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This Month’s anime recommendation is Knights Of Sidonia. This is an Action, Mecha, Sci-Fi adventure in a post-apocalyptic time for humanity. The show overall is almost a blend between Gundam and Attack On Titan. The art style has nice CGI animation with 2D Textures to still give it the appearance of an anime. It starts off a little choppy but as the show progresses it becomes a lot smoother and is actually quite enjoyable to watch. The English voice acting is pretty good, and the story has a nice blend of action, comedy and bit of romance. Like Full Metal Alchemist, as the show goes on, it begins to unravel in a dark twisted way that you would never guess and always surprises you with every turn in the plot. If you are looking for a new anime but are turned off by the fact that it is a “Mecha” style. Believe me, it is one of few that has actually done it right!
Plot: The story is set in the year 3394. It’s been a thousand years since the Gauna, a strange alien race with no known method of communication, destroyed the solar system. A portion of humanity managed to escape using enormous “seed ships” like Sidonia, which have allowed them to maintain the population while drifting through space. The story follows the exploits of Nagate Tanikaze, who lived in the underground layer of Sidonia since birth and was raised by his grandfather. Never having met anyone else, he trains himself in an old Guardian pilot simulator every day, eventually mastering it. After his grandfather’s death, he emerges to the surface and is selected as a Guardian pilot, just as Sidonia is once again threatened by the Gauna.
Action: The action in Knights Of Sidonia has to be one of the most beautiful parts of the show, unlike Gundam where you only really see still shots of each character with a lot of plot jumps in-between. you aren’t forced to assume the manoeuvring and what happens in-between each scene cut. You get to see all the dodging, quick twists/turns and commands to his fellow pilots, along with the beautiful angles and breath taking visuals. You really get to see just how advanced Nagate is compared to the other Garde pilots. All the scenes make you feel like you’re watching a fight scene from Transformers. The beautiful sound effects that go along with the movements of the Gardes and the Gauna followed by near death escapes will have you wanting more and more with every fight.
Summary: I personally think this is by far one of the best “Mecha” series out there. It has a great plot, amazing action, and great character development all the way through. Sure it may start out a tad bit slow, but once it picks up you wont want it to end. The amount of detail that gets put into creating their vast world on Sidonia and all of its hidden secrets puts this show at a top 10 for me. If you loved the story of Attack On Titan and its action, as well as the visuals and Sci-Fi feel of Gundam, then this show is the perfect one for you!