Anime Review: Noein

noeinGenre: Sci-fi Studio/Creator: Satelight/Kazuki Akane and Kenji Yasuda (directors) Distributor: Manga, streams on Hulu No of episodes: 24 My Rating: 10/10 Summary: The world of La’creyma is failing.  A group of warriors called the Dragon Knights have discovered that hope lies in the Dragon Torc, which exists in our world.  They find a girl named Haruka, who may be the solution to the impending crisis. Review: Hugh Everett’s Many Worlds Hypothesis is a concept that has always intrigued me.  The idea that your decisions create a whole new world every time is baffling.  And that’s what this story is all about. The story is set in Hakodate, a real Japanese port city on the island of Hokkaido.  It’s easy to see the animators spared no expense in their setting. The CG is awe-inspiring. Haruka is our “Macguffin girl.”  She is initially unaware of the role that destiny has given her.  She tries her best to be a good friend and it’s difficult not to like her. The fact that she’s pretty helps a lot, too. Yuu Goto is Haruka’s best friend. He’s your typical angsty teenager. But with the mother he has, it’s hard not to blame him.  She’s watching over him like a prison warden, not allowing him to do anything children should be doing (besides study, that is). He cares for Haruka a great deal, and this relationship is the centerpiece of the show.

Karasu is the leader of the Dragon Knights. His name is Japanese for “crow”, which explains his penchant for hanging from high places. He’s extrememly devoted to Haruka for reasons I won’t reveal.  This causes tension between him and Yuu, mostly because he doesn’t believe Yuu can protect Haruka. (Fun fact: all the Dragon Knights are named after birds.)

Tobi is the brains of the Dragon Knights.  She (or he depending on the version you’re watching) is the one who works out the technical aspects of the team.

To sum things up, I think this show is worth a look.  The story is evenly paced, and the writers and animators did amazing work.  If you want a show that won’t insult your intelligence, this is it.

Sub/Dub: I was only able to watch the dub. It’s hit or miss. Some people put out good performances (Crispin Freeman!).

Music/Score: Epic! The theme songs are excellent, and there’s some nice Gothic chanting.

Violence: (5/10) The Dragon Knights are bonded to La’creyma by a pipeline. If they are severed from the pipeline, they literally fall apart.

Language: (2/10)

Nudity: (0/10)

Sexuality: (2/10) In the special features, an outtake reel has some pretty crude language.

Religion: (0/10)

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