Sunday, October 19, 2008

RD Sennou Chosashitsu: (Ended) Best Scifi of 2008

It is always amazing how an anime that I thought would not last more than 4 episodes for me ends up earning a best of the year award from me. In this case, not only it came up earning the award, it also knocked out a very tough opponent, Macross Frontier, which at one point I thought no other anime this year could have surpass it. On top of that, RD Sennou Chosashitsu is now one of the candidates to receive my Best Anime of 2008 award.

Early on, I couldn't stand its art style at all. So many times I was considering dropping it because of that. But the story was so good that not only I kept watching, I ended up somewhat liking it towards the end.

This, in my opinion is one of the MUST WATCH anime in 2008 for almost everyone who likes anime, except those who are not interested in highly philosophical topics. I said it before, but I'll say it again: Masamune Shirow (士郎 正宗) is truly a master of using carefully crafted Scifi story as medium to discuss highly philosophical topics.

Final scoreboard (out of 5):

Drama: 5 (One of the best)
Comedy: 4 (For the little it had, it's not bad)
Action: 4 (Not its focus, but still good)
Art/Animation: 4 (I did not like it, but learned to accept it)
Sound/Music: 5 (Love the music)
Character: 5 (Best part of the series)
Plot: 5 (Couldn't ask for anything better)
Ending: 5 (Resolved and reasonable)

Re-watch value: 4 (Many valuable stories worth re-watching)

Overall (not average): 4.95 ~ Best Scifi of the year

Award: Best Scifi Anime of 2008

Even though it earned a best of 2008 award, recommending to others isn't that easy because I know there are many people out there prefer story that is not so deep into philosophical discussion. Simply put, if you don't like too much thinking, then this is not for you. For everybody else that watches anime, this is another MUST WATCH anime in 2008. And please give it a chance even if you hate the art work, you are missing out a lot if you don't.

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