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Decent, but by no means as superb as others have stated...
on 30 March 2008
I went into this series thinking 'Something as well rated as EVA must be superb, right...', needless to say I was somewhat disappointed.
I shall say this now, this is not as big a rip off of EVA as I feared it would be, sure the pilot of a mecha is a young Japanese boy with no real knowledge of the outside world, but it doesn't play out like that at all. The big issue here is the characters though, while there's no doubt in saying that the animation and dub are genuinely superb (rare for the latter), the characters are unconvincing and lack true emotion. I won't spil the story but Ayato lacks any real emotion in some of the key important scenes early on, especially as some of the early revelations are bigger than that of EVA. Regardless the 1st volume plodded on at a slow and somewhat tedious pace, more characters were introduced that failed to engage me at all, and the inevitable light hearted and somewhat comedic sections were poor as well.
Needless to say Vol 1 did not leave me salivating for more, and I don't feel a desperate desire to run out and buy the next volume. While it's certainly well drawn with a decent opening and closing sequence and a superb dub, it is a case of style over substance that ultimately failed to deliver what others say it has.