same as us, I don't know. I feel like the show was accidentally making sense. Anyway, Hilda and Ange are thrown in a jail cell for a week together for deserting Arzenal. Now, these two really hated each other. But being confined in this tight space together for a long period of time would make them have to connect with each other to make sense of all that has happened. They had both gone home, and befell similar consequences, and they were able to flesh themselves out with each other in that jail cell. I'll sit here and say that was the best scene in the entire show. Then, they go and make a promise to each other that they'll destroy this awful world, this world that has wronged them for so long. And then episode 11 ends. And so ends everything good about this series.
I'll be honest. I loved the first 11 episodes. I really did. Sure there were tons of things that were just all over the place, but I found a way to really like it. Every character put on screen had some kind of genuine motivation to them, and they felt like real characters for once. They all developed in some ways, no matter how subtly, and it was very interesting to watch. They even began touching upon a possible relationship between Hilda and Ange, which would've been very very interesting, due to how they originally acted towards one another, and how they're lives had intertwined since. But alas, everything I could've wanted to happen, just, well...didn't. And there's one man to blame for it.
Tusk, I wanted him dead the entire show. This guy, this fucking guy. He comes in early on and helps Ange out of a jam, and I'd hoped I'd seen the last of him, but knew that couldn't be the case because he was so prominent in the Opening. I knew that he would drag this show down. There was no doubt in my mind. And low and behold, he did. The basis of his character can be summed up in few words. He's a guy (there's only really 2 in the whole fucking show), he falls in love with Ange after meeting her once, he inexplicably falls on her crotch 1534289069 times, and...nevermind that's it. He comes in as this living, breathing, infectious pile of generic blandness that single handedly destroys everything good in this show. Ange had new found morals, a new found goal, and was bound to turn into a regular ol anti hero we could all get on board with. But no, Tusk comes in and ruins everything. If you remove him from the show entirely, it wouldn't make a single difference. If you just replace everything he did, with Hilda doing the same, or Ange just being alone, it would've made the show much better. Rather than delve deeper into this budding relationship between Hilda and Ange, they throw Hilda away for a while in order to "strengthen the bond" between Tusk and Ange. Every time he was on screen I was filled with anger. He could not be more generic, and I've grown to absolutely disdain generic male characters in anime. There was no effort made towards making him into a decent character. If he wasn't so generic I probably wouldn't mind as much.
My main issue with him is the relationship between he and Ange. See, Ange comes off as this strong, independent, fearless girl who can do anything she wants and get anything done. But once she meets Tusk, all of that is thrown out the window. She completely changes her goal, and completely forgets about everything that's happened to her along the way. "Oh I've been beaten and spit on and psychologically damaged and possibly raped and nearly died at the hands of all humans, but I met this one guy so everything is okay now". It shouldn't have gone this way. It could've been something special, but no. Leave it to anime to add generic bullshit to something that was getting interesting only to ruin everything they set up. Fuck. Anyway, later HE DIES. He fucking blows himself up (or at least that's what was implied). All of my prayers were answered. But then, of course, for no explainable reason, he comes back, without even a scratch. Doesn't even tell us how he got back to his house, he must've just teleported there or something I don't fucking know.
And then they have 12 hours of intercourse.
Tusk ruined this show. And, while I may be overstating how good I think the first half was, it still was really captivating, even if for all the wrong reasons. If this had just stayed true and turned into a yuri fanservice mecha series throughout, with Hilda as best girl, than this would've been something I'd hold near and dear. But no. Fucking Tusk. Not only the worst character in this show, but I'd argue one of the worst in anime period. Never have I seen one man bring down an entire show just from his mere existence. Just tragic. I don't know if I'm the only one who feels this, but, whenever a romance happens on screen that I really don't like, it like, genuinely hurts to watch it unfold. Like, you know it's going to happen, and you know you can't do anything to stop it. I don't know man, it was painful. Shows that need no romance and yet have romance thrown into them just to appeal to more of a dumbass audience that appreciates these contrived relationships really irk me. I really wish romance could've just stayed out of it completely to tell you the truth. This originally felt like Akatsuki no Yona without Hak for a while (they both cut their hair too). Though I liked it even more when they isolated Ange as opposed to giving Yona a shoulder to cry on. Ange was left alone, and had she stayed alone, it could've made for better storytelling.
