The discovery of a hypergate on the Moon once allowed the human race to teleport to Mars. Those who chose to settle there unearthed a technology far more advanced than that of their home planet, which they named “Aldnoah.” This discovery led to the founding of the Vers Empire of Mars and a declaration of war against the “Terrans,” those who stayed behind on Earth. However, a battle on the moon—later called “Heaven’s Fall”—caused the hypergate to explode, destroying the moon and leading the two planets to establish an uneasy ceasefire.
Their peace was a fragile one, however. Fifteen years later, high school student Inaho Kaizuka witnesses the plotted assassination of the Vers Empire’s Princess Asseylum Vers Allusia, who had come to Earth in hopes of repairing the relationship between the empire and its homeland. The ceasefire is shattered, and the Martians declare war on the Terrans once again. In the face of this insurmountable enemy, Inaho and his friends must now fight against the Vers Empire to settle the war once and for all. – My Anime List
Based on 27 review scores:
So all and all, I would say that this Anime easily makes it into my top 10 Anime so far. Loved the story, the way they put the different characters together and connected them. I was expecting that maybe there will come a time when Lieutenant Marito would drop his alcohol and jump into the action for real sometime but never got to see that. It’s an easy recommendation from me to watch this Anime even if you watch Mecha Anime or not, or Anime on top of all.
Aldnoah.Zero is just as amazingly directed. If this still doesn’t convince you that the anime is great. Go see for yourself.
A few more episodes to give more time to the cast and this would have been a fantastic series. Fluid animation, great music (the opening theme always gives me chills) some good motives and discussion about why this war is happening, combined with intense battles, smart strategy, and action, and a surprising twist at the end, sets up nicely for the sequel where hopefully the cast will be more open. Inaho, Slaine, and Asseylum all have their roles but they and the rest of the cast don’t have enough depth or interest to keep them being hugely memorable or even likable. Which is a shame as a little bit more would have made this a top series, but it still is very good.
The story is pretty much things we’ve seen, with a very political Gundam-esque war theme. The main character is extremely drab, the character I was rooting for is, frustratingly, mainly used as a whipping boy, and, even though the series showed promise, unfortunately… it doesn’t get much better.
J And J Productions
Thanks to a unique premise, superb execution, and a flawless finale, Aldnoah.Zero is the beginning to, possibly, one of the most interesting sci-fi dramas in recent memory. However, if something serious and thought provoking is not your style, and you prefer something more action-packed and funny, then Aldnoah.Zero is probably not for you.
Anime News Network
Aldnoah.Zero’s first six episodes are a mixed bag. The story all but hits you over the head with its intentions and themes, and the attempts at levity don’t quite work in a show that takes its darker aspects so seriously. But there’s enough going on and more than enough intrigue and backstabbing among the characters to keep you watching, and while the themes are laid almost embarrassingly bare, the plot itself is not telegraphed. The story isn’t quite well-told enough, but other aspects of the show help to make up for that.
Josei Next Door
Ultimately the first cour of A/Z proved itself to be a popcorn flick but a bit of a soulless one, entertaining without being engaging, and guilty of some truly eye-rolling moments in its later episodes. Even so, high production values, a few characters with flashes of genuine depth, and a strong central conflict mean I’ll be back to see if Season 2 can bring all these fraying threads together and weave a story that is not only worth watching, but genuinely memorable. There’s still enough of a foundation here that A/Z could stabilize its wobbly plot, flesh out its semi-flat characters, and become something worthy of true rather than faint praise. But it ain’t there just yet.
I think this anime is definitely gonna hit the top for mecha animes.
Anime UK News
Overall this is a satisfying mech anime, the start of which won’t take anyone by surprise. It takes a few different turns and leads to a great ending that will leave you wanting more.
Down to it, if you want to watch a somewhat well animated mecha show (the CGI is subpar and there is very little animation in battles if Inaho is not fighting) regarding one-dimensional villains and emotionless plot devises blowing up stuff for the most unrealistic reasons imaginable, go ahead and watch this show, I am sure you will like it. If on the other hand you want to watch a mecha show with worthy villains, charismatic heroes, and noble causes such as fighting for a better future, then watch Gunbuster or 08th MS Team and stay away from Aldnoah Zero.
My Anime List
Overall it’s a very “effective” anime that knows its targeted audience, but won’t be remembered 10 years from now.
