Dagger Posted April 6, 2004 Share Posted April 6, 2004 If you love mecha, you really ought to see Kenran Butousai: The Mars Daybreak. It's a fun, well-animated science-fiction series that began airing on April 4th of this year. Although Kenran is obviously influenced by shows like Neon Genesis Evangelion, RahXephon and Last Exile, it also offers its own unique twist--most of the mecha battles take place underwater. Although that might sound like a simple gimmick, it's actually [i]extremely[/i] cool, and I like to think that Kenran will bring some variety to the genre. Kenran Butousai was produced and animated by BONES, which explains why its mecha look strikingly similar to RahXephon's. The character designs also seem somewhat familiar, but I love them nonetheless. This show's artwork is clean, colorful and quite attractive. However, the best thing about Kenran (well, besides all those awesome fight scenes) is definitely its characters. The male lead, Gram, is practical, down-to-earth and thoroughly likeable. Unlike Shinji, he's not a whiner, and he's far more self-confident and mentally balanced than Ayato. Episode 1 follows a typical trajectory. Through no fault of his own, Gram--a seemingly ordinary teenager--ends up caught in the midst of an epic battle and must fight to save his life. Yet few similar anime, except perhaps Full Metal Panic, bother to explain why a regular boy would make such a brilliant mecha pilot. Kenran does this while hinting at mysteries yet to be revealed. Gram ends up falling in with an infamous crew of pirates (a plot twist that reminded me strongly of Last Exile). Surprisingly, they appear to be a rather friendly bunch.... unlike the government forces which oppose them. It's made clear that, at least in this case, the bad guys are the protagonists. I have high hopes for Kenran Butousai. You guys should definitely give it a shot. ^_^ ~Dagger~ Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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