If you made it this far, thanks for reading my review (If this can even be called a review). I was more so venting my steam ranting than trying to make a compelling argument but I hope you had fun reading nonetheless. This felt like by far the most elitist I've sounded in a review, I guess I'm evolving. I'm becoming more and more aware of how bad the anime coming out are, and am starting to lose my faith in the industry as a whole. This show did not help with that. I never drop anime, which leads to me torturing myself with bad shit a lot. And this show just teased me, made me think it was good for a while, only to crumble under itself later. If I ever quit watching anime, I'll look to Cross Ange as the show that really did me in. If that is ever reason enough to tell you not to watch a show, well, then I don't know what is.
I base everything on the music and characters of an anime. I know its a bad way of rating or writing a review of anime about but that's how i like it. Well enough of that this anime is so amazing it would be in my top 5 recommended to watch Because the anime had great ost and singing. To the point in might re watch the whole anime again and again. The only problem is remembering what happens its the sad part about anime and the brain is that once you do something you start to remember things that happened in the anime
so its some what of a spoiler and if you're re planing to watch an you've watched its hard to enjoy the way you enjoyed it when you first watched it without knowing what happens. Enough of that again. I'm saying is that the story the music the characters are amazing. The art on the other hand its great but not amazing. well thats it I'm sorry if that wsa a boring or unhelpful review. Its just that im not good with english and expressing how i feel about things.
Summary: Giving the caveat that I could not get into the Gundam series... this is the best mech anime series I have ever seen. It is absolutely brilliant and I recommend it to anyone, mech fan or not.
The story is absolutely amazing. Ange starts off as a sheltered Princess and her evolution is ridiculous. This story covers her complete transformation into a badass, has tons of side arcs and character development, covering SO many deep emotional and philosophical topics. Everything you know about the universe changes... at least 3 times! The whole concept of the world and everyone's motivations are spun on their heads
several times, I assure you that this story will suck you in and keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time. The pace starts off slow and ramps up and keeps on going until the very last minute. If you want a deep story that isn't afraid to get deep and emotional but also lighthearted and funny you will LOVE this. Also, if you want a story with a concrete and satisfying ending this will definitely give it to you.
It's fantastic. The mechs look amazing, the characters are diverse and done well. The color pallet is bright and full of life. Everything is unique and well thought through. As it was made fairly recently it has all of the polish you would expect from something this recent. One thing to keep in mind is it has some ecchi tendencies and shows women topless but without nipples... it is a bit weird but you get used to it.
The sound is great. The fight scenes sound intense, the Endless Song is catchy and there are some nice duets in there. The OST is diverse and wonderful and you will find yourself humming along during some moments.
This is where the story truly shines. Ange transforms from a sheltered Princess into an absolute badass character. You find out so much about each character and their motivations evolve over time. The villain is logical and the good members of the cast who turn bad are all logical as well. Basically, every character has deep development and you understand their motivations. Also, the romance plots are not shallow... you truly feel for the characters and this anime isn't afraid to give characters logical romance scenes (if you're wondering why a romance anime can go a whole season without a kiss because of contrived "someone walks into the room" type scenarios this will be VERY refreshing).
This one is a blast. I enjoyed every episode and thought the pacing was excellent. Every aspect of this anime was above and beyond expectations and there isn't much more I would want from it.
You should watch this. It has excellent mech scenes, gritty and dark moments and lighthearted and fun moments. It is deep, philosophical. The dialogue is well done and the characters are excellent. I can't think of anyone who wouldn't like this. Enjoy!
Alright, call me a fanboy if you want but I gotta say it: Cross Ange is by far one of the greatest anime from 2014 going into 2015. I mean people may think it is just a yuri fest of ecchiness but here is why you should watch it.
