|Alternate title : Jinki:Extend |
Studio : Feel
Licenced by : FUNimation
Also involved : ADV Films
Length : 12 Episodes
Year : 2005
Genre : Science-Fiction - Mecha
Aoba, who wanted nothing more than to assemble plastic models of robots is given the chance of a lifetime after her grandma passes. Kidnapped by an unknown cross-dresser, she is taken to a secret base where she comes face to face with a REAL robot. She learns that this robot was made to battle something called "Jinki" and after getting a taste of battle, decides to operate it. However, things are not as straightforward as they at first seems to Aoba's eyes, with a conspiracy buiding up behind the scenes and exploding in the future...
Additional Notes: This anime was originally licensed by ADV films, but ARMS Corporation transfered its distribution license to FUNimation Entertainment in mid 2008.
The DVD release includes an additional 13th episode.
Added : 2005-01-08
Synopsis by : SSS
Last update : 2010-02-01
Last update details : Production staff added to studd
Score : 4.67
Number of reviews : 3
Official #1 : Official Website (Japanese)
Official #2 : TV Asahi's Official Jinki:Extend Website (Japanese)
OP1 : Unicorn Table - FLY AWAY
ED1 : angela - Mirai to yuu na no kotae
2013-09-26 -- Episode(s) 1-13 by Exiled-Destiny. BT Link
2006-04-04 -- Episode(s) 14 by Ayu. BT Link
2006-04-04 -- Episode(s) 13 by Ayu. BT Link
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Posted by : Guido
Posted on : 2005-06-17
What drew me into this title was all the hype that quite several webmasters made for this anime in their messageboards, as also seeing many fanservicing pic shots of the female characters.
I decided to give a try, after some visual self-convincing, to see if there was strength in this series. The opening battle sequence in episode one foretold me that the anime would turn out appealing to follow through.
I almost became immediately hooked up, particularly listening to the opening and ending theme songs. It's been a while, after Kannazuki no Miko, since I ended loving both OP & ED songs for the same show. However, the catch that I felt listening to the songs was that both delivered the same mood and high upbeat on me, which I found superb.
The opening song, "Fly Away", in some manner reminds me to that of the original Gunbuster OP theme song.
Another detail that I could distinguish were the eyes for all the female cast. All girls possess two layers, a light and dark tone, of the same color in their eyes. A visual trait like that surely focuses my attention upon the females' faces, every time that I see them onscreen.
As for the series overall, has the goal setting drama of Gunbuster. Like the first two episodes of Gunbuster, we have Aoba undergoing P.E. training to become a qualified operator to pilot the Moribito in the first episodes of Jinki Extend. She's criticized and pointed out aloud at her flaws but builds upon the encouraging words and fatherly trust of Genta to hold herself, stand up, and attempt again for not to lose, particularly to Rui.
Secondly, the design of the Moribito Jinki is vaguely reminiscent to the Savages and Arm Slaves from Full Metal Panic. Then, we have the strategy fights and melee combats withdrawn partly from the Gundam series. At last, the ending video pulls an schematic of the Moribito in the same manner to just like that of Mazinger Z.
Following, the atmosphere and mood for the show feels very GAINAX-esque. I mean, there's some sort of secret organization to finance the building and management of the Moribito Jinki to counter the threat of the Kodai Jinki, while still has an agenda of their own involving the secret of the 'Kindred' bestowed on the main female leads of the story.
As well, there's an underground organization who also wants to harness that power and battles it out against the other.
For myself, I think that Aoba's the one that moves the story towards new levels of psychic suspense and shocking discoveries. She grew an inherent liking for operating the Jinki but tries to deny to herself that should not be used as a war tool.
If you ask me, Aoba was the one who owned the show. An absolute fact, but too bad the writers blew the story up throwing Akao's plot along the line. The present-day arc with Akao I felt it boring and uninteresting, given the few flashback time alloted to her at the starting episodes.
The second character who balanced the story for Aoba's part was Genta-san and seemed unfair to me that he had to die way after the middle run of the series.
Just when I thought that Ikari Gendo from Evangelion was the devilish of all parent characters in anime, Tsusaki Shizuka comes in to a second close for me. She just sees her daughter as a catalyst to exploit her potential for fullfilling the power of the kindred and use it to serve her hidden agenda.
Shizuka treats Aoba like a pawn or item and drives her daughter too close into hatred and channel it against her; doing so will release the Kindred beyond the limits of insanity.
She's vicious, frivolous, calculating, and cynical. Went into extreme measures, like isolating Kozue from world contact so he'll only be raised by her to live for doing her will unquestionably in exchange to receive her warm feelings. She doesn't take the role of the silent puppetmaster that keeps on things in check from distance, rather she hops straight into the chaos and does the nastiest to tear apart Aoba's innocence.
Then we have Shiba who interacts more openly and pranks all like the cute, little devil she is. She's inherently borned to kill and destroy by pleasure and satisfaction, and in the deep knows that Akao was just borned the same way like her.
On another note, the side-story between Vanette and J. Haan was amusing. I guess the animators threw it in to give depth to the character, but I felt it slightly disjointed to show it all for her the next episode after being introduced.
I just did not want my attention diverted from the main storyline between Aoba and Akao relating to the Lost Life Phenomena.
