Packaging wise, I was honestly expecting this to be some kind of odd compendium for something else. I was guessing it was board game like Stratego. As far as titles go, CHROME SHELLED REGIOS honestly isn’t that sexy, and the discs were labeled “Part One, Disc Two” instead of actually noting the episodes. So I was glad to pop this in and get one of the more griping openers I’ve seen in a while.
The barnacles are chewing the legs! The city’s going to fall! The calm voice on the intercom is lying! Aaaah!
So, right now, this is up there with GANTZ and REQUIEM FOR THE PHANTOM in the shows I hope to continue. My only gripe in this Chinese puzzle of telepathy and monsters and preppy uniforms is… has anybody worked out some kind of ratio for how often CG models actually look good in a largely 2D toon? Because the ships here frankly look like PS2 graphics (a step up from INITIAL D’s PS1 graphics cars.)
There’s probably also something to be said in how dubs find some creative cross-cultural bridges. The ditzy girl in this show probably wouldn’t sound anything like a valley girl in Japan, but having her American voice actor speak as such seems to be right on the money.
Watch this episode, “The Conscious City,” below and decide for yourself. This is the last of the DVDs I received from Funimation (for now?) Decide on which show you want me to continue by voting in this poll. Funimation is releasing the first two parts on February 11 and you can find out more about it here.