Gatchaman in space or more like Mecha Moretsu Pirates?
This season has some serious slim pickings when it comes to mecha anime so I hope this is enough to hold me over since Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans ended, but I have a feeling that nobody is actually going to watch this full CG anime or even attempt to give it a shot.
Yo! It’s ya boi Rick Ayer!
When it comes to these full 3D CG series you either love them or wish they would die in a fire, but they are on the rise even though we get like what one or two every other season? And for the most part if you ignore the odd animation choice they have some interesting stories! Like we got with Knights of Sidonia and yes even Arpeggio which i hated originally, but I eventually warmed up to it after re-watching the series and the two movies. As for the current season besides ID-0 we’ve got Seikaisuru Kado from Toei which is another full CG series with some bits of normal 2D animation here and there. Getting back to ID-0 it’s coming to us from SANZIGEN who worked on a few CG series making them the go to studio for these kinds of series along with Polygon Pictures, but I know not all of them are great! Black★Rock Shooter (mostly the BRS fights), Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova, Bubuki Buranki and 009 Re:Cyborg to name just a few. Aside from animation Taniguchi Gorou is directing and he has a somewhat good track record for mecha working on stuff like Code Geass, Active Raid, Gun x Sword, G Gundam, Gundam Wing and Mugen no Ryvius; however I think this is going to be more of a Planetes type of series which he also worked on given the fact that ID-0 is going to be all about doing space stuff and not traditional mecha on mecha fighting? That could change of course. Character design is from Katou Hiromi when I originally thought they were done by Horiuchi Osamu who did Last Exile because Maya looks so much like Fam Fan Fan and Lavie Head or maybe it’s just me? Anyway enough with the boring details.
FK YA SPACEEEEEE!
Yep look at all that amazing SPACE!
So what are we doing in space?! We’re digging for giant red space rocks called Orichalt which is used for the warp drives in ships allowing them to Miguel Jump which appears to be an odd combination of warping and teleportation. That also explains kind of why that red ore is so valuable or is it? We did discover during episode two when Ido and Maya touched it directly their mind were flooded with random memories and at the end a loli aka Nazo no Shoujo appeared coming out of the huge chunk of Orichalt! So what’s the deal with the red ore? Are they collections of memories? People that died in space? Then again everyone on the pirates ship was shocked by this so I assume this is the first time any of them have seen this happen? Whatever the case I can’t wait to find out more.
I love the use of scale in these shots! Damn I-machines are HUGE!
Now this does have mecha in this series called I-machines and I loved the unique twist on them instead of the traditional pilot getting into the mech you basically “become” the I-machine by connecting your mind directly to them via the Mind Trace System. And don’t worry your mind is saved on a backup hard drive! Which is totally safe right? Suuuuuuure! Anyway why would you even want to this? Basically for work purposes? Why hurt your fragile human body when you can simply use a I-machine to do some of the harder jobs like construction or mining in space. It would make those kinds of jobs a hell of a lot easier and prevents workers deaths or getting injured on the job, but there are obvious dangers in using the Mind Trace System like we saw with Maya not being able to connect to her body! Your mind is basically stuck inside the I-machine. That concept of connecting your mind directly to the I-machine had me curious! Well mostly the part about not being able to connect back to your original body.
Welp I hope you remembered to save your progress Maya.
Thankfully in episode two that idea was brought up even though it was beaten into us with Maya asking Ido to jump back into his body and abandon the I-machine because it was heavily damaged. I think we all knew his answer was going to be “I can’t because I lost my original body.” but I wasn’t expecting his answer though! He said gave his body up because he’s a Evertrancer? I can only guess it’s a group of people that would rather live as I-machines forever and not as humans anymore? That is interesting and I think that applies to the rest of the pirates or some of them? At least in their virtual meeting room we know Ido and Rick and the pink cat or dog aka Fa-loser have robot avatars while Maya, Grayman, Clair and Karla have human avatars; however like I said maybe all the pirates minus Clair and Maya.
Love these two <3
I mean who really needs to wear clothes in space? Certainly not Maya.
Surprise space LOLi was unexpected! I thought she was the real body of Fa-Loser.
Dat warp drive crystal is coooooool.
I think all those headstones are backups for humans using the Mind Trace System
I need moar Clair~
So far I think ID-0 is doing a good job of setting things up for Maya and the space pirates and tossing in an interesting twist on how the mechs work, but story wise it needs more time to give us the real “plot” of the series unless they are going with a Moretsu Pirates kind of story where we get wacky space adventures with some real plot thrown in here and there. Besides that I liked how Maya got roped into being a pirate due to needing money and the fact that she is now a wanted criminal? At least she can finally put her Astrogeology skills to use. The only real issue I had with these two episodes was how dumb Maya was and how she complains about every little thing the ENTIRE TIME?! Yeah I know it’s her first time in space so everything is scary and she has to live with complete strangers who happen to be pirates, but of course I know when dealing with dumb characters it’s going to take time for them to develop and adapt to their new life. So are you going to watch this or would you rather not? To be honest I really need my mecha fix for the season so ill be watching! Also it helps that Hisako Kanemoto who I love a lot voices Clair and she was also Atra from Gundam Iron Blood orphans so yeah I have to watch this! Oh and apparently Ari Ozawa who I also love hearing voices Fa-loser so good job playing the trapped in a giant freaking robot animal character I guess? Ah well somebody has to do that role.