Cross Ange is filled with unpredictable plot twists, and I do mean unpredictable, great character progression, a unique story, and quite possibly one of the most interesting anime that pushes the borders of the status quo of anime that I have ever seen.
Story - 10
The story is a huge round-up of modern day societal problems
or matters of debate such as discrimination, corrupt governmental system, along with pushing the bounds of how human relationships and sexuality are defined. Taking the ecchi, mecha, supernatural along with other tags and mashing them up into one middle finger to everything you know series is amazing. Plus how the story follows a spoiled princess who loses everything and rises from her nature through experiencing loss and hatred and evolving into pretty much the strongest anti-heroine I've ever seen is awesome.
Art - 10
Obviously the artists from Code Geass had a strong influence over this series, I do believe it is the same company; have to double check but yeah anyways, the art is a plus, the CG is damn near unnoticeable because it blends so well. The color is vibrant and appealed but of course you ecchi fans will hate the blurred bits.
Sound - 10
I downloaded the soundtracks and I love every minute of them. Seriously, it's like Hiroyuki Sawano had sex with Yasaharu Takanashi and gave birth to the Cross Ange soundtrack.
Character - 10
FINALLY a series that is a limited thing in which shows character growth even for the background characters or non-MCs. Everyone changes over time except Tusk but Tusk is a badass so who cares.
Enjoyment - 10
The moment this series gets its BD release, I plan on downloading it or buying it because I loved every minute of it.
Overall - 10
Don't let the tags fool you. Yes there is fan service, yes there is a lot of yuri moments but when you consider the shit that is going on in this series and the obvious mental toll it takes, you'll quickly learn to ignore it and just enjoy this show. For you pervs out there, you'll love the little sex scenes when it comes out uncensored but yeah watch this series. Total plus. It beats that shit Aldnoah tried to pull but failed.
(Before i write my review Im going to try my best to not type any spoiler but if i do i will warn you.)
The anime Cross ange is a straight mecha style anime. at first i thought is was just one of those Fan services anime with a lot of girls ( cant really blame me on that if you seen the OP video of the anime). But it turn out there was more to it than meets the eye and its reason.
The anime is one of those few that goes really intense on certain subject and one of the biggest one you will
not immidiatly is racism. There are two races, the human and the Norma..... You might as well called them "Normal " because that what it really come lose. anymore would just be spoilers.
ok time to hit the main review of each
The story was really enjoyable, not something too original but the way they tackle it was good to me. It had a very strong starting and fallow through but the ending might have been soft and i guess i was expecting a little more to the ending. But it doesnt live you dissatify with it just that for my preference i would have rather it otherwise but for many other they will be very happy of how it ended. To put it simply it get an actual ending.
There are some cliche moment but sometime they make jokes about it but doesnt hide the fact that others are very obvious. Some of you that watch alot of anime might notice a few scene that might have been taken from other anime. Of course the anime itself has its fair share of fan services. you will notice it during the OP Vid and....... well after episode 1 you will see alot of these and i meant it.
Whiles all those i mentioned above is emplimented, the story still does very well to captivate you to desire to know more about the story adn to watch it right through.
To me there was no funny moment in the anime, fan services were ok but nothing for me to laugh. You might get vey upset or annoyed though but for a good reason.
The characters were all enjoyable and lovable. I wont lie, their might be some that you wish to see dead or suffer but there are alse those that you will learn to care for envualtualy.
Ange gets alot of story developement, she is a strong minded caring person who you might as well say was very spoiled at first but eventually grows to be a better person.
The art was very nice and the mixture of 3D CGI in to the anime was a good mix. Pretty much all the mecha were all 3d models. and I was very impress on how well it work with the anime. You will not be dissapointed. But there are time when you will notice some characters were also made in 3d which didnt always work but not many notice unless you pay attention to the animation. The thing is that 3d work very well with hard surface objects like vehicles building etc, but things that has alot of movements our eye will perceive as strange.
