It began in 1945, at the end of the Pacific War. Alien invaders filled the earth's Skies, and mankind was forced to confront an unprecedented threat. For the first time in human history, people of all cultures came together under one banner.
This war has now been raging for over fifty years. Countless lives have been lost, and the Japanese military is now forced to rely on young people such as Atsushi Hayami and his high school class, also known as Unit 5121. This new generation fearlessly struggles on with the aid of the HWT humanoid combat machines and the devastating PBE bomb.
Story: 6 (Great action horrible drama)
Art: 7 (Most of the money went into the mech battles)
Sound: 4 (without the mecha, this would have been a zero)
Character: 3 (Never seen such a large group i could care less)
Enjoyment: 5 (it was both fun and agonizing at the same time)
Overall: 25/50 = 5.0 (watch this as one of your last resorts)
Don't be fooled by the cool mecha action you get from episode one. Thats just there to draw you in to the story. As you keep watching, you will come to realize it's all a ploy. A ploy to lure you into a romantic comedy
between two members of the military. It was a HUGE disappointment too. When the action was there it was just awesome. From the animation, to the monsters, to the action, and right down to the military chatter (dub of course) it was fast, fierce, and fantastic. Unfortunately those parts only took up of about 15% of the series. The romance and drama though was a bit iffy relying on the "will they ever confess" formula. If you enjoy that style of drama then give it a try. But people like me aren't real fans of that style. Don't get me wrong the drama wasn't horrible, but it was 'mediocre' (5/10) at best.
The production value was also a mixed bag as well. Considering its basically 2 different anime. On the warfare standpoint, I really appreciate all the detail and fluidity that they put into the mech battles. The sound effects were great in 5.1 and mix it in with some good old fashioned military chatter in proper English, I was on an action high when it ever came on. But on the drama/comedy/romance side of things it was just mediocre. They all wore the same outfits about 90% of the time. Of course they were all kids 18 or under so some loli tendencies were obvious. They tried to do some fanservice but it was really poor. And the voice acting was forgettable from both sides of ocean (English/Japanese dub). For the most part i just kept it in English during the battles and i kept it in Japanese during the drama.
The character themselves were pretty forgettable considering the voices were forgettable and their chemistry between each other really wasn't there. Even the two main characters didn't feel like they were playing their roles quite well. It's hard to explain but the only way I can say it is that tsundere didnt feel like a tsundere and the shy type felt more like a mumbling loser just repeating the same thing over through 12 episodes.
If you love mecha and you have absolutely no other mecha anime to watch I'd give this a try. Or if you like anime that sound like they're accomplishing one thing but in reality, its cover to tell a different less intriguing story give this a shot too. Other than that leave it alone.
The story based of the manga by the same name is great. Gunaparde takes place in a alternate future when after the end of WWII in 1945 a alien race appears on the earth and begins to kill of humans. Fast forward 54 years to 1999 humans are still fighting. The story takes place in Japan one of the last remaining strongholds on the planet. The story focuses on the 5121st Platoon who are made up mainly of young teenagers who were drafted.
The characters were great adding life and emotion to the anime. I personally
liked the two main characters, Atsushi Hayami and Mai Shibamura the best. They helped the anime become great.
The animation and sound was very good but not great. I didn't like the design of the mecha in the anime, but it really didn't bother me much. The music was had some flaws but was still very good.
The biggest problem I had overall with Gunaparad March was the length of the anime. It was only 12 episodes long. I think it could have gone on for a lot longer. The story was broad and could have gone on a lot longer. I would have love to see the story taken to other parts of the world along with the great characters. Still it really doesn't take much away from the anime, it's still great and worth watching.
Gunparade is one of the best series I've seen.
although the art, sound and animation aren't top notch, the storyline compensates for that and makes this a one-of-a-kind.
No other series i watched delivered the same atmosphere this one has - dark,
post apocalyptic, yet somehow different. It's not something explainable, just watch it and you'll understand.
This series does have all sorts of anime cliches and the ending is visible from miles away, but it is still quite interesting to learn about who the characters are, witness their development(though very minor)
and slowly understand how exactly the world got to what it is in the series-how
I kinda make it sound dull, but it isn't. The series is filled with comedy in all the right places, there is decent action throughout the 12 episodes and (almost) nothing feels out of place
to sum up - what makes this anime special is the storyline that doesn't leave many holes open and the unique atmosphere it delivers. if you love mecha, love post apocalyptic wolds and don't hate the "friendship crap", this is a must watch.