on September 27, 2010
Shattered Angels is a very tragic, but romantic, anime series. It features passionate affection between characters & life threatening conflict involving gigantic robotic weapons sparring against each other. The storyline centres around a developing romantic relationship between a human & an inhuman (You will find out what that means once you view this anime series). These two main characters must nourish their love for each other but also oppose a bitter conflict involving humanoid (human-like) weapons of mass destruction. The plot is very exhilarating with love & warmth integrated perfectly with the storyline. The pace of the plot is well timed with little dull moments & no rushing of the storyline.
The voice acting is excellent in expressing the characters feelings & thoughts. The dialogue is romantic, compassionate, & tense. Nothing within the dialogue appears confusing or awkward.
This is a recommended anime series.
At first Shattered Angels starts off as your typical sci-fi space opera. A young girl by the name of Kuu comes to the City of Academia. A City that consists of hundreds of Schools each devoted to a single discipline. And there soon discovers that mysterious girls called Ultimate Angels can manifest strange powers against each other while at the same time they all appear intent on capturing her! In other words, a typical sci-fi action series.
However as the relationships and interactions develop, it soon becomes clear that this is really a romantic tearjerker with all the angst, betrayals and surprises that you would expect in a romantic series. Just with some super mech type powers thrown in. So you have the conflicted hero, the bad guy who may not actually be that bad, the rivals who may have to band together, the small band of heroes who must overcome incredible odds to triumph and of course being a typical anime series; the obligatory insane villain who wants to end the world for no good or logical reason.
As a result it never really makes any sense as an action series. Clichés abound, the inner workings of the world and the Angels never really get explored and perhaps because it's only 12 episodes long; the storyline never gets a chance to be properly developed. Indeed the whole story revolves around only a few handfuls of folks and their interactions and it's as if the rest of the world never really existed.
However as a romantic tearjerker; it's pretty good. The animation is top notch and there are lots of typical romantic moments from a hero on a white horse swooping in to save his damsel to acts of sacrifice and betrayal. So those who like series like Kannazuki No Miko will undoubtedly like this.
As a sci-fi series, I'd give it a 3. It's just too slow, confused and underdeveloped to deserve more. But as a romantic series, I'd give it about 4. It's not as good as series like Kanon or Fushigi Yugi but it should appeal to the same demographics. So I'll mark it accordingly.