The color palette use in the anime might be in my opinion to bright but doesnt take away the dark feel to the anime.
I found myself self enjoying alot of the music scores of the anime, especially the one that you first hear in the episode 1 after a few second and the faster versions. There is nothign to complain about any of the soundtrack. If i had to put it in this way, there are some that i will gladly listen on my ipod but not all.
I really did enjoy this anime and i really mean it. ive been watch anime for logn time so i develope a habit of not liking to wait for anime every week for it to be release and would rather wait till it was done. Well this one got me good and i really did wait every weel for it wanting more as the story progress.
I would recommend this anime to any that love mecha fighting, survival and stupid human
A friend of mine once told me that if asked to describe Pacific Rim, he could sum it up as “a perfectly good stupid movie.” I enjoyed Pacific Rim. I also enjoyed Cross Ange.
Most of this show falls clearly into the realm of self-parody. The fanservice in particular made me laugh almost every time, and by itself would make Cross Ange the best new anime I've found in a long time. Further, when an episode ended, I actually cared what happened next. Usually I stop watching for a while and do something that feels like work before resuming a show, because nothing holds my
interest anymore. The show even uses a swimsuit episode, but instead of going wild with how stupid swimsuit episodes are, it takes a more prudent path, relegating it to the B story line behind an important section of the main story line. (Maybe its creators found that one too lame to do much with.) Of course, it still finds time for humor. I loved the "it's a tradition" explanation after Ange's quizzical response to the sudden, inexplicable swimsuit party.
That said, you’ll find nothing revolutionarily new in the story. I’d call it fun, but not groundbreaking. Even the big reveal midway through had me saying, “yeah, I knew that from the moment I laid eyes on those things.” Of course, I seem to predict all kinds of things that people around me find mind-blowing, so maybe it’s not so obvious to everyone else. Either way, I found the characters a refreshing change from the usual cardboard cutouts. The show explores a surprising number of them, expanding its world in the process. (more on that subject later…)
Cross Ange is certainly not for everyone. Plenty of people find fanservice (humorous and otherwise) terribly offensive. The show also explores hatred, prejudice, violence, and general mean-spiritedness in ways that may scar the timid.
Many people in our own world will never understand that any other point of view besides their own could possibly exist. When they encounter someone who thinks differently, they can only see something wrong with the other party. They can only view the world through their own value system, as they utterly lack the ability for introspection required to recognize that anything they believe could potentially be less than perfect in some way. They can’t place themselves in another’s shoes even for an instant. Angelize faces these problems, and some people hate the show for it.
In the beginning, Angelize (thinks she) lives in a perfect ordered world. Violence, hatred, etc. etc. do not exist because she lives in an age of reason at the pinnacle of human evolution, but oh, wait… something called norma threatens that order. Obviously this aberration must disappear. Human happiness depends on it.
She sees a norma for the first time, and stops to talk sense into the child’s mother. Clearly it’s time to try for another child. The police will remove this one, letting everyone’s happiness continue. I laughed out loud, and even took a screenshot of the baby in a cage. Humans of our society may find this absurdity repulsive, but only because we judge it as outsiders. Angelize views these events through her own values: the values her society indoctrinated her with all her life.
Naturally when the world finds out Angelize can’t use mana, she can’t accept it. She can’t possibly be a savage norma. She finds out firsthand how “humans” treat norma, but even when she arrives at a norma facility, she antagonizes everyone around her by treating them as inferiors. How dare they treat a “human” (and royalty at that) like a norma?
Ange needs a lot of time to accept herself, those around her, and the world as it really is. That last one gets particularly difficult. How the world really is changes every time she meets someone new, because she keeps learning new things and considering things she hadn’t before. By the end of the show, she forms an entirely new value system. She also learns to see things from others’ points of view, even when she disagrees with them. It’s a pretty handy skill for someone so ready to start fights.
Let's just get this out of the way: many elements of Cross Ange are garbage. The animation quality makes frequent, noticeable dips. The plot throws so many disparate things at the viewer, regardless of whether or not they make sense, until it eventually goes off the rails and straight into crazytown. Hardly a scene goes by without the show trying to shoehorn in copious amounts of fan service.
