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Chrome Shelled Regios: Part One

4.1 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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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.

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 In the distant future, humanity has withdrawn to enclosed mobile cities called Regios to escape the polluted atmosphere.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)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Brina Palencia, Todd Haberkorn, Monica Rial
  • Directors: Colleen Clinkenbeard
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,125 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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While on whole the series has what many like myself found enjoyable it also had the standard of so many anime series too, the mysterious but powerful handsome young male fighter with a shadowy past who comes into a new city and becomes the infatuation of a young group of females who are vying for his attention either romantically or because of his fighting prowess. This series has domed movable cities called Regios each with their own governments and laws pretty much like countries, and the reason for this is because the atmosphere outside has become toxic due in part to mass pollution that has also spawned mutant insect like creatures that attack the mobile cities which in turned has forced the citizens to create a military corp who are able to use a unique form of energy combat styles to fight the creatures. The main character Layfon Alseif who is our mysterious new comer apparently at first tries to stay in the civilian sector of the cities but due to a fight and becoming involved as he sees a young girl about to get hurt reveals his incredible fighting abilities to the city who than trick him into fighting for and to protect the city. The series continues to show more of Layfon's past as well as the reasoning for his leaving his former mobile city home. Most of the characters are enjoyable to watch but are pretty stereotypical for many anime series too with of course the love triangle as Layfon gets the usual gaggle of females trying to capture his heart and competing with each other with some of those scenes being pretty hilarious. The animation and soundtrack fit well together and the subbed and dubbed cast were picked pretty well for their character roles too.Read more ›
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In the far distant future, people live in large, domed moving cities, because the outside air is poisonous and bug like monsters known as Contaminoids wander the earth. Zuelleni is an academic city where pretty much the entire population is made up of students and everything is run by the student council president. Layfon, a teenage boy with a mysterious past, comes to Zuelleni to escape said past. He wants to start his life anew, as a regular, average student. But too bad for him - upon arriving at school for the first day, he is immediately forced into the military arts program. He is assigned to the 17th Platoon, after leader Nina asks for him to fill a recently vacated spot on the team. The rest of the platoon consists of mechanical ace Harley, sharpshooter and ladies man Sharnid, and ne'in operator Felli. However, it is pretty soon evident that Layfon isn't in any need of military training.....

I actually quite enjoyed this series. I'm not really sure why, since there are many weak points and plot holes. But I think a big part of my enjoyment was the fact that Layfon starts out as an extremely strong fighter. It was kind of refreshing to have a character that didn't need to push his limits of endurance in order to master that next powerful technique so he can save... who or whatever. In addition, Layfon's technique is just really cool. He has as sword, which isn't very interesting, but he also wields a multi threaded whip like device. The threads are made of up his 'kei', so there are as many of them as he wants to generate, they are extremely sharp, and he has great control over them. It was just fun to watch any fight where he used that weapon.

I rated this half the series 4 stars, but really overall it is a 3 star show.
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Chrome Shelled Regios is ultimately a decent watch if a bit confusing. Much of what the Amazon review says is accurate and (spoiler alert) don't expect anything to be explained by the time you finish the series. That being said the art direction is pretty, the plot (while confusing and unexplained) is moderately interesting and the characters are likable. I would say if you're a fan of Sci-Fi anime you ought to give it a watch and the current sale price would probably be worth it, but you definately have to give it a little bit to warm up (and perhapse ignore the bizarre sub-plot that keeps popping up and is obviously supposed to lead somewhere that it doesn't) as much of it's watchability is in the characters, which means you need time to connect to them. It's entertaining, but the lack of explination/resolution will leave you a little wanting and ultimately keep it from being something more than what it is. I would give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. It's perhapse -slightly- above average for it's genre.
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This is a fun show. The art is well-done and the English actors also do a good job. The plot is a bit slow to start but relatively interesting. The characters are all likeable enough and their interactions work well as long as provide some humor and drama. The action scenes are well-done and visually interesting.

The thing I like most about the show is also its biggest weakness. Namely the fact that the main character Layfon, is a total fighting beast. It's nice to see a protagonist that starts out strong rather than someone who starts out a bumbling fool and becomes strong. On the other hand Layfon is so strong, that it starts to get ridiculous. The rest of Layfon's platoon really don't seem to matter because he is so monstrously strong. If the show had a little more balance between Layfon's strength and everyone else's, I would have rated it higher.

Is this show worth getting? I would say yes, but make sure to buy it on a sale.
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