In a dream sequence, a white-haired boy named Soldier Blue and a girl talk of the future of the Mu, and she shows him an image of Earth. Because his life is short, Soldier Blue needs someone to entrust his memory and future to. Jomy Marcus Shin wakes up from his dream at this point. Today is the day before his 14th birthday, the day of his Awakening, so his family will be celebrating tonight. This is also Jomy’s last day at school because his Awakening signals the beginning of his journey into adult society. After parting with his friends, Jomy goes home and asks his mother if she won’t be lonely without him around. She starts nearly crying because of this, but says that he has to grow up. Later that evening, a group of men from Universal Control arrive at their home wanting to administer a psychological examination to Jomy. They knock him out with gas while he’s in the bathroom and take him out to their truck outside where they subject him to a testing machine. In the end, they don’t find anything particularly abnormal with him in connection to the Mu, so he’s allowed to go back home and proceed with his Maturity Check tomorrow.
The next morning, the day of his Awakening, Jomy leaves home alone and heads out to the amusement park that he has fond memories of. It is there that he sees a small creature being kept in captivity, but he is shocked when the creature cries out to him. It wants to be let out and wants to return home, but Jomy gets shocked when he tries to touch the glass. One of the men in the crowd realizes that the creature telepathically talked to Jomy and thinks that Jomy must be a Mu. Afterwards, Jomy gets on a roller coaster ride, but it is in the middle of this ride that his Maturity Check begins. Faced with a computer that calls itself Teraz No.5, Jomy is shocked to learn that the first phase is the purging of his memory. Fortunately, before the computer gets very far, a boy arrives to help Jomy and tells him not to relinquish his memory. This boy, who is the same person from Jomy’s dream, introduces himself as Soldier Blue. He attacks the computer and allows Jomy to escape, returning Jomy to the amusement park ride he was on. However the ride leaves the building and crashes outside. Jomy pulls himself out of the wreckage and limps back towards where the creature was. This time, when he reaches his hand towards the glass, the creature breaks free and jumps into his arms. However, Jomy then finds himself face to face with security forces who declare him unfit and are ready to get rid of him.
ED: 「Love is…」 by 加藤ミリヤ (Kato Miliyah)
Watch the ED!: Mirror 1, Mirror 2
I thought I would like the OP a lot more after having liked what I heard on the promos for this show, but for some reason the TV size version just doesn’t appeal to me quite as much. It is an UVERworld song though, so there’s a certain element of catchiness there. As for the ending song, I liked how it started, but the rest of the song was merely okay.
I’ve got mixed feelings about this show so far. The animation was, as all the promotional material suggested, quite retro looking and took a little getting used to. This first episode introduces us to Jomy and the society he lives in where human life is managed by a computer. I’m more interested in the Mu and Soldier Blue side of the story, and that will probably be covered more next episode. Overall, this episode didn’t show me anything particularly great, but I can see some potential in the story and the preview for next week has plenty of action. I’ll probably check out at least one more episode before I decide whether I’ll be following it or not.