Granbelm Season 2
Granbelm is an intriguing, original mecha series from the manager of Re;Zero. TL;DR of this assumption is effectively many women put to a mecha battle royale to fight it out for the opportunity to be a mage. The 2d mech animation is wonderful and the 3d cg mech animation does not exist. The first thing that stood out to me about this series is of course, the mecha designs. They have been squished and curved out compared to this giant hulking behemoths we are all used to. But with this comes the remarkable blessing of not having to manage random cuts to CG to completely pull you from the experience. Each of the mecha animation (to my understanding ) is 100% 2d, and I have not noticed any CG.
The story is certainly a trip. Not to get too much into spoiler territory, the first episode will confuse the shit out of you. The second likely will as well. Perhaps by episode 3 you’ll begin to think, hey I think everything is starting to line up and I am really getting a grasp on the story. From there, the series stops holding your hands. It opens up with hints which might not be obvious at first glance. It is going to tell the story at it’s own pace, but leave you enough hints to believe you are an episode beforehand, just to get blindsided. It certainly benefit from the fact that the anime is their very first way to go through the story.
Currently only at episode 8 having a great deal of questions, but each episode thus far, they have been consistently nailing the presentation and answering the questions that you need to make it hit just perfect. In addition to that though, they are always strong with subverting expectations. They will set up a query in 1 episode you’ll focus on during the week, and then once another episode strikes, they dropkick you with something unexpected.
In general, the show is remarkable. Remarkable directing, amazing voice function, terrific visuals that actually show out in significant scenes without crutching on the simple CG move many mech displays have taken. If you are an active viewer that loves to dig through scenes and discover what the manager is subtly telling you, then you should pick this up until it is done airing. This series was a consistent 10 on front. If you are more of a passive viewer that prefers a story that explains everything, you may want to wait until it is over and binge it. In any event, its well worth the watch.