Knights of Sidonia / Sidonia no Kishi
Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans and Breanne Evans
Genre: Action, Mecha, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Space
First aired: Spring 2014, 12 episodes
Summary: It’s been a thousand years since the strange alien race of Gauna destroyed the solar system. A small portion of humanity survived by using mecha robot ships. The remainder of humanity now lives on the Sidonia, a ship that has allowed them to maintain their population while drifting through space. Nagate Tanikaze is a young man with a mysterious past who has been raised on the ship. When he goes into training to pilot the huge robotic weapons known as Gardes, he is entrusted with piloting the legendary Tsugumori unit. Nagate and his fellow pilots put their lives on the line to protect humanity against the Gauna.
Even though Knights of Sidonia is based on the survival of humanity, the story focuses on the inner workings of the Sidonia and its leadership. The story can move slowly at times, but the end reward is well worth the watch. There are several interesting concepts with the new race of humanity. For example, due to a lack of food they have developed a way to use photosynthesis to receive their nutrients, meaning that they rarely eat. Another interesting concept is that there is a third gender. It is a neutral gender that makes it so when a person finds a mate, they can become the opposite gender of the mate that they find.
You might enjoy this if: You enjoy drama and mystery in space.
You might not like it if: You want a good laugh. They are few and far between.
Note to the Viewer: The animation style is unique and beautiful. Pay extra attention to it while you watch.