Winter Anime Impressions – Chrome Shelled Regios
Chrome Shelled Regios made my list of shows that I planned on catching mainly because the animation studio behind it, Zexcs, was responsible for the delightful Wagaya no Oinari-sama that ran this past spring and summer. What made me even a bit excited was how the animation quality in the previews for Regios was much higher then Wagaya , a show that had to contend with a very small budget. If they could repeat the entertainment and appeal of Wagaya and make it look better, then this could be the sleeper hit of the season.
Rating: 7/12 B
In the future, humanity has to live in large mobile cities because the barren land is full of Pollution Beasts. To help in humanity’s fight are superpowered humans that have gained their powers from the same pollution that has spawned the monsters. We follow a student named Layfon who is entering a college that trains the future protectors of humanity. Layfon is going to the general studies department but after saving a fellow student when a fight breaks out, he gets forcefully reassigned to the military arts department. This is music to the ears of one military regiment (the 17th, I think) because they had just had a member quit their group and the regiment would have had to disband if they couldn’t get another member so they convince Layfon to join their group.
The center part of the episode featured Layfon and the efforts by members of the 17th to find another member. This part was pretty good. We learned about Layfon and met several of the side characters. Several plot lines where teased, implying there will be something more then just fighting. The animation was better then Wagaya and there wasn’t much fanservice – meaning they plan on enticing viewers to watch on actual content.
It wasn’t spectacular but definitely solid. Judged solely on the center 16 minutes or so, it would have earned at least an 8/12 B+. What lowered the score was the fight scenes that book-ended the episode. They were obviously trying to wow us with these scenes but I thought the actual fighting was ho-hum, the music was loud and a very poor attempt at techno, and I wasn’t really clear who was fighting and who those people standing in a line were. I hope this was just an overzealous attempt for the first episode and not a signal that we’ll have to suffer through every fight scene because that’ll probably make watching this show impossible. I will give this a few more episodes to see if it improves because it did take me several episodes to warm to Wagaya no Oinari-sama and I would hate to miss a show that I enjoyed as much as I enjoyed that one.