“God Eater” Review

God-Eater-Anime-Episode-6-Delayed-Extra-02-Airs-InsteadWith the availability of new animation technologies, more and more producers and artists are experimenting with them. This can be seen in newer titles like Knights of Sidonia and of course today’s review, God Eater.

Basically, the story is set sometime in the distant future where strange creatures called Aragami (no, not Origami) have drivin humanity to the brink of extinction. There is one place where they are safe from them, and to get in, you must be compatible with a special type of weapon called a God Arc. Only certain people are compatible with them, as they sort of bond to a human.

The main character, named Lenka, grew up outside the safe area, as do many humans. He was found to be compatible with a “New Type,” which is a God Arc that can turn into a short or long range weapon and doesn’t require ammo. Most God Arcs are either long or short ranged, do not change, and the long range ones require a special kind of ammo. The story follows Lenka as he grows into the new lifestyle he’s not accustomed to and becomes a powerful God Eater.

Better animation doesn’t always mean a better story. And this is actually what has me considering a multi-tiered rating system, where I rate different parts of a series for an average score. The reason for this is while the animation is beautiful, as you can see from the pictures on this post, the story is presented in such a bland manner that I didn’t even find myself coming to like the characters at all. In addition, there’s a lot of u necessary fanservice, as apparently in this world bras do not exist (as boobs invisibly support themselves) and all women sleep naked.

I’m actually quite dissappointed in how this anime turned out. The story is interesting at least, but the cliches are rampant, and Lenka shows almost no emotion except his one-track-minded drive to “kill all Aragami everywhere.” Charaters were very two-dimensional, and not a lot of reasons were given for anyone’s actions.

Final Words:

I’d give a nice big “You Tried” star to this anime. It felt bland, despite it being wrapped up in a bow of beautiful art. It felt like they focused way too much on that aspect and ignored the basic rules of story-telling, falling back on a huge list of cliches they could have just as easily avoided. Looking into the series itself, it seems it actually started as a video game franchise, which could account for the disappointment the anime turned out to be.

I would give God Eater… 5/10 (rating scale)

If you like this anime, you might also like: Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin), Phi Brain, or Persona 4 – The Animation.

Picture credits: http://www.otakutale.com/

(I would have had more pictures, but for some reason, every time I tried to put another picture in this post, my entire computer froze and started overheating.)

“Assassination Classroom” Review

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“Hand over the lollipops!”

School can be boring sometimes; everyone knows that. But, if you have an alien monster for a teacher, it couldn’t be all that bad. At least that’s what the members of class 3-E at Kunugigaoka Junior High might have thought.

As part of the deconstruction genre, this anime is what a lot of people would call “weird.” If you’re unfamiliar, a deconstruction anime generally looks at anime themes and how real people might react to them, as opposed to traditional characters that would normally just accept the tropes and circumstances (a good example of this genre is Puella Magi Madoka Magica). The anime starts out simple: the bottom rung class of the academy has been assigned this weird alien teacher and must kill him before the deadline or the

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“If we let him keep painting, he won’t be cranky later.”

world might blow up. If they do make it though, they get a huge bounty reward.

However, as the anime continues, it reveals what an excellent and skilled teacher this alien monster actually is. He helps them turn into the best class in the academy, which pisses off a lot of the other students who are used to being number one, and ruins the educational tactics of the principal. There’s also a few dark twists and secrets revealed that really explain quite a few things including why the classroom was created as an assassination classroom instead of letting the government just take care of the threat.

I was surprised how deep the story went. It revealed quite a lot about the students and even taught them things that no school would traditionally teach them with the intent to pass these lessons onto the viewer. As the students worked to kill their teacher, they learned more about themselves and the world, turning somewhat into a traditional school or slice of life genre at a few points. There are war games, missions, and even threats the entire class has to take on together, with the help of their super-powered teacher of course.

Final Words

As with most deconstruction animes, it takes a very dark turn, but that doesn’t take away from the quality of the story. It does get a little slow at times, but those times actually are used to reveal surprising aspects of the characters. It shows how a real person might react when faced with a world-ending threat, and how that can bring out the best in someone. I also found it amusing how much fun their mission seemed to be, despite the seriousness of it. The message within it is clear: your circumstances don’t define you.

I would give “Assassination Classroom … 9/10 (rating scale)

If you like this anime, you might also like: Kill la Kill, Psychopass, Azumanga Daioh!

Picture Credit: http://ansatsukyoshitsu.wikia.com/wiki/Assassination_Classroom_Wiki,