Oh, Sunrise, how you manage to be from one of the greatest anime studios in its time to just another studio that makes some schlocky crap like this.
This is CROSS ANGE: Rondo of Angel and Dragon.
Director: Yoshiharu Ashino
Series Composition: Tatsuto Higuchi
Music: Akiko Shikata
Character Design: Sayaka Ono
Art Director: Kazuo Ogura
Character Conceptual Design: Yuusuke Matsuo
Mecha design: Junichi Akutsu
Animation Production: Sunrise
Internet Streaming: Crunchyroll
Licensed by: Sentai Filmworks
Plot Summary: Humanity has advanced to great heights since it obtained the information technology known as “Mana.” With that nearly magical power, problems like war, food shortages, and pollution have been eliminated. This age of peace and freedom, the Empress Angelese of the Misurugi Empire is a privileged girl with no disabilities. She learns, however, that she is a “Norma,” a kind of human who cannot use Mana and are outcasts of society. Having lost everything, she is sent to an isolated island. There she meets other Normas who ride in humanoid weapons called Para-mails, protecting the world from dragons’ invaders from another dimension.
Thoughts on it so far: I think Sunrise is trying too hard to make another Code Geass and they did it. But only without the likable characters, fascinating story, and events having meaning and an emotional feel to it and they did tried before with last year’s Valvrave the Liberator and man, did that show sucked. And now that you think about it, the show does have the same politics and themes of magic as this year’s Mahouka. The problems I got with this show so far is that it tries way too much to be this shocking, dark and edgy while thinking that it can be clever and sharp-witted and yet it ends up being this tone-deaf half-assed mess of a show, example being that ending to episode 1 where…..well, I guess you already know about that scene and I’ll say that it was just some unnecessary bullshit that really didn’t need to happen since the main character Angelese have been through enough drama, adding that goes way overboard and there. However, that isn’t the sole reason why I didn’t enjoy this as the story’s all insipid, characters not that gratifyingly enjoyable, and seeing the gratuitous actions left me feeling distant in every way possible. I can say that the animation is alright as usual for a Sunrise show but that’s the only good positive thing to say about it.
Fuck it, this is a complete DROP. I’m not going to stick around for 23 more episodes of this. I’m not even sure if I sure recommend this to somebody.
Actually, no, I don’t recommend this to anyone.
Until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing all the elements in one format.