01 – First Battle
… in which we have tentacle monsters and third genders.
First things first – I love the OP and like the ED. To balance that out, the art makes my eyes bleed.
We start with a young man attacking a monster in a mecha and winning, only for it to be later revealed that it was a VR simulation. The same guy, named Nagate, later climbs to the surface to steal rice only to fail pitifully and get caught. A masked person in a room full of machines(?) wonder if Nagate has inherited a certain dead guy’s experience and knowledge.
Meanwhile, we see some students, by that I mean random naked girls, training to be pilots who’re interested in the weird rice thief. Of course Nagate’s escape attempt lands him with them.
Turns out mankind is at war with gauna, aliens with tentacle-like appendages and regenerative powers. Fortunately, it’s been 100 years since a gauna has appeared. Many think that they’re gone for good and that the military should be abolished. We know that won’t happen because since when are things that easy?
The masked person from before, Kobayashi, pardons Nagate and asks that he be a Gardes pilot. He enrols in class with the students from before. Nagate befriends Izana, one of the third gender humans who can procreate with either sex. That’s kinda amazing.
Everyone’s eager to see his performance in the sim but he’s rather abysmal, apparently because the VR model he’s used to is quite different. The captain, i.e, Kobayashi, isn’t deterred and sends Nagate along with seven others on a mining mission, giving him an older, famous Gardes model named Tsugumori. The mission naturally goes to hell when a gauna appears, unceremoniously ending those 100 years of peace.
I am so torn.
On one hand, I’m quite taken by the setting. Knights of Sidonia seems to have crafted an interesting future world. But on the other, I was yawning my way through the first episode. It felt so dull even though it shouldn’t have been. It doesn’t help that every time the characters make any kind of facial expression, I’m tempted to close the window and abandon anime forever.
I have yet to give even the tiniest shit about any of the characters but that might change. It better or I’ll drop this.
At least the music is cool.
I know I said I’d review two episodes together but I think I’ll stick to one and instead try to post every day. Ha. What am I getting myself into?