silverthunder: (Nezumi and Shion - Dance with me)
So, I finished watching No. 6 just now - watched the last two episodes while doing my workout today. It was pretty good! Considering they only had 11 episodes to deliver a plot like that, the pacing actually really wasn't bad, and the character development was decent all around.

One small nig: Shion's transition in the last two episodes felt a little forced. It wasn't terrible, but I felt they could've done with another episode to ease into it. Doing that might've slowed down the action, though, so there was probably a trade-off somewhere.

Overall, I really enjoyed this series. It was subtle in all the right ways, and there was always enough going on to keep my interest engaged. The hinted-at romantic triangle between Nezumi, Shion, and Safu was lovely, and never threatened to overwhelm the plot. The ending was a little abrupt, and could've been stretched out a bit more, but I still felt satisfied with it when it was over.

Honestly, I would have liked to have seen No. 6 as a 24-episode series just to develop the setting and the characters more, and to watch the way they interacted. It did well with the time it had, but I feel like there could've been so much more.


Aug. 23rd, 2011 10:42 pm
silverthunder: (Nezumi and Shion - Dance with me)
I am currently five episodes into an anime series called No.6. I was going to wait until the series had finished airing and I'd seen all of it before I posted about it, but I changed my mind after stumbling across this article.

I think this really hits on what I find so refreshing about this series, and why I think most of the people on my friends list would probably enjoy it. The series is classified as science fiction. Does it seem like it's leaning towards a relationship between its two (male) protagonists? Yes. But like the review I linked to says, this is a fairly mainstream sci-fi series that doesn't bill itself as shounen-ai. I think this is probably the first time I've seen an anime that seems likely to contain a m/m relationship but doesn't really define itself by that fact.

Regardless of whether it goes there in the end, I think this series will turn out to be a pretty good one. The BG music is good, the animation is good, the story is engaging. If it doesn't pull its punches regarding its main relationship, it could be something awesome.

For those interested, you can view the opening video of the No. 6 anime here.

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