4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not for all tastes.,
This review is from: Divergence Eve - The Complete Collection [DVD]  (DVD)
In the future technology has enabled mankind to travel vast distances through space by opening holes in space/time. Due to an ovepopulated earth space colony watchers nest has been established as mankinds first foothold in space, unfortunately it is under constant attack from a mysterious alien entity called the ghoul that may have been unleashed due to the same tech that allows humans to travel through space. Into this comes misaki and several other recruits, brought to watchers nest to fight the ghoul and unwillingy participate in sinsister experiments conducted by the resident mad scientist.
To qualify the title of this review, this is an anime i enjoyed but others may not mainly because I got the impression no-one involved really knew what they wanted this anime to be. The main plot is pretty disturbing in tone, people go mad and/or die in horrible ways, others are being subjected to experiments without their knowledge and this could quite easily be a totally downbeat dystopian science fiction with strong horror elements along the lines of evangalion, blade runner or alien. Then someone decided to thrown in tons of fan service including plenty of comic relief breast jiggling and nudity. Now I know other anime have done this but never has it been so jarring, one really good example is the opening credits with dark guitar-based music that sets an ominous tone the episode progresses with dark dsytopian science fiction intersperced with boobs then a dark and sinister cliffhanger ending... suddenly it goes into the most cheery and out of place j-pop theme ever! I can pretty much guarentee this will more than likely alienate a significant portion of the shows audience, those wanting a show based on cute large-breasted girls in space fighting aliens will find it too dark, and those wanting serious sci-fi will get put off by the copious fan service that feels welded on. That said I enjoyed the show, at 13 episodes it really does not outstay its welcome and for the most part the characters are great plus fan service aside there is a pretty good plot in there! Also if you do find you enjoyed this there is another series called misaki chronicals Misaki Chronicles: Complete Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] which shifts the tone a little and wraps up some loose ends in the story.
Overall, proceed with caution as the show has some pretty deep flaws, but its worth a gamble at the budget price in my humble opinion.