Ex-Driver is set in the future, when all transportation is easily controlled by AI. Though like all machines they tend to break down or lose control or re-programmed. This is where three high schoolers with non AI cars, Subaru WRX, Super 7, Lotus comes in to save the day and make sure the public is safe at all times.
ex driver is an anime and always will be something that is very close to my heart because its being one of the "first animes" that i have ever watch in my whole life it was in 2005 that i laid eyes on anime and lucky for me that this was a "gem" to me and made me inseparable to anime that was the time that anime became "a part of my life" a fantasy that will never end.for me this was a re watch and was i a happy camper to find this again in net.everything was the same it was just perfect with
a lot of fond memories.
story-it simple to get.full of action,filled with comedy,new feelings of romance also drama to explain things properly it was a complete package after watching you can raise your finger and say "hey they missed something here"everything is explained fully and "i love it especially because this plot and this story could actually become a reality in near future not that far away from us."i love it,this much because of how realistic the story is"the technology that is used and the things happening in the series can happen to us.especially is very simple to understand and complicated enough to make you guess "that's why this is a balanced show"there is nothing unimportant happening.
animation and art -well is was done in the 90's and it was the art that i loved and fell for in the fist place so it was superb for that time.everyone had unique looks to them"you know everyone didn't look the same"they were so different from each other.from looks,facial expressions to fantastic personalities.also my favorite character "soichi" was soooooooooooooooo........cute and sexy.i just wish they made more episodes.
sound-i remember every beat of every song that was playing in the show.opening theme song get you pumped up and in the mood for the action to come and comedy to come.op theme says everything that has to be said about the show and what are the characters like.ed theme was so great making you to watch more.
characters-i love "soichi" he is my favorite.Lisa is awesome Lorna is fantastic.they make this show a success.this team is so great.the things they do,the things that happens to them is so unreal sometimes you worry for them and sometime you burst out laughing that cant be stopped and you miss some of the dialogs because of it and you repeat things.(well it happen to me)there is romance blooming if you take notice and you will.love in this is very enthusiasm after all they are kick ass drivers and they are good.how i know this? is beaus of the great animation.it was swift and beautifully done so you know "how good the riders are" the technical terms used are very accurate and done very well as well.it end ended the appropriate way too i have to mention this because some animes mess the ending but this was just pure gold just like the beginning.
dialogs-i always forget to mention this the dialogs were hilarious at times but sometimes it give you an impotent message.also the dub actors were just like "icing on the cake"they were brilliant.
i loved it years back,i love it now and always will love this story for days to come...i already miss the characters so much."they were like a sun shining after a gloomy rain".i just hope you will watch this epic anime story that is easy going but at serious when it needs to be..so go and enjoy it wont take you long its only 6 episodes of Action,comedy,fun and love which makes me say again "i wish there were more episodes" so enjoy :3
When I first heard about this anime I thought It was going to be similar to Wangan Midnight, with street racing and tons of cars. I was wrong.
Story: A future where cars are controlled by computers, and a team of gasoline powered classic car drivers chase them down when they go haywire, sounds like a very repetitive plot. But it turn out it's not, I wont ruin the plot, so ill just say there's events that keep the plot going.
Art: The animation has a very 'mid-90s' feel to it, which isn't a bad thing. The thing I like most is the cars. The
animators did very well making the vehicals realistic.
Sound: Now, I don't know if it was the copy I had or the series itself, but the quality at times was, not the best out there. To me it sounded fuzzy and almost like the voice actors where talking through a thick foam pad. But like I said I don't know if it was my copy or not so don't take the sound to seriously.
Characters: Each character has there own defined personality and unique style to how they get the mission done. (Not much to say on that one)
Enjoyment: For a six episode series (plus a movie) it's not a bad watch in your down time between other anime.
