I-Machines are the general term for robots that operate in extreme environments. While Alliance Academy student Maya Mikuri is in the middle of operating an I-Machine, she gets involved in an incident with pirates, and ends up serving as a crew member on an excavation company's spaceship.
The show starts of rather slow, with just an introduction of the characters. At first it seems to gloss over a lot of questions about the crew, but as the story continues, they make an effort to adress the questions the first episodes left. Sadly, no explantion is ever given for some of the mayor plot elements, like the teleportation technology. I did enjoy the show, the voice acting was spot on and character interaction made it a fun watch. The plot isn't up to par with the top anime out there, but if you feel like kicking back and enjoying yourself with some space mining, teleporting, robots and an awesome ending song, this is the show for you!
(Early Review: First three episodes. NO SPOILERS) Okay, I'm going to go ahead and point out the most frustrating problem with this anime. ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE PACING! The concept is great, the animation is well done, and the music is well done, but the pacing is downright irritating. The first episode goes so fast that my mind was stuggling to keep up (which does not happen often). Everything in this show would feel far smoother if they had split the first episode into 2 parts. Heck, all the episodes I've seen since could have benefited from being split. It feels as though the creators are throwing their universe out there screaming, "Look at this place! Isn't it COOL!?!?!?!" If they actually allowed one time to look at the universe, I'd be inclined to agree. But it is so rushed that one barely has time to comprehend the last thing they saw before they are already being shown something else. SLOW DOWN ALREADY!!! That said, this show does have a few redeeming qualities. The animation is quite well done. The music, in particular the opening theme, is pretty catchy. And the concept, while it does contain a number of cliches, is interesting. The characters, well... If they fixed the pacing issues, the characters might actually be interesting. As it stands now, most of them feel VERY cliche, simply because the introductions are so rushed... (Typical protagonist learning to become stronger/braver, that sort of thing). All in all, it's interesting Mecha anime. But I hesitate to give it much more credit than that at this stage.
SPOILER in the last paragraph of this review. I watched the dubbed version for no particular reason. The story was fairly interesting but the characters were all very one dimensional. Not enough attention was paid to the central consciousness transfer element. It isn’t clear at all why ido is such a badass I machine pilot, either. In fact, all the pilots except the ex-military do not really have a good excuse for their skills. Further, although they all mention some dark back story it doesn’t really come through at all in their interactions with each other. And people switch allegiance way too easily and then immediately become trusted allies! SPOILER: I wish the season had ended at the second to last episode where (in the English dub) Adams screams maniacally about becoming the savior of humankind. This would have been a totally awesome ending. The lame tied in a bow ending, stereotypic of this genre, was boring.
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