Netflix has been producing a lot of high quality tv series and movies over the past few years. Carrying the name Netflix Originals, they have ventured forth on numerous territories such as Drama, Superheroes, Action and Science Fiction. Nearly all the tv series they have made to date, I have so far enjoyed watching very much. In 2014 Netflix made their first Japanese Anime series called Knights of Sidonia, based on the Manga of the same name. I have just completed watching the first season and am now ready to share my thoughts on this very cool Mecha Anime.
It is the year 3394, a thousand years after mankind has fled their homeplanet of Earth. The homeplanet of the human race has been destroyed by an alien race called the Gauna. Humanity has survived by fleeing aboard gigantic colony ships that have been sent forth into the galaxy. One of these ships is called the Sidonia, home to both the military and civilians. It contains a gigantic city in which people go about their daily lives. But just as in a normal city, certain parts have fallen into disrepair, especially the parts in the bowels of the ship. When a young man called Nagate Tanikaze moves to the surface of the city in search of food, he is soon captured and brought before the captain of the vessel. Nagate has been training himself in the art of piloting Gardes, gigantic robots that are pretty much the defenders of Sidonia. It is soon decided that Nagate might be a very valuable asset, and he is drafted as a pilot. And not a moment too soon, because after being absent for years, the Gauna resurface hellbent on the total destruction of the ship and it’s people. Nagate finds himself in the middle of a war, where the fate of humanity will be decided…
This series has borrowed from a lot of classic Animeseries, such as Macross, Gundam and Neon Genesis Evangelion. However, despite that, after the first 3 or so episodes, it picks up speed and really manages to create a fantastic Anime experience. Anyone who loves watching Mecha Anime is definitely in for a treat here. The Gauna are pretty unique enemies, and the Gardes are fantastic robots to look at. One other thing that is worth mentioning is the sound in this show. The engines, the noise the weapons make, everything sounds incredibly cool, and you will experience that even better with headphones on.Yes, this series is a bit of a clone, and at times you do wonder have I not seen this before somewhere? However you will soon forgive it for that, as it just draws you into it’s storyline, and it’s incredibly cool Mecha battles. At the end of this season, some questions will be answered, but there are still a lot of things left open as well. Luckily the second season is already on Netflix, so you can continue right away. If you like Mecha Anime, you might want to give this a try.
I give Knights of Sidonia season 1, a 8 out of 10 score.