STORY SECTION: 4/10
Analysis: Premise 1/2, Pacing 2/2, Complexity 1/2, Plausibility 0/2, Conclusion 0/2
Yet another chicks with guns anime. That means a lot of chicks, a lot of guns and not a lot of story in between of those two. This is the case here as well, seeing how the story is the most overlooked part of all sections. If you haven’t played the game you will most likely be confused with what is going on in the adaptation. The actual story is also nothing original; just the usual fuss around a deadly virus and shadow governments using it for the creation of supermen, world domination, and having a super gunner chick stomping their plans. The ending is also not solid as you clearly see there is room for more plot. The only good part in all this mess is the pacing, which is just 13 episodes of fast action and lots of silly moments, making it hard to be tiresome while watching.
CHARACTER SECTION: 6/10
Analysis: Presence 1/2, Personality 2/2, Backdrop 1/2, Development 1/2, Catharsis 1/2
The characters definitely are not original. They are easily defined stereotypes found in most such works and thus not memorable in the long run. Plus, in many cases they are shown naked or cosplaying in an attempt to make them attractive to the viewer. They are used as otaku culture material, which depending on your tastes may be good or may be bad (bad for me). Most of the times they are all comical, making it very hard to find the whole world threat of the virus threatening or something serious in general. The good part is that all major characters are seen as pairs, one working with another to fill each others’ disadvantages. That makes their interaction interesting, albeit never serious or original. The whole deal is Canaan the lead girl seeking revenge from rival, who is part of a conspiracy to spread a virus, which creates supermen, which is investigated by Maria a female reporter, who is a friend with the lead girl. Plus there is YunYun, a comic relief Chinese girl popping all the time in random places just for the heck of it. And mentioning anything else is a waste of virtual ink as that is all there is to it. The interactions amongst them are as I said very interesting but the whole thing is taken way too light to mean anything before ending openly to a sequel.
ART SECTION: 8/10
Analysis: General Artwork 2/2, Character Figures 1/2, Backgrounds 2/2, Animation 1/2, Visual Effects 2/2
The amount of details and colors are great; the Chinese festival of the early episodes in particular is a scene worth remembering for a lifetime. Animation done by P.A. Works, a studio which is mostly trying to pamper the fans with moe fan service (True Tears, Angel Beats, Hanasaku Iroha) and completely neglects the storyboard; and this is no exception. The action scenes lack overall realism as they usually do in such types of shows but to the most parts they are extremely entertaining. The baddies are not complete dumb arses all the time and some require special handling as they use superpowers that make conventional means ineffective. Still, despite there are basic strategies and field tactics used, you still feel it’s like “one kills a thousand in open field with a water pistol” in overall, making the action cool but not serious. I mean, as much cool as the shooting battle was in the first episodes, you still find it ridiculous how no bystanders are ever hit or how they keep cheering or standing still when people are dropping next to them covered in blood. And those scenes with women being naked or dressed as cats in improbable places; that can hit you as either fascinating or ridiculous. But in all have no worries about the animation besides the realism part.
SOUND SECTION: 7/10
Analysis: Voice Acting 2/3, Music Themes 3/4, Sound Effects 2/3
The overall soundtrack is also ok, good dynamic songs to fit in the frenzy action and humorous characters. Still, no memorable songs amongst the BGM, and as I said the characters talk mostly comical in a setting that is not really a comedy. Kinda hit or miss to mix with one another.
VALUE SECTION: 2/10
Analysis: Historical Value 0/3, Rewatchability 1/3, Memorability 1/4
The battle scenes are definitely worth watching again if you fancy such type of action. Other than that, the story or the dialogues or the in-betweens are nothing much to care giving a second chance.
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 3/10
In the end, the only thing I really liked was the artwork and the battles. All the rest have been done much better elsewhere, making this anime not worth recommending if you have seen the titles bellow.
Live action movies: Nikita, Leon
Anime series with assassins: Gunslinger Girls, Gungrave, Darker Than Black.
Anime series with chicks and guns: Madlax, Noir, El Cazador de la Bruja, Black Lagoon.