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, Mar 2. 2015 01:29 AM)
    Late to this one but
    @BrendanVGC, that’s kinda tough. See there is a huge amount of very different manga that fall under the category “Seinien” You would kinda need to give us a more focused genre to work with here. Like horror, action etc.
    And pretty sure death note is shounen.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 07:35 AM)
    Damon I am more used to seeing in a drama or comedy role I reckon rather than an action hero.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 07:24 AM)
    Eric Bana is so underated =<
    I want to see more of the man on film.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 05:52 AM)
    The story would’ve been much more anchored and believable if the social imbalance wasn’t portrayed so heavy-handedly. It makes no sense for every house in Elysium to have a healing-bed that completely restores you and they dint bother to put a single one on Earth to keep the working class happy and healthy. I mean, c’mon now.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 05:49 AM)
    Yeah the action sequences were the best parts of Elysium. I don’t k ow, I just don’t feel Matt Damon in these roles anymore and I hope they stayed with Eric Bana like the rumors were hinting; that probably would’ve made it a more personal story.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 04:55 AM)
    Its been too long since I saw district 9 to have an accurate opinion on it.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 04:54 AM)
    I can remember giving higher points to elysium when I saw it first because I really needed/wanted to see an R rated action movie. But apart from Sharlto Copley as the villain it was in hindsight fairly miscast, the ending was quite poor and the script could have been improved on, I liked the robots/action scenes however.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 04:20 AM)
    I have a feeling that the movie’s gonna suck tho. District 9 was good, Elysium was a mess and Chappie looks like a Short Circuit ripoff with nothing new to add. I have respect for Blomkamp since he started as an animator and probably has respect for the medium and a good eye for aesthetics, by he’s doing progressively more conventional stuff as his career goes on.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 01:41 AM)
    Ha, so I wasn’t wrong when I came across that film Chappie and thinking that the robot resembled Briareos from appleseed, the director’s a fan of Masume Shirow’s work apparently.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 12:16 AM)
    @Brendan: That completely hinges on your personal taste, but Vagabond is one of the best Chanbara ones around, with superb art, fast pacing and entertaining storyline. Berserk should go without saying as it’s a codifier for many Seinen conventions, but Vinland Saga is another great series which is in similar vein. Biomega and Drifters are also worth a look.

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