Anime – Dimension W

My laptop took a one way ticket to hardware heaven and most of my time is lost to humanity’s scourge (aka having to work XP) so it’s no wonder that watching an anime from start to end hasn’t been the easiest of tasks but then everything changed when the snot nation (I got sick) attacked for almost a week and a half – obviously I was not wasting my time sleeping and getting better, nope! At this times we must go with the next best thing, an anime marathon! From the now ending season I managed to watch not one but three whole anime series! Huzzah! XD Soon after I was ok and up again and it was all thanks to the awesome power of animation… that or probably because of the giant amount of meds taken XP

The first chosen (although not the first finished) was Dimension W, a sci-fi/action piece produced by Bandai Visual and Square Enix – amongst others (just having those two companies associated is enough to convince me to check any show out).

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I’ll probably cosplay as this guy! XD

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First things first so we’ll start with its story – can’t have a show without a story after all – but will try to keep it spoiler free as this is a recent show after all and not everyone has seen it yet.

Some time into the future there has been an amazing scientific discovery that revolutionized the entire world in never before seen ways – a fourth dimension , beyond the already known x, y and z has been discovered and proven to be an endless source of energy. This dimension W, as it was called, was quickly turned into a stable source of profit and energy by New Tesla Energy (whose director looks like Steve Jobs btw XDD), the company responsible for the discovery, that also built Coils – small energy reactors/receptors capable of harnessing and using w’s energy – and 60 giant towers around the world that are used for both the stabilization of this new energy’s network and as their regional headquarters. As it’s expected, this lead to a breakthrough in various fields, from military to medical – so it’s common to see full body prosthetics/enhancements and humanoid robots roaming around – as well as various geopolitical shifts.

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That’s the background setting but we get into it alongside Mabuchi Kyouma, a guy who hates coils and anything related (so much that he goes to the extent of driving a gas-powered car and buying battery-powered cell phones on the black market), dresses like a samurai and who works as a collector – a mercenary of sorts that hunts/collects illegal coils. During one of his missions he has an encounter with a highly advanced and human like robot named Yurizaki Mira that not only possesses a powerful and different coil but also seems to be related to the original dimension w’s researcher. Due to some complications, Mira ends as Kyouma’s very unlikely partner in his collecting business and soon after that connection sends them both after the Numbers – the original coils, that can not only harness much more energy but can also distort time and space as well as accessing people’s memories – and Kyouma’s past.

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Short and simple, no spoilers there I hope! Hum.. what more can I say? Well, I guess that Dimension W’s main flaw, in my point of view of course, is that the show, with only 12 eps, is too short for the amount of info it has and the development it needed to truly flesh out things. Don’t get me wrong, it can keep a good pace and it avoids fillers or unnecessary info dump (which is certainly a good point) but there were also some points in which a little more exploration could do a lot of good – the same applies to some of the characters.

As for the art and animation there’s no doubt that there’s some very pro work done here, well made and managing a lot of different styles – which I guess it was something to be expected right from the start. From clothing to facial expression, the characters design is overall good and unique in a way that perfectly reflects their personality.

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can’t deny that his unique – you’ll get to know who’s the guy later on the show

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On the soundtrack… well, my bad but I can’t recall it very well, I guess Mugen wasn’t in a condition that allowed me to focus on so many things at once (I mean, looking at all the pretty colors while trying to breathe through a clogged nose and dealing with ear pain doesn’t leave room for much more XP) but I will listen to it carefully and make an update somewhere in the future. Buuuuttt I can say it has one of the most lively and fun intros of the recent past! (of course there have been several anime that I haven’t watched so this could be a wrong statement for the general public.)

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Overall it’s a very good show with some interesting twists and whose flaws and downsides are easily forgettable. If sci-fi is your genre then it will certainly draw you in, keep your interest throughout and get you making some interesting questions. It has my approval, that’s for sure – manga version, here I come! – so it’ll get a solid 8/10.

 

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