And yet I loved every minute of it.
This really is an example of the sum being greater than its parts, and I think one of the biggest reasons for this is the characters themselves. Most of the girls
are terrible people at the start of the show. They're petty, cruel, cowardly and pathetic... And yet, over time, you get to watch them grow, little by little. They screw up, learn from their mistakes, screw up again and eventually carve out their own places in the world and story.
By the end of the show, I genuinely cared about Ange and her companions, and how they make it through the harsh situations they frequently find themselves in. It's one of those stories where, once I got to the end, I found myself wanting to stay in the world for even longer.
It would be extremely easy to write this show off for its silly premise and admittedly problematic sexualization, but if you're okay with that, you might find a fun series that's equal parts over-the-top fantasy, mecha drama and romance.
Cross Ange is one of those anime i was eager to watch yet dreading at the same time. Eager because I've always loved Sunrise mecha anime that comes with a original storyline, Escaflowne and Code Geass being prime examples of greatness that was achieved in the past. Dreading it also due to negative comments from my friends who watched it and said it was full of fanservice, ecchi and only worthwhile to watch if your into Yuri. I have nothing against any of those things but in high dosage they can be off-putting, and so finally with lots of mixed feelings I began to watch
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Cross Ange starts off as a very innocuous anime with no particular theme, focusing on a fantasy Earth where people use 'magic' and hates on Norma 'muggles' who don't have magic. The main character Angelise (Ange) is discovered to be a Norma and shipped off to an isolated island where the government keeps other Norma. Seems simple enough, on the island the girls (because only girls are born Norma) have plenty of time on their hands to indulge in Yuri sex and the anime is not afraid to showcase nudity. The premise of the anime seems set, viewers are treated to episodes of near naked girls with curves who grope and have sex with each other for fun. Definitely heaven for any (horny) guy. Battles and mecha fighting appears to be a natural addition to the fanservice and ecchi appeal of the anime because mecha suits are naturally skin tight and skimpy and leaves nothing to the imagination. The mecha also happens to transform into a motorbike thing and so the girls naturally fall into a hands&knees ass up position when controlling it, fantastic for any guy who have a thing for tough girls and motorcycle fantasy.
Just when it seems things can't get any better for the men who are watching Cross Ange, it gets worse. A guy is introduced, named Tusk (note this anime has horrendous naming sense) to ruin the Yuri fantasy and to add a Het. element to the show slowly driving it toward a multi genre anime of Yuri and Het. Tusk to note has only one stand out quality, and that is the ability to face plant whenever chance happens into Ange's crotch. Ange and Tusk's interaction is the running gag of the anime, and appears at times to be satire due to the frequency of Tusk's face plants, and at others parody of famous het pairings in Sunrise's production most notably when Ange screams at Tusk 'Osuwari' to sit. You can also draw a similarity to Kira Yamoto who Tusk bare a strong resemblance to and naturally his relationship with a certain 'princess'. Thankfully Tusk is a minor character and only appears infrequently to ruin Yuri fantasy for men watching Cross Ange.
If the first half of Cross Ange is about Yuri, ecchi, het, nudity and fantasy. The second half of Cross Ange is about harem, sci-fi, mecha, war and romance, think Code Geass crossed over with No Game No Life taking harem, romance, alternate reality, magic from No Game No Life and war, mecha, sci-fi from Code Geass. It feels like the writers were experimenting with the anime not knowing what theme to focus on yet wanting to have everything. Ideas were being tossed together into a blender and being thrown out worse than before and hopelessly tangled with other strands of ideas. Time became a constraint since the anime only started developing story and plot 1/3 of the way in. So in terms of pacing Cross Ange feels like it was running a marathon only to realize it was in fact a 500meter race and they have fallen hopelessly behind. Therefore the later half of the anime became a mad dash towards the finishing line disregarding any attempt at pacing, and with no attention to detail for the story which was full of holes and unanswered questions. The closer the anime got to the finishing line each episode felt more random and pieced together with no prior thought, as if the the writers were deciding on a whim 'the next episode will be a battle scene' and 'the one after will be sex on a beach'. Any attempt at rationalizing the anime was thrown out the window as characters seemingly died under circumstances that were impossible to escape yet ten minutes later emerges completely unharmed.
