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Chrome Shelled Regios: Part One (a J!-ENT Anime DVD Review)

February 21, 2011 by  



“Chrome Shelled Regios” is an awesome anime series featuring cool characters, a cool storyline and awesome music!  A post-apocalyptic storyline worth watching!

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DVD TITLE: Chrome Shelled Regios: Part One (Episodes 1-12)

ANIME SERIES RELEASE DATE: 2009

DURATION: Episodes 1-12 (300 Minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: 16:9, English and Japanese stereo, English Subtitles

COMPANY: FUNimation Entertainment

RATED: TV PG

Release Date: February 8, 2011

Originally Created by Shusuke Amagi

Directed by Itsuro Kawasaki

Series Composition by Mamiko Ikeda

Screenplay by Jukki Hanada, Katsumi Hasegawa, Mamiko Ikeda, Michiko Yokote, Saizo Nemoto

Original Character Designs by Miyuu

Character Design by Hideki Hashimoto

Art Director: Junichi Higashi

Anime Production: ZEXCS

Featuring the following voice talent:

Ayahi Takagaki/Brina Palencia as Nina Antalk

Mai Nakahara/Monica Rial as Felli Loss

Mikako Takahashi/Eric Vale as Leerin Marfes

Nobuhiko Okamoto/Todd Haberkorn as Layfon Alseif

Akeno Watanabe/Lydia Mackay as Queen Alsheyra

Ami Koshimizu/Trina Nishimura as Shante Laite

Asuka Ōgame/Leah Clark as Mei-Shen Trinden

Daisuke Kirii/Vic Mignogna as Lintence Savoled Haden

Daisuke Sakaguchi/Greg Ayres as Harley Sutton

Eri Sendai/Brittney Karbowski as Mifi Lotten

Fuyuka Oura/Jamie Marchi as Naruki Gerni

Hajime Iijima/J. Michael Tatum as Gorneo Luckens

Hiro Yuuki as Dixerio Maskane

The world of tomorrow is an arid wasteland; a forsaken place where nomadic communities take shelter within mobile, domed cities. Massive, mutant Contaminoid monsters swarm the planet’s desolate surface, and the lack of resources fuels constant conflict between cities.

In this bleak future, mysterious young Layfon struggles to escape his violent past. Unfortunately, his former life might be impossible to hide after he’s forced to enroll at the military academy – his special powers are clearly stronger than those of his comrades. As he joins his fellow student soldiers in the desperate battle against the Contaminoid scourge, Layfon must fight to keep the origins of his enhanced abilities a secret, because the truth could tear his team apart.

This limited edition includes a hand-held flag with the Zuellni Academy City logo plus an art box designed to hold both part one and part two.

In 2006, writer Shusuke Amagi and illustrator Miyu began working on a light novel titled “Kokaku no Regiosu” (Chrome Shelled Regios).  The light novel was serialized in Dragon Magazine and a manga adaptation would follow in 2007 in the pages of “Dragon Age Pure” (a shonen manga magazine) by Miyu, Nodoka Kiyose and Watari (which was tehn searlized in “Beans Ace”).  Not long after, a four-panel comic strip by Masumi Futaba began its serialization in “Monthly Dragon Age” in 2008.

While the light novel and manga series is ongoing, and a new light novel series titled “Legend of Regios” is being published by Fujimi Shobo, an anime series was released in January 2009 courtesy of Zexcs (“My HiMe”, “Speed Grapher”).  And now the anime series will be released by FUNimation Entertainment.

The series takes place during a time in post-apocalyptic Earth and the planet is now being inhabited by huge, mutated monsters known as Filth monsters.  Humans are still living but in large mobil cities known as Regios and they learn to use weapons known as DITE and harness a power known as Kei in order to defend themselves.

The story revolves around the character Layfon Alseif, who has moved to the Academy City of Zuellni to start a new life and forget his past.  But during his first day at school, he runs into Mifi Rotten (a girl who dreams of becoming a reporter), Gerini Naruki (a first year student at the Military Arts Department) and Mayshen Torinden (a shy girl at school).  All three are friends and they try to strike a conversation with the new guy.

But things get out of hand at school as fight breaks out and columns begin to fall and are about to crush Mayshen but out of nowhere, Layfon Alseif rescues her from harms way.

Because of his skills, everyone at school wonders who the new guy is, especially Kalian Loss, the head of the student council.  Knowing his skills may be quite special, Kalian enrolls Layfon in the military, something he did not want to do at all.

Meanwhile, Nina Antalk, the leader/captain of the 17th Platoon has lost a member and now her platoon are desperate into finding a new member and sure enough, Nina has chosen Layfon to be part of her platoon with no questions asked.

