In the year 2025, automatons dubbed the Kikou suddenly appear and attack human beings, leaving many cities completely devastated. Human civilization is left in the ruin, but debris of a Kikou is then found in Japan. A research facility named Tokyo Kikou Institute (Toukigen) is established to investigate the Kikou's weaponry. Following the proverb "use poison to defeat poison," using Kikou to defeat Kikou appears to be mankind's last hope. Nine years later, a new weapon named the Muttsu is created from the research, and it is almost ready for use in live combat. A boy, Rin Sagami, and a girl, Yuzuru Midou, are chosen to ride the Muttsu. They are entrusted with the hopes for the future of mankind, but they face the mission with courage. However, what awaits the two is a cruel fate.
This little mantra really caught my attention: "Lets make the Mech shows we want to watch!"
Is it possible? Could it be? A mech show that doesn't care about genre conventions or 'Gundam Guidelines'?
well... no... not really.
You see, to this day I'm still not really sure what Rebirth Storage was trying to be; taken as a first episode, absolutely everything went wrong after the show's cold open. Taken as a preview, I'd say they crammed in WAY too much of the wrong information.
I couldn't shake the feeling that the entire episode felt like one of those mid-season "recap episodes" that nobody really cares
to watch because its just not interesting.
And thats the gist of it right there; its just not interesting.
It probably could have been; the cold open was nice, and with a decent establishment of setting, scenario, and some foreshadowing I may have been sold, but by the end of it I found it hard to care. Maybe, like Under the Dog, they were trying to test the waters with their new idea and put this out as a teaser of sorts, and their mission statement "make mech shows we actually like" gets a hats-off from me, but if by some miracle a modern mech show comes along that I DO like, it probably won't be Rebirth Storage.
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-Animation was okay when not using CG
-Characters seemed like they could've been interesting
~Overall 5/10. A spectacular adaption in the mecha genre, only it was an entire story with developed plot, characters, ect put into a single episode.
Where did we come from? Who are we? Where will we go?
This is the basic premise that the anime will leave off on, and, in all honesty, it probably has at least 1/3 to do with the story. Though I do see the relevance.
There were c l e a r inspirations from NeonGen and Eureka 7
&, just sayin
~Story 8/10. The story in this case was pretty dang interesting, The creators stated "Let's Make the Mecha Shows we Want to
Watch" (actually that's the slogan of the company, or their name maybe.. i cant read kana). They obviously did try to do that, and well... didn't do too good of a job executing that. The story itself was extremely rushed, however that doesn't mean it wasn't a wonderful idea for an anime, let alone a mecha.
~Art 8/10. Animators did a pretty good job of combining 2D and 3D animation (for battle scenes), probably the best job ive seen in a while.
~Sound 6/10. Nothing special, ending song and osts weren't bad at all. Sound affects were OK
~Character 5/10. Goodness, so much character development done in such a few minutes, very very rushed. Likable characters, though, again, the development of those characters were extremely rushed.
~Enjoyment 7/10. I mostly liked this, though the entirety of the plot was crammed into a single episode, i will be looking into a novel or manga that this was based from. In my opinion, this was a spectacular adaption on the mecha genre.
This tv special anime has a very high potential if given a chance to make it a proper tv series. I daresay that the creators concept of "Let's make the Mecha shows we want to watch!", barring executive meddling, would have fully realize in this anime project; shame that it hasn't been greenlit to become a full-fledge anime series.
Why did I say that? Several reasons which I have listed below:
1) FeMC - okay not quite "main character' but the main pilot, which equates main character in a mecha show, is a girl.
2) No romance (a rarity in mecha shows) - the two pilots acts as
reluctant comrade-in-arms that became friends gradually. Unless you're a rabid shipper, romance between them is nil (and not just because of the reveal).
3) "mecha' gender-roles are reversed - The main pilot is a girl and the support pilot is a boy, meaning the "muscle" is the girl while the "brains" is the boy when it's usually the opposite. Also, the role of a 'nice' doctor/scientist that may be cold/analytical on the inside and possibly a villain (which is often played by a man) is a woman and the role of a stoic faced commander that is a softy/sentimental in reality and have no choice but to hardened his heart for the sake of humanity (sometimes played by a woman) is a man.
The plot, the 'true' rebirth plan, is intriguing enough for me to want to know what IS happening; the cause of the invasion and the pilot's hinted origins.
Overall, I gave this a "fine" rating of 6/10 on the basis that this is a "special" anime episode and whether the creators delivered their "vision" in the best possible way they can with the constrains they've been handed.