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Pilot Candidate, Vol. 2: Training
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.Read more ›
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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Had seen it on Cartoon Network, and wanted to see what it was like unedited. Only thing I don't like about it, is the fact that they appear to not have finished the story.Published on Oct. 8 2002 by Jon
Hey Fellow anime Obsessors this is a good anime even though it is uncomplete And probaly will never be completed so we will never know if Zero will become a pilot (Ps the real name... Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2002
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