second half of Chrome Shelled Regios begins where the
first set left off -- with
the main storyline seemingly building into a grand and exciting
events. The Zuellni University Military Arts Section continues to
giant bug-like creatures (referred to as 'Contaminoids') which the team
to help defeat for their domed-city survival with the power of
good ol' fashioned superhero abilities. That's not really the case
but it sure seemed that way at the beginning.
you ever seen a movie where you enjoyed it for
the first half and then were horribly disappointed by the way things
in the race to the conclusion? I'm sure most readers would choose to
resounding 'YES.' to that question, but just in case the answer is
Welcome to that horrible feeling. Only with Chrome
Shelled Regios, it is a full length anime series made for
honestly makes things multiply in level of disappointment and
Where was the calculated resolution that I was expecting? Am I a fool
hoping that this series could have a somewhat sensible final act that
together the seemingly convoluted plot elements that continually had me
scratching at my head the further along I watched? Perhaps I should
the pitiful outcome as inevitable. I had some doubts about where the
was heading with the first collection of episodes, but I also believed
could turn out quite well if the writers could weave together the
I was wrong.
a series that started out as enjoyable
entertainment, the writers prove they had no idea what they were doing
-- or at
least that they didn't care about the story enough to bring new viewers
sensible resolution. This anime was based upon a series of novels which
have held some concrete answers and explanations to the many narrative
the series leaves viewers with upon conclusion. I honestly wouldn't
though. Those novels aren't even available to readers within North
my harsh criticisms, the main plot-line of
the story ends well enough. The reason I say "well enough" is primarily
it actually followed a basic, albeit unremarkable path to a
conclusion that would work within the framework of the show. Yet the
doesn't work. In fact, it doesn't even come close to working. The major
with Chrome Shelled Regios is that everything
surrounding the main storyline is entirely useless to the main
that leads to a high level of indifference to what actually happens
series when it attempts to be straightforward entertainment and not an
of bad storytelling 101.
series has a long laundry list of problems with
it, and these problematic matters become increasingly apparent in the
Checklist of Disturbing Chrome Shelled
Regios Story Issues
introduced side characters? Check.
elements that go absolutely nowhere? Check.
sequences that are confusing and make no
sense at all? Check.
humor that brought a unique charm to this
apocalyptic series almost entirely removed? Check.
humorous elements replaced by a ridiculous sense
of seriousness that nearly destroys previous charms? Check.
unfortunate thing about watching a potentially fun
and fulfilling series completely derail in storytelling is that this
necessarily equate to all the other elements of the show collapsing.
series is proof of that. It makes the entire effort feel like a bit of
The animation is still gorgeous, the direction is relatively solid
and characters that were introduced in the first box-set are still
enjoyable to spend time with. None of this matters with a weak story
of it at all. What a wasted effort.
1:85:1 anamorphic transfer is
equally as good as the first box-set release for this series. The
relatively rich and the animation is generally smooth. The transfer is
soft, but it is pleasing on the eyes. There is occasional aliasing at
though. The visual presentation is still quite solid overall.
is presented with 5.1 surround sound
for the English-language dub and in stereo for the original
dub. Either option would work. However, the 5.1 mix has some better
the soundstage, and the Japanese dub is slightly better. Either option
the audio with easily definable dialogue and solid music.
is another disappointing aspect
of this release. The extras are almost non-existent with only textless
credits and trailers for other Funimation releases.
the end, Chrome
Shelled Regios doesn't amount to having much more than a muddled
incomprehensible plotline. The entire production feels rather rushed
(certainly from a storytelling perspective) during its final run of
episodes. Skip It.
a visual representation of how I felt after finishing the series:
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.