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(12 episodes watched):|
The strange thing about this show is that it introduces you to a cast of characters, develops them for a while (I think just the fourth episode was a "Christmas episode", as if the viewer was expected to already have become attached to them), then, without warning, drops them altogether and switches to a completely different cast. These new people are the personnel of another unit based far away from the first (I wonder if the two units will combine eventually?). And whereas the first unit employed big mobile suits to fight the Ginju, the second one finds ordinary rifles and the teeth and claws of their mysterious animals ("Raiden") to be quite adequate. I actually preferred the first crew--it wasn't too difficult to suspend my disbelief about the possibility of there being high school students who double as part-time soldiers (it was kind of amusing, in fact). I found them easier to take seriously than the second arc characters who ride strange, mythical animals, without giving me a clue where they came from (as you might have guessed, I've never seen Gunparade March). Also, Ishida was a likeable character I could root for, so I was frustrated by the sudden change of cast. In either case, nobody ever seems to get killed (the nearest the show has come was when a character met a terminally ill hospital patient), and the Ginju conveniently vaporize once they buy it. And what's the deal with the talking penguin in a trenchcoat? Action scenes are pretty predictable and hard to get genuinely excited about. Maybe it is a problem with the fansub I watched, but the animation seems to have a slightly annoying "grainy" look to it. Nevertheless, some of the characters are amusing and likeable. Gunparade Orchestra could've been worse.
Last updated Monday, April 24 2006. Created Sunday, April 23 2006.
Drama : Med/High|
Comedy : Med
Action : Med/High
SciFi : High
Ecchi : Low
I'm sorta upset at what they did to one of my most favorite series. Take the first anime was a romance with Mecha thrown in. This is a Mecha / Coming of Age type. It's set in the GunParade March universe but it's not GunParade march. My gosh if these people were in the military most of them would be court-martialed and hung by now.
And who the heck are Brains Base? Must be some new company.
The 2nd arc with Raiden animals is better than the first. Lets hope this avoids an AVOID.
Last updated Monday, April 24 2006. Created Monday, January 16 2006.
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