It is the year 2071 and the world has been overrun by creatures known as the Aragami (“Violent Gods”). Aragami as the evolutionary by-product of an unknown life form called “Oracle Cells” that was discovered in 2051. Since their discovery, Oracle Cells have become uncontrolled devourers of all life on Earth. Within 20 years, human society has crumbled and humans are forced in live inside walled fortress cities. The last hope for humanity is the newly created weapons called “God Arcs” that are made using Oracle Cells and the only thing capable of harming Aragami. The wielders of God Arcs are God Eaters and they must band together to fight the Aragami and take back the Earth before humanity becomes extinct.
God Eater is an anime adaptation of a popular video game series with the same name. This review analyzes only the anime with no previous knowledge of the video game series.
God Eater is set in the post-apocalyptic future (the year 2071) where Earth has been devastated by the life consuming force called the Aragami or violent gods. Aragami are evolved forms of Oracle Cells, a mysterious organism that was discovered in the year 2051. The setting is the Far East and human societies have been utterly destroyed with the remnants of humanity living in huge fortress cities that are completely walled off. Outside one of these fortress cities, Fenrir’s Far East Branch (“FEB”), is the site where viewers meet Lenka Utsugi the protagonist. Utsugi makes his way to the FEB while evading huge Aragami to test to become a God Eater and help kill the Aragami. Utsugi is tested and found to be compatible with the new type God Arcs, a rarity even amongst God Eaters. So begins the story of God Eaters as they battle to retake the world.
The story and plots are generic. Monsters invade Earth, conventional weapons do not work, new weapons using monster DNA are made and only special humans can use new weapons to kill invading monsters. The goal of defeating the Aragami is to harvest their cores and use the cores to power the Aegis Project – an island city that will house all remaining humans – to save humanity. Each episode the God Eaters are sent out on missions to recover cores or save friendly units. So far everything with the story and plots are stereotypical, including the episode 5 scene where the Utsugi is pinned down by an Aragami and made to helplessly watch as the Aragami devours regular humans. The background story on the Aragami is developed through flashbacks of three scientists that originally worked on the Oracle Cells, the head scientist of the three, Johannes von Schicksal, is now the Director of Fenrir’s FEB. After watching the first 8 episodes, I do not find anything unique about the story or plot. While that is not a bad thing, God Eater does not have something that makes the story or plots additive. I tend to forgot about the anime in my weekly line of shows to watch. I would rate the story and plots 6 out of 10.
The art and animation is beautiful, vibrant, gloomy, and very out of the ordinary. I found the artwork completely through me off. Because all the other animes in my watched list this season have completely different art style I was taken back and had to re-watch the first 2 episodes before truly gaining perspective on God Eater’s art style. God Eater’s art delivers on the post-apocalyptic feel with its stunning destroyed landscapes and aerial shots of the FEB and its surrounding area. The God Arcs are also beautifully crafted with good details. The female characters are all made for fan service with their scantily clad (Alisa Illinichina Amiella) or skin tight (Tsubaki Amamiya) clothing. The male characters, including Utsugi, are just stereotyped male characters that look like assassins, snipers, warriors, etc, with a futuristic look. The CGI Aragami are well designed but their animation seemed sluggish during movements. I liked the dark, black and white look of the flashbacks. I disliked the fast forward motions of characters moving in the first 2 episodes because to me it served no purpose at all. The blood splatter is over the top but used properly, for example Utsugi getting drenched in the victims’ blood as they get devoured by the Aragami in episode 5. I would rate God Eater’s art and animation 8 out of 10.
The music and sound are average. The opening and ending themes are absolutely forgettable. The opening theme has a hard rock sound but the vocals take a background to the instruments. While the opening is not bad and adds to the tone of God Eater it just does not remain in my memories after 10 seconds. The ending theme starts out mellow and gloomy but picks up the tempo and gives the feeling of hope. The ending theme did grow on me after a few times listening to it because of it slow to quick pace feel and sound, however, again it is very forgettable and generic feeling. The background music during some scenes seems misplaced or unneeded and other times seem off pace with the scene.
The sound effects are really good. The sounds of rain hitting metal or the ground for example is easily distinguishable. The screams of humans and the sounds of the Aragami are also on point and believable. The voice acting is average. The voice acting flows but does not help viewers connect with the characters. I would rate God Eater’s music and sound 7 out of 10.
The characters of God Eaters are disappointing and one dimensional. First I want to start with the Aragami. The Aragami to me where a complete let down because they do not invoke fear or dread. Every time I see an Aragami appear on screen I think “man they need pokeballs.” To me the Aragami look like pissed of Pokemon, especially with some Aragami having evolved forms and one huge Aragami that is too powerful akin to legendary Pokemon.
The protagonist, Lenka Utsugi, is all about killing Aragami and saving people, that is all to his personality from the first episode. Viewers know he has trauma but do not know his back-story yet. He is a new type (one of two at FEB) and charges in head first when someone needs rescuing. The main heroine, Alisa Illinichina Amiella, is the other new type with major baggage after seeing her parents murdered in front of her eyes by an evolved Aragami she calls “Pita”. The leader of their unit, Rindou Amamiya, is an overpowered hero leader type and his older sister, Tsubaki Amamiya, is in-charge of the God Eaters at FEB. Tsubaki Amamiya is rigid, strict and a true military type with orders being absolute. All the characters are similarly stereotypical. With 8 episodes completed there has not been much character development and therefore, empathy is not easily developed between viewers and the characters. While this may change as more episodes are released with only 13 episodes slated in season one I doubt that is likely to happen. I would rate the characters 6 out of 10.
Overall, God Eater gets 6.8 out of 10. God Eater lacks a hook or some factor that would make viewers tune in every week. The action scenes are alright and the Aragami do have an overpowered feel but the enjoy-ability viewers should feel in the defeat of an Aragami is severely lacking.
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