Posted by psgels on 23 October 2008 with categories: Anime Reviews



Houlgrave recommended this series to me, which really intrigued me. A few years ago, I watched its first episode, and at that time it seemed like nothing more than standard “boy meets mecha”-fare. After watching the entire series, though, I’m glad to see that this series is much more than that, and definitely a product of Good Gonzo.

The series starts out as something that Mars Daybreak should have been: a fun adventure series, in this case following a delivery-boy who doesn’t mind dangerous jobs that involve a few mecha-fights here and there. The interesting part about the mechas in this series is that you can’t ride them, and instead you have to control them from outside. The cast of characters is varied and interesting: there basically are more children who found themselves such a mecha, and the series explores them as each of them is trying to act out his/her own sense of judgement.

A huge theme in this series is taking responsibility, and it goes further than you might expect at first sight. This series doesn’t merely preach “thou shalt take responsibility for thy actions”, it also critically asks when and why one should do that, and whether it wouldn’t be better to just go into your own way. This is where the diversity in characters comes in again, because of so many different viewpoints at this issue, it’s really able to explore these topics.

The big criticism against this series is of course that the plot doesn’t always flow as smoothly as you’d like. If during a big action-scene you suddenly see two characters pop up from out of nowhere, you’re going to have to assume that they were worried about some other character, and came to check it out, even though this is never directly said. This can also be a good thing, depending on the way you look at it. On one way, it’s indeed a bit lazy, but on the other hand it’s a series that doesn’t assume its viewers to be stupid, and the creators assume that their viewers are able to conclude that two plus two equals four, without having to spoon-feed it to them. Unfortunately, this mindset does not always work: there are a few very rather jarring convenient coincidences, which just serve to push the story into the direction the creators want it to. That’s indeed a bit lazy, but at least the results of these plot-twists make up for it.

Because what especially impressed me in this series was the completely different way that the plot evolves into during its second half. For a while, it really seems like it’s building up for a straightforward climax, but instead the mood of this series completely shifts and instead of focusing the climax of this series on lots of action and drama, the series finale instead aims to give a lot of depth to the series’ setting.

Overall, this is a series with a lot of diversity: not just in the characters, but especially the mood of the series can take on lots of different colours: from calm slice-of-life to a number of solid action- and comedy-episodes, to powerful drama, heart-warming character-development and mystery in the second half of the series. I think that that’s something typical of Good Gonzo, as you see that effect in a lot of their better series. The plot’s a bit jiggy, but because of that sacrifice Gonzo managed to put down a very nice series. Not to mention that this really is the first series I’ve run into that correctly understands the principles of Karate. Take that you generic shounen-series!

Storytelling: 7/10
Characters: 9/10
Production-Values: 8/10
Setting: 9/10

4 Responses

  1. Cody says:

    plus the show has niffty music

  2. Houlgrave says:

    Hehe psgels, told ya so! I only recommend series that go above and beyond typical/typical well-executed anime. :P

    Great review!

    Cody: Yes, the music does own. I have the OP on my IPod in the jazz playlist.

  3. Chris says:

    There’s a reason this is one of my top 10 anime, I agree the story isn’t the best but the characters and the slice of life moments are wonderful and the ending is excellent. I really enjoyed the hip youthful art style and the music was awesome jazz.

  4. Jebadiah says:

    At first I thought ‘meh, just another robo-anime’ but then I realised that this is Gonzo’s work and ‘you’ should judge how it will end by the art style (its a stupid thing to say but when it comes to Gonzo stuff its hard to disagree unless you think of Gantz and how the final 6 eps destroyed how it was supposed to happen… curses I wanted to see the kappi alien)… where was I? Yeah, Gad is going on my top 10 list because I like psycological animes.

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    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 08:36 AM)
    @K-off: Why am I mot surprised. The guy admits to spamming nonsense, posting juvenile childish shit as psgels, lingering on the site for years and going to somewhere else to desperately get around the ban, projecting his insecurities about not having a life or anybody that truly cares about them, yet denies being a sorry excuse for a troll. The level of cognitive dissonance is staggering.
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    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 08:30 AM)
    You just can’t go to a person that disagrees with you and try to force them to see it your way. And if you do, talking shit and baseless accusations is the dumbest way of doing so.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 08:29 AM)
    Also no, a critic doesn’t need to “show both sides”; they just need to express their own opinion on the matter. The only times objectivity is required is when dealing with facts, like talking about the talent behind a work or the story, not personal interpretation. If someone wants to just hear their own perspective gratified then they need to search the web for a reviewer that agrees with them, which given the scope of the internet is not that hard to do.
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    @Bam I believe that was Kevin as well.
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    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 08:03 AM)
    As someone who has interacted with psgels since 2008, it’s quite clear you’ve never actually read any of his work Kevin. If you care about intellectual integrity, scroll down to the index, randomly go to any of his posts, and you’ll find he’s quite good at what he does after 9 years of it. I suggest you don’t waste any more of your time here Kevin, because you’ve seen for yourself that no one will ever accept your puerile antics.
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    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 07:37 AM)
    Lastly as for all the accusations of spamming I’ve gotten over the years, yes SOME of it were mine. Only two. I also never spammed the chat besides the ONE TIME I posed as Psgels saying some dumb shit about pregnancy last year. That’s literally it.
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    And now Aidan cries that I’m being a meanie poopy head because I called Psgels a closed minded person who couldn’t be bothered to back up his opinions if his life depended on it. Again, @Aidan you cunt, it had nothing to do with me obviously disagreeing with psgels shitty opinion. I just wanted a damn reason for why psgels thought the way he did.
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