The 17th Platoon consists of the brash Nina Antalk who is in the Military to protect people, meanwhile she is joined by the psychokinetic Felli Loss (younger sister of the head of the student council, Kalian Loss), the sharpshooter Sharnid Elipton (who once was part of the popular 10th Platoon but left them for some unknown reason) and Harley Sutton, a DITE mechanic.

And while the 17th Platoon takes part in combat with other groups, they will begin to learn soon enough that their newest member is not exactly your average student.  In fact, Layfon was once a member of the twelve wielders of the Heaven Blades and held the title of Wolfstein at the age of 10.  He was a young man exiled by Queen Alsheyra for participating in underground matches for money (despite saving money for an orphanage) and he is hated by his fellow Heaven Blade wielders.

As Layfon becomes friends with his Platoon and a few of the female students at the Academy, will having him around them be a blessing or a curse?

“Chrome Shelled Regios” consists of the following main characters:

Layfon Wolfstein Alseif – The protagonist of “Chrome Shelled Regios”, a former wielder of the Heavens Blades, he was exiled when he was caught competing for money (which he used to give back to an orphanage).  He has since moved to Zuellni to become a Liberal Arts student and forget his past but circumstances have led him being forced to join the Military Arts where he became part of the 17th Platoon.  Because of his skill, many know that Layfon is capable of protecting the city but his teammates want to be on par with his skill, if they ever can get that far.  His DITE is a sword which is continually being improved by the engineer Harley.  Because of his former status of the Heaven’s Blade, he also has enormous kei.

Nina Antalk – The leader/captain of the 17th Platoon who recruited Layfon and keeps working hard in order to be strong like him.   When she was a child, while trying to protect an Electric Fairy from a hunter, she fell down a deep hole and nearly was killed but was brought back to life when that fairy sacrificed herslef.  Like Layfon, she wants to protect the people she loves and despite her tough exterior, she is often teased by Sharnid that she has a crush on Layfon.  Her DITE are a pair of singlesticks.

Felli Loss – The psychokinetic member of the 17th Platoon.   Like her brother, she has silver hair and gray eyes and nearly lacks of emotion.  But somehow, despite kicking and hurting Layfon at times, she finds herself falling for him and giving him the nickname “Fon-Fon”.  She easily gets jealous of other girls getting close to Layfon and wants to be as close to him.  She doesn’t like her older brother Kalian all that much.  Her DITE is a wand that makes her communicate with others from long distances.

Sharnid Elipton – A former member of the elite 10th Platoon, he mysteriously quit the group to join the 17th Platoon.  Great on weapons, especially firearms, he is often seen teasing his teammates.

Harley Sutton – Harley is a DITE-mechanic/engineer of the 17th Platoon and doesn’t fight in competitions.  But he does excel in creating DITE’s for his platoon.

Kalian Loss – The leader of the student body and Felli’s older brother.  He wants to use Layfon’s skills to protect the city and is often overprotective of his sister getting close to Layfon.

Mayshen Torinden – A first year student of the Liberal Arts Department, Mayshen is a shy girl who loves to cook and falls for Layfon after he saves her from falling debris.  She hangs out with Mifi and Naruki.

Mifi Rotten – A first year student of the Liberal Arts Department who works part-time for a magazine called “Weekly Look-On”.  She hangs out with Mayshen and Naruki.

Gerini Naruki – A first year student of the Military Arts Department.  She has a strong sense of justice and works for the police department of Zuellni.  She also is the only person willing to spar against Layfon.

Leerin Marfes – Layfon’s childhood friend and girlfriend.  Both grew up at the same oprhanage and is constantly being groped by Synola Leisler.  She wants to be reunited with Layfon.

Queen Aisheyra – The Queen of the Lance Shelled City and a successor of the 12 Heaven’s Blade.  Because she was bored of her life as a queen, she has her senior student Synola Leiser disguise herself as the queen.  She has a habit of wanting to grab Leerin’s breasts.  Although she can be lively and laid-back, she can also be deadly and serious.

VIDEO :

“Chrome Shelled Regios: Part One” is presented in widescreen (16:9).  The TV series looks pretty good and I really liked the character design and the outfits for the anime series.  While not super detailed for exteriors (a lot of dirt, grass and trees that are not heavily detailed), I felt that the series made up for it with focusing on the characters closeup and also during the battles.  If anything, I liked the emotions used for the characters and how the closeups really brought these characters out.   There are some scenes where structures are nicely detailed but these do not show up all that much throughout each episode.

