Divergence Eve - Welcome to the Watcher's Nest (Vol. 1)
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(Mar 01, 2005)
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Set in the future, Misaki is a young woman trying to live a military career. However, a run in with a "Ghoul" while on the way to Watcher's Nest with 3 other cadets, causes something inside her to stir, and sets the stage for action, comedy, horror, and so forth. The voice acting for both the English Dub and Japanese with English Subtitles is very descent, and I didn't have any problems with it. The story for this first DVD plays out well, as you want to keep watching it and know more. The animation is crisp and clean, and while the 3D animation isn't as sharp, it still does it's job. The mecha designs for this anime are also interesting to see, as they have a realistic look to them.
It's important to note that the same director and character designer were from the anime comedy "Amazing Nurse Nanako", with that said, that explains why the women are...well, not small needless to say. But that is just the cherry on the cake. The chocolate layer and frosting are the story and so forth. Once you get into the story, you don't really pay too much attention to how big the women are. If you don't pay attention to it and focus more on the story, the female cast are just as normal as any other person or character.
This is actually a VERY good anime, and is worth a shot. Some may find the character designs for the women weird, but for it, it's not bothering me, as I can pay attention to the story, character development and such.
Give this title a shot and see for yourself about why "Something wicked is waiting to be unleashed."
The overall story is about these four chicks who have come from earth and have been appointed to under go training in a large space station called watchers nest. This is where the humans of earth have been monitering and containing the materialization of a alien race code named Ghouls. The four females are then introduced rather forcefully to there enemy and are thrown into turmoil. The series does a great job on developing the main character who's name is Misaki. The mystery about her past and the very strange scenes that happen when see comes into contact with the ghouls are very interesting and leave you wanting more.
I really had no compliants about this first dvd except for somethings thou. For instance the first episode is rather confuseing and takes some time to grasp and understand and one of the most odd things has to be the bizare ending theme song? What the heck is that? This series is a serious anime and really isn't funny accept for some scenes, but over all the anime in its self brings a atmosphere that is more of a Neon Genesis atmosphere then a perky comedey like Love Hina?
But in the end the first dvd is promiseing and would have any anime fan looking forward to the next dvd. It just is a series you got to see all the way threw to understand it all and even then you may be left in the dark. I myself have all of the dvds and I'm looking forward to finishing the series.
If you don't like fanservice, look elsewhere-- this one is brimming with it. You won't see much actual nudity (the cadets-- all young adult girls from 18 to about 22-- turn their backs a lot), but you will see a ton of undies.
The English track can be a little annoying and shrill, but not so bad as other stuff I've seen.
The writing is very good; a starbase full of soldiers (seemingly mostly female cadets, for some reason) faces a mysterious alien race, the Ghoul. There are some stylistic references to MechWarrior, Babylon 5 and a few others, but it's easily forgiven. There is even a slight attempt at realistic-sounding pseudoscience, involving interdimensional travel and "baby universes".
The effects in here are very bright and colorful; lots of flying bullets and lasers, rockets, etc, but the actual physical science is very iffy. The strangest part of the vehicles, for instance, is a seeming lack of rear jets, even when the ships move forward; weirdly, the undercarriage jets (pointing straight down) blast away even when the ship is moving straight forward.
All of this is secondary to the real story-- that of the interactions between the characters. The mystery involving the main character is engaging, and the reasons behind the girls' actions make sense.
Fanboys will love this, but so will people who like SF anime.
In the 2300's, interstellar travel takes place using "inflation gates". These gates use wormholes to pass through different dimensions. Through these wormholes, an enemy called a "GHOUL" comes into our world. A group of female pilots has arrived at the space station Watcher's Nest to complete their pilot training. Among them is Misaki Kureha, who lost her father in an accident at watchers nest over 10 years ago. She has come there to learn the truth. The general public isn't aware of the GHOULS. So when the new pilots encounter them, they are very surprised. Misaki learns that they are the reason her father died, and that she has a strange connection to GHOULS.
This series has good animation, and a pretty well thought out plot. The CG animation for the battle scenes is not bad. I do think that the GHOULS and the thing that Misaki turns into are kinda dumb looking. Their battles are very slow moving and odd looking. The soundtrack is very unique and not bad. There is also a lot of fan service and some nudity. The downfalls of this series are the relatively uninteresting characters, and the failure to background them. The characters have potential, but we never really get to know them, not even our heroine, Misaki. It was hard to get attached to them b/c you never get know anything about who they are as people. There were some moments that were supposed to be dramatic, but they never capitalized. Most of this series was spent with the science officer and a big shot jerk talking vaguely about Misaki's potential powers. It didn't ever develop into anything memorable. I think this series was mediocre in every aspect. It's not bad, but you're probably not going to tell your friends about it, or invite them over to watch it with you. If you can rent it before buying it, I recommend doing that before you buy it.
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