In a post-apocalyptic world overrun with mutated beasts called Limbeekoon or Filth Monsters, humanity is forced to live in large mobile cities called Regios and learn to use special weapons called Dite, by harnessing the power of Kei to defend themselves. In the Academy City of Zuellni, Layfon Alseif is hoping to start a new life and forget his past. However, his past has caught the attention of Karian Loss, the manipulative Student Council President and Nina Antalk, a Military Arts student and Captain of the 17th Military Arts Platoon, who instantly recognizes his abilities and decides he’s the perfect candidate to join her group. However, with a secret past that won’t leave him alone and unknown powers beyond normal, Layfon just might not take it. – My Anime List
Based on 13 review scores:
Prior to be told about the series, I will admit that it was not a series that I was likely to have picked up to view myself. I unfortunately suffer from a bad case of “judge a book by its cover” syndrome, contrary to what I said in my Black-Butler review with Grace. However, I am truly thankful that I had the opportunity to review this and be introduced to a really kick-ass series that combines my favorite aspects of action and humor.
I would highly suggest this show to anyone looking for some action with a good story. Once again beware of the fan service if you have a problem with that sort of thing. But if you can get past that, and some brief moments of poor voice acting, you’ll love the show.
The Otaku’s Study
Personally, I feel I may have been a bit picky on this series, and whilst there are many areas in which this series could have improved upon, I actually found myself enjoying the series. If you are not so picky about any one area, you will most probably find this to be one of the more enjoyable action anime series that have been released in English in the last year or two. I eagerly await the second part of this collection!
This show is just good fun. It is content to be mediocre in a lot of places, but let’s not kid ourselves, a mediocre shonen anime is pretty damn enjoyable. The fact that the setting and multiplicity of well handled plot threads are really wonderful just compounds things and makes Chrome Shelled Regios one of the more memorable and enjoyable shows out there. A must watch for shonen fans, and a good recommendation for sci-fi fans of any stripe.
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In the end, the major plot line concerning Layfon coming to terms with his past mistakes gets resolved but nothing else does. The ending leaves the distinct impression that the story is only at a midway or two-thirds mark, and indeed the existence of 16 novels suggests that far from all of the series’ existing content has been animated. As of this time, however, no indication of further animation in this franchise has been made, so this one stands a good chance to be one of those frustratingly incomplete adaptations which ultimately serve mostly to promote the source novels. Although some aspects of the series can be involving, it ultimately does not do enough to distinguish itself as a stand-alone project.
Chrome Shelled Regios is the kind of show that has you wondering what was lost in translation from its original work to anime form. There’s a good amount of material out there in novel and manga form to build a rich and intriguing future world but the execution of it all here leaves a lot to be desired. Being thrown into the world is one thing, but there’s a lot here that needs to be covered structurally in order to make it feel like a functioning world that’s missed or deferred on too long. With the somewhat frantic nature of it at times early on with the way Layfon is pulled to and fro, the viewer feels much the same way and that’s not a welcome thing. There’s definitely aspects of it that are enjoyable, but the first half of the series takes quite awhile to really find its stride.
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It’s unfortunate that, once again, a series with a great deal of potential has been let down by its creators. One can only hope that the future will bring improvements, and that more companies will stop making shows that are nothing more than glorified advertisements for related merchandise.
There are several themes in the series that I did not refer to above, and at least two dozen named characters. Some of the themes basically went nowhere, either because they were abandoned or because they were underdeveloped. It also seemed to me that there were entirely too many characters.
The salvation for this series that I can see is if a second season got announced. Regios has potential, and I still remain convinced of that. If a second season would come, and make optimal use of the building up that this series has provided, then it’s going to rock beyond belief. The characters who didn’t turn into paper bags were interesting enough to watch and there were definitely good parts in this series. It’s just that there was too much crap that overshadowed it. The creators never knew how to properly pace and outline their series and in a way, the one behind the series composition seems to be the one to blame for this. Yes Mamiko Ikeda, shame on you.
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Produced in 2009 as an adaptation of a series of popular light novels (unavailable in North America as of this writing), Chrome Shelled Regios is a fun anime series that manages to mix both an apocalyptic sci-fi yarn with an off-the-wall sense of humor. The series may get a bit confusing at times in this first half so hopefully the remainder of the show will manage to properly resolve any questions and vagueness that is found in the Part One DVD release. Regardless, the cast of likeable characters makes this anime an enjoyable experience.
Overall, there isn’t really anything especially wrong with the series, more that its only distinctive quality is how utterly average it is. Hopefully the imminent second half will pick up the pace.