Review: Knights of Sidonia Season 1

Content Warning:

Sexually suggestive scenes.  Death.

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Earth was attacked and destroyed by an alien species called the Gauna.  Humans flee Earth aboard a massive ship carrying a chunk of the remains of Earth.  On this chunk of Earth is the city of Sidonia.  Humans have survived on Sidonia for a thousand years now.  Also, the humans have been genetically modifying themselves.  They can now photosynthesize in which they only have to consume real food once a week.  Sidonia is protected by space human piloted mechs called Gardes.  Among the weapons of these Gardes are the very rare Kabizashi.  This is a spear with the only known material able to kill the Gauna.  Kids are drafted at a young age to learn to pilot these Gardes.

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Nagate Tanikaze has been living, with his grandpa, in the underground of Sidonia.  His grandpa is now dead.  Desperate for food he brakes into a warehouse but gets caught stealing some rice.  He is guickly found out that he has lived his life underground and that his grandpa has been training him to pilot the Gardes.  They decide to put him to the test and through this he is allowed to enter into the academy to train to fight the Gauna.

I don’t want to go too far into the story as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who has not seen it.  I am new to anime and watched this show on a whim as it was listed as a Netflix Original.  I love the story to Knights of Sidonia.  I was expecting very cheesy dialog as this is an anime.  But I was surprised when that was kept to a minimum.  I am a little confused with the talking bear (with a weird hook for a hand) cook in the cafeteria.  Why is there a talking bear in a show where there is nothing but humans and an attacking alien species.  Seems a little out of place to me.

Presentation:

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I am really amazed at the minimal art style they used.  The colour palate is very subdued.  For some reason this all helps convey that Sidonia is floating through space.  Even though you can tell the the Gardes are mechs, they do have a look of their own.

Conclusion:

I really enjoyed watching the first season of Knight of Sidonia.  This anime has really opened my eyes to anime.  I will definitely be looking forward to season two.  In the meantime I will be looking through the anime section of Netflix to get my anime fix.

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Jonathan Klassen

Just a small city, Christian boy from the province of Saskatchewan in Canada. Go Riders Go! I have a wife (Andrea), a son (Ethan) and another one on the way.

5 Comments

  1. Phil on January 28, 2015 at 2:29 am

    I very much enjoyed this show. I’m new to the anime world. I grew up with DBZ and Pokemon, but when there was more than 151 pokemon, I didn’t REALLY care. As for anime, I just back in and watched Attack on Titan… which is…. just…. so good on SO many levels… and creepy too lol. Then I am SO thankful I discovered Death Note, because that is a show that is BRILLIANT!!!

    Then after experimenting with other animes that just bored me (because it was all the same), I moved to sidonia. I watched the season and thought it really was good. A nice break from the action of DBZ, Naruto, and all the other HIGH energy shows. It’s like the Tempo for the show fits in outer space… if that makes sense. It seemed cerebral and yet not boring. They did a REAL good job on it. It doesn’t have the fun appeal that DBZ or Pokemon has, maybe because of nostalgia, but it was a show that you felt like you didn’t have to push too hard to binge watch… It went down smooth :p

  2. David Austin Black on August 20, 2014 at 3:27 am

    I adore this show; it’s so great. I honestly just was bored one day and it was advertised on Netflix so I watched the first episode and it blew me away. Can’t believe I’m saying this, but I like it better than Attack on Titan. I am waiting with bated breath for the 2nd season!

    P.S. That talking bear is a beast. Haha. Get it. A beast.

  3. Tanner Roberson on August 15, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    I didn’t know what to expect when this show was suggested for me. But man was I in for a ride, this was such a cool and different show. The soundtrack really hooked me.

  4. Rumael on August 12, 2014 at 11:55 am

    One anime I recommend is the wildly popular Attack on Titan. It has a great story about the struggles of humanity. I warn you though, it has some intense gore and profanity. I haven’t seen any sexual scenes, but haven’t watched it all… I think Netflix only has the English subtitles, but you can find the English dub online, and it’s actually pretty good.

  5. Michael M. on August 10, 2014 at 2:46 am

    I actually have this one saved on my queue in netflix, haven’t checked it out yet. Will now, thanks for the review!

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