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A.I.C.O. – A good concept with better potential

Hey guys what is up welcome back to my blog I’m so thankful that you guys took the time out of your day to read my blog post. Hope you all are safe from the COVID-19 and having a great 2021. I immediately fell for this anime with the trailer and I think that my thoughts are very mixed. SPOILERS for the first episode.

The story follows Tachibana Aiko a crippled girl who needs to use a wheelchair. Out one day playing with her friends she falls down, her body has black tendrils grow on it which soon recede. Soon after she finds that she can stand and walk by herself now and no longer needs to use her wheelchair. She meets a new transfer student in her school, Kanzaki Yuya. The seemingly normal and unattached boy soon pulls Aiko into a world of thrill and excitement. Telling her that she is actually an artificial organism with a real brain and that her body is actually at Primary Point, the place where the Burst ( an event which made Malignant Matter, basically, tendrils like biological structures which can kill humans and is spread all through a river.) started from. Armed with this knowledge and having an assembled team with her, Aiko ventured deep into the Area, ( the place to Malignant Matter) to get her trapped family out of there and to get back her real body. Along the way, there are revealed secrets and loss which all in the end culminate to a grand finale.

The characters aren’t memorable at all, I even forgot their names, the characters are a team of four Divers, (people who go into the Area to retrieve things from there for a price from the client.) Two ex special forces personnel who have their own reasons for taking on the job and helping Kanzaki Yuya. A few scientists who run behind the scenes and are the actual cause of the mystery in the anime. There is little to no character development for the other characters except Aiko and Yuya. Aiko grows as a person throughout the series and Yuya shows his growth at the very end.

Despite such mediocre characters, the hothead, the calm, the lover and the show off, the show has plenty of action to offer. The Matter that they face isn’t just simple tendrils lunging out from everywhere, it takes different forms and attacks in different ways. The sense of mystery is very good in the anime though it is very very confusing and before the last episode you may need a recap of all that has happened to understand everything. Despite that the twists are actually pretty great and fun to watch. The sci-fi feel is really there in the anime and the post apocalyptic thing is there too. The nice robots and the machines all make it worth to watch the not so great characters.

I’ll say that the anime has a lot of potential to be so much more than what it was, most of time is wasted by explaining past events in parts which confuses the viewers. Instead they could have done it like Guilty Crown and made an entire episode dedicated to the last and what had happened to make it better understood for the viewers. This combined with the average characters is what keeps it from reaching its true potential as a great anime. The teaching of identity is really deep in this show with Aiko constantly fighting and finding herself and what her purpose is inside everything that had been happening. The ending is satisfying and totally worth the entire journey. A happy end for all. Despite the not so great characters and confusing storyline, you should definetly give AICO a shot.

Rap section:

Following a young girl in a post apocalyptic world,
Her injuries heal fast and that she’s observed,
Black formations on her body leaving her concerned,
She isn’t a normal human a truth she’s learned.

Years ago a surgery that went wrong,
To find a way for their life to prolong,
Now to make a difficult choice she needs to be strong,
To go back in the place that she does belong.

All is not as it seems and people around her lie,
All she can do now is to trust this mysterious guy,
Who acts suspicion but he’s a real ally,
Top tier difficulty people are going to die.

Tachibana Aiko needs to find her twin,
So that with her family she can again grin,
But before that a suicide mission needs to begin,
Because a man needs to stone for his past sin.

So that is it for this post guys hope you got some value from this. Thank you guys for reading to the end hit me up on Instagram and Twitter with your thoughts and if you have any ideas on what I should write about. Stay safe from the COVID-19. Thank you again and I’ll see you all next week.

Published by Harshit Sagar

I am a 18 year old teen who has a passion for writing and loves anime.

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