Based upon the manga by Satoru Yuiga
Directed by Masami Shimoda
Music by Hajime Hyakkoku and Kazunori Miyake
- Clean opening and closing animation
- Japanese TV promo spots
- Design sketch gallery
Dindrane’s Anime Warnings:
- Evil corporate overlords
- Sister complexes
- Death and angst
- Deadly misunderstandings
- Imperiled little girl
Released by: ADV
Rating: TV 14
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format.
My Advice: Definitely check it out.
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The characters are one of the strengths of the show. From the mysterious and duplicitous Eiji to the human-hating and rather irritating Shen-Lon, there is someone for every audience member to appreciate. Yuki is irreverent and a wild card, Shin-Lu is flirty but dedicated, Shen-Lon is very protective of his sister Shin-Lu, Maria is desperate and confused, and the others are all unique in their own ways. It’s too bad that more time isn’t spent developing each of them, including Kai’s sister. At the very least, we learn to care about Kai.
The visuals are nice: a solid mixture of attractive character design, detailed science fiction imagination, and interesting backgrounds that don’t compete with the action. They do a good job of underscoring the action and influencing viewer emotions and impressions, as they should. The sound is also nicely done, with effective voice acting and subtle music and accompanying sound effects. The sound levels are also nicely balanced, with no overly loud passages.
The features are well-done; we get a clean opening and closing, plus a nice set of production sketches, and some original Japanese promo spots. The production sketches, as always, should please anyone interested in how anime comes together, or how to draw their own anime characters and worlds. The dozen or so promo spots are basically all the same and show scenes from the show with a voiceover pimping the new series and saying when it will be on TV.
E’s Otherwise will appeal to fans of other psychic-driven shows, such as sCRYed, Texhnolyze, and the X-Men, buddy action like Get Backers, or mystery shows like Gantz and Black Jack. The characterization could be a bit stronger, but given that this only the first volume of the series, we won’t panic yet. This is still a good bet for SF fans and those who want a little action mixed in with their conspiracy and mystery. This is a series that could go uphill or down, and only the next volumes will tell, but it looks promising so far.