World Conquest – Zvezda’s Plot (Sekai Seifuku ~Bouryaku no Zvezda~)

(13 episodes)

What’s it about ?

A weird sci-fi-ish and conspirationist tale that features half-naked girls on their way to taking over the world. Words fail me to describe the plot’s sheer mentalness.

“An anime-original project by the director of Wolf’s Rain and Darker than Black” doesn’t help, as it’s completely unlike those shows.

Characters

Asuta, our point-of-view character. He immediately earns brownie points for non-genericness by telling his father to get lost through a phone call, and running away from home. Unfortunately, before he can even get any food there’s a big city alarm : terrorists are attacking !

Kate is a young girl on a bike he meets in those empty streets. Despite looking (and sometimes behaving) like a grade-schooler, she claims to be the leader of the Zvezda organization, and on her way to conquering the world. No, seriously. There’s even a ridiculous flash-forward showing she’ll eventually succeed somehow. After a while she starts wearing a “combat” suit that barely covers anything.

She’s got a bunch of followers : what looks like a dude in full armour ; a woman who can slice a tank in half with her sword ; and another remote-controlling a robot. Also, for some reason, Asuta’s dad as a low-ranking (and completely incompetent) footsoldier.

The authorities seem at a loss on how to deal with Zvezda, as sending a bunch of tanks against them has completely failed. There’s also a couple of mysterious girls uttering some ominous dialogue hinting that they may have a clue what’s going on. Good for them.

Production Values

Well, it looks good, and the action sequences work. Shame about the stripperific outfit for the 8-year-old, though.

Overall Impression

What. The. Hell ?

I’ll give it that : it’s certainly bizarre enough for my curiosity to be needled, and me to try out another episode. It feels like a bizarre satire of… something, but I’m not entirely sure what. It does have some good comedic timing, at least. But unlike, say, KILL la KILL, I can’t see any method to the madness. For now, it feels like a random collection of elements that’s just kind of a mess.

via [In which I review] New anime, Winter 2014 – Page 5.

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I've been kinda blogging about anime for years... but mostly on forums (such as RPG.net's Tangency) and other sites. This site is an archive for all that stuff, just in case.

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