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?