A Netflix original series the Knights of Sidonia is mostly 3d animated, manga adaption by the same name. The mastermind and author behind this series are Tsutomu Nihei. Who is well known for emotional scenes, striking vistas, and insanely huge and complicated environments. His previous work Blame! Took place in a huge ever expanding megastructure. This time around it’s a science fiction epic that takes place in a generation ship. An asteroid made into a humongous spaceship that has been traveling for generations through unknown space. On the run from some very, very creepy and clearly organic beings. These monstrosities look like something out of a Lovecraftian nightmare and will shred you to pieces with razor-sharp appendages. Meanwhile, try very hard to fight them with rocket-propelled mecha. Which uses lances among other things as weapon.
There is a reason why it’s called Knights of Sidonia, Naturally, the students also use them to joust during combat training. By now you should know that this series is in no way affiliated with the Knights of Cydonia song from the band Muse. Interestingly enough this puts it somewhat on the hard side of the science fiction reality scale, Though the Guano as the thing they are known as is anything but real.
The main protagonist Nagate Tanikaze is a fairly decent one and is just shy of being a spike-haired loudmouth. Though he has his moments. Since he is from outside the system he’s the odd one out and slowly but surely he gains the respect of his peers. However, this is a seinen series, which gives the characters a lot more emotional flexibility, which also makes the infinity more expandable. I will not go into more details, as few people like spoilers.
Almost everyone with a name can die and probably will die. At least this holds true for the first half of the series. Nagate is a bit of an oddity that emerged from the underbelly of Sidonia in order to raid the rice storage. Naturally a chase scene ensues, he got heavily injured and eventually got conscripted. By the way, have I mentioned that anyone can die? I just had to be sure. For reasons unknown to me there is also a female baker bear in the series as well.
My biggest complaint would be that I feel that there is something seriously wrong with the framerate. The animations have a nasty habit of getting choppy. There are plotting and visual differences between the manga and anime, but it’s mostly faithful. There are also cases of the naked breast in the comic.
All in all, a fairly enjoyable show, based on a very decently drawn and made manga. Though at times I wish that Knights of Sidonia was drawn instead. But you know what they say; the taste is a butt, split in half and the middle is shit. One thing that also stands out is the overuse of the color white, as everyone seems to parade around in their uniform all the time. Keep in mind this is not a child friendly series, there are a lot of violence, blood and people dying in gruesome ways.
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