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Aldnoah.Zero second season 26 April 2015

2015, 12 episodes: AniDB

Mecha series, continuation of last summer's Aldnoah Zero. The Martians are still invading Earth, but things have bogged down.

Don't ask how anyone surived the mass death at the end of series 1. Really. You'll be happier not thinking about it.

The alternate history still doesn't signify all that much. The Martian mecha continue to do huge damage to Terran forces until Kaizuka Inaho shows up to defeat them, but this time round there's less of his working out how to defeat alien supertech and more of him just being a good fighter. (His damaged eye has been replaced with an "analytical engine" which can compute basically whatever the plot demands, which seems a bit of a cop-out.) It gets a bit repetitious sometimes: new Versian attacks, Earth forces are in trouble, Inaho bails them out. His actual personality is still pretty minimal, but that's true of most of the characters here; they get one personality trait if they're lucky.

On the Versian side things are rather more interesting; we have the rise of Slaine Troyard, Terran and former whipping-boy for the aliens. He advances rapidly in rank by a variety of means, and remains the voice of continued fighting even when all around him are urging peace.

The action continues to be good: the Versian mecha are baroque and impractical, while the Terrans' are slightly more sensible (reminiscent of Gasaraki), which reflects the differing technology levels. On the other hand, those Terran mecha may not be able to stand up to Versian aces, but they're doing a lot better than they used to in a normal fight.

The political emphasis is a big change from the first season, but if you're a reasonably flexible viewer then I'd certainly recommend this one. There is an ending here, and as far as I know there are no plans for another season.

See also:
Aldnoah.Zero

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