This might be the first anime I’ve seen whose opening titles look like a magazine spread in motion. Something about the typography and the lens flares made it feel like somebody ripped some pages out of GQ and slotted them into a flipbook. The heavy integration of pop (more than in MACROSS?) just bolstered that. I was honestly waiting for one of the characters to start pitching me cologne. In other words, this show’s high on style. I haven’t decided if that’s at the expense of substance just yet, but I couldn’t tell what the hell was happening in the last five minutes, so maybe I’m sniffing the smoke before the fire.
Actually, I’ll fess up to it… I did some snooping online to find out how exactly how we went from seeing our plucky lead pushing his lady out of harm’s way to pulling some giant freaking sword out of her upper chest (and that would seem to just be a chamber of goodies between this and DANTALIAN.) Once the mecha started enforcing Orwellian order on the poor people of the ghetto, I sensed that this was strumming on a lot of the same chords as CODE GEASS. Now that I know that this pop princess grants our plucky private school lead some highly-potent mental powers, I’m surer of that suspicion. Granted, these are some broad strokes similarities, but I’ll leave it to you more seasoned anime aficionados to decide whether the timing incriminates anybody.
It seemed like a more mainstream, blockbuster-y start to a story in the same fashion as EUREKA SEVEN; albeit with a more imbalanced substance/sheen quotient. I don’t know why, but the kid’s line about this girl being his only chance to feel good about himself didn’t sit right with me. Obviously, your lead has got to go through some growth, but I can’t help wondering if that kind of arc reinforces poor attitudes on self-esteem in guys the same way that TWILIGHT's supposedly done for girls. Just an idle thought...
Anyway, this goes in the "maybe" pile. Keep your eyes open for the next regular show I’ll be watching and learning from.
Watch this episode, "Genesis” below and decide for yourself.