Enter Prede… ;)[/quote]
Here I am, right on cue!
I enjoyed this series immensely. It’s one of my all time favorites from the genre. I really enjoyed the intricate storytelling. All the time and location jumps really play into the overall large story very well. That’s perhaps my favorite part of this, how intelligent that all is. Sure I guess it has a lot going on an it could have used some more episodes, but not 24/26. That would make it too long in my opinion. Part of this shows charm is it’s ability to tell so much, in such a short period of time, with all the different time jumps. That’s why maybe 2 or 3 more episodes would have been best. if you double the length it would lose that charm, and feel mangled. Yeah the ending is a little rushed, but it’s still very very good. I like the way the show ends. But with a few more episodes they wouldn’t have had to rush the ending. That’s my only problem with it, and it’s not that bad. In fact I like it in a series when things speed up toward the end a little.
The characters in this are some of my favorites. I liked EVERY SINGLE one of them. From the main characters, to the minor ones like the boy Aoba meets early on. Even Aoba’s mother is such an interesting character. That RARELY happens. I usually hate at least a few of the characters. So when i love them all, you know you have a winner! And this is a HUGE winner. This series is full of win in every way. Also loved the setting, Venezuela is quite the unique place for an anime! Gave us some amazing backgrounds. I love the color palette they use, very earthly! Also there seems to be a lot of pastels, which looks great! And the character designs are great! I also loved the time period this took place in, late 80’s and early 90’s for the win! The music was great, especially the opening and ending themes. I really cannot get enough of the music! Huge fan of this series soundtrack! And the dub is magical, one of my favorite late-era ADV dubs!
My favorite part of this is
How the FINAL battle is shown right in the first episode, but you have no idea what’s going on the first time around. They finish the battle off in episode 12 if I’m not mistaken. Very well handled.
And no this is a series to jump up and down about!