「適合者 -アデプタ-」 (Tekigou-sha – Adaputa)
This is a kiddie cyborg magical girl series, but with sexy cosplay and pantsu shots. Who exactly is this made for again?
From the Creator of Ghost in the Shell. No, Really.
Kouaku no Pandora is adapted from a manga written by Shirow Masamune, best known as the creator of Ghost in the Shell. Now forget everything that sentence brings to mind, because it’s wrong.
Edit: It turns out that while Shirow Masamune is responsible for the original premise, Rikudo Koshi (of Excel Saga fame) did the art and story for the source. Which makes sense, in retrospect. The rest of this post isn’t edited to reflect this information, but please bear it in mind for your own enjoyment.
While the focus on a cyborg future continues, this isn’t the kind of sci-fi that Ghost in the Shell did so well. I’d describe it as a sci-fi magical girl anime. Though the sci-fi borders hard on magic at times, see: Clarke’s third law, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Spell circles appear when they assume their magical girl—er, optical camouflage and when activate their magical pow—er, Pandora Device apps, is what I’m trying to say. Which, er. Maybe that’s for you?
Kiddie Anime, But Also Not
This show reminds me of nothing so much as Momo Kyun Sword, because it elicits the same question—who the hell is this for? I can’t figure out the target market, and for the same reasons as Momo Kyun Sword. The story, the animation, and all of the character’s actions (world peace, oh lordie) are straight out of kiddie anime—in particular I get Pokemon vibes, both from the seeming target age and the animation, though I haven’t watched many kiddie anime—but then there are the gratuitous pantsu shots, sexy cosplay, and cyborg crotches. Is that what little girls are into these days? Underage cyborg genitalia & bunny girls? I mean, I’m not one to judge. It’s just not what I would have guessed.
If a cyborg magical girl anime is something you decided needed to exist, for some reason, this isn’t the way to go about it. Everything about the production, exposition, characterization, dialogue, acting, and animation is lazy. Actually, some of the exposition was done decently—in that they just let us figure out how Nanakorobi Nene (Fuku Sanae) was using the phone, along with several other elements—but much of the rest of the exposition was narrated to the audience. I’m going to have to echo what Zanibas said in the season preview: The work director Nawa Munenori and his staff have done to show off this anime is lackluster. I don’t think even an adorable Clarion (Numakura Manami) can save them.
I don’t know if anyone will be covering this one weekly, but I probably wouldn’t hold my breath. This show isn’t for me, so I’ll be dropping it. If it turns out I was too hasty and it gets awesome, feel free to ping me on twitter and tell me how wrong I was. I’ve been wrong before, it won’t bother me.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – A lackluster cyborg magical girl anime from the creator of Ghost in the Shell. Not a strong first episode #kpandora 01
- After this is when everyone abandons the island, because it being all technologically advanced isn’t going to make it popular when shit’s blowing up, right?
- So that reporter is dead this time.
- Stilts’ first thought after Nene downloaded shooting lessons: “I know kung fu.”
- But I mean really, did the switch have to be in her crotch? At least with Chobits, that was a romance anime, so the crotch gag worked on that level. Here it’s just, what, yuri shipping for the adult viewers? Go big or go home, says I. Sakura Trick or bust.
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ED: 「LoSe±CoNtRoL」 by Fuku Sanae & Numakura Manami