As someone who has watched several different Mecha anime such as the Gundam franchise, Robotech, Code Geass, Neon Genesis Evangelion, etc… AldNoah.Zero, directed by Ei Aoki, originally created by Gen Urobuchi, is a brilliant story about a small handful of citizens from both Earth and the Vers Empire who are desperately trying to stop a war which was caused by an attack on Princess Asseylum Vers Allusia. This show is atmospherically driven by wonderful music, amazing characters, outstanding animation, and a pleasingly intense action-packed plot. This series successfully challenges the stereotypical archetypes of conventional anime and leaves you wanting more. My only suggestion is that you watch this anime in its entirety, (All Seasons!), because it will emotionally astonish you.
Soul Eater – Owned Core
Overall, the show was certainly entertaining but unfortunately it will probably be forgotten in the next 10 years. Unless it’s being rebroadcasted/more franchise comes out of it.
Did I like Aldnoah.Zero? Yeah, a bit. Do I think it’s a great show and everyone should watch it? Nah, not really. While you can (and most likely will) enjoy it as a brainless watch for tons of good looking and sounding action scenes, it falls flat in terms of good, consistent writing and even basic characters. Just don’t take this show too seriously and embrace it as the stupid fun it is. Exactly as it was with Code Geass. DON’T PRETEND IT’S SMART!
Mad Mad Reviews
This is a great show– particularly early on. The artwork is topnotch and the characters are all very fun or interesting in their own right. The only thing stopping me from rating it higher would be the whole world’s reliance on the main character… literally NOTHING would get accomplished without him.
Surprisingly robust character drama, but future Slaine/Inaho interactions will be sorely missed.
Creators did their best in 12 episodes, but there’s a lot of work to be done for Season 2.
Doomslicer – Deviant Art
I liked this series. It was fun. It was not as good as the first few episodes had me hoping for, but was still entertaining. So if you want some mecha action that’s brainy-ish sometimes and a series that’s decidedly not brainy, check it out. My own opinions of this series probably dropped from thinking about it too much while writing this, so try not to over think it as you watch.
The Online Anime Store
Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t the greatest show in the world, but I loved watching it, and it is much better than the other project A-1 Pictures is participating in…. (SAO II).
While Aldnoah.Zero isn’t something that’s groundbreaking, the way it is handled makes it a very fun show to watch, although depressing throughout most of its run. While the mechs and fighting scenes leave more to be desired, it’s the drama between our heroes and the invading Martians that keeps its audience hooked. With an ending that is a gut punch and keeps to the spirit of the show, it will leave fans wanting to see more of this story, which is set to come out in early 2015.
East Asian Curiosities
For the most part Aldnoah.Zero has its problems, but its compelling nature will keep you interested, as will the twists and turns. For a first season it’s not a bad start, where we go from here with season two will determine its future in my opinion.
A Gundam wannabe with plenty of flash but sadly little bang.
Overall, Aldnoah.Zero was my favorite mecha anime this season, hope season 2 continues it in a good way. It is written by Gen Uroguchi who wrote Fate/Zero and Madoka Magica and I love them both. This series doesn’t pull many punches and I often wondered just how many twists and turns were to come. But, it has been an extremely enjoyable mecha series for me and if you’re a mecha fan, you’d be a fool to miss it out!
The Nihon Review
I am rather lukewarm on Aldnoah.Zero. The original concept of normal grunt units taking down technological behemoths is cool, and the fight scenes are about as much as I could ask for from a television series, but there is no meaningful journey to be had from this anime. The characters are too emotionally distant and the story does not work without the emotional investment. Watch this this show if you’re just in it for the giant robots because everything else fails to click the right way.
Overall it wasn’t an entirely bad show, it had it’s bad points all right no doubt about that one, but it did have its good points such as decent artwork, music and a fairly all right story until things start getting massively confusing. The characters had promise, but with no character development it just seemed pointless having them in an anime such as this where that character development could have made this a great show.
I really don’t have much to say about this show. It has some great visuals and audio but the story and characters are uninspired, cookie-cutter characters that seemingly have had little thought put into them. Inaho is by far one of the worst characters in anime – maybe not quite as appalling as the lead male in No Game No Life – and this anime has greatly suffered due to his presence. Slaine isn’t much better either but at least he’s clearly had more development going on, although I’d happily not watch season 2 because I think I’ve seen enough of this series now. If you’re already a fan then you should love how Anime Limited have handled it’s release but otherwise you should steer clear – Anime Limited have published many great titles, so you should try one of those instead.