When mecha attack a research center, it's students, pilots, and researchers must fight back with the help of mysterious artifacts and a young samurai.
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Johnny Yong Bosch ...  Ryoto Akagi 26 episodes, 2016
Bob Buchholz ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 2016
Kira Buckland Kira Buckland ...  Muetta 26 episodes, 2016
Reba Buhr ...  Liu Shenmei 26 episodes, 2016
Doug Erholtz ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 2016
Melissa Fahn ...  Sophie Noel 26 episodes, 2016
Jessica Gee-George ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 2016
Grant George ...  Jose Carlos Takasuka 26 episodes, 2016
Todd Haberkorn ...  Tom Borden 26 episodes, 2016
Dave Mallow ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 2016
Michael McConnohie ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 2016
Cassandra Lee Morris ...  Koharu Shirahane 26 episodes, 2016
Jamieson Price ...  Arthur Graham 26 episodes, 2016
Keith Silverstein ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 2016
Christopher Corey Smith ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 2016
Julie Ann Taylor Julie Ann Taylor ...  Mirasa 26 episodes, 2016
Anne Yatco ...  Hiromi Shirahane 26 episodes, 2016
Yôhei Azakami Yôhei Azakami ...  Kennosuke Tokisada Ouma 25 episodes, 2016
Mao Ichimichi Mao Ichimichi ...  Yukina Shirahane 25 episodes, 2016
Cherami Leigh ...  Yukina Shirahane 25 episodes, 2016
Bryce Papenbrook ...  Kennosuke Tokisada Ouma 25 episodes, 2016
Griffin Burns ...  Jundai Kayahara 14 episodes, 2016
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When mecha attack a research center, it's students, pilots, and researchers must fight back with the help of mysterious artifacts and a young samurai.

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Not the Deepest, but Still Entertaining
23 September 2016 | by infoalwaysacriticSee all my reviews

There is a large number of mecha/pilot anime series out there for people to enjoy, and Netflix has already produced a mecha in space series in Knights of Sidonia. So what makes this one different?

One appeal is that unlike many other anime series, fan service is almost completely absent in Kuromukuro. With the exception of some minor occurrences, the characters are of a logical proportion, avoiding the over-the-top cutesy styles and expressions of other anime, without getting too gritty and realistic either. You will still have the outrageous hair colours and your typical high school antics, but the series keeps a similar art style along the lines of Gasaraki or AldNoah.Zero, without too many shallow attempts at awkward sexual tension.

Set predominantly around a group of high school students, the series starts strong, with revealing and developing its characters amidst some intense action, but soon begins to meander. A large number of mysteries are presented, and by the end of season 1 not much has been done to explain any of them. This is not unusual for a series of this kind, but, unfortunately, there is not a lot of memorable moments to fill the space, and this takes some of the veneer off of the mandatory cliff-hangar ending to the season.

This isn't to say that it is not an enjoyable season. A healthy balance is kept between the relational development of characters and the action in the series. Giant robots battle right from the start amidst glorious explosions, demolishing buildings and their environment. The combat lacks the nuances and uniqueness of the Orbital Knights from Aldnoah.Zero, while sharing some of the same premises. Most of the time robots are displayed recklessly hacking at each other, while the militaries of the world fire weapons at them. This wouldn't be all that bad if they hadn't repeatedly established that they have no effect.

UPDATE *Season 2 sees the action, and the plot, ramp up considerably. The pace increases and key elements are discussed in every episode. Characters are more flushed out, animation is a little tighter and the enemy characters also become more distinct. More engaging than the first, the second season finishes well and without compromising the characters they built in the process.*

Where this series shines is in some of the character's relationships and tensions with their family and with each other. Some of the main characters are one-dimensional, but a handful of them are compelling enough to draw you into their struggles, making you cheer for them when they overcome a particular issue, and feeling for them when they are put down.


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