Overall A.IC.O Incarnation wasn't terrible by any stretch of the imagination. I would recommend this to someone who has a Netflix account and also suffers from a medical condition called boredom. And only if you're kinda desperate for something to watch.
I never once thought that this was low quality or poorly animated... but watching well drawn malignant tumors attacking people gets kinda boring.
I thought the story was very strong and well plotted out (for the most part). If you pay attention, you can call just about every plot twist incarnation has to throw at ya. There's definitely a sense of satisfaction in figuring it out before they spell em out. Either way, I didn't think it was terrible.
The sound got a low score due to the obnoxious reuse of sound effects. Just repetitive "bang bang bang" in any given action scene. There wasn't enough effort given to varying it... very tedious and dull. Followed by the same few slimy sound effects. I could tell we were in for a treat when the first action scene kicked in. Just really basic 80's techno... news flash, the 80's doesn't want you taking their epically meh theme music.
The only HUGE problem with this anime is the characters. They're really boring with hardly any personality but at least they're consistent and believable. Most chars don't get a backstory and what they say on screen generally doesn't add anything. There's just a ton of secondary chars that get A LOT of screen time that I feel next to nothing for.
I can relate to Andy Dufresne after watching this anime. The middle was how Andy broke out. The final three episodes is Andy actually being free.
If you got a Netflix account with some time to kill, it's worth a watch. I'm happy they left it at 12 episodes.
AICO was a nice departure from the typical. It starts of slow and stays slow. Slow enough you have a chance to predict the outcome just before it is being revealed to the chars themselves. I do not like anime with such complex plots that feels like you are being dragged along for the ride. In AICO, you are right there along with them.
I felt nothing for the chars. I'm just suprised more of them did not die. The divers themselves unnaturally care free about their life or death situation. We see dudes die in on scene and the other chars are like "pftt... sucks to be you".
The music in the series life much to be desired. I will not be looking up the sound track on youtube. The sound design suited the story however since most of the story involved dodging tenticle porn; it got old fast.
The overall story esclated rather quickly. Ep1 : Hi I'm the care free main char. Ep2: We are in a life or death sutiation and I am not sure I can trust these guys. The later episodes makes you want to watch more right until the end (which was ruined). At lest they did not leave any cliff hangers for a Season 2. I would not have watched a season two of this.
In case it was not clear, I enjoyed the series. I does not even crack my top 20 list, but I liked the journey.
I binged this whole show in one night, I absolutly loved this. The opening is fantastic, it has so many hidden meanings you don't realize. I llistent to it daily, and every time the vocals and precussion amazes me to tears. The show could use some work, obviously, but it has such a great depth of awesomness. And at times it is very hard to understand, but if you trudge though, you eventually will. But this Show was so freaking good, i can't even describe how i felt after watching it. I cried at least fourteen times while watching it. There is such a major plot twist, even i, who can see plot twists a mile away, even i didnt see this comming. So overall, i would totaly recormend.
Didn't care for the pedo aspects as anime is wont to do, but otherwise the story was servicable.
The opening got to the point fairly quickly, enough mystery was saved for later, the main characters at least had completed arcs, and the ending, though rushed, felt true to the theme.
It was fun to piece together what was happening before the characters figured it out, but some/many moments were really hammed up or outright confusing. It did manage to be freaky at times, which felt appropriate for the world it set up, almost like Blood-C without the gore.
The ending credits would have made a much more interesting opening. It seems like they didn't write a song that could be cut for the opening too well.
The art's good quality, and the science-fiction technology was pleasntly unique from what I've seen with things such as micro-zooming mirrors and the medical chamber used in the closing episodes.
So as far as Netflix anime goes, this wasn't too bad.
Is it ethical to clone a human being? Would anything—or anyone—have to be sacrificed? How far should one go to save a life? A.I.C.O. Incarnation asks these questions in the aftermath of a biological experiment gone horribly wrong.
The year is 2035. A team of scientists inadvertently create a massive and lethal organism that has infested a region of Japan. To gain a better understanding of this “Matter”, as it’s called, special-op “diver” teams are sent into quarantined areas, usually at the behest of a secretive client, to investigate and retrieve samples.
The main characters are 15-year old Aiko Tachibana, a charming high school student, and Yuya Kanzaki, a diver with a mysterious past. Yuya, who looks slightly older than Aiko, has a laser-like focus on what he feels must be done to remedy the current situation. His aloofness and knowledge often arouse suspicion from those around him. Conversely, Aiko’s life hasn’t been as mission oriented. Still recovering from the events that took the lives of her parents and younger brother, she’s bound to a wheelchair as she’s rehabilitated at a hospital near her school. In the face of these tragedies, Aiko has maintained her humanity.
One of the several notable supporting characters in this world is Dr. Kyōsuke Isazu, voiced by the legendary Takehito Koyasu of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure fame; he played Dio in the 2012 adaptation. Dr. Isazu is the head of the hospital that oversees Aiko’s rehabilitation. His own daughter, Yuzuha, is in a coma. Finding a cure for her is always in the back of his mind.
A revelation sets Aiko and Yuya on a dangerous mission deep into the Matter. They're accompanied by a team of divers: scientist Haruka Seri; rambunctious and agile Kaede Misawa; electrician Kazuki Minase; stern ex-military fighter Yoshihiko Sagami; mechanic Maho Shiraishi; and their leader Daisuke Shinoyama. Personally, I really liked Maho. She was an anchor for the team, and instrumental in helping Aiko adapt to her new role. My least favorite was Kazuki. He wasn’t unbearably annoying, but his interest in Aiko added extra tension to an already tense situation.
Exchanges between the characters were often steeped in jargon. I’m not a scientist, so I can't verify the accuracy of all the exposition. Regardless, I chose not to worry too much about it. Scientific accuracy only truly matters in real life. In a story, it doesn’t hurt to take some liberties—as long as they aren’t too obvious or distracting—to enhance the intrigue. Would it be possible, with technology 20-years from now, to create a rampant biomass that's impervious to most forms of attack? Who knows. But is it cool to see one in an anime? Hell yeah!
Visually, the diver suits were an immediate standout. Instead of taking the easier route with 3D graphics, the suits were hand drawn with a real sense of weight that you felt as they zipped through the hallways in the opening scene. And when there was 3D, the shading and frame rate closely matched the 2D. The creators didn’t overlook the small details, and were sticklers about consistency—even if it caused some “panchira.” Such shots, however, avoided excess, and were always the natural consequence of physics, which, for me, is preferred over "magic skirts" that unnaturally defy gravity and shape shift. In short, the animation makes few compromises. Everything looks great, and moves as you'd expect it to. Netflix must’ve given BONES/Project A.I.C.O. a generous budget.
I briefly listened to the English dub track to hear how it sounded. Unfortunately, but perhaps unsurprisingly, the male actors were uninspiring, and the female actors sounded like adult women trying to imitate the tone of young girls. If you struggle with keeping up with info dumps, which are abundant in this show, I’d recommend the dub. Otherwise, in my humble opinion, in this case, the sub is better.
A.I.C.O. reminded me of the live-action movie Annihilation (2018). It raised stimulating ideas as it took us through menacing environments populated by peculiar forms. The director, Kazuya Murata (Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet), did well in bringing so many pieces—maybe too many—together into an engaging story with an impactful ending. Some people will surely disagree about the ending, preferring something happier, or something more tragic, but I felt that an appropriate and satisfying balance was found. The story wasn’t necessarily groundbreaking, and it was occasionally difficult to follow, but it certainly wasn’t dull, and, at times, it was quite brilliant.