Shirogane no Ishi: Argevollen Episode 1 Notes

July 5th, 2014.

First Impressions

Production:

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Screenshot album.

OP/ED? I’m not sure what it was, but there was no video, which was unfortunate, but the music was pretty good, as had been the vocals, I liked it.

Ok, let’s talk of production first. The character designs are relatively crisp and sharp, and while I’m not a huge fan of all, most are pretty good. The backdrops are spectacular, which only makes the mechs’ CGI stand out as extremely jarring.

The acting was alright.

Themes/Plot:

Let’s begin with the mecha, which are “thematic”. The “Trailers” are slow and trail behind. Plodding giants which hinder one’s movement. As in many wars, new technology obviates the old one, in this case “Bloody Hoppers” that are naturally, red. They can run, crouch, and leap. They allow one some freedom of movement, to go alongside the power.

Shirogane no Ishi: Argevollen anime episode 1 notes - Susumu Tokimune - our

And then we have the show’s name, “Silver Will of Argevollen”. Argevollen is the Silver Will. How do you move it? By thinking of it. It’s a system to make your dreams, your ideals, into reality. Which when you think of it, is what mecha shows are often about – carrying out your ideals, saving those you wish saved.

Mecha shows in the Sunrise fashion often are “morally grey”, both sides have people you can understand, they’re allpeople, rather than one side being ridiculously good and the other ridiculously villainous – even the “Heroic” are often naïve, and the “bad guys” still care for their comrades.

Except this show made me realize, it’s not true. In a lot of cases, like here, we still have it as black and white – between leadership and the men on the ground. Those who exhort others even as they fight, as they sit on the back-lines, speaking of “liberation” as they want to gobble up resources from those that have them “unjustly”, and those who run away. It’s still black and white, just not horizontally, but vertically.

The Main Character talks back, is insecure and thus lashes out at everyone else. The bit about the “delay”, I can understand him – if you’re used to a 2 second delay, you compensate, and when it’s removed, it’ll take you a while to adjust.

Shirogane no Ishi: Argevollen anime episode 1 notes - Samonji Ukyou, the leader

I’ve seen people complain this episode was “samey”. Thing is, it’s true, and that makes it a non-issue, for the first episode. When it comes to mecha shows, they mostly start in one of two ways, this way, or the “I’m taken from my home and then get my mecha!” – So it’s meaningless to me as a criticism, because both the good and the bad shows begin almost identically. Most likely the show will end up neither, and will be “just another mecha show”, but that’s me being realistic. Right now? Can’t really tell how it’ll turn out, but the start wasn’t bad.

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