Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova
Due to global warming and rising sea levels of the early 21st century, humanity lost much of the Earth's landmass. At the same time, fleets of powerful sentient ships of unknown origin armed with advanced technology and weapons, known collectively as the "Fleet of Fog", mysteriously appeared and easily vanquished the world's naval forces. The Fleet of Fog impose a worldwide naval and aerial blockade, and thus preventing humanity from traveling across the seas.
Seventeen years after the battle, for some reason, Gunzou Chihaya and his crewmates aboard the I-401 and the personification (Mental Model) of the I-401, Iona, started fighting the Fleet of Fog...
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I must admit the animated 3D cell-shaded characters take a little getting use to but the technic has come a long way. The episode itself glosses over the manga but gives a solid grounding in the story plotlines. I actually looking forward to this series.
It's not surprising that a lot of Japanese might get kind of geeky about their old warships, and they certainly seem to love their school girls so I guess it was inevitable that someone would combine them. I'd watch it again - at least, it would be fun to see catfight between a submarine and a battleship.
For the first 5 minutes, or so everything looks normal but when the lights turn on that's when the CGI starts looking off. I'd have to watch the 720p version on a system that handle the rendering, I think, otherwise the uncanny valley probably hits this series hard, especially due to it's frame rate and its realtively flat shading. the premise seems interesting at least, with an Evanglion like setting.
it's ok, too much 3D moels but firt episodes leaves alot to be desired.
not half bad.
Date reviewed: Oct 27, 2013
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