Mecha Monday: Captain Earth Impressions

Hey, Kaushik here with this week’s installment of Mecha Monday! Today I’m going to bring you some impressions of one of the major mecha series this season, Captain Earth. It’s done by Studio Bones, who also did mecha series such as Star Driver and Eureka 7. I enjoyed both of those series, so me picking this series up to watch was pretty much a given. Unfortunately, so far it hasn’t been able to match up to those two shows before it, yet. Captain Earth Title

As of writing this article,  6 episodes are out, with 25 total planned. As a result, my opinion will probably change by the end of the series. That being said, my impressions so far aren’t the greatest. The one thing I was looking forward to most from this show was some great mecha action and combat. Unfortunately, outside of the first episode and some tidbits here and there, I haven’t gotten much of that. Captain Earth Earth Engine Impacter

The show is focused on an organization called Globe. Globe’s job, as far as we know, is to protect the earth from extraterrestrial invaders known as the Kiltgang. They do this through the use of giant manned machines called Earth Engines, which are the primary mecha of the series. The main character, Manatsu Daichi, pilots one of these in the first episode.  If I had to compare this show to anything, I think I’d compare it to another Bones show, Star Driver. While its themes and such may not be similar, the atmosphere and some of the terminology of the show seems somewhat similar. Particularly the use of the term libido in both shows. Of course, I liked Star Driver so I’m willing to hope that Captain Earth turns out for the better.

The characters, from the left to right, Hana, Daichi, Teppei, Akari

The characters, from the left to right, Hana, Daichi, Teppei, Akari

The characters in Captain Earth are somewhat interesting, and already some of them have been given a decent amount of development. Particularly Daichi’s friend, Arashi Teppei, has been explored quite a bit in terms of his parentage and origins. There are still a fair number of mysteries left to uncover as far as the characters are concerned, such as the purpose and abilities of another one of the main characters, Mutou Hana. This show had disappointed me somewhat in terms of its commitment to the mecha genre, instead having many of the episodes focus on the characters and somewhat smaller scale operations. That being said, I fully expect more mecha action to appear in the future and I look forward to that. As it stands, Captain Earth is fairly average, but there’s potential in this show and I hope it’s realized by the end.

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Kaushik

I write about anime and stuff. Giant robots are pretty cool, too.

Kaushik

I write about anime and stuff. Giant robots are pretty cool, too.

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