Chrome Shelled Regios: Part One
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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 In the distant future, humanity has withdrawn to enclosed mobile cities called Regios to escape the polluted atmosphere.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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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. I enjoyed the world the series was set in, I liked Felli and Layfon, I didn't really hate any of the characters, and the plot was interesting. However! There is no resolution in the end. All those questions raised during the course of the series? 2 are answered. Really. Layfon's reason for coming to Zuelleni and Leerin's relationship to the Queen are the only 2 explained. Out of, I dunno, 10 important questions? Yeah, basically 1/5 of the mystery behind the show is explained. The ending was really pathetic.
But despite the (enormous) setbacks, I still like the show and still think it is something worth watching for the random entertainment. I'll probably buy it once a cheap set comes out. But I will forever be disappointed with how the ending was handled.
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.