New year, new anime to look forward to and to not look forward to. This one comes from the director whose notable works consist of an anime that shows why executives should never mess with your stuff, and an anime you all loved so much that you never bought it.
Active Raid: Special Public Security Fifth Division, Third Mobile Assault Eighth Unit (Wow, that is a mouthful!), a Production IMS and Orange original, is set in the year 2035, where the Third Quicksand Disaster has caused Far East Japan to fall into a state of chaos. Reconstruction of the city is performed using high-tech exoskeletons called Willwears. However, these Willwears have seen their amount of misuse. In response to the rising crimes involving them, the National Police Agency’s Kichioji Branch establishes the Special Public Security Fifth Division, Third Mobile Assault Eighth Unit, or just Unit 8. Assistant Inspector Asami Kazari is assigned to Unit 8 to report their activity to her superiors and to maintain a sense of stability within the group.
OK so Active Raid is basically one of the few anime that I was looking forward to watching this season, even though I’m still a bit bitter from last season (Blame the weather). It is a decent start, but it ain’t gonna win any acclaim because the execution is kinda a hit-or-miss. I mean I do like that they skip the synopsis explanations like we’ve already read it on the website, which is an issue that I’ve been having recently, with anime taking a third of the episode infodumping what we already know (Seriously, rush it out ASAP or SKIP!). I do like the futuristic supercop idea, so that’s basically something else that gives me a reason to stick around for.
Starting this season, I’m going to give first episode scores on a 5-point scale. These scores don’t have much impact on the final score. With that said, Active Raid gets 3.5 Willwears out of 5