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I was reluctant to review this anime. I am only doing this so that mature viewers don't get put off by the childish reviews that are already floating around here. Read the review by Baeron for it is the only one worth reading if you're looking for basics about this show and a good point of view on the mature themes - I will try not to copy that here. Credit needs to go where it's due.

Now off to my usual biased oppinions.

Watch if:

- You enjoy characters with depth and genuine human feelings

- You can stand mecha and a female lead

- You liked Berserk

- You're over 18 and are not satisfied with characters showing up with a huge band-aid after being shot point blank in the head with a rocket launcher

- You can deal with mature themes (death, torture, abuse, martyrdom, human cruelty)

Don't watch if:

- You're 12

- You hate mecha anime and think Gundam is for children

- Female leads make you uncomfortable

- You need anime to be an 80's cartoon

- You believe plot to be an unnecessary distraction from 10-episode long fight scenes with skill names being shouted out in Spanish

This review is based off of 12 episodes aired to date and may contain spoilers.

I am not going to quote the premise. If you got this far you already read it. What you want to know is - "should I bother with something that looks like a spin-off from a Nintendo game?" The answer is yes!

This day and age I really didn't expect to say this, and so I will start off with it - the worst part about this show is the animation and drawing. Even though the mecha are done well, the character animation is subpar. Some scenes if you pause it you'll notice the characters are drawn worse than background noise in some other shows - like someone was in a hurry.

Sound is also nothing to write home about. Some might enjoy the lead char's song, but overall it's generic.

What makes this anime worth it then? The story and most importantly the maturity of the content. And I don't mean boobs flying around or some adolescent fantasies made anime. There are things here that Game of Thrones showed is a viable source of adult entertainment - abuse of power, "herd" mentality of humans, real insights into society and much, much more.

Also feels like the VA's liked it - some of those voices I've heard many times before, but rarely "trying" this hard. It's like the actors thought "finally some real emotions I can relate to!" and did just that.

I thought about spoiling the plot for you, but I won't. So far 12eps aired and I figured out most of what remained unsaid. I expected a bit more but was far from disappointed. It's paced well, doesn't reveal all the cards at once and keeps you entertained.

Overall I believe if you're old enough to understand this show you will enjoy it.

If you're not I will probably get hate mail or a flaming bag of dog-poop on my doormat.

8.5/10 story
6/10 animation
6/10 sound
8/10 characters
8/10 overall

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Sianeka Oct 20, 2016

Agree - I like your review style!  But this finished airing some time ago; so you should update your review to reflect your opinions of the whole show and not just the 12-episodes review.

Kpnut Jan 30, 2015

Nice review, thought I'd share a theory as to why the animation is subpar; it's because the VAs cost so much so they had to use a sizable chunk of the animation budget to pay them as well as the VA budget.

I actually think your "Watch if:" list is fairly accurate (well it accurately describes me anyway) although adimttedly I did only start watching this because the shitstorms on /m/ about it amused me...