Type: Filth Monsters Sounds Better
Synopsis: The world had been overrun by giant man-eating insects and the air is so thick with pollution that it burns like acid. But that’s not nearly as important as the happy go lucky lives of Platoon 17, a rag-tag group of student-soldiers with a can do attitude and everything to prove! So get ready for some real crackerjack adventures that totally ignore the harsh realities of the world at large.
Pros: I like the premise. The whole ideal of humanity living in bottled cities and having to train soldiers to compete with other cities for resources on a death planet reads like something out of a science-fiction novel. I also liked the main character Layton for playing the role of a elite soldier trying to walk away from the battlefield. It’s a concept I wish more anime’s played around with. Then there’s Felli, the very rare quiet girl character with an actual personality. Her jealous anger towards Layton always made me laugh.
Cons: In the anime, there’s this side story that pops up intermittently throughout the series where the Japanese voice actors only use English dialogue. They get props for trying, but their thick accents made the segments unwatchable. That aside, the show proper had pacing issues and too vague and random in certain story plots. For example, in one arc, we learn that the character Sharnid left his former Platoon because…yeah. We don’t really know why. It seems he felt that his team was growing part, so he left them in the middle of a competition, because that would help them reform their friendship? The whole anime is littered with stuff like this. The action is also subpar, and the anime doesn’t play up the dire status of the world nearly as much as it should. I mean really, people should be more worried about the giant bugs outside instead of losing face in silly war games.
Watch it?: Attack on Titan it is not. (3/5)
MVP: Felli Loss
Always a treat
Best Episode: Ep.11 “Spa Resort Kalian” (I like to laugh)