Note to Reader: I’m going to try to make these as brief and as spoiler free as possible because the endings of both of these are amazing and I don’t want to ruin it for anyone.
I finished watching these on the same night and decided to write a review that coincided with this accomplishment (Yes, I know it’s sad considering that as an accomplishment).
Mecha meets Stranger in a Strangeland in a war where the Martians (or Vers) are, surprisingly, more assholes than the human characters. There’s a lot of death in this anime especially at the beginning and around the end (too vague to be counted as a spoiler). Gen Urobuchi really lived up to his popularity in the writing, the main character in particular having dialogue that more than showed his cold logic badassery and it was a highlight of the show. The action was fast and clever and synced with its pretty awesome musical sore. Though the mech looked out of place in a few scenes it did a lot better than other series that utilize CG animation. Giving that this anime is only 12 episodes long I was immensely impressed with the amount the series accomplished in that small amount of time. By the end I felt more sympathetic to the characters than many 26 or even 52 episode series out there. The only downside was that it followed almost every other mech anime plot formula down to the smallest detail and though it was a bit more effective in its delivery one can’t help but noticing these tropes being used (or utilized if you consider this a good thing.)
Very Good 8/10
I’m glad I finished Zankyou no Terror because it nearly lost me around ep6. Two terrorists execute a series of demolitions in which no one gets killed and that can be predicted by the mythological riddles they send over the internet. It’s essentially David Fincher’s Zodiac but with less killing and more explosions. Everything about this series tried to make it feel as realistic as possible with both it’s beautiful animation and somewhat mundane dialogue at times. But what made it stand out, like most Watanabe series, was Yoko Kano’s music. This carried the emotions of the characters even more so than the dialogue and during one scene in particular I caught myself trying to hold down a tear (Watanabe’s series do that to me sometimes). The series keeps you excited in a similar method to Death Note, with tension and mind games while at the same time not having the supernatural Macguffins most anime have these days. Once again it’s a short series at 11 episodes but I feel that anything more would have ruined it and that it was as long as it needed to be. However, the most important aspect of this anime is its originality. I ain’t seen nuttin’ liek dis befor.