In a far and distant future, men and women have become mortal enemies. Each living on seperate planets, an interstellar war is being fought between the two very different peoples. Hibiki, a mere 3rd class worker, finds himself in the middle of a huge space battle, facing the nemesis of mankind: Womankind!
First and foremost this anime is a comedy. As a comedy, it is hilarious, but if you have hang ups about stereotypes than you may want to avoid this show. It plays on gender stereotypes and uses that as a source of humor. It does an excellent job of twisting stereotypes into good humor. The opening line kind of spells out the direciton of the anime in how it likes to poke fun at such silly things. There are a few annoying drawbacks such as the uber squeaky voice of Dita or her annoying repetitive dull habit of refering to Hibiki as "Mr. Alien" even after he and others tell her different. Or the annoying overly gung ho way Hibiki repeatedly, selfishly, and self centeredly enters combat and ofte ignores any attempts at teamwork. His overbearing drive to appear masculine ultimately has a reverse effect and make him seem the most insecure of annoying bothersome brats ever seen in any anime. His voice is almost as annoying and repetitive as Dita's. Like I care if he proves his existance, given his personality I'd rather he didn't exist. He has a few funny lines however but his terrible voice and personality almost ruin the show. Dita's creepy squeaky bubbly aura isn't much better, but most of the other characters seem pretty solid. This is probably one of the few animes with the top two lead characters you might want to hate wholeheartedly. If they could recreate these two as decent characters this would easily be one of the best and funniest animes ever. But these two only serves to hold this show back from greatness. One other modest draw back is the totally uninspiring, unappealing, mutant teletubby excuses for enemies the show presents. They are clearly one of the crappiest looking sets of villains I ever saw. It makes me worry and feel sorry a bit for anime when the best enemies they can come up with look so stupid or attrocious. If you are ok with LGBT themes then this show poses no issues, if not then you might feel a bit uncomfortable. There is never really a strong focus on the nature of the LGBT themed elements present in this world beyond a modest back story and a few characters talking about family until near the end when a surprise might shock you. As a show with such elements of LGBT themes, this is an excellent show well with respect to the 3 negative traits listed above. It also creates a relatively plausible setting by which such a LGBT themed leaning world might exist. The banter between the different cultures is constantly a source for amusement and really illustrates how far apart they grew over time. Some of the best one liner jokes appear in this series. Be aware however, some of the humor is quite adult oriented and may not be suitable for all ages. The theme song is pretty good as well though the closing theme video oddly enough seems to mimic the opening video of To Love Ru season one.
Vandread: At first glance this seems like a classic sci-fi mecha, then it looks like a baffonish comedy, and finally like an epic romance anime. Now let me say i am no fan to any of the 3 genre's i just listed.I am also not a fan of ecchi or the classic 15 year old boy becomes all powerful scenario.What this title does perfectly is bind some of the best things of all those genre's together.It makes you feel for most of it's characters in a way that i couldn't understand. it seems like they are all shallow or repetitive at times but you can't help caring when one falls from grace or get's their heart smashed. even if you don't like comedy in your anime you will chuckle occasionally at the great male vs female jokes. the cliche let's work together and beleive in yourself stuff gets alittle old but its important to the show's message.If you are looking for deep fight scenes and intricate mecha homage, look elsewhere, because the fight scenes cool as they were, are really just a way to progress the growth of the characters and the overall story arch. Story: the overall story arch is impressive, not really deep and twisting, but what you would expect right when you should get what you need. the characters are so lovable and by the end i felt a kinship with all of them even the ones i hated to begin with.Animation: this anime wasn't really ultra new, but for when it was made it looked and still looks fantastic. This anime was made when sci fi series were still debating on hand drawn and artsy vs computer animation. this one went with computer and it was the right choice for the show.Sound: alot of care went into the quality sound production for this show, especially for the english dubs, however the voice actors were the usual crew we see everywhere.Overall:this show is like a friend that hugs you when your down, it's heart warming and interesting. You find yourself falling for it's flaws and its triumphs, and hanging on to every little interaction between it's characters. that being said if your a cynical bastard or a fan of one of the mecha genra in particular skip this show, its more for people who like to feel things, and love people shows.
Story Excellent premise, with some fun consequences. There are some interesting interactions due to the fact that the sexes have been separated so long. The awkward jokes added to the enjoyment factor for me but may not be to everyone's taste. The shift in focus towards a common enemy is a little cheesy though. Animation Nice to watch, fits well. The CG and the animated sections fit ok with each other and some sequences are excellent. There is good attention to detail and some nice Mecha designs, if thats what your into. Sound The music is what you would expect, it doesn't do too much to announce or impose itself, which is to its credit. The voices are only average, and with similar things being repeated often they do get a little tiresome. Characters Likeable characters, who progress well, considering how short the season is. Most short seasons dispense with devlopment as it will only slow the action down, but some effort has been made to make the characters more relatable. Overall Fun. This is probably a fair description. It is not groundbreaking, or close, in any of the major points but that will not stop you from wanting to watch the next season.
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