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Watch & Learn: NO. 6 #1

This show does a lot with a little, let me tell you.

I don't get how this promo relates to what I watched.
I don't get how this promo relates to what I watched.

Well, it goes to show that there’s a proper way to handle every kind of subject matter. This shows strums on a few of the same chords as a number of series I’ve disliked. This “rat” kid recalls all those amnesiac young assassins who were running from the indistinct, shadowy organization that created them in GUNSLINGER GIRL and REQUIEM FOR THE PHANTOM. There are nigh-bipolar tonal shifts between suburban sitcom and foreboding Apocalypse which make me think of STEINS GATE. Yet it all works, here, somehow. I’m having an experience similar to what I had while watching CLAYMORE in that there are lot of elements here I'd expect to be bad but they somehow end up playing rather well.

While I couldn’t quite articulate what made CLAYMORE work in spite of itself, I’d say the key difference here simply comes down to characterization. Sion and his still-platonic girlfriend feel like real kids, and I can imagine that this plot was extended out of the creators' real experiences. Obviously, they didn’t grow up in some post-cataclysmic society (and the exposition dialog establishing that was one of the episode’s missteps, to be honest,) but I’ll bet somebody involved was in the gifted program in middle school. That’s the solid, real foundation you can successfully through all of these fantastical elements on top of. The other shows I’ve criticized, however, starred characters with little-to-no bearing in reality. That would work fine if they were presented in some totally over-the-top fantasy with some humor but, because they kept trying to harp on how hard and serious and realistic they were, their house of cards falls apart.

I guess I’m waxing a little more theoretical here because there’s not a ton of plot to discuss in NO. 6. However, it does say something that I’ve been enticed to watch more based off of so little.

Watch this episode "Drowned Rat" here and decide for yourself.

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Vorsicon Oct. 7, 2011 at 1:38 p.m.

When this show started I though it could be good but by the end I found it to be disappointing.

Marshal Victoryon Oct. 7, 2011 at 2:39 p.m.

Its not a bad show. It gets bit um "weird" along the way.But theirs enuff good to out weigh the weird or the bad even.Animation is good. Story has a onion feel to it ,layers an layers.But its main down side to me is i stoped careing for the main characters.Thats a bad thing .

I let the shows pile up then watch 2 or 3 in a row.Where as a show i cant wait for ill watch as they come out. But at least it stil has enuff hooks in it to keep me watching.

Superevil225on Oct. 7, 2011 at 3:35 p.m.

OMG! I love No. 6~

Just a heads up, it gets very different by episode 2.

kashif1on Oct. 7, 2011 at 3:40 p.m.
I'm gonna wait till this one is dubbed
Superevil225on Oct. 7, 2011 at 3:52 p.m.

@kashif1: Nooo~ Watch it subbed! The voice acting is good!

Bocamon Oct. 7, 2011 at 4:05 p.m.

This show is literally gay

InfiniteGeasson Oct. 7, 2011 at 4:11 p.m.

Too bad the show turns to crap towards the end.

Darokion Oct. 7, 2011 at 4:59 p.m.

I think that No 6. had the law of diminishing returns in spades. I'm still trying to find the stomach to push through the last three episodes and see what the conclusion was, but there's just too much other things out there bouncing around that might be better to me.

KuroNekoXIIIon Oct. 7, 2011 at 5:44 p.m.

I had high hopes for this anime, since I enjoy sci-fi and post-apocalyptic type genres....but i lost the drive to continue it ( i think I stopped at around episode 6)...... the plot wasnt as captivating as I thought.

I might get back to it later when I'm bored. We'll see.

Addfwynon Oct. 9, 2011 at 1:45 p.m.

I love dystopia stories, I don't know why but ever since books like Brave New World they've really appealed to me. No. 6 was one of the first anime I watched in years again, and while I'm only halfway through I am rather liking it. It has a nice touch of providing different society POVs based on the different characters, which is always a nice thing.

The pacing has slowed a bit by episode 6 or 7, but I am still liking it.

zaldaron Oct. 9, 2011 at 6:28 p.m.

I still say you are misjuding steins gate. The over the top nature of the scientist character was something I enjoyed and there ARE many scientists who can be like that...usually the most genies ones. If someone is going to discover time travel it would probably be someone like that.

The girl who always texted rather than talked is also an extreme but an extreme with a basis in reality. Look at how we are discussing these shows...how many of us discuss things we watch outside of the computer? How many of us would really feel comfortable doing so.

Still will check this one out. I agree the tonal shifts in Brotherhood could be a little much but remember even in Hamlet Shakespeare had funny comic relief characters and bits.

AURON570on Oct. 10, 2011 at 11:57 a.m.

It's an awesome show, I remember it did a lot of great stuff with sound in the first episode. Characters are memorable, the ending can feel a little hasty, but I suppose that's what happens when you create such an interesting sci-fi world and try to tell a story about it in 11 episodes. Sort of similar to what happened with Fractale.

sickVisionz moderator is online on Oct. 11, 2011 at 5:14 a.m.

@Bocam said:

This show is literally gay

LOL, I thought this might go yaoi. I just started this series and after a few episodes I got the same feeling that I had when watching Nabari no Ou. I remember watching that, not knowing it was yaoi, and thinking, "wow, these guys are awfully close to each other," and, "why is he caressing his face?". Still, I'm up to episode 5 and enjoying it, although it seems to be moving away from what I enjoyed about it earlier.

The animation is really high quality, although that was to be expected since Bones and PA Works are involved.

Superevil225on Oct. 11, 2011 at 6:07 p.m.

@sickVisionz said:

@Bocam said:

This show is literally gay

LOL, I thought this might go yaoi. I just started this series and after a few episodes I got the same feeling that I had when watching Nabari no Ou. I remember watching that, not knowing it was yaoi, and thinking, "wow, these guys are awfully close to each other," and, "why is he caressing his face?". Still, I'm up to episode 5 and enjoying it, although it seems to be moving away from what I enjoyed about it earlier.

Heh... Yeah. I think it's like episode 6 or 7 where it turns shounen-ai. :P

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