009-1, a mediocre spy anime series
Since young, I had always been fascinated by the world of spies. From their job to their lies, I find them fascinating. So knowing about the existence of this anime, 009-1, I became excited about this series.
And…it delivered. It’s indeed a spy anime series…but it was too mediocre.
Mylene Hoffman, a beautiful cyborg spy with the codename “009-1” lives in an alternative world where the cold war never ended, continuously on-going for 140 years. The world is split into two factions, the West and the East block. A masquerade of peace between the two is slowly dissipated as the conflict occurs. Through politics, the two factions battle over supremacy over technology to threats of a nuclear attack. Mylene Hoffman, teaming up with three other agent, gets surrounded by deception, chaos and rivalry as she carries out missions assigned by her superiors.
Watching 009-1 was an interesting experience. Not only it was a spy anime, but its art and animation made me reminisce of the Cyborg 009 animes. Dunno if there’s a connection between the two series, but the art style of both were too similar to ignore. Well, that was the first thing I noticed while watching its first episode. I was able to get used to it afterward. Lol.
009-1 was a spy anime series follows a cyborg spy as we see her go deep into the world of spies. Just likes some of the spy-themed series out there, this anime also tackled deeply on the struggles of the cyborg spy as she’s been exposed to both the East and West factions. Seeing her struggles definitely made the show amazing to watch as her character got fleshed out as episodes go by. This also comes with a cost, as we weren’t able to see more characters (other than the main) being fleshed out. The series was a bit too episodic for the supporting casts to grow.
One of the best facets of this series was its setting. The world got split into 2 factions, the East & West (so original). What I like about this was the fact that each faction has its own ideologies and they clash a lot which resulted to war. At the start of the series, it was stated that both factions were in peace talks, but with the continues tension and the unending workload of the spies of each group, peace was impossible to achieve. The only problem with the setting would be the lack of depth. As the series went on, I wanted to see more of the two factions, but unfortunately, the setting suffered the same way as the supporting cast, too much focused on the main character.
Like I mentioned above, the art and animation of this series were too similar to the anime franchise, Cyborg 009. From its action sequence to character designs, too uncanny. It felt like both series are part of the same universe. Unfortunately, I only know Cyborg 009 through some episodes on Animax Asia years ago. I wasn’t able to follow its story much. Other than the similarities, 009-1 was too outdated for me to appreciate. It didn’t aged well. I do appreciate its unique designs and color palette.
Overall, this series was okay. Mediocre at best. To be honest, I was planning on dropping this after seeing its video quality, but I still pushed through in watching. I dunno why, I feel like this series “might” be good. LOL. It didn’t disappoint me, but it also didn’t wow me at all. A lot of the story plot was predictable at best, but the execution was good.
Would I recommend this anime? Nope, this won’t be worth it. Unless, you guys are into spy shows, then maybe just maybe you can waste your time with this. LOL.
I guess that’s it for now.
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This has been Will Sirius and thanks for reading.