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.
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.
Look, I'm not going to lie, I'm not an anime super fan. I can't tell you how this compares to all the great animes out there that I have never and probably will never see. Whatever anime I get is through Netflix, so pardon me if I'm not fully apprised of what is "supposed" to be good anime.
With that being said, I LOVED this show! I felt it was great. Very clever plot, witty dialog, and surprisingly philosophical. It was smart without trying too hard, and had a smooth mix of funny and serious. I definitely want more, and even though season 1 wrapped
up the story nicely, I'd be 100% in on a second season, and beyond.