Hello! Here is to the eleventh day of the challenge!
Favorite Mech(a) Anime
I’ll shamefully admit this: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED is literally one of the only two Mecha shows I’ve ever watched, the other one is this—my favorite.
I need to borrow MAL’s synopsis because I am too lazy to really explain what this anime is about:
In a future where a massive disaster has devastated Earth, most of humanity has abandoned their physical bodies and relocated in digital form to DEVA, an advanced space station orbiting the ravaged planet. Free from the limitations of traditional existence, such as death and hunger, the inhabitants of this virtual reality reside in relative peace until Frontier Setter, a skilled hacker, infiltrates the system and spreads subversive messages to the populace.
Labeled a threat to security by authorities, Frontier Setter is pursued by Angela Balzac, a dedicated member of DEVA’s law enforcement. When the hacker’s signal is traced to Earth, Angela takes on physical form, transferring her consciousness to a clone body and traveling to the world below in order to deal with the menace. On Earth, she is assisted by Dingo, a charismatic agent, and during her journey to uncover the mystery behind Frontier Setter, she gradually discovers startling realities about the wasteland some of humanity still refers to as home, as well as the paradise above.
Now I know that those who frequent my blog would take this as a sign of an incoming review; don’t worry, I won’t review it!
Rakuen Tsuihou feels very contemporary and I do think that is the biggest advantage the show has over many other ones of the mecha genre. In fact the story of this show involves exploration of a possible future of hamanity!
We are already getting to the point that our financial worth can be fully digitized with BitCoin, why not go full digital, even with our bodies?
This show goes backwards to rediscover what it means to be feeling hunger, to be creative in arts and music, to be loved—to be human.
The characters are tropes at best so I never had to emotionally invest on my first watch. Go in this movie for the story.
And what is a more amusing way to rediscover humanity than having a tsundere as your protagonist?!
Hailing Queen of Tsundere Kugimiya Rie as the voice of Angela Balzac, DEVA’s law enforcement agent who is tasked to eliminate a hacker whom is believed to be initiating the attacks from Earth. Never was is she notified that she would be kicking some street gang asses with her high heels.
On the other side of her personality, the journey to seeing hard shells of refusal slowly shattered down, layer by layer, is an amazing experience. Like all cute tsundere girls out there, once she gets on your side everything will be rolling great!
Just looking at GIF’s should be enough to have you know that the movie runs on mixture of 2D designs, animated in 99% CGI and whatever else I hadn’t bothered to look into—still won’t be bothered now.
I’m sure that it raised a shit ton of questions among viewers and even those who anticipated it. But one thing for sure regarding the visual department as a whole: this movie’s existence makes Berserk’s CGI absolutely amateur level.
This is a movie from 2014, yo.
Oh, and the studio responsible for this movie, Graphinica, is taking care of Juuni Taisen in the current season. I just wanted to leave that here in case you have been wondering why the Juuni Taisen is edgy in every way, animation included.
Right, I wouldn’t put this movie down in my challenge if it didn’t have MECHA. Despite being slapped into that genre, this show is not entirely about mechanical wars and whatnot. Machines are just there as mankind’s greater weapon, at least for DEVA which claimed to be humanity ‘long progressed’.
I guess this is where having stellar CGI makes Mecha fights as equally thrilling as those brawls between humans and God’s gift—our limbs.
Hell, I would say just skip this movie to the last quarter just to watch the fights and that’s enough. The script writing for a potentially compelling story is kinda so-so.
And the eleventh challenge is over!
See you back here tomorrow while I attempt a return to paradise.