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Pilot Candidate, Vol. 2: Training

Yukimasa Obi , Hiroyuki Yoshino , Mitsuru Hongo    Unrated   DVD
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Instruction in how to pilot the gargantuan humanoid robot-suits called Ingrids begins in earnest, as each of the five male students is paired with a female "repairer" trainee who maintains the equipment. Zero draws Azuma, who, inexplicably, has cat's ears. Although their partnership begins with quarrels, they're well matched: Zero must overcome his fear of zero gravity, Azuma her self-consciousness. The rivalry between the good-natured if thick-witted Zero and the icy Hiead grows more intense, with Clay occasionally acting as mediator. The hints that Zero shares a mystic bond with the Ingrids clearly foreshadow upcoming developments. Director Shin-Ichi Yamaoka fails to blend the flashy 3-D CG animation of the Ingrids with the flat characters, producing some odd visual discontinuities. Rated 13 Up: Violence, minor profanity and risqué humor, tobacco use. --Charles Solomon

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3.0 out of 5 stars Boy meets girl in elementary school June 1 2002
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This episode is basically boy-meets-girl and some filling out of the characters. It isn't a heavy action flick; it is a training episode with a quick montage of physical training and then one round each in the training pod. Boy-meets-girl is just that; after some time the pilots are partnered with their repairers, and they meet, and then that's all she wrote - except Zero's gal starts breaking him of the zero G phobia. The pairing is like one of the most predictable pairings there is; maybe later episodes will prove this first impression wrong, but each pair is just the male and female version of the same general character. (One may seem obverse, except if you dig down you can predict a closer personality than some others, even if one is tormented. Unless they do break the male/female pair set up.)
Most of the episode is about the characters, but in the most basic way: feeding habits and basic personality, like the dude in glasses ogling the ladies with interest when the other guys are going "Yuk, girls!" I haven't watched any other volumes and I picked up Zero's "small guy" attitude right away, especially when he keeps trying to be "first" ahead of his own self appointed nemisis. (Zero "picks" the fight all the time, trying to be first in the toilet, even, and his competition basically ignores him like the loud mouthed, over eager pest he is.)
Whether or not a viewer likes it depends on their mood and wants: I prefer the more action and sultry gal-pal oriented series like Van Dread. But anyone disliking action and simply wanting a show written in the most basic ways about people may prefer this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pilot candidate Part2 March 31 2002
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Pilot candidate V2 continues what was started in V1 this time we see the testing procedures and are introduced to both the final 2 members of the main 5 and their partners(Repairers). Zero already established as the hero or leader is discovered to be a perfect Human ( No Flaws) His Classmates and Partner have other thoughts. The dvd cuts back and forth between the pilots and candidates as they are both tested. We meet Kizuna who will Obviously be Zero's Partner.(Kizuna for some reason has Cat ears- this currently isn't explained why) they are as alike in their goals as they are conflicting personalities. (Your Typical LOve Hate Relationship). WE aslo learn more about the mysterious power called EX (Which is basically a Heightened version of being in the Zone) and find out that Zero though being a Pilot Candidate has a Phobia of Zero Gravity (V1 Shows Why) by the end of the dvd Kizuna and zero reach the usual Temporary truce. A little better than V1 by having more action.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Medicore Continuations Feb. 6 2002
Format:DVD
The story line continues to move slowly with sudden seemingly random jumps. Character development is either non-existant, or is accompished in three actions and moves people forward as if years have occured.
I am still not a fan of the mixed style of Anime that is used for this story line. Using computer generated images for the 'Goddesses' while in combat brings memories of older video game movies that were not the best.
Overall, the story and content are average, and the feeble attempts at hiding what is in store for the 'heroes' is not done as well as it could have been. This series straddles between trying to be the seriousness of Gasarki, and the silliness of older 'fighting robot' shows.
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