The broadcast series Chrome Shelled Regios
(2009) began as a series of light novels written by Shusuke Amagi and illustrated by Miyu, who later did the manga adaptation. In the distant future, humanity has withdrawn to enclosed mobile cities called Regios to escape the polluted atmosphere. The Regios wander through the bleak landscape, seeking to avoid the monstrous, insectlike Contaminoids. Teenager Layfon comes to the academic Regio of Zuellni and is immediately drafted into the military arts program. He's assigned to the 14th Squadron, joining leader Nina, mechanical ace Harley, sharpshooter Sharnid, and psychic Felli. His squadmates quickly discover that Layfon is an extraordinarily powerful fighter, able to use all sorts of weapons and "Kei" energy. They also learn he conceals a troubled past. Chrome Shelled Regios
is an interesting but ultimately frustrating series. Although the characters are likable, the story line is fragmented and, often, derivative. After 12 episodes, the viewer has no idea what's going on in a series of monochrome flashbacks, and a mass attack of Contaminoid larva is blatantly lifted from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
. Director Itsuro Kawasaki can't juggle multiple story lines the way Kenji Kamiyama does in Eden of the East
. Chrome Shelled Regios
offers some exciting and entertaining moments; unfortunately, those moments never combine to form a coherent story. (Unrated; suitable for ages 14 and older: violence, violence against women, grotesque imagery, nudity, risqué humor, alcohol, drug and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
(1. The Conscious City, 2. Capture the Flag, 3. Electric Spirit Zuellni, 4. Disarmament! Put on That Maid's Outfit, 5. The Enemy That Lurks in Death's Land, 6. The Letter from Glendan, 7. Adamandite Restored, 8. A Former Enemy Reduced to a Ruined City, 9. The Right to Be a Heaven's Blade, 10. Luecken's Revenge, 11. Spa Resort Kalian, 12. A Tender Lie)
The world of tomorrow is an arid wasteland, a forsaken place where nomadic communities take shelter within mobile domed cities. Massive, mutant Contaminoid monsters swarm the planet s desolate surface, and the lack of resources fuels constant conflict between cities.
In this bleak future, mysterious young Layfon struggles to escape his violent past. Unfortunately, his former life might be impossible to hide after he's forced to enroll at the military academy his special powers are clearly stronger than those of his comrades. As he joins his fellow student soldiers in the desperate battle against the Contaminoid scourge, Layfon must fight to keep the origins of his enhanced abilities a secret because the truth could tear his team apart.