If stuff like this actually occurs at some point in the future, I think the Good Guy Powers That Be should think more carefully about who they put in charge of giant mechs.
Note: Although the entire series has now been released on Netflix, the following review is based solely on the first episode.
I guess I’ll deal with the elephant in the room first. Yes, Revisions is all CG, and it’s… well, I don’t love it, but it’s really not that bad. Personally I think the CG looks at least competent for the most part, if not exactly good. Your mileage may vary of course, but it’s certainly no worse than, say, Ajin or Knights of Sidonia – probably even a minor step up from both, come to that – and the character designs in themselves are just fine, so Revisions is by no means unwatchable in this regard.
More importantly, director Taniguchi Goro shows that he’s still got the stuff when it comes to innovative and impactful sci-fi and gritty mecha/military-themed stories. He’s been in the game a long time, and though it’s been quite a while since I’ve watched anything of his, I still have a great deal of respect to this day for the likes of Planetes and Infinite Ryvius. Writer Fukami Makoto is comparatively new to the industry, but with titles including Gakkou Gurashi and the first season of Psycho-Pass under his belt, I don’t doubt his ability to help create an equally gritty yet emotionally hard-hitting story.
Unfortunately, the cast of Revisions, or more specifically the main cast member, has already done plenty to put me off. Not to put too fine a point on it, but frankly, Daisuke’s an asshole. He’s clearly obsessive about his perceived duty to ‘protect’ people despite the fact that they don’t seem to want or need his help. Incidentally, said people tend to be girls, and said protection generally means punching a guy in the face if he so much as asks her for directions. He’s also apparently spent the last several years amping himself up for a certain prophesized day to occur, and when that day finally arrives, he appears almost happy about it, despite the fact it obviously means a whole lot of carnage and general destruction. His preparations for this, which I guess involve a lot of manly pushups and weight training, do him zero good since he immediately freezes up when shit actually ends up going down.
While I’m guessing Daisuke will eventually get it together and start making himself genuinely useful at some point, he’ll probably do so not for any altruistic reasons but because he just wants vindication. All I see so far is a smugly self-important and annoyingly self-righteous boy who quite literally brings a knife to a mecha fight. I assume he’ll go through a ton of extremely steep character growth in the episodes to follow but in all honesty, I don’t think I have the patience for that. And since it looks like I’ll have no trouble filling the gaps this anime season with shows featuring main characters that don’t annoy me to this degree, I’ll be giving the rest of Revisions a pass.