Anime Review | Netflix’s A.I.C.O. -Incarnation-


There are times whenever I really like an anime, and I don’t like an anime, and that’s normal for anyone who watches any type of TV. Netflix might be on a roll with it’s releases, but not everyone one of them are actually flowing along too nicely.

This was actually amongst one of the first anime series’ that I found on Netflix shortly after they announced an entire streaming boom of Netflix anime, and I hadn’t picked up on it until I began watching Devilman Crybaby. Slowly I found myself attracted to watching anime on Netflix simply because the entire season was there. Normally I’d wait for a week for new episodes to release on Crunchyroll, but it simply wasn’t enough to get content out on this blog.


AICO Incarnation is one of those series that you have to watch through several episodes before they actually start explaining anything. Like every other science fiction series, they normally hold out the climatic reveal until the end, but it felt like they jammed the entire revelation to the end. One of the things that left a bad taste in my mouth was that of all the time they spent battling the Matter in the Area, they could have put in some plot revelations in there instead of trying to pack everything in during the end. It’s the same as trying to pack a luggage before a trip. You’d wanna try spending a couple of days prior packing some clothes in instead of waiting until the last minute.

Some characters weren’t that unique, since they carried too much of a cliche in their personality. One of them would be the main antagonist himself, Kyosuke Isazu, a mad scientist who was willing to slaughter everyone to bring back his own daughter. That sounds an awfully lot like Dr. Shigemura from Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale. I guess in a way, it’s not really a rip off but more of an inspiration, since the idea has never been used that much.

In a way, most of the supporting cast are left forgotten at the end of the series, but they were all unique in their own right that set them apart from others. The two most memorable ones are Kazuki and Shiraishi, who both have of a personal relationship to Aiko than any other supporting character, being the rejected lover and the older-sister figure. Let’s also not mention


What I really enjoyed the most in the series was the relationship between the show’s two leads, Yuya Kanzaki and the not-so-much Aiko Tachibana. They first met when Aiko was still on her wheelchair and she ran over Yuya in the school hallways. Yuya was kind enough to carry Aiko back to her mobile, but of course after it’s revealed that his mission was to bring her back to her real body, it makes total sense that he helped her out. Throughout the series, that relationship rocks around, either growing or decreasing. It became apparent that Yuya was withholding information about both her and him, and it also ends up affecting the others as well.

The show had me on my seat, that was only because of the action. Now if only the story and the character development wasn’t as cliched, then maybe it would merit a higher rating from me. 


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