"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.
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.
(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