“Know how strong you are… and do what you can do. If you misjudge your abilities on the battlefield… you’ll get yourself killed.” – Yugo Kuga
This week’s spotlight is a little bit of a hidden gem in anime. Not meaning it was hidden among shows, just that you don’t hear many people talk about it. I came across this anime on Hulu (during one of my many scrolling randomly) and then I found out it was on Crunchyroll so I watched it there with no commercials. I watched the first episode and was a tad bit confused but then again, I was finishing up Hunter X Hunter (for the 3rd time) at this period so I was expecting HxH. After episode 2, I was hooked. Check out the synopsis below:
“When a gate to another world suddenly opens on Earth, Mikado City is invaded by strange creatures known as “Neighbors,” malicious beings impervious to traditional weaponry. In response to their arrival, an organization called the Border Defense Agency has been established to combat the Neighbor menace through special weapons called “Triggers.” Even though several years have passed after the gate first opened, Neighbors are still a threat and members of Border remain on guard to ensure the safety of the planet.
Despite this delicate situation, members-in-training, such as Osamu Mikumo, are not permitted to use their Triggers outside of headquarters. But when the mysterious new student in his class is dragged into a forbidden area by bullies, they are attacked by Neighbors, and Osamu has no choice but to do what he believes is right. Much to his surprise, however, the transfer student Yuuma Kuga makes short work of the aliens, revealing that he is a humanoid Neighbor in disguise.” (Myanimelist.net)
This series has 73 episodes which are pretty well thought out. It has two season I guess you can say. The first half of the series kind of explains a lot of the questions you develop in the first few episodes. The second half picks up with some action but then it ends with you thinking about what else will happen. You get attached to characters and become interested in their growth and abilities. I don’t want to give too much away because I think this is a series people should check out but the second half of the series is where the story really picks up. You learn more about the world the characters are in and what’s around them. The way the series leaves more questions than answers imo.
I’m not sure if they will continue the animated series or not. It’s been about 2 or 3 years since the last episode (I could be wrong). I hope they do though. It starts out slow with you being mad at the supposed “protagonist” but the characters begin to grow on you. Overall I give this anime 3.5 weird neighbors/5. If you have seen this anime before, let me know what you thought of it. If you haven’t, check it out and let me know what you think! Until next time, Nerd out!