Mysterious flying creatures called Zai suddenly appear and overwhelm all of mankind's aerial combat forces. To fight them, mankind modifies existing aircraft frames to create mechanized soldiers called "Daughters," which are operated by automated piloting mechanisms called "Anima" that have the appearance of human girls. The story begins when Narutani Kei, a boy who yearns to take to the skies, encounters a shining red aircraft and its pilot, an Anima named Gripen who has been named mankind's trump card.
The World You See
Independent Mixed Test Unit
After the Bewilderment
An Unhappy Top Secret
The Mission to Retake Shanghai
A Homeland with No One Home
The Sky I Fly with You
No spoilers here, just thoughts for y'all to skim through if you are curious about watching this: This anime sure as heck isn't winning any awards for being unique or good, but it was enjoyable casually. The plot was fairly predictable for the most part but I liked the dark, twisted direction the anime gradually went in. The character dynamics in particular were the most interesting aspect of this anime and it kept me interested all the way through. If I had to describe the vibes I got from this show: I personally say it's pretty much a PG version of Darling in the Franxx. Darling in the Franxx is definitely the most popular comparison to this anime, and I definitely agree with that consensus. The main female chracter is like a shy and quieter version of Zero Two - from their shared pink hair and "created by man to save humanity" speal, and the plot being centered around the protagonist riding in a war machine with his female partner to fight alien creatures with advanced technology. Calling this a PG version of Darling in the Franxx is honestly the best analogy and description you can give for this anime. I guess you could also compare this to the Azur Lane anime, which is arguably more similar. Between the "anima" that are connected/are one with their respective fighter planes (like the ships in AL), and a similar alien threat factor. Sound and music were alright, not knockouts but passible. The OP was good enough to listen to once and the ED was a bit better, but not something you'd remember after watching. It's supporting cast/characters were above average and felt like contributing members to the story (the chief scientist in particular was my favorite with his no f*cks given attitude). Animation was also passable: sometimes the vibrantly colorful planes of the anima felt a bit like eyesores in the sky, but other than that the rest of the show was fairly well done. I don't get how this anime isn't classifed as a harem tho. The MC is literally surrounded by a cast of almost all girls - with 3 of which having a romantic interest in him. It genuniely felt like they were trying to turn it into a harem after the halfway point, and looking at the other reviews I'm pretty sure everyone else got that feeling too. It's wasn't necessarily bad, but I think that this anime is definitely on the cusp of deserving a harem tag. Overall I did enjoy it and could reccomend it if all you want is a casual, science fiction action anime with a romantic harem touch, and albeit predictable but decent plot. I doubt this'll get a 2nd season, but if it ever does at least I'd be interested in giving it a watch.
Studio Satelight’s 2019 fantasy adventure may well have one of the stupidest anime names ever. It is the resulting bastard child of “Azure Lane” meeting “Strike Witches”. The Earth has been invaded by the “Xi” – a kind of crystalline alien life form. Despite their advanced technology the Xi seem happy waging a conventional war against mankind. They are winning. The only thing between us and oblivion are the “Anima” – a technology captured from the Xi. Of course, this is anime so the Anima are cute’n’sexy teenage girls. They fly a collection of Western fighter plan designs especially modified with Xi technology so they can overcome the alien’s technical advantages. Inevitably a teenage boy ends up getting in the loop as the gushing Anima go all googly-eyes over him. It is all precisely as stupid as it sounds. It draws short of being cringeworthy and various plot-sub-elements prove enjoyable enough. However, it has not one spark of originality. If you like fighter plane tech and waifu then we can only guess this is right up your street. It is a bit of mutant for a highly niche audience. Treat it as light-weight fun and you will not be disappointed.
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