With the space program attempting to travel to Mars, 21st century scientists were tasked with warming up the planet so that humans could survive on its surface. They came up with an efficient and cost effective plan of sending cockroaches and mold to the surface so that the mold would absorb the sunlight and the insect corpses would serve as a food source for the mold.
It is now the year 2577 and the first manned ship to Mars has landed on the planet and the six crew members are ready for their mission. But what they find are giant mutated humanoid cockroaches with incredible physical strength. The crew members are easily wiped out, but not before sending a transmission back to Earth. Now, humanity will send elite warriors to exterminate the mutated bugs and claim back Mars.
I honestly don't know where the low ratings for this show are coming from. It's like a bandwagon effect every other user wants to dislike the show because they heard from him, her, or the other that the first season sucked... which it didn't. It had a rough start but does turn itself around. All that aside, I believe that Terra Formars revenge does a pretty good job redeeming itself through its intense dramatic scenes along with a reasonable amount of unforgettable action and mayhem.
Season 2 's plot is straight-forward, right to the point, and focuses more on drama and having "goals" rather than having the main & supporting characters get involved in random, unexciting, and dull circumstances. This worked out well in season 2's favor because during season 1 it felt like things like the pacing was slow, and the new plot developments felt lackluster at best. The new director and team of producers working on this must have payed close attention to what was wrong with the season 1 to improve what they thought was best! Lastly, the improvements of the plot for each episode was well executed. From the story-telling narrative I was impressed with how well new developments in the story-line were made. My initial concerns during the beginning of season 2 (which were bad story-telling, lack of interesting new developments, gore for the sake of being edgy) were thrown out the window like a cold lifeless corpse as soon as I started watching. I began thinking to myself "Hmm, you know, this new team is doing a lot better than whoever worked on season 1." I enjoyed knowing that I could be fully engaged in the story & plot for each episode, and not complain the entire time about the directions of certain events were going. Now one thing I didn't like was that the story, at times, felt like both backstories, flashbacks, and often times new developments would drag on too long. Too much dialogue between characters was another re-occurring issue I had a hard time dealing with because I felt like the characters would converse so much that it would take away my enjoyment for the story. Lastly I would have also liked to see more detailed backstories on the Terra Formers because I felt like the additional information explained by Boa wasn't the least bit useful. Overall I was very impressed with the direction that the new team went with in the story of Terra formars revenge.
Animation quality looked pretty damn good. There are lots of obvious moments where I saw that CGI was used to improve the appearance of the Terra Formars in groups, often times ready to attack or die. CGI was used a lot last season so I cannot really add too much about the subject. Character designs and the appearances of both humans and roaches look a lot moderately better. I mean when you compare the anime character designs to the original manga, the anime versions look 1000% better. The quality of the special effects are also pretty good, again not too much I can add. I'm going to assume that the quality of animation was a bit better due to TYO Animations & LIDENFILMS working on it. Lastly, the background settings are very detailed. The work the animators did on objects like computer monitors and electronic devices was pretty amazing.
I have never been impressed with the soundtrack to the Terra Formar series. None of the opening & ending songs get me excited enough to watch the show. The background music sounds bland and boring, it sort of sounds like stock music. I don't think the composer put much effort into enhancing the shows dramatic moments and action scenes. The voice actors were pretty good. I actually don't have too much to add on the actors performances. Sound effects were alright, still sounds like the same effects used in season 1, JOHJ JOHJ. Overall I think the sound, voice actors special effects for vehicles, weapons, need to sound just a bit more realistic to enhance the quality of the show.
The old and new characters were alright. Like other viewers, I did notice that most main characters do seem to be "softer" and maybe just a little sillier in the personality department however, it that really doesn't have a big impact on how I enjoyed viewed the characters.. Personally I don't think that the comedy works with characters like Michelle because she's always been strong-minded along with having a serious personality. Having her be a "straight-man" to Joe's naturally hilarious & every-man personality felt kind of awkward at times. When characters do need to be strong and take action, for example Michelle, then she'll be strong. As shown in I believe episode 5 or 6. She's still the same bad-ass we loved regardless of how "toned down" her personality seems, same goes for the others too. Character growth and development is still relied upon in season 2. In a weird way, everybody learns something or the other to help them harness their strength and knowledge.
