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- Episodes : 26
- Genre : Mecha, Sci-Fi
- Airing Date : March 2018 - September 2018
- Studios : Satelight
Juushinki Pandora Introduction
In the year 2031, the world endured a catastrophic event known ad the Xianglong Crisis. A Quantum Reactor exploded, causing all living things and machines to undergo an evolution blurring the line between living things and machines. The only species able to avoid the evolution were the humans, who were forced to fight back after the strange new creatures born from the evolution known as the BRAI drove mankind to a near extinction. Now seven years after the Xianglong Crisis, a man named Leon Lau finds himself thrust into the forefront of the battle against the BRAI. Leon had been living in relative isolation since the Xianglong Crisis with only his sister at his side investigating a way to restore the world to the way it was. When a crab-like BRAI almost destroys his home, Leon finds himself fighting against it with a new power that may be the key to saving the world.
Juushinki Pandora has a little bit of everything when it comes to the action. With the BRAI, the mechs, and all of the regular combat vehicles, there is a nice variety in the action sequences. With the mecha and BRAI being created with CGI, the battles stand out with the 2D background and bring a nice visual style to the high energy fights. The anime is at its best during the action scenes, making full use of the different animation styles and visual effects to keep you entertained.
2. Blending of Art Styles
There are a variety of styles used in the animation with the characters getting the typical anime style, the backgrounds having a hand-drawn style, and the action scenes being CGI. While the different styles don't also work well together, there are many scenes where it all comes together seamlessly to create some beautiful scenes. This can be as much of a reason to skip the anime as it is to watch it, due to the the different techniques and styles really make the anime stand out amongst the other mecha anime out there.
3. The BRAI
The BRAI are some of the best looking aspects of the Juushinki Pandora. Part of the enjoyment of the series comes from seeing the many different types of BRAI and watching as the heroes try to overcome them. As the battles with the BRAI progress, you get to see scenes showing off the inner workings of the BRAI and how they use their powers. These scenes are always filled with color that the CGI portion of the show lacks at times making the BRAI not only cool monsters but also a much-needed foil to the drab mecha designs.
1. Poor Story Execution
The story of Juushinki Pandora may have been too complicated for its own good. With so many terms, characters, and other lore-related facts getting thrown at you in the early episodes, it makes it difficult to follow exactly what is going on at all times. Unfortunately, the anime never really gives you time to breathe and catch up with almost every second of run time not involving action, centers around building the world and introducing new things into it.
2. The Mechs
In a world where we get at least one mecha related show every season, there has been no shortage of mech designs. Unfortunately for Juushinki Pandora, the mecha it has are very plain compared to everything else in the anime. Everything from the color to the design to all of the mechs and vehicles piloted by the heroes just doesn't look as interesting as they could and get outshined by the design of the human characters and the BRAI
The latest in a long line of mecha anime worked on by Shoji Kawamori, Juushinki Pandora has plenty here for you to enjoy if you are a fan of the genre. The anime's strong points are its visual style and the action scenes. If you aren't a fan of mecha anime, there really isn't much for you to enjoy with a lackluster story and a cast of characters that are hit and miss.
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