OP Sequence

OP: 「アンインストール」 (Uninstall) by 石川智晶 (Ishikawa Chiaki)
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A group of 15 middle school students – eight boys and seven girls – are playing around on the beach during the summer when one of them suggests that they go check out a nearby cave. Deep inside the cave, they notice a light and discover a small makeshift room with furniture and several computers. The kids don’t get much time alone in this room before a man walks in on them. This man says that they’re the ones who have found him, and he then offers them the chance to play a game. Claiming to be creating this game, the man explains that 15 enemies will attack Earth and that they will be controlling a huge robot to fight them. He wants them to be his test players and pulls out a blue stand – if they want to be contracted as the chosen heroes, they just need to touch the stand. The girls start giggling and almost everyone seems to want to do it, so they all touch the stand. All of them, that is, except for the youngest one of the group named Ushiro Kana (who is only in fourth grade) because her older brother Jun had insisted that she didn’t need to do it. After a bit of stammering and thinking, the man who created this game finally introduces himself as Kokopelli. He then tells them that enemies will appear one at a time from now on, and he will be fighting the first one, but after that, it’s their turn. As he finishes saying this, the sight of all 15 kids turns fuzzy.

They wake up back on the beach from what felt like a dream. However, they don’t think that it’s a dream since they all saw the same thing. On the way back home, one of the girls named Komoda Takami turns around and notices that a giant robot has appeared in the water behind them. The group realizes that this is the robot Kokopelli was talking about, but its enemy doesn’t seem to be around. Just as they are noticing this, something starts materializing in front of the giant robot: a metallic six-legged creature. As the two robots prepare to battle, all the kids are transported to the cockpit where Kokopelli is sitting in a chair surrounded by 14 other chairs in a circle. After the spider-like robot shoots them with a lightning attack, Kokopelli instructs the kids to watch the fight because he won’t be able to participate in the next one. This causes Jun to realize that this isn’t a game that Kokopelli made, and Kokopelli admits that he’s a pawn just like them. He fires back at the other robot and then starts striding towards it. Using his robot’s strength to flip the other one over, Kokopelli targets the enemy’s torso and rips off its armor to uncover a round, white object that he crushes. This defeats his enemy and causes the other robot to power down. With the battle over, Kokopelli tells the kids that they now have to protect this Earth. He starts to say something else, but the kids get transported out of the cockpit before he’s able to finish his sentence.

Back down on the ground, the group of 15 watch as the giant robot disappears. They start feeling that this isn’t a game after all, and Komoda thinks that Kokopelli’s last words were “I’m sorry.”

ED Sequence

ED: 「Little Bird」 by 石川智晶 (Ishikawa Chiaki)
Watch the ED!: Mirror 1, Mirror 2
Superficially speaking, the opening song that was played on the promotional video is one of the reasons I got interested in this series. I really like this song and have been listening to it from the promo so much that I practically knew all the words by the time I saw this episode. The ending meanwhile is a much slower paced song that’s also good, but I admit that I haven’t listened to it much because I’d have the opening on repeat.

The character and mecha designs don’t really appeal to me, but the story is rather interesting and gives a very ominous feeling, particularly the last part when Noto Mamiko’s character thinks that Kokopelli was trying to apologize to them. Everything Kokopelli says implies that he won’t be around anymore after this battle, though it’s not explicitly clear if he’s now dead or something else. I got interested enough by the story to pick up the manga, and I got to say that the manga seems to develop things better. The first episode doesn’t include Koemushi, whose presence probably would have made everything seem even more ominous. Koemushi does appear to be in the preview for next week though, so they don’t appear to have written it completely out.
Overall, I think this was a good introduction to the series, but having seen the anime and then read the corresponding manga chapters, I think I’ll just stick with the manga.


  1. The episode did indeed have an ominous feeling to it, for good reason of course :D. I absolutely love the opening btw. Show Spoiler ▼

  2. Lol, the mechs will be crappy looking if it sticks to the manga. The reason is that it’s designed to be the so that it can fully utilise it’s weapons.
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  3. I thought it developed things a little better than the manga, personally… I don’t think anything was removed from the episode besides Coemushi (though if I’m wrong, please correct me) and the filler scene they had at the beginning established some stuff about the characters’ personalities that didn’t come in to play until their own scenario in the manga.

  4. I am watching 50 animes right now and the ones I´ve chose not to watch are:

    Koutetsu sangokushi( some serious GAY stuff here DUDES ” premonition “)!!
    Kaze no shoujo emily ( another let´s try to copy the Les miserables style with a ROmeo and juliet born child )

    PS: gintama last week was AMAZINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!! 😀
    50 series YES you all can call me ” PROFESSIONAL TENSAI OTAKU NOW “

  5. Enders game spoilers[spoiler]Once upon a time there was a little boy called Ender. He was training to be a general to fight the aliens who had almost wiped out mankind decades before.
    Little did he know the final stages weren’t training, he lead the earth invasion and with the exception of one, wiped out the aliens. Poor Ender only wanted to go home.[/spoiler] Awesome book
    I’m watching this series just because the summary reminds me of Ender’s game. Fingers crossed it turns out decent.

  6. I hope GONZO doesn’t cut out the creepier moments of the Manga. The Manga is more disturbing than Narutaru was. I’ve read till Volume 4 now, the more the backgrounds of the children are revealed, the creepier it gets. It contains many scenes similar to that really creepy scene in narutaru Volume 6. Those who’ve read the Manga will know which scene I meant.

  7. Hmm.. I’ve read the manga.
    it’s not all fun and games. One of them has to die after the defeat of every villain, which seems to symbolize their main problems in life. I love Mohiro Kotoh’s stuff. They’re very psychologically… err… traumatizing?

  8. You should really reconsider! I’ve just watched the anime and I did find it very good, though I do know the manga is alot darker and heavy I think they have lessen and toned it down in the anime (my heart wouldn’t have been able to take it if they stuck with the mangas ending). You don’t have to love the anime but it is worth watching. The opening theme song still gets at me when I was watching the Eps in its 20s, lol.


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