The Defective follows General Lin, Lu father and Lu son, the headmaster of a school of 4 underprivileged kids as well as General Lin's AI assistant. After getting swept up in the affairs of General Lin and losing their home planets, the team embark on a journey to learn of the connections to who colluded in the betrayal of General Lin as well as try to survive with large factions chasing them down. During their journey, the team make many discoveries as well as meet with powerful enemies and their large arsenal of Eden-grade weaponry.
Story: 4/10 (spoilers)
Many parts of the donghua were hard to
follow because it felt like you were meant to have knowledge of the factions or people of interest before watching and some parts just didn't feel well paced. After the home planets got destroyed and we lost General Lin's female subordinate it made me question whether the series valued character development or plot progression since there was no great value added in either when both planets were destroyed - no empathy because it was way too early for us to connect with the plot/chars. When the students were hijacking the mecha at school, the guy that connected to the neural network should have suffered injuries for sustaining that type of information overload but he turns out fine and is even able to pilot mecha in the end of the show - This is probably plot convenience but it is essentially just one of the many plot holes in this show. The segment where everyone was gathered at the resupply station felt dragged out and added no plot value apart from showing us the initial home planets being destroyed and refueling the mecha - Only General Lin sets off and then Lu son after and by the final episode we are left with an emotional reconciliation, flashback and perspective from General Lin's sister. This sci-fi donghua has a vast universe with many factions and characters; The Eden was a nice utopia touch and I would've liked to see more of that type of technology away from Eden like the bio-chips. A pretty lack luster ending which suggests a sequel.
Art & Sound: 6/10
The art and animation were pretty good, I couldn't shake the basic cinematography in many of the dialogue scenes. It was essentially the same overused high, wide angle shot where a character walks into the frame. The fight scenes with mecha were pretty high quality and well structured, same with the spaceship fleets.
Sound was decent, I didn't notice much out of the series in terms of sound.
Character development isn't really the strong suit of this series, we are meant to understand the background and demeanor of our main characters upon their first encounter. Personally, there's still a shroud of mystery between Lu son (I'm going to refer to him as this because remembering his name is confusing with his dads) and General Lin; Their backgrounds aren't shown (apart from them first meeting) and their demeanor changes throughout the series making them hard to follow. The student characters feel like filler characters and I have a feeling they're expendable because they aren't being properly developed like General Lin and Lu Son.
Overall & Enjoyment: 4/10
After 2-3 episodes, the series got boring really fast since it tells us instead of showing us, many of the opposing characters feels empty because we are told information and don't grasp enough opinion before they are killed. I would have liked to see more badass fighting between main characters and enemy mecha instead of the characters panicking or having a training arc with the mecha.