One day, he meets a very strong and intelligent mechanical arm named "Mecha-ude". After a strange turn of events, the "Mecha-ude" started living inside Hero's hoodie and the two's life full of trouble begins.
As the boy and his "Mecha-ude" fights together and strengthen their bonds, the two also meets new friends who also fights along with each of their own unique "Mecha-ude" partners.
Out of those, one of the heroine has two "Mecha-ude" which appears out of her skirt. An active girl with a totally opposite characteristics from hero himself, he gradually becomes attracted to her.
But the two are confronted with other "Mecha-ude" users who are in search of the secret of "Mecha-ude" relentlessly.
Very promising initial work from new studio TriF, I felt like I had traveled back to the days of the more experimental ovas and specials that appeared in the wake of Gainax rocking the industry, or one of the better young animator training project short films.
In a time where passion projects like FLCL and Gunbuster are being dragged out of their well earned rests as soulless husks who don’t have a creative bone in their bodies, Mecha-ude is a breath of fresh air. A new studio with mostly new staff, a new IP that while not incredibly innovative offers a new idea on some
old concepts… this is definitely one of the better anime to come out of a crowdfunding campaign.
Is the art and animation a little rough around the edges? Sure, but for a first effort from new animators it’s pretty impressive, the cg is a little choppy at times but mostly looks great, and is easy better than certain other studios I can think of… (Polygon this means you)
And what it lacks in animation polish a full production would have, it makes up in an absolutely fantastic art-style, reminding me a bit of the rougher design sensibilities of mob psycho 100. every character is flashy and stands out next to each other, they even made a high school boy with short brown hair have a good character design, and that’s some black magic right there.
And the music god DAMN it was rad, every track kicks ass and fits the scene it’s played in perfectly.
Everything about this show has the feeling that the staff loves this kind of over the top action shounen stuff and it makes it way more fun, you can really feel the passion behind the project, and the industry could always use more of that raw passion Gainax used to show us in it’s heyday.
I hope this ends up becoming a full series or the team makes something else as enjoyable, and I’ll be keeping my eye on them from now on.
Don't under estimate this series from it's cliche synopsis. Yes it follows a lot of the cliche of Shonen but it does so with effort and love.
Many bad shonen follow the cliche's of Shonen like marking off points on a checklist. These series fail not becase they followed the tropes of Shonen. But because they did so without understanding them. They were just made by companies who looked at what was popular and said "we can do that".
Mecha-ude is nothing like that. It uses the cliche's of Shonen unashamably because the makers clearly love classic shonen and wanted to make their own. The episode
draws a lot of Parallels to another older Shonen called Busou Renkin. It has a similar male lead, female support, and even their weaposn are simialr as the MC's has golden glow when he fights and heroine's weapons come out from her skirt.
But again it's not simply copying other shonen or pulling out elements and making a checklist. It really feels like the creators simply loved shonen and as fans of Shonen were influenced by past works.
You can see in the final product they knew what makes shonen good and used even the most over used elements to the best effect.
IT's the difference between a production made by a buisness out for nothing but easy money and a production made by people who truly love what they are making.
Story - 9/10: The story takes place in a world where robots and humans co-exist. Since it has only one episode, dwelling deeply with the characters is impossible, which is not necessarily a bad thing given the time constrict. Overall it’s an anime with a lot of potential and hoping for an entire 12 to 24 episodes in the near future.
Art - 8/10: Great animation. Art style goes rough from time to time but I wouldn’t call it bad. In fact, it adds to the overall feel of the anime.
Sound - 7/10: Nothing to criticize about. The ending song
was pretty enjoyable.
Character - 7/10: A lot of great characters with promising potential. I just wish that there were more episodes for us to know them better and know what makes them who they are.
Anyone remember Generator Rex from Cartoon Network? Well, this is the anime version with less monsters and more Rex's.
1. Originality: 7
As I said, the show looks pretty much like a pre-existing American one, but that doesn't mean that it's bad.
The idea of users using mechanical arms to fight each other doesn't sound new, it's even like a mini mecha. But that's why I consider that it's not a complete copy or something totally unoriginal, because the mecha genre is already saturated enough, so small changes like this are quite remarkable.
2. Story Development: 7.5
Obviously, you can't expect much from an OVA in this category.
That's why the
development of the story is quite acceptable, because it does not leave many "loose ends", it develops as much as it can in those 30 minutes it has. Obviously many questions remain standing anyway, questions that could be answered more clearly in a series format.
3. Characters: 6
The problem with the characters of Mecha-ude is that at the same time that each one represents a known stereotype, the series itself doesn't have enough time to develop them and make them stand out from it.
Hikaru is the typical hero by accident, the one who at first didn't want anything to do with the plot, but decides to join anyway once he notices his help is necessary. Aki is the tsundere that only stayed with the protagonist due to external issues, but after he saved her she begins to see him with different eyes. And Kagami is that villain who takes as his main goal to defeat the protagonist, even though it has nothing to do with the plan of his bosses.
However, if we ignore that, the dynamic between the characters is fluid and the feelings of certain characters towards others don't feel forced.
4. Enjoyment: 7.5
You enjoy as much as you can in a 30-minute format.
It is difficult to enjoy an OVA when you know that it's very likely that there will be unfinished things or that the development is poor, that's why Mecha-ude is okay. Being a simple OVA with a not so complex story, you can enjoy the story without feeling that you are losing some context.
Obviously, this is something important when it comes to watching an OVA, nobody likes complicated OVAs.
Mecha-ude is an OVA that is worth seeing. That type of OVA that sustain itself alone in its 30 minutes, from which you get enough, because you didn't expect anything of it from the beginning.