The crux of the shoddy plot in large began with the emergence of the villain Embryo, who posses a god complex with a name to match that implies the opposite, as if only to exacerbate the running gag that is Cross Ange. Embryo's appearance spearheads the plot into a world wide, cross species, trans-reality war between three races; the Norma, true humans, and fake humans. Minor characters who before played no further role than being exploited as fan service and Yuri suddenly became important, both as chess pieces and as material for the developing harem revolving around Embryo and his fantasies. Ange who received the bulk of character development in the first half of the anime becomes reduced in the second half. Her determination, fighting spirit, and violence to do justice for the ones who wronged her was what made her an admirable character because viewers found sympathy and empowerment in her cause. However the second half of the anime turned her from a Jeanne D'Arc into a Damsel in Distress who is herself victimized at every turn by Embryo. Tusk thus establishes himself as a main character due to his vital role in rescuing the Damsel in Distress aka Ange from her tormentor and captor.
In the end I didn't regret watching Cross Ange, somehow it fell exactly into my preference for spaceships, and grand battles with mecha blowing things up. The mecha designs were unique being less bulky than usual and compacted with thin limbs to fit a female pilot, and the action was exactly what i signed up for. The music was average in the opening and ending theme, but better during parts where the voice actors sang the verses themselves; the song of choice had a special meaning in the anime and was quite catchy.
Finally one of the aspects of Cross Ange I personally enjoyed the most was the total lack of modesty and things like propriety was thrown out the window. Skin and lots of skinship was shown not always as fanservice but more as a natural part of being self. It's refreshing to watch behaviour wise the complete lack of conformity to social expectations the characters enacted. Freedom is not only in choices but also in the mind as characters like Ange and Hilde shows us.
This anime is underrated. It was leagues above my initial expectations. The storyline started out a little slow for the first 3 episodes or so but the succeeding episodes later on reveal a absorbing plot that is a refreshing change from a lot of boiler plate anime storylines that is common place nowadays. If you are into strong willed female protagonists then this anime is for you. Ange shows great resolve without being annoyingly pigheaded and her journey from pampered princess to kick-ass warrior! The character development for this anime is awesome, the animation is great and the soundtrack is amazing.
First of all if you want a flawless mecha action anime please leave this page and go watch something else (code geass). Now, if you feel like witnessing an undesestimated anime and enjoying some unexpectedly good content that the mainstream anime community still ignores fear not: Cross Ange can provide you plenty.
The story contains some mecha, yuri, action and ecchi elements.If you are not very much into those dont rush to drop this anime as, even though they sometimes feel very forced, they do not adulterate the anime to a point that will significantly hurt your
enjoyment. Other than that the story department is propably the weakest point of Cross Ange. Despite having an intresting plot and rapping it up with a satisfying ending Cross Ange's story suffered with some plot holes as well as a very poor start which gives the (false) impression of an uneventfull plot. (6.5/10)
Visually the anime was decent. Mecha particles were displayed nicely and the character design was above average. Other than the animation becoming somewhat unsmooth(the frames were visible) at certain times the overall art was not dissapointing.
Moving to the sound, this is where Cross Ange trully shines. Starting with a great opening, the well known Miyano Mamoru amazingly voicing Tusk and some great work done in general, every episode will leave your ears pleased.
Summing this up, Cross Ange is a nice little adventure with more bathing scenes than it's frames, boobs of every size, many unfulfilled harems as well as unexplainable anime power ups, explosions combined with some really really solid charachter development and an enjoyment value which you would not excpect to see in the 1000+ rank club. Cross Ange is worth giving a shot and please do not be prejudiced: this anime is actually good. (8/10 Overall)