Estab-Life: Great Escape

Title:Estab-Life: Great Escape
Establishment in Life
エスタブライフ グレイトエスケープ
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Notables: Animation - POLYGON PICTURES
MIKI Shinichirou
The world population has begun to shrink after reaching its peak. The "Supernatural Renovation Project" splits Tokyo with towering walls into several Cluster neighborhoods, each with its own unique genetically modified populations, governed by artificial intelligence. Most people live their lives in their own unique Clusters, blissfully unconcerned with life beyond. However, there are some who seek to escape to the other Clusters. An outfit called Nigashiya helps those who wish to escape.
(Synopsis courtesy of ANN)

12 episodes
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Unevaluated Stretch [series:4450#628]
(One episode watched):

This was an anime for which I needed to borrow the ANN synopsis to create this page, because episode one definitively tells us virtually nothing about the premise. We can only make guesses based on what we see: a wolf-man, a shape-shifting girl (getting shot through the head is no big deal for her), and what seems to be a system that arbitrarily assigns roles to people and expects them to conform to them for as long as they live. These three girls, Martes (pink hair), Feles (blond) and Equa (brown) are what's known as 'extractors', who are people who illegally help others escape from the Cluster they have been born into. An army of gun-armed robots enforces the rules. The problem for me was that it seemed neither particularly funny nor exciting. It quickly became clear that this was a 'I never miss, you never hit' sort of show in which we are supposed to be thrilled by action in which the main characters are so good/lucky and their opponents so feeble that the protagonists are clearly in little or no danger at all. With that being the case, I could only look for an intriguing premise, but again episode one doesn't reveal much of anything. How did this system get started? Where did wolfmen and slime girls come from? I quickly tired of this show and wished for it to hurry up and be finished. Maybe the characters will develop with time; Feles' reluctance to participate in these extraction missions was sort of fun. I guess the basic problem was that I didn't see why these escapes were really needed (is life really all that terrible within the Clusters?) or why all the destruction they involved was justified (only robots get smashed, not humans, but lots of them do). At least there was no significant fanservice. This was a show which got off to an early start, releasing at least two episodes a week or so before the official beginning of the Spring season. I suppose the premise could have been intriguing, if some changes were made, but episode one did not excite me at all.

Last updated Saturday, March 26 2022. Created Saturday, March 26 2022.

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