The monsters are pretty well-detailed but overall, for a TV series, “Chrome Shelled Regios” looks good, but it is definitely a series that is more plot-driven and I found my enjoyment towards the series was for its storyline, its music and voice acting more than its picture quality and animation.  But if anything everything is balanced and each part of the anime series (animation, character design, background design, music, voice acting, etc.) compliment each other quite well.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Chrome Shelled Regios” is presented in English 5.1 Surround and Japanese Stereo.  First, let’s start off with the Japanese soundtrack.  The voice acting is well-done as expected and more emotional versus its English counterpart.  For the most part, I enjoyed the Japanese voice acting but of course, the English soundtrack has 5.1 surround and the fact that this series does have a quite a bit of action, for those with a 5.1 setup will like the use of audio and how the surround sounds are utilized for this series.

As for the English soundtrack, I felt the dubs were excellent.  Granted, some of the voice talent have a voice which tends to be used on other series but for the most part, the English voice talent is well-done and because of it’s more battle mentality and strong female characters, the English vocal track worked for me much more than the Japanese soundtrack.  While, I did enjoy the Japanese soundtrack more for it’s emotional scenes, I did enjoy the more no-nonsense English vocal dubbing.

But both are well-done, with the English 5.1 soundtrack getting the edge for its 5.1 track.  Otherwise, if you have a receiver that can utilize stereo for all channels, it’s also worth using if you prefer the Japanese vocal track.

Also, I have to mention that “Chrome Shelled Regios” has one of the coolest musical soundtracks and ending themes!  What I love about the ending themes is how their are duets with Chrome Shelled with each of the female voice talent and that ending theme “Yasashii Uso” is pretty awesome!

Subtitles are in English.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Chrome Shelled Regios: Part One” comes with the following special features:

DISC 2:

  • Textless Opening Song: Brave Your Truth
  • Textless Closing Song: Yasashii Uso – Performed by Chrome Shelled
  • Textless Closing Song: Yasashii Uso – Performed by Chrome Shelled featuring Nina Antalk (Ayahi Takagaki)
  • Textless Closing Song: Yasashii Uso – Performed by Chrome Shelled featuring Felli Loss (Mai Nakahara)
  • Textless Closing Song: Yasashii Uso – Performed by Chrome Shelled featuring Leerin Marfes (Mikako Takahashi)
  • Textless Closing Song: Ai no Zuellni – Performed by Chrome Shelled
  • Trailers – FUNimation Entertainment Trailers

I absolutely enjoyed “Chrome Shelled Regios”.  The first 12-episodes are pretty much character development episodes as Layfon joins the 17th Platoon and tries to hide his skills, but because of circumstances, he is forced to use them and thus showing the students and the people around him of his great power.

As the first half of the series focuses on the 17th Platoon and their relationship with Layfon, these episodes gives the viewer a chance to know the platoon members and their various intricacies.  Especially how the female members react around Layfon, especially when he hangs out with his new female riends at school.

Around episode 8, that is when the series starts to heat up as we are introduced to the 5th Platoon which consists of Gorneo and his partner Shante.  Gorneo is from the same area where Layfon came from and has a major grudge against him and with that hatred towards Layfon, he reveals the big secret about Layfon being a former member of the Heaven’s Blade and how he was exiled.  It is also revealed about how his girlfriend Leerin was called “The Fated One” by the Queen of Grendan.

While most of the episodes do revolve around training and combat, there are a few episodes where the characters have some fun.  In episode 11, the group goes out for swimming and Felli does all she can to get close to him.  In another episode, the female members of the 17th Platoon try to show that they can cook for Layfon as well.

By the final episode for “Chrome Shelled Regios: Part One”, we get to learn why Sharnid quit his former platoon to join the 17th.

Needless to say, these episodes are all about introducing characters and their past history.  From Nina’s near death to Sharnid’s past but most importantly, how Layfon changes when he makes new friends and starts to open up to others.  Easily setting things up for a more action-based second half for “Chrome Shelled Regios: Part Two”.

Overall, I really enjoyed this series and it has a pretty cool style with the music and its use of weaponry.  It’s a pretty cool action series that takes place in post-apocalyptic Earth but with cool characters and a storyline focusing on friendships and relationships, it turned out to be different from what I was expecting.  I suppose I was expecting something like “Mobile Suit Gundam – The 08th MS Team” and about teammates in combat, but “Chrome Shelled Regios” was more than that and so I can’t wait for part two!

If you are looking for an action-based anime TV series, so far “Chrome Shelled Regios” has turned out to be a pretty cool series.  It’s more plot driven than an anime series sporting stylish art backgrounds or detailed character designs, but everything works out so far in part one and anime action fans should enjoy this series.

Recommended!

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