Transferring the human consciousness into a robotic "I-Machine" is now a reality thanks to the discovery of a valuable ore called "orichalt." However, there is the possibility of the consciousness failing to return to the host's body, rendering them stuck inside their new metallic frame for good. Such is the situation of members of the Excavate Company, a reckless band of I-Machine miners led by the notorious Grayman that aims to gather orichalt for profit.
During a mining incursion, the group rescues Maya Mikuri, a student who was abandoned by her crew. Accused of stealing classified information on orichalt by her former colleagues, she joins the Excavate Company in hopes of clearing her name. They then begin an adventure that will change their lives—including that of Ido, an ace member of the group with no memory of his past. For the first time, Ido might have the chance to rediscover his true identity.
ID-0 is one of those “Netflix anime” that are completely forgettable since it doesn't stand out in any field or particular way, not even in the superfitial level.
Production values are decent, the music and sounds are generic but fitting, and Japan is still far away from being Pixar, but at least in terms of CGI animation is not the latest “Berserk”, “Kingdom”, or “Apeggio of the Blue Steel”, the motions don't look as robotic, and proportions are consistent, but once again, it doesn't stand out either.
And what can I say about the writing and directing?
The plot is the usual stand alone missions in space with
one or two obstacles here and there, if you want well planned and executed missions in space, you have “Planetes”, if you want cool stand alone missions (also with space as a recurring scenario) you have “Cowboy Bebop”, and if you want to see an entertaining as fuck anime with a loli and a robot, you have “Brigadoon”, this anime feels as dry as the first plotless space anime from the 70's, its formula has been executed in better ways throught history yet this anime learned nothing.
Pacing is horrible. Fast paced in events and stand alone missions, slow as fuck when it comes to develop the really important aspects of the story, and even to introduce the characters, the first half feels episodic and unimportant, while the second half is completely rushed to the point they don't even explain how exactly the heroes won at the end. The slow pacing helped to make the series feel boring, the rushed events helped to make the series feel unimportant and uninspiring.
Characters are one dimensional, all of them. The protagonist is only defined for being timid and smart, although this is only stated and the series never give you a real reason to believe she's smart, while most characters are useless background decorations that contribute nothing, there is one loli besides the protagonist that is there just to cry, and the others have roles like piloting the ship but nothing more than that. The dialogue is plain awful, which helped to make the characterization even worse, plain simple and with no personality, you will constantly hear cliché lines like “My equipment is far superior than yours!”, “It's time to make things well!”. Boring and uninspired.
The trope of amnesia is used as a cheap plot device, if one dimentinal characters and terrible pacing wasn't enough to make you feel complete boredom, the amnesia bullshit is the cherry on the top of the cake, it's not a theme about identity or belonging like in “Kaiba”, is just a plot device so the plot cannot be resolved quickly and easily, and so the writers can skip the work to give a real characterization and background to the male protagonist. The series is only 12 episodes yet this plot feels like it drags for too long.
The word to describe this work is “uninspired”, I find little to nothing worth saving in this anime.
Story: 3 - Generic and unfocused
Art: 6 - Generic and cutsy
Sound: 7 - It's fine
Characters: 2 - Dreadful with moeblob archetypes
Enjoyment: 3 - None, but I have seen worse things
Let's be honest, sometimes we avoid some series after seeing the other users score, but ID-0 has been underrated by some reviewers, social networks, etc. The anime started with a 6.23 and ended with a 6.85, in the last episodes, ID-0 developed a good narrative.
The story follows a group of "excavators" that seeks a mineral called Orichlat. During this search, humanity has developed I-Machines that moves the consciousness of a person into a robot, in other words, the human becomes a machine. Some members of these excavators have decided to move their memory into the machine forever. One of that persons is Ido,
a machine without any memories. During their adventures, Ido finds some information that could tell him his origin.
The story involves all the crew of the excavators and others persons that are taken by them, the pacing of the story is good. However, some unexplained plot holes could destroy the narrative.
About the characters, some of them could be generic, and we could expect weird behavior, but in general, they keep the audience entertained until the end.
The animation has some CGI mix, for some persons could be annoying but has some remarkable scenes. The music is good. The OP song reached the Oricon Jpop ranking.
In general, this anime has:
- A conspiration
- Unexpected story twist
- Good music
- Science Fiction
- Vessels and spacecraft :D
- A creature in the body of a robot (really)
- Main characters that aren't too generic
If you have some time, you should watch the first episodes and give this anime a try.
The story progresses in a meaningful way, with just enough surprises to keep you interested. As in the best of stories we learn quickly that a number of characters are not who you might think that they are. As is so typical in many Japanese stories, characters are not black and white but shades of gray. Also appealing was the writing. Every time I thought I knew where the story was "finally" going, it didn't. It's hard to surprise me nowadays, so this was a major plus.
The is one of the very rare anime where
I immediately watched the first episode a second time. Some lines, and even facial expressions have added meaning when you see them again after having watched the entire episode.
The voice actors did an excellent job of matching their sounds to the character's personalities.
My only feeling of slight disappointment was that the OP and ED songs left me wanting something more, especially the ED sung in somewhat broken English...sigh....
Nice micro story add-on after the closing credits that left me wanting to see more. (Which is very rare for me. I've been watching anime for over 30 years and not much manages to hook me like this series has.)
Much appreciated is a "what happened to them" segment after the final closing credits.
After watching the entire series my initial impression remains. This is one of the best of its type that I've seen in a decade.
This was a great hidden gem, a series that I almost missed, but happened to catch on a list of shows that wasn't on crunchyroll, and I'm so glad I did, I hope more people find out about this series, wonderful animation and everything that makes me think back to the anime I loved in the 80's and 90's.
Story: A strange story but well done one, about humanity that has discovered a way to travel FTL using this powerful ore and can't say much more, but it just worked for me. There are still some questions, but nothing that bothers me.
A nice blend of CGI and other styles, nothing stood out as bad, and it was heavily effective in many places and situations.
Sound: A great sound track, nice sound effects, it is the kind of stuff I want from a good anime, the ending song is my favorite this season, and not even sure why, I love the words, but the voice isn't the kind that would normally be my favorite.
Characters: Everyone is unique and different, and over time we learn tho they are, and more about them. I grew to care for them all, and fell in love.
Overall and enjoyment: This is by far my favorite anime this season, and there has been some good ones, but something about this just struck all the right cords, I highly recomend it if you've managed to miss it.