Heroic Age

 

 

Quick & Dirty
Language: Japanese
Initial Interest: Medium
Favorite Character: Age
Opinion: Excellent
Likely to Finish: Definitely
Synopsis
Answering the call of the “Gold Race”, all the sentient races launch into space. The human race is the last to launch, and are thus known as the “Iron Race”. Much time has passed since then, and humanity is threatened with extinction at the hands of the more dominant “Silver Race”. In order to save her people, Princess Deianeira sets out on a journey to a galaxy far away, following the prophecies of the Gold Race handed down by the royal family. Then, she meets a boy named Age. Their encounter will change the fate of the universe… (Source: Anime News Network)

Pre-Viewing Thoughts
The synopsis for this sounds pretty interesting at the beginning and then starts to lose me around “meets a boy”. I like romance but at the moment I’m not feeling the mood, which means that I feel the obligatory romance plot is getting cliched. Still, I’ll probaly like it well enough when I get there. I’m a little worried that to properly set up the plot will require a lot of exposition that will potentially make the beginning boring or if left out, make the series confusing. We’ll see.
A friend recomended this one. He said that it was surprisingly awesome but we don’t always have the same taste in anime so who knows if I’ll enjoy the recomendation.

Favorite Character
I picked Age on this one because he’s fun to watch. I think it has to do with the fact that he’s mostly stupid but in a cute puppy dog kind of way. Not to mention the whole smashing things thing, which is fun to watch.

Overall Opinion
This series seems pretty awesome so far. I definitely want to see where it goes. The plot kind of does weird things to my head but that’s just because I’m thinking about it a bit too much. I really like the characters in this so far. Also the music is amazing. I don’t usually notice that one, but I did a couple times in these few episodes and I felt kind of impressed.
I don’t like how black and white it seems to be. So far we’re presented with the “Silver Tribe = bad, Iron Tribe (humans) = good” equation and there’s no wiggle room in it… Except that it’s hard to really consider the Iron Tribe as good considering the 12 agreements… which state that Age will exterminate the other 3 tribes. I also find it hard to get behind his motivation, I want to save my dieing home planet, knowing that he’s supposed to “destroy the home planet” of the Silver and Bronze tribes. Also this is the same art style as Fafner and Gundam Seed. It isn’t quite as noticably monotonous in this as the other two, but it’s still there. The last thing that’s really bothering me about this series is that it seems like the creators spent a lot of time watching episodes of Generator Gawl. If you’ve never seen it that’s fine, feel free to Google some images… Age looks a lot like Gawl and then he transforms into Belcross who looks a lot like Gawl’s Generator form…weird.

Next Official Review: Trigun

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