Onboard a cruise ship heading to the scenic Cenancle Island, the full-body cyborg Nene Nanakorobi, a bubbly young girl who dreams of world peace, meets inventor Uzal Delilah. The two become fast friends along with Uzal's pet cyborg Clarion, a cat-like combat android. Soon after parting ways, a terrorist attack on the island threatens to shatter the pair's new friendship. In a bid to save her new friend, Uzal gives Nene the ability to use the Pandora Device found in Clarion's body before seemingly dying. With this power, Nene can temporarily master abilities and skills never seen before in the advancing world.
Working together, the two unlikely companions go on various missions—from saving children in shopping mall fires to fighting reckless thieves—all in the name of world peace. But to achieve this goal is not easy. B.U.E.R, a sentient laser in the form of a misshapen teddy bear, threatens to wreck their happy lives with his perverted nature and uncontrollable power. And to make matters worse, Nene's guardian, as well as genius inventor, Takumi Korobase has an undying interest in B.U.E.R.
Burdened with saving the world and keeping B.U.E.R from the hands of evil, Nene and Clarion's desire for world peace seems like a pipe dream. With this monumental goal, could the weight of it all destroy the pair's friendship completely?
Oh man, where should I even begin with Koukaku No Pandora. First, the show didn't have much of a "wow" factor to me. I wanted to like it because it certainly was unique in its own ways however, it lacked entertainment and engaging story. Surprisingly, it failed to keep me interested and entertained. To me it seemed like the characters were forced to be cute. To explain a bit further it was like in the directors and animators minds, they were saying "Oh lets force a clueless reaction face or cute face on Nene or Clarion to make them look cute." Rather than having things
like that happen naturally, it was like everything was forced, and the animators, producers etc were telling me to enjoy it, however it was just so unappealing.
The story wasn't doing much for me. I could not find any joy or pleasure in watching for the story or plot... I did not feel like anything could've stood out. Like, for me, there was no real "wow factor."
To a certain extent, I did like the character designs. I love cyborgs, androids, etc so seeing characters with mechanical parts is always pretty rad. I mentioned earlier that my biggest dislike was the reaction faces. I felt like they overdid the reaction faces. I strongly felt like it wasn't necessary at all to have reaction faces after every 2 sentences or so. The biggest thing that I disliked, about the whole damn series (In art department) was B.U.E.R. Single most annoy-ingest character in the show.
I hate it's design that stupid third leg (penis pun, I'm assuming.) B.U.E.R was a huge pain to look at.
Yet another series where I didn't pay much attention to the soundtrack or BGM. I sort of hate shows like these. There are shows where the soundtracks really stand out and some shows where it's so dull or generic sounding that I don't really pay it much mind. This is one of those. Moving on to the actual voice actors, I don't think that this show would count as one of their best roles. Except for Junpei, he's hardly in anything anymore. Overall, not too impressed.
I couldn't like them, as mentioned earlier, they had too many faults for me. Not appealing in personality nor appearance. Characters in the show came off to me as more annoying than cute or anything else.
Overall, I seriously wanted to like this show. I thought at first that it had a really cute vibe to it so I figured "why not watch it." In the end I just do not think it was worth watching... Go figure huh?
Final thoughts, Unfortunately Koukaku no Pandora just didn't live up to my standards or exceptions. I was very disappointed with this series in the long run. My overall rating is 5/10 it could perhaps be a lot better if certain events were taken seriously.
Koukaku no Pandora may not be for everyone (if you don't like moe hijinks or care about shoujo ai GET OUT), but I guess it just struck the right chord for me. While everything else about the anime was sort of "okay," the characters and enjoyment value were a perfect 10 in my opinion. To break it down:
Story: 8 The main plot isn't as important to the show as the interaction of Nene and Clarion with the other characters. Also I didn't really pay that close attention to the plot. In the simplest terms possible, the scientist Uzal builds a doomsday device, it goes crazy,
city is almost destroyed, cyborg Nene and android Clarion save it, Uzal disappears, bad guys try to steal the device...It's whatever. HOWEVER, I thought the actual setting and atmosphere of the story were really cool, mainly because I love the idea of humans attaining robotic bodies or enhancements, connecting to the web with brain implants, and in Nene's case, even temporarily acquiring new skills (and magical girl transformations) by downloading them. Plus there are subplots with Nene and Clarion stopping various disasters with the powers of advanced technology and friendship.
Art: 7 The animation quality is kind of...lazy/budget-saving actually BUT the aesthetics are Quite cool at times (watch the OP).
Sound: 7 The ED is good, everything else is fine.
CHARACTER: 10. THIS is where the series shines brightest. The cast is very sweet and caring, most apparent with MC Nene, but even the minor characters are very kind. Especially the minor characters. Robert, Amy and Anna are impossible not to love. And the characters who are more self-centered, with the exception of the main villain, are hilarious so it's okay. Shout-out to BUER, Takumi, and Vri especially.
Enjoyment: 10, especially for the shoujo ai factor.
It's not as good. The whole pace seems ridiculously retarded, even though the art is actually pleasing
You know how MonMusu seems to have that "monster girl" fetish catering for the fanboys? This *should* be at least cater the android girls fetish. I'm not getting that. You end up with a weird over-sexual henshin that seems to be out of a 14 year old weeaboo who keeps fapping on loli images. annoying reporter who should have died midway but kept alive 'cause "look guys, funny failing reporter x3". An edgy yet mysterious antagonist, and finally, 2 of the most bland yet happy-go-lucky character
to date. The only good thing is that mysterious doctor that seems to leave a cliffhanger, with the mysterious antagonist group.
If you really like loli and don't mind with the weird story, yeah sure just watch it. But it's still torture, just plain torture.
Story 7/10: There's a lot of plot development in the anime! There are few moments in the episodes where it contains cliff-hangers. There's also a lot of action, fighting and comedic scenes with Clarion and Nene. This anime also contains an aspect of magical girls animes we would normally see. They get to meet new people in the island and becomes friends with them overtime in the series.
Characters 8/10: Nene is sweet, caring, & overbearing to Clarion. Clarion (Claring) is monotone, & is programmed to take care of Nene. Uzal is a well-known professor in the island who supervised Claring
& Nene. Takumi (who comes in a few episodes later in the series) is the new caregiver of Claring & Nene, she hates Uzal & obsessed with knowing the secrets behind Uzal's projects. She is anti-social and very intelligent.
Enjoyment 8/10: It's a great anime to watch! Since there are some aspects of magical girls references, I am NOT a fan of how Nene & Claring team-up when they HENSHI! The transformation is not suitable for younger viewers (VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED).
Overall 8/10: It is awesome to see the progress of the characters growing from the start. Since there is plot development, I can tell that we might have another season in our hands where we will see Nene & Claring team up again in the future.