Posted by psgels on 27 February 2009 with categories: Anime Reviews



I remember when Zegapain first started, I was really turned off by its first episode, so I dropped it without giving it much of a second chance. In the end, though, this series turned out to be pretty capable. While it starts out like any other series does, with a typical teenager who just lives a normal life and gets to meet a cute girl and pilot a big mecha (like an expert as well), it gradually evolves into a fascinating post-apocalyptic series, successfully degrading human beings in a bunch of computer bits.

This definitely is one of those series that doesn’t play all of its trumps right in the first turn. The whole mecha-fighting indeed does feel like a mere game to the lead character in the beginning, but gradually more and more about the setting of this series gets revealed. It’s basically the Matrix meets anime, though with differences I’m not going to spoil here.

The cast is likable, no character really feels wasted in the end, and overall it’s a pretty solid series, although it doesn’t hit any heights. My only gripe with the series is that the final bad guy hardly has any attention or development at all, and feels a bit shallow because of it. The action-scenes are also very prevalent throughout the series, but they hardly ever form any highlight. This is going to be a short review, because there’s not a lot that you can say about this series. Basically, there are some very nice ideas put into this series, and that’s the biggest reason why you should watch this.

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

3 Responses

  1. Matte says:

    This is by far the best mecha show I’ve seen. Like you said it starts out pretty typical of the genre but the melancholic feel the show takes on after a while is so awesome. I loved the atmosphere, and the ending song is a magical piece of work that fits the mood perfectly.

  2. ryvrdrgn14 says:

    I didn’t think it was gonna be good at first, but the story twist was really nice and though it wasn’t the most exciting series I’ve watched, it flowed smoothly and I enjoyed it ’til the ending.

    Aquarion on the other hand… ugh. I regret ever watching that.

  3. tekky99 says:

    Almost the exact same thing happened to me when I watched it. I watched the first 2 episodes, then dropped it cause it was uninteresting. As it turns out, Zegapain got good on episode 3 and it’s now one of my favorite cyberpunk/mecha series out there. (Noein still remains my favorite)

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  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:29 AM)
    And as much as it pains me to admit it, Mel Gibson might be the closest modern analogue to any of these guys.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:28 AM)
    @K-Off Tough call. Eastwood has persisted longer but Wayne was arguably more influential. But it’s hard to put anyone up against either of these guys. Steve McQueen maybe? Or perhaps Henry Fonda? There are probably a lot of more modern people you could put in there, but it’s harder to make a case for their influence.
  • k-off
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:26 AM)
  • k-off
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:22 AM)
    @ninja They both were cultural icons, so I wonder who’d win. Clint Eastwood is certainly more popular today, but John Wayne’s films affected an entire generation of men going off to war. WW2, and all the way to Vietnam.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:16 AM)
    One of my favorite really old movies might be M by Fritz Lang.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:13 AM)
    @K-Off That comment is just begging for a John Wayne vs Clint Eastwood debate. Exhibit A: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKJAhXSaYtU
  • k-off
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:13 AM)
    @Emma The Searchers or the Grapes of Wrath, they’re his most famous movies. Afterwards, you could try Stagecoach, it’s from 1939 and is one of the most iconic films from the early 20th century.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:08 AM)
    @K-off: Now heres the thing, where do I start with Ford’s films? Which are the best ones to watch?
  • k-off
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 01:58 AM)
    Normally that wouldn’t be so strange, but Wayne was the epitome of the forceful military character (even though he never even fucking went to the Army) and Ford fought in WW2.
  • k-off
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 01:55 AM)
    I love comparing the two, because Wayne was a conservative while Ford was a progressive. Yet they lived and filmed in the same era.

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