A.I.C.O: Incarnation is a sci-fi series focused on a high school student named Aiko Tachibana who discovers she isn't exactly human and that she is somehow connected to an incident called the Burst where an experiment creating an artificial lifeform called the Matter led it to surge out of control and engulf the city in which the experiment was performed in. Learning more about her unique origins, Aiko is partnered with a group of Divers, who specialize in technology to counteract the Matter and aid to get her to the center of it to halt its growth.
A.I.C.O rehashes some typical tropes of sci-fi that include good-intentioned science leading to chaotic events and the efforts made by those responsible to atone for those actions. Still, the series does a great job at establishing the science and technology employed within the series that include the genetic experiments that led to the Burst's creation, the mechs and weaponry employed to counteract it, and how the science led to major breakthroughs such as artificial limbs and the plugsuits worn by the Divers. The series is pretty thorough in establishing its logic with the behavior and habits of the Matter, as well as the Divers adapting to its varying forms and actions as they press further into its territory.
In regards of plot and characters, A.I.C.O offers solid development of Aiko and her journey within Matter-infested territory with the Divers. Aiko gets much of the development throughout the series as she learns more about her origins and identity, gradually coming to terms with both as episodes progress. While much of the cast is not explored as deeply compared to our female lead, there is still enough dimension to their personalities for them to be likeable and there are still some within the cast who get their developments in connection to the problems caused by the Burst. In addition, the plot doesn't waste time on pointless side-plots or filler to pad out its runtime. The pacing of the series is reasonable enough to have its plot progress, while also allowing enough time to delve into more elements of the problems surrounding the Matter and those connected to it. The only major hiccup with the plot is the show's unnecessary need to add an antagonist in the final two episodes of the series, who becomes a tad bit over-the-top compared to his depiction in earlier episodes.
Visually, A.I.C.O seemingly sports a higher-than-average animation budget with how nice it looks. It sports nicely detailed and vivid scenic shots, creative uses of the Matter's forms and means to attack, and the tanks and mechs used by the Divers are nicely rendered in spite of sticking out from the regular visuals. Movement throughout the series is very fluid, with visual highlights being any conflicts that the Divers get into with various forms of the Matter.
In spite of some quality hiccups and not necessarily breaking any ground, A.I.C.O Incarnation is still a worthwhile sci-fi anime that offers up a solid foundation of plotting and exploration of the Matter's behavior and the advances that its creation brought about. I'd at least recommend checking the series out once if you are a fan of sci-fi anime.
Rating: 8.5 of 10
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I remember seeing it on Netflix. I didn't give it a try. Forgot why I didn't check it out. There were other anime shows I didn't recognize. Your review convince me to go try it. Haven't been a lot of sci fi stuff lately.
Dream: Will post a little later what the next voted anime will be that I will watch and review.
Jan 18, 2020 19:48:38 GMT
Dream: Next anime up to cover will be Dance in the Vampire Bund. Suppose a short anime will do for now following Chobits.
Jan 18, 2020 21:32:36 GMT
Dream: Concluding things at episode 2 with Vampire Bund for the night. Hoping to get back to Basquatch tomorrow, as long as I'm not swamped with anything.
Jan 19, 2020 3:00:33 GMT
Dream: Geez, it's really quiet. No activity in the forums since I posted my review from yesterday.
Jan 19, 2020 15:57:41 GMT
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Jan 19, 2020 20:44:07 GMT
Dream: Hmmmm... looks like the version of Vampire Bund I'm seeing on Funi's YouTube channel's an edited version. A couple minutes of episode 2 were clearly removed with Mina in nothing but underwear battling human assassins. Then again, recall there was a good...
Jan 19, 2020 22:49:15 GMT
Dream: ...deal of controversy with the series a decade earlier thanks to the seemingly underaged nudity of Mina while in her younger form.
Jan 19, 2020 22:50:13 GMT
Dream: Not sure if I should be donning the nostalgia goggles or not giving a damn. Looks like the original Digimon Adventure series is getting a reboot airing starting in the Spring season.
Jan 21, 2020 3:21:13 GMT
Taka: I'll watch it if there's nothing catching my eye in Spring. winter 2020 was a weak anime season for me.
Jan 22, 2020 18:29:46 GMT
Dream: Wouldn't say it's all bad for me. Have a few titles holding my interest. Just it typically doesn't have as many major titles of note that would hold me over.
Jan 22, 2020 23:54:44 GMT
Dream: Done with Vampire Bund. Will be working on a review of it before I hop into the next Funi series. Hoping to get it up either tonight or tomorrow, depending on how lengthy my thoughts get.
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