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One Girl. One Tank. No Problem. In a devastated world overrun by monstrous bugs and ravaged by outlaws, there s only one person to call when you really need a job done right: Honoka. With a sixth sense for danger, sword skills that are second to none, and a smart-aleck A.I. tank by the name of Bogie, she s ready to tackle any job and solve any problem for her clients. But while crossing the desert one night, she finds a young man alone in the wasteland. It s the first step of a journey that will challenge even Honoka s amazing skills to their very limit! Contains the complete 24-episode TV series! DVD Features: Scene access, Dolby 5.1 mix for English dialogue, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo audio for English and Japanese dialogue, English subtitles and English on-screen translations. PLUS: Reversible DVD covers, character bios (including some with commentary by Megumi Toyoguchi, the voice of Honoka ), Japanese voice actor interviews, music videos (including some with karaoke music tracks), U.S. series trailer, six color booklets, three exclusive pencil boards and Right Stuf/Nozomi Entertainment trailers.
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This anime is a lot better than I expected. I has good animation, voice acting, a unique story, and a pretty good soundtrack. There is a lot of action, drama, mystery, adventure, and some pretty interesting characters & plot twists. There isn't another anime out there that I can really compare this to. It's pretty original, despite that, I still found it lacking a little something that would make it a 5 star show. It's hard to put my finger on what it is, but The Third is comes just shy of being incredible. Even so, it's still really good, and definitely worth watching. I recommend it to any anime fan.
About the story..There are the Humans and then there are "The Third"..a mutation born with an Astral Eye. Yet they do not have the ability to reproduce, the third are born of human parents and they are the ruling class. Honoka was born with such an eye but was deemed to be defective by "The Third". Honoka never fit in with "The Third" & does not fit in with humanity so she lives a life of wandering in the desert. Taking odd jobs to pay the bills and maintain her AI tank, Bogey, whom is more like her Father..Teacher...mentor...than just an AI.
A job lands in her lap and goes by the name Iks whom quickly hires Honoka to take him where ever he wants to go. How ever Iks is someone that "THe Third" are interested in. That is how the story starts and from that point on you follow Honoka and Iks on his journey of knowledge..a journey that puts them at odds "The Third" because there have placed restrictions on humanity. What kind of technology they are allowed to have...where they can go..etc.
These are not self contained episodes...it plays as one continious story ...time may lapse in between but is explained. The story moves forward at solid pace and I did not notice any episodes where the story got bogged down. With the exception of a couple of Episodes there is not much blood yet there is a lot of fighting and this is due to the fact that most of the fighting is between Honoka and robotic enforcers.
This was an enjoyable series and has good replay value. The type of series that I enjoy are "Black Blood Brothers"..Death Note.. Fate Stay Night...Last Exile..Trinity Blood..just to name a few.
If you liked any of those you should find this worth your time.
The Third does have a firm conclusion. That it will have a firm conclusion is not evident until the end of the series. Initially, The Third seems to consist of episodes in Honoka’s life presented in chronological order. Reminiscent of Glass Fleet, the conclusion is misty and mushy. I wasn’t expecting that type of conclusion. The rest of the series wasn’t that way. Unfortunately, the conclusion makes it difficult to ever be able to continue The Third to another series. We’ve probably seen all of Honoka that we’re ever going to be able to see.
The characters Honoka and Millie are well developed. The others are somewhat shallow, but adequate to tell the story. I wish that there could have been more of Millie in the Series but the writer of The Third felt that she should make her cameo appearance early in the series and move to the background afterwards.
The animation is good. The colors are bright and the scenes are well detailed. Honoka is a Sword Dancer and depicting her required a great deal of animation and that was well done.
Some reviewers objected to the commentary. I admit that it didn't add anything to the story, but it didn't ruin it either and I felt that the commentery should be given a pass.
I feel that The Third would be a good addition to most Anime science fiction collections. Admittedly, Honoka overshadowed the plot, which is decent but not exceptional, and The Third wouldn’t have been nearly as good without her. The Third is very heroine centered. I gave The Third five stars because I liked Honoka and also Millie. Without those two, it would have been four stars at best.