This anime, in my opinion is one of the most confusing anime series I have seen, Jinki:Extend. Actually, after about halfway through the series, I started to think to just dump this one, but then again I watched to the end just to have the bragging right to write about how confusing (and bad) this anime is.
From ANN encyclopedia entry:-
Aoba is a young girl who loves to build models of robots. She lived alone with her grandmother until her grandmother passes away. Shortly after she is kidnapped and brought to a secret base where she discovers a huge robot. The piloted robots fight against Ancient-Jinki in The Grand Savanna, but the true meaning behind the fights is hidden. Aoba works hard at the base so one day she can pilot one of the robots and discover these secrets.
For the first couple of episodes or something, the entry above holds true. Then as Aoba started to train so that she can become a robot pilot (at Grand Savanna in South America), the series started to shift focus towards another potential Jinki (the robots are called Jinki here) pilot named Akao who was based in Japan and have the same powers as Aoba has. Only that Akao is just a jackass. Then some incomprehensible plot line reveals itself out and Akao and Aoba has to slug it out at the end of the series……
OK, my biggest pet-peeve about this anime is that they start with about 2 or 3 full episodes filled with FLASHBACKS!! And you didn’t even know you are watching flashback episodes, until near the end.
I started to become suspicious of the anime when the series started to focus on Akao, complete with the same set of supporting characters that supports Aoba at South America such as Ryouhei, Rui and Minami. At first, I thought the arc involving Akao is a flashback story arc that happened before Aoba comes to South America, because Ryouhei, Rui and Minami also helps Akao to train and become Jinki pilot just like they did with Aoba at South America. And the fadeaway special effects used mainly for flashback scenes in saner anime titles are used to depict the start and the end of Akao’s arc within any episodes. I think there is only one very short scene/dialogue that implies that Akao arc happened after Aoba arc. It is just around episode 9 or so that I realized that the first few episodes of this series are flashback episodes, and at that time I know this anime will score low in my rating.
People at Japan who makes this anime; you don’t just start your anime with first few episodes dedicated almost exclusively for a non-current story arc. Parallel story arcs, like the one in the excellent Kiba, are beautifully executed, even with timeline discrepancies. That’s what you should strive to emulate.
I think the absence of Shiba in Aoba’s arc that really kills the anime and make it confusing.
No wonder ADV doesn’t license the anime, while they does for the manga.
Generally no complaints here. Nothing really to shout about. About mecha design, it will not sell many toy merchandise, enough said.
Maybe the best aspect that this anime has to offer. Akao and Aoba voice actresses are good, although not exactly Fumiko Orikasa best performance.
Below average for all OP, ED and OSTs.
As I did not read the manga (and did not plan to), I wonder if the director is just following the manga storyline or if he does it himself. Anyway, the strategy to start the anime with flashbacks backfired badly for me. Animation is decent though.
4 out of 10. No additional comments.