Many years ago, after the end of a bloody world war, mankind took shelter in six city-states that were peaceful and perfect… at least on the surface. However, Shion—an elite resident of the city-state No. 6—gained a new perspective on the world he lives in, thanks to a chance encounter with a mysterious boy, Nezumi. Nezumi turned out to be just one of many who lived in the desolate wasteland beyond the walls of the supposed utopia. But despite knowing that the other boy was a fugitive, Shion decided to take him in for the night and protect him, which resulted in drastic consequences: because of his actions, Shion and his mother lost their status as elites and were relocated elsewhere, and the darker side of the city began to make itself known. Now, a long time after their life-altering first meeting, Shion and Nezumi are finally brought together once again—the former elite and the boy on the run are about to embark on an adventure that will, in time, reveal the shattering secrets of No. 6. – My Anime List
Based on 13 review scores:
Overall though, I’ve loved No.6, I’m off to rewatching it for round 2, and reading the manga!
For those of you who like a great dystopia sci-fi story, or a great relationship story, or a great adventure story, or a great mystery, (so many people under the sun) I would definitely recommend this anime.
My Anime List
I grinned and I worried, I eagerly clicked each episode and got frustrated over waiting for the next one. With this anime, I watched it each episode from beginning to end, OP to ED. Stating it simply: I loved watching it [and rewatching it.] The last episode did confuse me a bit, but I’m seriously longing for more.
The theme songs touched my soul, and the relationship between Shion and Rat touched my heart. It was a really effective combination I must say! Not to mention, the beautiful sci-fi animation really makes No.6 shine above others. As a whole, I grew really emotionally attached to everything in the show. I’m just super depressed that it’s over now to be perfectly honest. I can’t wait until enough time has passed so that I can watch it again. That way, I can relive the magic that it brought to me on the first viewing. If you’re a fan of LGBT/Yaoi/Shonen-Ai movies or shows in general, then look no further than No.6. It’s a masterpiece of its own kind.
In conclusion, it’s a very bad series, with an awful plot, bad directing, uninteresting characters, lousy finale, and lots of trolling that fools you into thinking it’s going to be a serious story.
Otakuness Anime Reviews
If you are looking for a deep and dark post-apocalyptic dystopian society story, this is not it. The show will make an interesting watch and is one of my favourites from this season. However, this is not a show that will make me go up to my friends and say “You have to watch this!” It is a above average series
Despite the high-minded goals and strong production, floundering characters and disappointingly plot points lead to mediocre results.
The Nihon Review
But despite the many deep flaws of the writing (not to mention the animation and art, which vacillates from solid to shockingly ugly for Bones), I can’t bring myself to give No. 6 too bad a score. At their best and most interesting, the light of Shion and Nezumi’s relationships shines strong. Even while the anime did its best to wring every drop of melodrama from the plot in the finale, I could still find myself moved just a little bit by Shion and Nezumi. That No. 6 could not be good enough to move its audience more, however, is the real tragedy.
No. 6 is an anime that has a lot of heart and invests most of that into developing the relationship of its two characters. This is something that is does quite well and it should be commended for creating such an interesting pair of characters. Unfortunately the world and story surrounding these two is so heavily flawed that it all falls apart. Regardless No. 6 is an interesting watch for what it is, not because of its flaws, but in spite of them.
As I hinted in the introduction, there are certain romantic aspects of No. 6’s story, however not enough to really be off-putting. This raises an interesting question though: if No. 6 isn’t telling the story of Shion and Nezumi falling for each other, what is it doing? The answer is: not a whole lot. There’s nothing in this anime that will offend anyone, but that’s because there’s nothing particularly exciting going on in any area. It’s watchable entertainment, but not it’s definitely of the throw-away variety. It could have been really good, but it’s just… not.
I don’t hate No. 6, but neither do I respect it in the slightest. Aired on the noitaminA block alongside such fascinating series as The Tatami Galaxy and Wandering Son, this was clearly intended to be a “sophisticated” show worthy of the attention given to its peers. It is nothing of the sort. While I have no sense of whether the parent light novel is any better, the anime adaptation of No. 6 is one to skip, and the lack of good science fiction anime produced in recent years is not reason enough to forgive it of its blandness.
Even when you look past the shounen-ai undertones (which were the least of the potential turn-offs) this series is ridden with problems. The art carried the show for me, as the plot was a total disappointment.