Posted by psgels on 26 July 2010 with categories: Anime Reviews



DT Eightron is one of those “screw the budget, we’re here to tell a story”-anime. And really: why not? The plot of this one is excellent, so who cares about the unimpressive graphics?

Personally I loved how the plot of this series unfolded from a seemingly average post-apocalyptic dystopia into a story about survival. What sets this show apart is the huge amount of neat ideas that the creators put into this, all dedicated to flesh out the setting that the series takes place in. It really gets quite deep as the series goes on. It may just be that I’m a fan of science fiction and all (hey, I never claimed that this blog unbiased), but after watching the entire series, I really have to say that the back-story it created is impressive, well thought out and very imaginative.

This show also rocks in the way that it subverts or averts common-used character tropes and cliches here. The lead character actually isn’t in control of the titular “mecha”. Instead, one of his friends is. The lead character is a bit of a bland kid, but for once this makes full sense in the story, and the creators actually make optimal use of this in the story. They never force him to be some sort of stereotypical hero here (those roles are cleverly used for the characters with the most combat experience), and instead its his development that makes him into a worthy lead character. You’ll get what I mean when you watch the series, but I don’t want to spoil too much about it. Just do note that in order to tell its story, it does introduce a few minor plot-holes here and there. The most glaring being the origin of the titular mecha, Eightron, which unfortunately is just never explained.

Watching this series really got me thinking about how perhaps I’ve been a bit too focused on animation budgets for the past months. It’s series like this that show that even though the animation is unimpressive (really, there are too many distorted faces and still frames here), you can still kick ass with your story. While it’s true that a big budget would have made this series even more enjoyable to watch, it’s not something that should be held against it when the plot has so many interesting ideas, and it has been this good at developing its story and setting. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was the series that partly inspired Ergo Proxy.

Storytelling: 9/10 – Slow, but atmospheric. Not realistic or believable, but excellent at developing its story and mystery.
Characters: 8/10 – Likable in the way that they play with quite a few tropes and cliches.
Production-Values: 7/10 – Yeah, don’t expect eye candy here. Good soundtrack, though.
Setting: 10/10 – Ah, why not? Great ideas, great development. It’s multi-layered, thought provoking. It’s really the kind of setting that I personally love.

Suggestions:
Ergo Proxy
Zone of the Enders
Argento Soma

9 Responses

  1. reverse says:

    Nice,I definitely must check this one.

  2. AKI says:

    Told ya you’d like it, and this is done by Sunrise!

  3. Z.N. Singer says:

    Lol. I think everybody pays too much attention to production values, personally. I mean, aren’t ALL animes supposed to ‘be here to tell a story?’ Good storytelling will trump such factors every time.

    You watched Kaze no Yojimbo right? I thought you mentioned it in your Gungrave review. Now there was animation so bad some parts stretched the definition of the word. Worst I have ever seen or hoped to see, and yet it was riveting. It just told a very engrossing story, and did it well. Just another proof to my approach. I’ll have to put this title on my list.

  4. DmonHiro says:

    Here’s a torrent link. Grab it while it’s hot. We’ve got 6 seedes, and the speed is decent.

    http://www.nyaatorrents.org/?page=download&tid=137784

  5. AKI says:

    Thanks for the link, I’ll definitely rewatch this one, since I’ve seen this series in English dub.

  6. Adalbert says:

    Liked the episode with Kaneto Shiozawa as the Robot Count. Hated everything else. Not-happening character development, filler episodes without any connections to the story, dumb protagonist. And know-it-all plothax Dr. Genesis.

  7. DmonHiro says:

    @Adalbert: That’s what I keep hearing about this show. However, that’s also what I heard about an anime called Platinumhugen Oridan: it’s lame, confusing, the plot makes no sense. And I just finished watching it, and it was decent. So I’m going to check this out by myself, since I’ve come to the conclusion that most people are idiots, no offense.

    PS: The reason people claimed that Ordian was a shit story was actually because of the subs. The infant A-Keep were the only ones to sub it, and the translation was horrible, missing key points of the plot. As such, people with no knowledge of Japanese missed like half of the plot.

  8. betawatcher says:

    Wow, you’re the first person that I’ve seen blog this series. (or I didn’t bother to look.) Was one of the first anime I watched – not in a kid’s POV, and I thought the plot was pretty decent.

    Sadly I watched this story around 5 years ago and have forgotten most of it. But it was really nice! (alongside cyborg 009 that I watched around the same time)

  9. reverse says:

    excellent series, the animation wasn’t bad at all minus the distorted face and lack off aesthetically pleasing art. it had fairly decent amount of frame throughout the show. it definitely deserve an 8 in your scale in my opinion

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  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 04:48 PM)
    You know when Shinji was talking to Rin. You could have said something Lancer.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 04:47 PM)
    @Bam, Ouch. Come on I think comparing him to Kirito is a bit much. You think that Kirito would every be shown getting this much of a beating?
    I do argee that lancer should have jumped in sooner…but he did get a spear though the chest and likely did need some time to rest after attacking Kirei. But a “HEY FECK OFF YOU LITTLE SHIT” would have been appreciated.
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 05:54 AM)
    The episode was alright and felt dense as I watched it, but in hindsight only really moved the plot forward incrementally. Lancer not untying Tohsaka as soon as he killed Kirei and then not killing Shinji when he clearly had the chance left a bad taste in my mouth. That and Shirou’s heavy plot armor at this point is becoming reminiscent of another famous anime dual-wielder. Not a compliment.
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 05:46 AM)
    UBW 20 felt like another rendition of Eva 26 (Take care of yourself), complete with character analysis, battle with one’s Jungian Shadow, and loosely Buddhist ideas of self-actualization. It even featured the repetitive monologue shots that fade to black (with “I saw Hell” instead of Rei’s “Sky. Red, red sky”). It never went as far as Eva with “which way is up?” type of Soliloquy, but that’s probably a good thing.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:48 AM)
    Ashura was an excellent example of how to through anime illicit and emotional response in an honest, non-melodramatic way.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:46 AM)
    @Bam: I’d be more than happy to take a look at some of those shorts anytime.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:44 AM)
    @Emma: there’s a lot of European animators that got active in the last 10 years or so that are really reinvigorating their animation scene, and every now and then I get introduced to some fabulous shorts.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:40 AM)
    @Emma: no I don’t really mind gory ‘for the fuck of it’ violence, I even like it in some grindhouse type of works, but I just don’t think it’s always effective as a shock factor. Live-action is the most sympathetic for obvious reasons, but there are animated works that do elicit a deep response. Probably because of circumstances but also the details of the in-between animation, which can induce certain feelings of disgust.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:39 AM)
    *here and there
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:35 AM)
    @Bam: I really wish there was more arthouse anime now to give some kind of a balance to everything thats out these days.

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