Oct 10 2010 10:57 PM
So....I'm not entirely impressed with how the series turned out. As the series went on, more "oh by the way" scenarios developed...The final episode, although funny with the Tekkaman Blade cosplay/cameo, it felt too much out of character. Although the series was already wacky as it is, I was hoping for at least a more interesting ending, but no, not only was the ending predictable, it was very dull and felt inconclusive in fact. The episode just decided to "end."
Animation was very pretty. Not along the lines of Mayoi Neko Overrun! pretty, which was AIC's prior work, but definitely moreso than a few other shows airing at the same time.
Music....sphere themes plus lots of Kana Hanazawa, Kanae Itou, and Haruka Tomatsu was basically music to my ears the entire series. Loved the voice cast, but it's a shame that talents were wasted on yet another series that decided to fall flat on its face.
Character development? Everything seemed so interesting in the first few episodes, especially with Manami and Aoi being involved as mercenaries and all, but the lack of further development on their past really through the towel in for me for this series. I was hoping for some more of that interesting back story as to why Manami and Aoi became who they were and how did they live their lives as "childhood friends" with Kio while involved in all of that. Of course, the creators decided to go off and say, watch, accept, and move on. Something like that won't get past me unfortunately.
Enjoyment? There were several moments in this series that were good. The Assistdroids were awesome from the very beginning. Some of the CGI was quite good too and as said before, the randomness in the beginning of the series that seemingly came together within the first few episodes was probably the best part of the show. Sadly, the enjoyment factor quickly deteriorated as the series went on with meaningless fanservice (of course more yuri/shoujo-ai between Manami and Aoi would not have hurt). Oh, and the Zero no Tsukaima and Seiken no Blacksmith cameos in episode 4 were also amusing, but curious as to why those two series specifically when this show is done by AIC (note that Blacksmith and Zero no Tsukaima are both not produced by them)
Overall, this show had little hopes to begin with. It started off better and certainly more interesting than most series in the summer season, but it clearly jumped the cliff in the latter of the series to the point that its randomness took complete control of the series and produced a remarkably disastrous ending. Had they decided to simply "remove" one of the characters at the end after all that "bye bye" stuff would have most definitely changed my opinion of the series.Preliminary Score: 6/10 Final Score: 6/10