Last Hope

Alt title: Juushinki Pandora

Web (26 eps x 24 min)
3.155 out of 5 from 946 votes
Rank #11,158

Set in a near-future world where the boundary between human being and AI is vague, a rapid biological evolution, similar to "Cambrian Explosion," is caused by one incident. This incident turns into the genesis of a new jostle for supremacy, and the influence of the evolution goes beyond biological framework and spreads to various kinds of materials and technologies. The era of massive evolution involving diverse existences, such as human, machines and biotechnologies, is coming. Characters fight an existential war in such a world.

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General review Okay, so for this one you'll need heaps and heaps of suspension of disbelief. Though you're bombarded with crazy pseudoscience, the setting of an apocalypse is explored along the background of a city's hardship, which tries to anchor the setting in a sense of realism. The story is right in between episodic and heavy on the plot, which is used expertly for world building and fleshing out the main cast of characters. I have to say, they did nail the pacing of the episodes. But. The story is not that impressive. All in all, it leads up to a mildly satisfying ending that doesn't totally come out of the blue. I'll speed up the review from here. Animation is beautifully solid and stays that way for 90% of the time. I noticed some recycled shots. I did not mind. Bump of Chicken always delivers a palatable soundtrack. In this case, I think the opening and ending songs are very well chosen. In between, meh, sound design choices are nothing too erratic. Characters don't feel very convincing as far as their personalities go. They do have their compelling emotional struggles and arcs of growth. I found the anime comforting in all of its uncomfort. It paints your typical charming rag tag bunch of lone wolves, struggling between wholesome undertones in a dying world. There's better anime out there, but if you happen to give this one a try, I would suggest to stick with it. Bonus Here are some further incoherent ramblings. You have to look past a lot of pseudo scientific bull shit, but they have some cool name drops and references. I also like how they tie all sorts of supernatural into one incomprehensible, but coherent theory. Plus I'm a simple man and I'm very into dying world scenarios. Certain characters and their sappy tropes are annoying, but they grow on you like mold on a forgotten sandwich. Enjoyable anime at best and at least.

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