- Trailer: PV Trailer
- What it’s about: The apocalypse has come and gone. A parasitic species known as the Gastrea has infected every animal and person outside of a few sanctuaries, transforming them into monsters capable of passing the infection onto others. Tokyo lies in the shadows of a protective boundary of monoliths, but some Gastrea still slip through the cracks. Government-sponsored contractors, or “civil officers”, are responsible for hunting them down. They operate in pairs: children born with a mediated form of the Gastrea infection (granting them unusual powers) with an older watchdog. The show follows one such pair, Rentarou and Enju, as they combat threats to the city.
- Why you should watch it: It’s an adrenaline-pumping action show that switches between humour and pathos on a dime. The fight sequences are excellent, but the show also takes pains to develop the characters of the protagonists and their allies. The show throws a lot of stuff at the wall in a very short space of time, so if you don’t find the first episode to your taste, give it another one or two to make sure.
- Caveats: The humour is quite lowbrow – mostly innuendo and slapstick. The show tries to pack way too much into the early episodes, making it feel a little rushed. And at its heart it’s a show about ass-kicking little girls and giant monsters. If that doesn’t sound like your kind of thing, it’s probably not worth your time.
- Themes: Discrimination, humans as weapons. At what point is it no longer worth defending an oppressive citizenry?
- Similar works: Unbreakable Machine Doll. Attack on Titan.