Kurogane Communication is a light sci-fi adventure which with different handling would make a wonderful piece of fiction. It involves numerous interesting plot elements, such as post-apocalyptic, conspiracy, artificial intelligent, mystery, adventure, and some more. Unfortunately trying to fit all that in 24 episodes of 15 minutes each while going light with the dark and violent aspects could only lead to an average series at best.
So the basic story is about a cheery little girl, the apparent last human left alive on the world, living a normal life with a group of robots programmed to protect and take care of. She is living in an area that once was a big city but now is nothing but ruins and killer robots roam around, still programmed to kill anything organic in sight. This part is an interesting concept of machines outliving their makers and continuing their prime directive even when the initial cause is long gone. As I said, the way the story is told is very light and thus the above is mostly lost in various silly slice of life moments. It also has action in it, as the killer robots are always on the lookout and there is a tsunami approaching that will wipe out everything, yet these are all nothing but zero-personality plot elements to force the characters into moving along instead of staying in one place for long.
The group of robots is practically the most interesting characters for the sole reason they have personality that doesn’t differ too much from humans. Each one has a specific role in the girl’s life and acts as replacement for family, friends or teachers (well that was the reason they were made in the first place). Their occasional chatting, commenting of the reasons the world was destroyed, and the questioning of their reason for being is the most captivating part of the whole show. It is a shame most is lost because of lack of proper duration.
The production values are ok for their era; the animation and artwork are doing their work without being too good in aesthetics. Voice acting is kinda relaxed and the soundtrack is making you think this is a silly slice of life for little kids (which is misleading).
Eventually the plot turns to a sinister conspiracy regarding the future of mankind (or what is left of it) and there is more action and mystery as it goes on. The resolution ends up being fast and almost un-exiting, leaving you with a fairy tail finale that seems rushed and rather disappointing for the built up seen so far. It is an ok watch, not really bad at any specific area, but it could definitely be something far more thrilling if it was longer and darker.
And now for some excused scorings.
ART SECTION: 6/10
Analysis: General Artwork 2/2, Character Figures 1/2, Backgrounds 1/2, Animation 1/2, Visual Effects 1/2
SOUND SECTION: 6/10
Analysis: Voice Acting 2/3, Music Themes 2/4, Sound Effects 2/3
STORY SECTION: 4/10
Analysis: Premise 2/2, Pacing 0/2, Complexity 1/2, Plausibility 0/2, Conclusion 1/2
CHARACTER SECTION: 5/10
Analysis: Presence 1/2, Personality 1/2, Backdrop 1/2, Development 1/2, Catharsis 1/2
VALUE SECTION: 1/10
Analysis: Historical Value 0/3, Rewatchability 0/3, Memorability 1/4
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 2/10
Analysis: Art 0/1, Sound 0/2, Story 1/3, Characters 1/4