only a surface glance at the series, Chrome Shelled Regios
might not seem to be
the most wholly original anime series out there. It follows some
formulas, but in my imaginary hipster-speak it 'surfs those anime
nicely. It is all at once a giant bug anime (ick), a goofball comedy
and yet another apocalyptic entry with a reluctant young hero who must
off the abnormal invaders (oh come on - I'm talking about another one
of those Neon Genesis Evangelion-esque shows again,
aren't I?!). Yet the very quality I mentioned in the middle of the mix
- the goofball
comedy aspect - that is perhaps the defining trait that brings the
"been there, done that" formula into uncommon and rarely charted
series centers its attention on the members of
the Zuellni University Military Arts Section (which is apparently a
function). The time is staged for the events taking place to occur
the future. Things are astray - but will they stay that way forever?
reason I claim the quirky-nature of the show to
be such a valuable strength is that I honestly cannot attest to many
where giant bugs kill people and destroy cities while the core
to spend half their time (at minimum) simply sitting around talking and
weird jokes with one another in that uniquely anime style. This entire
basically plays out as though it could fit within a purely comedic
the background plotline is actually quite serious in both tone and
creatures are destroying the planet and our time could end.
most impressive thing about Chrome Shelled Regios is
how likeable the characters can be. It's
easy to enjoy spending time with such a fun group of oddballs, and I
interested in learning more about the entire group. The lead character
Layfon, who is the latest to be recruited into the Military Arts
Section. He is
our reluctant hero - and when he came to the school his natural
just to take normal educational courses, but this was quickly shot down
leader of the Section (who ends up offering him a full scholarship on
condition he follow his 'demands' and joins the Section). Another
character is Nina, who seems to have a strong admiration for the
newcomer Layfon while also maintaining a deep yearning to excel and
animation is rather breathtaking. I loved the
character designs, and the setting of the universe. It was very
enveloping and surprising
how the animators created an apocalyptic word that might actually be a
place to go on vacation too (well, maybe not). The music was also quite
contained both strong opening/ending theme songs with enough edge to
flow going, and a solid score that contains many techno elements that
the flavor of the action sequences.
was ultimately happy to find a series that managed
to surpass my initially lower expectations. The first episode does a
of introducing the characters, setting, and themes of the show. The
follow continued to successfully build upon the strong beginning but by
of this first (of two) sets I was beginning to scratch my head at some
odd occurrences happening, much of which seemed to be turning events
sequence of confusing flashbacks that simply weren't adding up.
second set will make that aspect of the show clearer and will allow me
re-watching this charming production for years to come.
was expecting a bit more from the transfer for this series. While the
1:85:1 transfer is moderately sharp and contains strong colors the
also a tad softer than I had hoped for. I also noticed occasional
which took me by surprise. The presentation is most certainly pleasing
eyes but it does not excel as an especially top-tier transfer.
is presented with both the original
Japanese stereo mix and a newly produced English Language 5.1 surround
mix. I found that experiencing the show
in either the original language or with the English dub would be
most viewers. The 5.1 English mix has a slightly better soundstage, but
not dramatically improved upon. The Japanese audio has slightly
acting (at least in my mind) but it doesn't run circles over the
Either way, the sound definitely manages to perform adequately even if
it is not
capable of overwhelming the senses.
isn't much to find in the
video extras department on this release. There are some textless
credits and trailers for other recent and upcoming Funimation titles.
should be noted that the
Limited Edition version of the Part One release (as herein reviewed)
an extra item - a Chrome Shelled Regios
miniature flag. While the sentiment is nice I'm not too fond of the
idea of a
tiny bonus item bringing viewers an increase in price. To be perfectly
I also have no use for a mini flag from this show. It doesn't interest
more attractive addition to this Limited release is an art box (which
state Part One on the spine of the box). After removing the bonus flag
purchasing the Part Two DVD release any fan can choose to house all
slim-cases in the box so that the entire series can be stored this way.
Personally, I love packaging like this and can see how fans might
an attractive bonus to purchasing this edition.
in 2009 as an adaptation of a series of popular
light novels (unavailable in North America as of this writing), Chrome Shelled Regios is a fun anime
series that manages to mix both an apocalyptic sci-fi yarn with an
sense of humor. The series may get a bit confusing at times in this
so hopefully the remainder of the show will manage to properly resolve
questions and vagueness that is found in the Part One DVD release.
the cast of likeable characters makes this anime an enjoyable
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.