Over the years, I've come to appreciate giant robot anime as they've converged into more conventional sci-fi. Aldnoah Zero is yet another giant robot anime done well, with a very large budget. Thankfully this is one of those instances where it is money well spent instead of the misallocation of money that makes you wonder about Japan. The result is an anime which is a great sci-fi show with no real weaknesses, just a few spots that aren't as strong as the others.
This might seem like an aside, but is fairly relevant to the review. After being blown away by the end of season 1, of course I couldn't wait for season 2. Then I watched two episodes and.. that was it. So it was YEARS later when I finally wondered where the story went and felt enough gumption to pick Aldnoah Zero up again. After taking the story to the brink by the end of the last season, it puts the show in a difficult position on how to back off of that (successfully). I won't say that was right or wrong, but the way my interest faded in an otherwise good show I think is telling. But having now gone to the end, I think Aldnoah Zero is still worth watching even if the show adjusts to the changes required by the end of season 1.
Super robot fighting is still a big part of the anime, but added are the complexities of politics, as Slaine rises to power within the Vers ranks as he tries to navigate the intracacies of alliances, and keep the enemy at bay while struggling with his ideals.
Koichiro: Sins you've committed cling to your soul and haunt you forever. And sins gone unpunished aren't forgiven until you die. Femieanne: Cower before my power, bow down before me, then despair and die.
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