Release the Spyce

TV (12 eps)
2018
Fall 2018
3.108 out of 5 from 773 votes
Rank #5,055

To everyone around her, Momo lives a quiet life of solitude: going to school and keeping to herself. To the members of the private intelligence agency Tsukikage, she is their newest recruit, learning to hone her skills to help fight against a global crime organization. Under the guidance of senior member Yuki, Momo undergoes a series of dangerous, deadly and diabolical training scenarios and missions. With each victory, Momo's confidence in her skills grows but it'll take more than that to help keep not just her home but the world safe.

Source: Sentai Filmworks

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Release the Spyce is a story about a girl named Momo being recruited into a spy orginisation fighting an powerful evil group named Mouryou who plot in the shadows and are already doing harm to the city to further their unknown master plan. The spy's use a product called Spyce to enhance their physical abilities however this is only effective on pubecent girls. Being taken in by someone she admires to the point of it practically being a girl-crush Momo must struggle to find her place within the originasation and be useful. While her special ability to taste if people are lying helped her get in will she be able to preform her duties as a spy in the field? With Momo learning the ropes from her mentor. In passing we get glimpses of other characters and their personalities. While Momo is filled with selfdoubt over her ability soon she finds herself working against Mouryou in all her capacitity as a spy while fawning over her senpai. This show has a lot of shoujo-ai/yuri subtext, be aware. Animation and Sound Release the Spyce as quite insistent animation across it's run only accross a few bits of the penultimate episode does the quality slip particularly noticebly however as a whole the series is not spectacularly animated and will impress few at the same time it's cute artstyle and consistent animation is not a determent to the series as a whole being sufficient to get the story across without being distracting. The series music feels somewhat hippy with poppy songs that give the series sort of it's own rather distinctive feeling being unusual enough to be striking but not strange enough to be distracting. While mostly a bright series the songs do largely fit the action on screen. The voice acting accross the board is very decent but not immediately striking mostly due to the dialogue being what it is.  Character The character writing in this show is a notably shallow for a show in this setting. Momo herself has an arc dedicated to selfdoubt which lingers on as it's resolved and most girls get their own episodes of sort. And while the characters are mostly fun Momo herself is almost painfully unremarkable being yet another main character that's somewhat of a mild audience surrogate. Yuki, her mentor is unremarkable for most of the series and her backstory that's eventually revealed doesn't particularly strike you in the heart. Most characters suffer from lack of real meaningful character establishment during most of the early episodes in the series. They start interacting with Momo as if they've known her for a bit already somehow but don't really drop hints to who they are and were they came from due to the nature of their conversations being mostly about being spies and not themselves. Fuu leaves a strong impression due to being fairly straightforwardly tsundere-esque. Hatsume's sub-plot just feels tagged on and doesn't feel like it's emotionally involving with how it eventually goes toward the end of the series. Goe as a silent character actually gets pushed aside so much that when it was her chance to have the spot light it just didn't really even add enough depth to the character to make her more than a two or three note. Mei is probably the most charming of the mix but also lacks real depth while she's established as an open free spirit her character doesn't really get much more rigid than that. Overall the characters just lack that extra push to make them dynamic. Most characters have 2 or three attributes that are established that basically represent their entire personality.  Conclusion Overall in my experience the series suffers from flat unremarkable character writing with what I feel is little depth and thought to the writing. It feels like this series goes down a list of plot points without really filling in the blanks meaningfully. The atmostphere isn't really consistent either. Episode's that feel like they're meant to be comedic have this serious tone to them that just doesn't really work with what is happening on the screen. The intermission on the beach being a glaring note of one. It is the most indicitive example. Most of the series has the same problem to a lesser extent; the dissonance what is happening on screen and how serious the series seems to take itself. The victory feels underserved as does the emotional arc leading up to it. The battle against the final boss feels tagged on at the end of the series and what happens thereafter feels liek it's supposed to invoke an emotional response however it feels tagged on as well. painfully predictable and meaningless. ps: If you're looking for an anime with cute girl spies Princess Principal is a better bet than this show. 

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