"I-Machines" are the general term for robots that operate in extreme environments. While Alliance Academy student Mikuri Maya is in the middle of operating an I-Machine, she gets involved in an incident with pirates, and ends up serving as a crew member on an excavation company's spaceship.
This is not a comprehensive review, but is intended to express my astonishment at the low ratings of some other members.
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.
The is one of the very rare anime where I have 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.
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.)
Update: After five episodes, my opinion remains the same. It's one of the best in the past few years.
(Kind of) Disclaimer: Less of a review, more like first impressions... and me trying to convince people to give this a chance, I wouldn't have written this if I didn't see the current 6.15 rating. This review will be VERY general; so general you'll start the anime and not have any idea what to expect from the story ^^'
I honestly think this series is quite a nice surprise. I usually wouldn't check this out just because of how it looks but I just happened to be checking out the beginning of all the shows this season since I have the time. It gave me
the same kinda vibe as Moretsu Pirates but in my opinion, does it better.
Maybe anime in general has gotten better at CGI or I've gotten used to it over time but it's really not that bad. (I did also watch Kemono Friends to be fair.) I noticed the slightly robotic motions, yes, but I was never explicitly put off by it either. It was quite appropriate during the mecha (I-machine) sections anyway.
There's quite the range with the voice actors. They know what they're doing. Maya is very... anime-y, which is to be expected, voices like her's tend to annoy me at the beginning as I'm getting used to them so nothing new there.
At the moment, ID-0 is shaping up to be promising. It's still in the stages of being half-episodic, half-storyline-oriented. But they've alluded to a lot of mysteries to the character backgrounds so hopefully, there'll be more character development. The immediate setting has also been introduced briefly and it seems that that'll get expanded more as the series progresses as well. It's got mystery, action and characters which seem like they will shape up to be likable.
I've gone on too long already. I hope people don't get too put off by the CGI and the seemingly simplistic premise.
Reading back on this, it's so general I could probably apply most of this to Kemono Friends as well xD
This review is after watching the first six episodes. Initially I did not plan to watch the show due to ts low ratings on this website, but I had already watched all the "good rated" shows this season and couldn't find any other, so I thought of giving it a try.
Story: There is a lot of story progression already in the first six episodes and none of the episodes dawdle on one concept too long. Also, nothing looks forced as new concepts are introduced to the viewers. In short, the story is fast paced and takes you for the ride.
Art: CG or whatnot,
the art is incredibly good. Although you can see the CG effects in Kado too, I have heard of complaints in this anime only. Opposed to Kado, you don't notice the CG affects as much due to wonderful work by the CG director and also due to ROBOTS (no spoiler as promised)
Sound: Sound is so-so but as mystery elements are introduced (shh...no spoilers! no spoilers I say!), the track variation is introduced and it produces some magical effects in the brain.
Character: The story has focused on currently two major characters (or three I should say) and the story also revolves around them. Since these are only six episodes and if you consider the time it took to build up the plot in episode 1, they have done a good job in five episodes. I love the characters and their interaction and how each of them are handling their circumstances. Still characters have predictable actions on how they would react except one. They have been molded into those personifications. If the show breaks through these lines (which is very difficult as story progresses), I would say this can become a great show.
Enjoyment: This can't be explained! If you view objectively, my ratings haven't been that good except the story part but due to this being carrying the most weight in my judgement, if a show gets this right, it can become a fantastic show. Till now, it has been able to hit all the right spots in my enjoyment circuitry and I consider it 9!
So, that's my review. As before, I don't want others to watch only for better ratings. It was my honest review for a good show. Considering that even a show with no plot development can get better ratings than this, it seriously doesn't deserve a rating this low! I suppose rating between 7 and 8 would be a good one for this. For the benefit of the doubt, I have given it 8!
I'm a bit surprised this anime has been either ignored or less than appreciated. Character development has been fairly solid and the story is intriguing. Multi-layered themes coupled with original ideas and world-building are strong here. Characters (most) are likeable and exhibit heart. While the art is uneven at times, and CG not always coherent, certainly a lot of effort has been put forth.
Sci-fi is not easy to do and does not appeal to the majority of viewers. That said...
Tropes are typically played, but this is anime after all. Better than anything the West can do. Voice acting is fine and up to par. What
caught me was the variation of protagonists. Yup. Plural. Depth of story. The lines are drawn, in true Japanese fashion, obscurely between political/military and economic entities, while piracy is relegated to a mysterious other realm.
I won't go into Japan's maritime history here. A really huge battleship plays an endearing role subliminally in many space anime, good or bad. Anime fans know that story and love it and all it's iterations.
What is right, what is wrong. Moving along, each character plays a complex role whether they want to or not. Allegiance is based upon survival and heart. Bushido.
All in all, I really can't understand the low ratings of this anime. I look forward to each episode. There are metaphors regarding mining that are lost on many viewers and possibly piracy in general is not openly accepted thematically. Fine. I guess the Caribbean is open water and space without Depp is wrong. Haha.
I could see this opening up toward a stellar realm, or sadly wrapping hurriedly to a finale. If the writers follow the concept of a person evolving recall through concerted interaction, this can be a winner. The shift from mecha to meeting spaces can be jarring and a bit confusing at first, but the idea of virtual space and displaced personalities is kinda cool.
Interestingly, this series reminds me of Bodacious Space Pirates. While ignoring the obvious similarities, one can see the camaraderie. Building trust within a confined environment as time passes and challenges build. I like this show. Compared to other offerings this spring...this is a show for story-minded watchers. Check it out.