Attention all he’s, she’s, and them’s, let’s rant!
Story: 9/10 Magnificent
It’s about girls. Cute girls. And robots. Cool robots. It’s like a mahou shoujo and a mecha together in one. I am in love with that concept. I love to have female lead characters in an action anime, too. The history of magic and what happened to it are pretty interesting. So the story concept wins full points. What about the storytelling quality in Granbelm episode 1? It wasn’t perfect. It was more than adequate enough, though. I found no major problems with it. For those who don’t like an anime that jumps straight into action, with minimal explanation at first, this might not be your cup of tea. But it was mine.
Characters: 7/10 Good
It’s too early to say if the characters will be interesting and well-developed or not. So far, they seem fairly simple. There’s the mysterious, strong, and dark-haired beauty, Shingetsu. The cute, awkward and easily confused main girl, Mangetsu. The pilots they fought against seemed simple as well, but as I said, it’s really too early to tell. I love having a main cast of girls in a fighting anime and not a SoL for once, and I love the voices and designs of all the girls. So I want to put the characters at 8/10 at this point. Because I know I’m overly enthusiastic, though, let’s stick to 7/10.
Art and Animation: 7/10 Good
I adore the art art style and character designs. Eveything is so freakin’ cute and/or awesome. The robots look great to me, though a bit simply designed, and one of the best parts is that they’re not 3DCG. I loved the action scenes and got pumped during the fights. The colors were astounding. All that to say, I do not have an eye for good anime art, at least, for what the majority considers good. I liked Fairy Gone better than Demon Slayer, which to me isn’t strange at all, but compared to what I see others saying, it’s like anime heresy. xD So anyway, as much I’d like to give the art a much higher rating at this point, I’m going to stick with 7/10 good.
Sound: 8/10 Excellent
The OP is “Tsuki wo Ou Mayonaka” by Eir Aoi. The ED is “Negai” by Uru. Both are mind-bogglingly beautiful to me. I enjoyed the instrumental music, too. I don’t recognize the seiyuu right off the top of my head like usual, but whoever they are, they perform very well (and they sound adorable!)
Enjoyment: 9/10 Magnificent
I just absolutely loved watching this episode, almost every part of it. The only thing that was a little annoying was the repetitive and rather stupid running around of Mangetsu. All she does is run around like a little squirrel for most of the episode. However, she becomes so awesome near the end when she transforms that it makes up for her being annoying earlier.
Overall Score: 8.0/10.0
I come with the overall score by taking the average of the numbers for each of the five categories (story, art, sound, etc.) As of now, I’m completely thrilled about Granbelm. Can’t wait for more! Thanks for taking the time to read this rant/review. If you like what you saw/ read, please consider following me! Ja, ne!
(Images from: Granbelm. Dir. M Watanabe. Nexus. 2019.)