Active Raid: Kidou Kyoushuushitsu Dai-Hakkei
Released Year : ???? to
No of Episodes : 12
Genre : Mecha, Police, Sci-Fi
Plot : After the Quicksand Disaster sunk large swaths of Tokyo, fast reconstruction now requires the use of powerful exoskeletons. Although most of these exoskeletons are used for good, once they fall into the hands of criminals or the criminally-minded, they can become a danger for the citizens of Tokyo. More commonly called the “the Eighth” only, the Mobile Assault Division is properly equipped to handle criminals empowered by their own exoskeletons. Such overpowered criminals require equally powered police officers. By connecting their minds to the ACTIVE system, members of the Mobile Assault Division, better known as the “Willwearers”, step into their exoskeletons and become superhuman.
Our Review : Active Raid, while having a set plot in mind, felt like a hodge-podge of elements thrown throughout each episode, making me question what kind of series it wants to be. The story has your typical futuristic setting featuring authoritarian and political plot lines with mechas thrown into the mix. Personally, I've always found it difficult to comprehend all of the futuristic jargon being delivered, but it just might just be I'm slow when it comes to stuff like that. The structure of the series is simple: early episodes are one-shots until the last few episodes where the "big picture" is finally put into play. Our main set of characters (those of Unit 8) are unique in their own way, which shows their individuality. We also have episodes that focus on a particular character, so they get their time in the spotlight. However, in the end, some characters are fleshed out more than others. The animation, when it wanted to, could be pretty decent. Aside from a couple of episodes that showed some lacking, overall it was alright. Like any original series, I gave Active Raid the benefit of the doubt hoping something good came out of it. With that, it was nothing all that great, but it wasn't bad in any way. Supposedly, there will be a second season, and I will more than likely watch that when it comes out.