Not a racing show like one might think. In other words this not a substitute for NASCAR racing. This show is more adaption with technology on cars and making sure everything 'runs' smoothly. Introduction was okay. Not quite a good transition from the prequel but upon watching the show you get the 'idea', which i took at as a time lapse. As for the conclusion beautiful. Not only does it go along with the purpose of the company in the show but the win wasn't settled in a common gloves off fashion. Confused by symbolism think of dukes that should
-with the vehicles being the highlight of the show they did a good job with detail.
-One of the drawing features they did that i enjoyed that was comical was the pin points eyes from time to time character Endou, Lorna had.
Sound- nothing worth noting
-while the characters are indeed different from the original show the shame attributes are there. Lorna, is kind and smart. While her partner Lisa is reckless and rough.
- If you came for comedy i suggest keeping tabs on lisa. While other characters are comical in their own fashion i feel most jokes involved lisa.
Enjoyment:Why should i watch this show? I could say because i am telling you to. Not because i am being paid (*sigh, i am not). You should watch this for the powerful message behind it. I wont be very direct nor will i be distant with my explanation. The message is similar to how modern life reacts towards animals and babies but in terms of cars instead. Both are valuable and should be treated with careful consideration. Sure, one could 'drive' one of them to a higher level but because they can't see the proper emotions they have they would be doing more harm then good.
When I saw this was written by Kōsuke Fujishima, author of “Oh My Goddess!” and “You're Under Arrest”, I became mildly interesting in eX-Driver. I've found parts in his other series kinda fun, so I went into this hoping to get some fun out of it too. After watching it, I can see why this wasn't as popular as his other woks.
Set at some point in the 22nd century, people no longer drive cars themselves, instead of relying on a computer with an artificial intelligence to drive for them. But when the AI systems start losing control, a team call eX-Drivers (or eX-D for short)
are formed, driven by actual drivers, chase down the cars that have gone crazy.
And at this point is where I started asking questions about the premise for it's plot.
How is there no one in the future that can drive a car besides the eX-Drivers? Are there no car enthusiasts that want the authentic experience? No people who don't trust the automated system in the cars and cites accident statistics, or at least talks about all of the news stories as a reason that they don't want to use this new technology? Not even a person who simply can't afford the AI cars, or simply doesn't care about the difference as long as they have a way of getting to where they're going?
It would have been at least something to see one of these concepts are a story arch, along with the main characters being sent somewhere at some point to where these cars don't even exist, like some small town in the middle of nowhere. I'm assuming the lack of development for anything to do with it's story is probably due to a low budget that couldn't afford more episodes. I'd assume that having Kōsuke Fujishima behind this would have granted a few more episodes.
While the plot leaks much to be desired, but what about the main characters. Our three main characters are Lorna, Lisa, and Soichi, three kids who are out titular eX-Drivers. And this is where the problems are compounded a bit. Why are out main three characters children? Why isn't there at least one adult character that is an adult helping them out? You could make that same argument about the world of Pokemon, but that's a fantasy world with fantasy creatures, and even adults appear every now and again in that franchise. EX-Driver is much more grounded in a realistic world.
There isn't much to said characters either. They're cliched archetypes that you'd see in a lot of boring anime. None of them get character development as a result of the show being so incredibly short. Not even a basic and obvious moral lesson for them to learn from.
The only interesting thing about this series is that it was weirdly predictive of the future. with cars that drive itself, along with it's own infrastructure. But since it doesn't really go into depth with the concept, it's not really worth watching because of it, and probably wouldn't get even much focus other than a brief mention of "Oh hey, there was one series written by the guy who wrote Oh My Goddess!" that predicted self-driving cars.” It doesn't even show off the cars all that well, and that's both the focus of the show and something Kōsuke Fujishima has a personal interest in. Again, probably because it's limited episodes.
I know it feels like I'm complaining about this series, but it's not the worst thing I've ever seen. At best, it's incredibly forgettable, at worst, it will annoy you with it's lack of anything interesting happening and lack explanation of exploration of its subject matter. EX-Driver is now hard to find on DVD, and i doubt anyone is clambering for a re-release.