Watching underrated and not known animes gives me happiness. Knowing that a hidden gem exist within a spectrum of mainstream and hyped animes, its amazing.
But unfortunately, there are also animes that were quite disappointing, even though it had alot of potential. And yes, Chrome Shelled Regios anime is one of them.
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 11, 2009 to Jun 21, 2009
Premiered: Winter 2009
Source: Light novel
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, School, Sci-Fi
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
Synopsis: In a post-apocalyptic world overrun with mutated beasts called Limbeekoon or Filth Monsters, humanity is forced to live in large mobile cities called Regios and learn to use special weapons called Dite, by harnessing the power of Kei to defend themselves. In the Academy City of Zuellni, Layfon Alseif is hoping to start a new life and forget his past. However, his past has caught the attention of Karian Loss, the manipulative Student Council President and Nina Antalk, a Military Arts student and Captain of the 17th Military Arts Platoon, who instantly recognizes his abilities and decides he’s the perfect candidate to join her group. However, with a secret past that won’t leave him alone and unknown powers beyond normal, Layfon just might not take it.
Chrome Shelled Regios was a hot mess that had alot of potential.
I first knew about this series through a friend of mine. He gave me alot of light novel e-books and CSR was one of those. I got intrigued by it cuz it was the only series that was complete, but I never got to finish the first volume (life happens, bruh). Years later, I saw this anime being available so I grab a copy immediately, thinking that rather than reading the light novel, I’m just going to watch the anime instead. Sigh, Nice move, Sirius.
The story wasn’t told really well. In the first few episodes, I had a confused look in my face because there were alot of stuff I didn’t understand. I was able to catch up on it later on, but questions are still bugging me from time to time, especially when it was the focus of the episode. I mean, the anime didn’t even explain WTF happened to their world and where these alien-ish beings came from. It was confusing until the very end, even tohugh the anime tried to end it in a happy note (why??).
Oh boiiii… Don’t get me started with the pacing. With an erratic story, of course, the pacing was very very VERY inconsistent. I was not also a huge fan of jumping from one story arc to another, it made the anime more confusing than it already was. Uuuugggghhhh… there was also a story arc of the anime that seemed to be the “prequel” to the main story arc. Those scenes were really awful and random as the characters keep on speaking in English like there was no tomorrow. I think if those parts were removed and were released as an OVA instead, I guess the anime would be abit better.
Now for the characters. I’ll be honest, I actually liked the cast. They seemed interesting and likeable. But as the story goes on, most of them didn’t get enough character development needed to make the series alot more enjoyable to watch. I mean, the main characters did get tons of development, but I also felt it was too much already. I also not a fan of the fact that they made this anime a harem. Like WITF, they really can’t think of anything else, huh.
The art was quite okay for its time. I mean, it is a 2009 anime, I didn’t expect much. I do find the character design rather unique and interesting, I haven’t seen any animes with that kind of designs. If I am right, the designs seemed to be quite similar to the illustrations on the LN, I am not sure. Heh.
The animation seemed abit stiff but understandable, like I said, it is a 2009 anime. I do wish the fight choreography would have been better. At least, that way I can say there are still good points about this anime. I like how they used the 3D animation on the alien-ish beings, they don’t look disgusting but it made these beings alot more out of this world.
Overall, this anime was a disappointment. Yeah, I did enjoy it but I used up alot of my brain cells just to figure out the story. I might continue reading the LN of it and see the differences.
Anyway, that is all.
Thanks for reading!!