Whoa, Aldnoah Zero is off to an amazing start! Best first episode of the season, I think. It has Urobuchi’s mark all over it, and looks set to be one of his better anime adaptations. None of Fate / Zero’s walking around in circles, a much more compelling setting than PSYCHO PASS, and let’s pretend Gargantia never happened.
I like how the first episode plays with our emotions. First we’re introduced to the Princess and her boyfriend, and we want to strangle them for how naive and obnoxious they are.
But then the count comes and beats the boy, and he gains some instant sympathy points. What a dick! How could anyone be as evil as him?
But then another count appears who hopes the princess dies so they have an excuse for invading Earth. I guess evil is relative.
Another high point is some of the dialogue. I particularly liked the part where the one boy sees a missile in the window, and says, completely calm, “We should leave. A missile is coming.” The others just stare at him in confusion for a second before BOOM!
Similarly with the kids making a wish on the falling star which is about to blow New Orleans to smithereens ahahaha.
The pacing is perfect— neither too fast nor too slow. It jumps around between perspectives enough to keep things interesting as well.
I even think the tag line is pretty cool, despite how dumb those usually are: “Let justice be done, though the heavens fall.” It’s even proper English! A shocker, I know.
This is one of my most anticipated series now. Assuming the second episode is similar I’ll most likely be blogging it!