Enjoyment for this series would honestly be about a 7 and a half. While I did feel like this was much, much, better than what season 1 had to offer, the series wasn't exactly too exciting at times and had few to many moments of boredom.. I mean, episodes do feature moments where tension begins to rise and dramatic scenes are almost incredible unfortunately though, what damages the series enjoyment factor is that those moments aren't really consistent. Improvement that I think would work best is to tone down the overly dramatic scenes or make them less lengthy because as I mentioned early, certain episodes do tend to drag on with the "Oh my God we are going to die" and "Oh no, what are we going to do?" moments.
Overall I can say that season 2 was a major improvement to all categories listed above, and leaves a better impression of what the show is really about. What that thing is varies from person to person however, I'd have to say that it's determination and the will & strength to never give up. The final product was indeed "very good" and I had a lot of fun watching it. 8/10 from me mates. read more
I was patiently waiting for Terra Formars: Revenge to drop since I finished the first season last year, so imagine my surprise to find that it's become just another shonen.
The violence has been toned down drastically, they introduced comedy bubbles and all the female characters are reduced to brain dead valley girls *cough cough* Hong *cough cough* Michelle K Davis was spared, but her character has definitely undergone some bastardization.
Akari's character design reflects the overall changes to the show, they've turned him into a baby-faced, bowlcut sporting, Bug version of Goku.
I know it's too early to say this season is a failure and believe me when I say this, I want Terra Formars to succeed But from the way this season has started they have a lot of damage control to do. only time will tell whether this will be a success or a complete eff up, Maybe we'll get a reboot? or maybe that's just wishful thinking.
Let me start this off by saying that I really enjoyed the first season of Terra Formars, even with its somewhat lackluster story and mediocre character design. But I'll leave it at that because those weren't the reasons why most people enjoyed Terra Formars. I was also really hyped for the second season, as I expected the same viewing experience as I had with the first.
Moving on to this so called second season : "Terra Formars Revenge" ( although "revenge" is probably what most of the Terra Formars fans want against the producers ).
-First off let's talk about animation... One of the main reasons why this season falls short of our expectations :
The animation has changed for the worse. In the first season we had well executed and fluid animation which made the fighting scenes exciting and appealing, without getting boring and repetitive.
In the second season they give us a lackluster, seemingly "lower budget" animation which makes the fighting look unimpressive as it loses the "punch" that it once had in the prequel. This makes the action as boring as it gets. It makes you feel like this might be some kind of bad joke.
-Moving on to the art :
The art style has shifted from a very realistic and dark representation of scenery and characters, to a very bright and colorful art style. This is what takes away most of what the anime was about... The cruel environment and situation have now become more lighthearted as they take a different direction from the foundation that was built in the first season.
-Speaking of lighthearted, let's head to the story/characters :
Probably the only positive thing is that the plot does continue in this second season.
And now back to the negatives : now here is where it starts to get uglier, although the plot remains, the representation of the characters and situations is a disgrace. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you : fan service !!!! You can start guessing how glad I was to see that in a supposedly dark and gory survival anime. Fan service is probably what you least expected to find in Terra Formars, although for now it only occured in the first episode.
Complementing the lightheartedness, the characters seem to take the situation they are in less seriously as we also have the addition of "comedy bubbles" ( don't really know how to call them ).
To wrap this up, Terra Formars Revenge is an excuse of a second season as it does not in any way bring justice upon the first season or the manga...
Although this isn't really a fully fledged review, hopefully this will be enough for people to understand how disappointing this sequel is...
Even though it is not unwatchable, I wouldn't recommend "Terra Formars Revenge" to anyone who loved the first season or the manga.read more
My review is based on the first 6 espisodes of Terra Formars Revenge. I really dont get why fans are still hating this Anime. To be honest, like many other people I was also worried when I was watching the first episode, but since EP 2 the action and the plot are excellent and matching the niveau of the first season! I havent watched further than EP 6 which is the most actual one at the moment, but if you are a fan of the series or have already seen Season 1, you shouldnt miss this great Anime which is definitly in the Top 3 of this Anime seasonread more