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.
A couple of years ago, we learned about Jason Barnes, a one-armed Atlanta man who is able to play drums thanks to a robotic prosthesis developed at Georgia Tech. Essentially, the dude is a cyborg drummer.
Shinichi Izumi is the main protagonist of the Kiseijuu series. He is a high school student whose right arm was infected with a parasite he named Migi.
Combine these two things, and we get Hero, a high schooler living an ordinary life, who meets Alma, a metallic arm who now lives together with hero for every moment of his life.
Whether people want to watch it or not
is up to the individual, but I believe it is worth at the fundamentals for this story. This review will go into details as to my opinions on why I think so:
1. Story) There isn't really more to it than already mentioned previously. Hero and Alma meet new friends as well as fiends, and he has to question if he will ever be able to live a normal life in this world he isn't sure not to be changing. The Plot in this episode is neither very good nor very bad. We have the classic Hero's journey (no joke intented) which ends with our protagonist growing and defeating the villain for a happy ending. This episode is pretty much a mario game. Our hero must save the princess by fighting the enemy. Not really much to say about it. Oh yeh deus ex machina finale here too.
2. Characters) The number of characters is very low here, so we can go threw eachc one individually.
Hero; "Trigger Arm Hero/ "Our "normal life" main character who wishes to be left alone, but gets dragged into the the story because of our deuteragonist(just wait a moment). He is afraid of every kind of danger and wants to avoid it as much as possible. This includes letting your allies fight alone against a high number of enemies. However, he is able to take action and do the right things when it comes down to it. At that point, he puts others safety over his own. And does everything for his friends. Luckily, this doesn't change him being pretty reliable in the slightest. He regulary oversleeps and isn't interested in their history or their culture. We see ourselfes in him and understand him in most scenariour, which makes him an excellent protagonist.
Alma; "Supernatural Mecha-ude"/ “Mecha-Udes" are mechanical life forms from another dimension who need our life energy. Hero, a normal middle school boy, finds a cube by chance and breaks its seal. Inside is the Mecha-Ude Alma. That's Alma's backstory, and all his actions are determined by that. He is Hero's friends who wants to fight enemies and draggs him into it. He supports him when necessary, like waking him up at school or in the morning. He hides a supernational power other Mecha-udes don't have, and he feels no need to explain any of it.
Aki; "Iron-Twin Arms Host"/ Aki is very much a textbook tsundere. She seemed to only have a harsh outgoing personality, but slowly revealed a soft and vulnerable interior over time. She also quickly goes on a violent trip, using her two mecha-udes to frighten others in order to make things easier for her. Aki has had a rough past, fighting against gangsters or terrorist-groups. Because of that, she seems rather calm, emotionless and silent. Behind this facet, she is a very kind person who risks herself or her mission in order to save her friends. Even if it is difficult for her, she apologizes if she feels the need to do so and admits her own mistakes.
Sinis,Dex; "Two-Sided Hands"/ They are the mecha-udes of Aki and act exactly that way. Acting like her slaves, they always do whatever she wants to do and her will is their destination. Not asking twice, these two attack whom she wants to be attacked instantly. They don't act or speak actively and if they do, they do it to defend Aki or act in her will.
3. Art) This is one of the strongest aspects of the series,Most is in 3D and uses a lot of CGI. The CGI however, this is where this series gets its value, the fighting scenes, the metallic arms and pretty much the whole cyborg world or whatever you wish to call it is beautifully designed and i know it takes a lot of work to do it in 3D, each mecha-ude of each human has its uniqueness and it's just amazing to see the visual aspects of each. The combining of the 2D with the 3D makes me love it because i just was thrilled with the 3D visuals even if that doesn't equal the full runtime of the episode it's pleasing to see.
4. Sound) Instead of watching the anime you should just listen to the themes. That's everything you need to do and you will understand.
5. Enjoyment) Mecha-Ude is very hard to rate. Besides it's bad sides, it is quite enjoyable. The dialog between the characters are fresh, the fight scenes are well animated and it doesn't make many mistakes. Unfortunately, it's too generic and normal to surprise you at any of it's sides and you keep wondering where this anime tries to blow you away.
Overall) I think I have said everything about this which may be important about the anime. It isn't going to be the next Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood or My Hero Academia, however, neither will it be the next school days. A good show which doesn't have too good or too bad thing going for or against it. In my arrogant opinion, you will likely like it if you like similar mecha anime. If you don't, then don't watch it.
But as always, the best way to find it out is to go watch it yourself.