Title: Chrome Shelled Regios
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Post-Apocalyptic
Summary: In a post-apocalyptic world overrun with mutated beasts called Filth Monsters, humanity is forced to live in large mobile cities called Regios and learn to use weapons called DITE and harness the power of Kei to defend themselves. In the Academy City of Zuellni, Layfon Alseif is hoping to start a new life and forget his past. However, his past has caught the attention of Karian Loss, the Student Council President and Nina Antalk, a Military Arts student and Captain of the 17th Platoon, who instantly recognizes his abilities and decides he’s the perfect candidate to join her group.
Review: Chrome Shelled Regios‘s art style is fairly standard; it fit well with the action and comedy scenes so no complaint there. The music was actually really well done. Though it did change about half way through the anime. The fight scenes went from cool techno to more of a hardcore rock. The techno was better in my opinion, making the scenes seem a lot more intense than they probably were. Now let us move onto the characters in general. I actually liked all of the characters, especially the ones in the 17th platoon. The fan service episode just made the characters even more likable since the Layfon isn’t completely oblivious when it comes to romance, but isn’t a jerk either. The captain is a hard worker, self-motivated individual that just has an aura of bad-assery around her. Felli is cute, but a bit cruel which brought a great combination in the platoon. Sharnid, the team’s sharpshooter is a player but can get pretty passionate when it comes to fighting along side his comrades and supporting the city he loves. Harley I wish had a bigger roll in the 17th platoon, but getting attached to him is difficult when he is never in combat, staying in the background most of the anime.
So moving on, there are some cons to this anime. While music and character models were really well done the story needed quite a bit of work. The story seems simple enough, but the details of different factions really could have been explained a little better. The anime left so many holes even at the very end. The ending didn’t explain half of what I wanted to know about people, factions, and motivation. The backgrounds of each character could have been done better (which might also explain quite a bit what was missing). The anime does have a setup to get a second season started but currently there is no announcement of production. So with the first season being three years old I will assume that the anime is completely done.
Final statements: The plot holes the story left people with was the biggest flaw in Chrome Shelled Regios, and sadly that is a very big deduction. The character models, music, and art style were pluses however. Preferred watch.