So the last episode came, but I was discouraged with the resultant, final confrontation. It turned out flatly, anti-climatic. Something coming out from a happy, fairy-tale. The prince (Aoba?) manages to rescue the princess (Akao) without summoning any major sacrifices; the princess wakes up; all ends well.
Characters whose whereabouts remained unknown or thought for dead, returned like nothing ever happening to them in the epilogue.
Unfortunately, Jinki:Extend does not answers my new doubts that the last couple of episodes raise on me, nor some previous ones.
Posted by : Himitsu
Posted on : 2005-04-25
Not the most confusing thing I've ever watched, but pretty confusing. The story didn't seem to follow a nice line. If we were to visualize Jinki: Extend as a graph, instead of a line-graph, it would probably be some terrible scatter-plot. Until the end, my eyes were wandering and my mind was blank.
The costume-designs were extremely cute, and the soft complexions in each character presents them as pretty, but not too photogenic. The eyes were a bit strange too, circles upon circles...*gets dizzy*. I think the opening and ending song by whomever suited the anime well. It was upbeat, so it played along with the loud noises of the Jinki. Perhaps these are the only points I like about Jinki:Extend; the music, character design, and costume design.
My favourite episode was when Aoba met with Kouske (I almost forgot his name), their relationship was cute, and the melodrama got to me. I liked how ANBU ended the series: "to be extended", a nice play on words. I'm glad to see that things ended nicely, although the end wasn't a good ending. Makes sense? no?
In terms of the mechs, I wasn't impressed. During the "action" my thoughts consisted of something other than the animated objects on the computer screen. I found many characters weren't developed very well, even Ryohei, whom I 'thought' was the supporting character. I didn't see evident effort into this series, especially in the story. I'm sure they had a good idea, but it wasn't presented very well. They give you the mystery and then they give you the 'answers', but things still don't fit together.
I wish I can say more, frankly, Jinki:Extend was a so-so, there were good points and there were bad points...mosty bad.
Posted by : Yebyosh
Posted on : 2005-04-22
Right off the start, Jinki: Extend ( J:E ) seems to be a low budget production. Its graphics have a lack of detail for the mechas ( flat textures ) and undetailed faces for the characters. Even the ending was mostly a slideshow of silhouette shots which are rectangular linear blocks that can be mistaken for Lego blocks.
However each opening is different, an interesting running compilation of the previous and current episode but this only lasted until the fifth episode where it then remained the same opening for the remainder of the series. Perhaps all the budget is used to achieve this variety, sacrificing possible flashiness of the ending and previews.
Storywise, J:E starts off with the introduction of a raven-haired heroine, Aoba and how she gets kidnapped to Venezuela ( though the location remains untold until much later ). There she learns to pilot the mechas known as "Jinki"s which means "Human Machine" under the tutelege of Genta and his son, Ryouhei. So we would be watching things unfurl in Venezuela when suddenly we are thrust back into Tokyo with this blond female, Aoka who is accosted by Ryohei?! What the heck... even the mood suddenly changed from the curious mood of exploration ( when Aoba was exploring Venezuela and Moribito-2 ) to a threatening, oppressive atmosphere for the short session we are back in Tokyo with Aoka. The short moment passes and we are suddenly hurled back the same way to Aoba in Venezuela.
This is downright confusing to anyone unfamiliar with the J:E world or backstory. The real story behind this is that two story arcs are occuring in different time periods and places, but are actually broadcasted in the same episodes. There is an Aoba arc which takes place in Venezuela which chronicles Aoba's training and certain events. Then there is the Aoka arc which takes place in Tokyo 3 years after Aoba's arc. Certain later events in Aoba's arc would set up the events in Aoka's arc. However no explanation or indications of the different time frames are given to aid unknowing viewers of this. The experienced ones might figure it out by the third episode but to make people bungle through 3 episodes confused on what is going on, is simply bad direction.
Also I found Aoba's arc to be more memorable than Aoka's arc, simply that Aoba and her supporting characters have more time to build up their characters rather than the characters in Aoka's arc ( e.g. Shizuka's relationship with Aoba, Ryouhei-Aoba taunting relationship, Aoba's persistence to excel at Jinki-handling. etc ). Aoka's arc had characters that are thrust in suddenly and the staff seem to expect you to build up some sort of sympathy or understanding for these characters through a single episode that supposedly contains 'ten plus years worth' of developments and plot. It is incredulous to watch someone raving about how eager they were to get killed by someone else, just as strange as it was to see some stranger being mentioned like some old comrade but who paid no attention to the gang, then going through some big melodrama and then they just suddenly join the gang being fully trusted...
At the finale, we had a big mecha fight that somehow felt anti-climatic and ho-hum since it was relying on the age-old plot device of heroine refusing to use the 'doomsday weapon' until the very last moment. I am disappointed in this anime, there was no clear trait for you to get enthusiastic about. The story is confusing and sparse, characters are shallowly presented, mecha fights are pretty much dull and the artwork is considered low compared to the year's crop of anime it was in. A pretty much average show brought low by its faults. This series is more of a watch for bed-ridden patients who have exhausted all the good and average stuff to watch.
Note: The TV series last 12 episodes. Episode 13 is to be a DVD-only release.
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