At the onset of World War III, nobody could have predicted the effect it would have on Japan. While it had officially ended fifty years ago in 2150, its battles still persist. Large, mysterious areas known as “Blackspots” appeared across the country, filled with the contaminated ruins of cities and countrysides. Those inside were trapped to halt the spread of contamination, and their powers began to mutate—be they shapeshifters, pyromancers, or controllers of gravity itself—they all became known as the Needless. Adam Blade is one such Needless, possessing remarkable regenerative abilities and incredible strength. In order to restore peace to a war-torn Japan, he and his allies must fight together to rise against a heinous research group by the name of Simeon. – My Anime List
Based on 17 review scores:
Most hilarious, most GAR, most bad-assed characters, most inappropriately perverted anime I have ever seen without being “vulgar” or “obscene.” This anime is so awesome it almost makes me wish the world really was a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
All in all, Needless is a fun little show. It’ll keep you entertained and won’t really move you much. People looking for a seriously impressive and memorable experience would have a better time watching something else. For those who just want a good brawl fest with flashy moves and a good dose of comedy and fan-service, this is definitely a great show to blast a few days off on, even if you won’t really remember it much after that.
The overarching story itself is pretty dumb (someone trying to be Jesus), but who cares? This show’s more about the battles and comedy. About half the show consists of a single long battle in a room built for giants, with enormous furniture. Why was the room built? Who knows. We’re just entertained by fight after fight of constantly changing pairings, with tons of twists and turns.
Needless started with a lot of potential and a great sense of style and power about it, but it felt like it got very distracted with what it wanted to do. In a way, it felt like certain manga series of old where it was just long extended series of actions that kept going and going, building on top of each other as it moved to the next set piece. While I’m certainly not against action as I’ve watched some very, very long fighting/action series, I did wish that this show had more real plot to it and spent time making me care more about the characters or just being invested in their battles. There are a lot of elements to Needless that I liked, but the show didn’t come together over the whole run and this set was nothing but fists and pounding going on. It may work on a week to week basis, but in an extended sitting it was an endurance viewing.
The Otaku’s Study
This series is sure to tickle the fancy of people who like comedic action series that sometimes take things over the top or alternatively, people who like seeing action series where the female characters get stripped and then remain like that for episodes at a time. To be honest, I must say I did enjoy watching this series, and whilst not even getting close to being one of my favorite anime series, does try and differentiate itself from the crowd a bit. I do eagerly await the chance to watch Part 2, coming out this July alongside Clannad: After Story – Part 2 and Tower of Druaga – Complete Series.
My Anime List
Overall my final opinion on Needless mixed. I did enjoy many aspects of it, but it had more potential than it delivered. The schizophrenic direction and pacing are too much for me to ignore. Your enjoyment of Needless is likely to depend on your own personal tastes. If you love shounen action then you might want to give this a chance. I found it to be an average series at best.
Another Week In Anigaming
This was honestly some of the most fun I’ve had watching an anime in a while. Other similar titles have swept Needless under the carpet. That’s certainly unfortunate, as Needless delivers in terms of both comedy and action. It managed to surprise me with some nice, serious touches here and there that make it exceptional even amongst my library of shows. I’ve been getting pretty bored of anime recently, so I suppose you could say that this reviewer certainly needed Needless.
Needless is a series not for the serious. If you don’t like silly balls-to-the-wall action with some fan-service crammed in between, this probably is not something you want to watch. On the other hand if you don’t mind the silly side of things, this is definitely worth your time and money.
The Nihon Review
Needless is easy to enjoy for a very specific kind of anime fan. It’s so shameless about being a shounen fanservice show that it almost seems like a parody. There’s never a façade of seriousness or drama; the show is very straightforward about its virile personality and ostentation. In case you ever start taking the show seriously, the ending theme is always there to jar you back into reality. For that very reason, Needless is simple fun, and it works.
Needless is not essential viewing, but it is for anyone looking to just have a good time. The gimmicky attacks, the fanservice, and the high energies make this one truly good watch, but its flaws and shortcomings make it a series that a more critical audience might dissect and destroy. But in its defence, there is no series like it that will get you pumped up and ready to shout “Engrish” attack names. At least it should be seen for those attack names. Nothing beats “Little Boy” or “Dean Drive Fox Hound”.
Anime News Network
This is one of my favorite anime to be out. I highly recommend this to most Full-metal Alchemist and Angel Beats! fans because of the sometimes bittersweet scenes and the way it make you think after you finish it.
It isn’t a needless release, but whether you’re looking for action or fan service there are other series that do it better.
Once you understand just where Needless is coming from, it proves to be entertaining enough, if wholly unmemorable, and utterly disposable. It’s silly and its fun and what makes it work is its un-PC humour. What may keep a smile on your face are the Secret of Saint Lilly Academy short animations, as they are even more un-PC than the main show, saucy, silly, and charmingly offensive.
Beta Is Dead
This is the kind of show that explains why so many people look down on anime fans. If I had never seen a Japanese cartoon before watching this one I’d think pretty little of the industry and the people who feed it. The fact is that this series lacks pretty much any redeeming qualities and the few times it succeeds at anything it ruins it by going a different route making us hopeful that things could potentially get better but in fact they never do. In that regard watching this show felt like being in an abusive relationship (which is why it took me so many months to watch it). A lot of people favorably compare Needless to Gurren Lagann but the latter show had a great (main) cast, a good balance between action and comedy, an exciting plot and a style that accentuated these positives and made you forget about its many flaws. Needless has…a good theme song (and even then only for half the show) and nothing else. It’s not in Gurren Lagann’s league and is easily the worst anime I’ve ever reviewed. Okay, maybe it can be viewed as parody but it’s not particularly well done parody and doesn’t really say or deconstruct anything. I was going to sneak in a passing grade but after writing this review I think we all know what it has coming.