This post contains spoilers!!!
As promised, continuing on with my anime reviews, the next one up is Terra Formars.
Terra Formars is a Japanese manga series written by Yū Sasuga and illustrated by Kenichi Tachibana.
In an attempt to colonize Mars, 21st century scientists tasked with terraforming the planet seed it with a modified algae to absorb sunlight and purify the atmosphere, and cockroaches whose corpses spread the algae across the planet as they feed.
Five hundred years later, the first manned ship to Mars lands and its six crew members are attacked by giant mutated humanoid cockroaches with incredible physical strength, later labeled “Terraformars”; the crew is wiped out after sending a warning back to Earth. Decades later, a multinational expedition is sent to exterminate the mutated bugs and take control of the red planet only to be vanquished as well, except for two survivors who manage to return to Earth, one swearing to return and avenge their fallen companions. As a third expedition is assembled, questions are raised about the true origin of the Terraformars and their connection with a deadly virus afflicting mankind.
To fight the Terraformars’ strength and agility, members of the second and third expedition undergo genetic modification to inherit the characteristics of other organisms, only possible after having a special organ implanted with a 36% chance of surviving the surgery itself.
I finished watching the Terra Formars series last month. I had actually started watching it then stopped and picked it back up again. It was a little slow to catch my attention but by the time the crew got to Mars’ orbit, sh*t got REAL and I was hooked.
Can I just say, the level of intelligence exhibited by the Terraformars was insane.
It is one thing to go some place where you know that the enemy you have to fight is strong. It’s quite another to find out they are not only strong but smart as fuk AND have been tipped off that you are coming.
The fact that the Terraformars were not only tipped off but were also given all of the expedition crews’ battle tactics, was not revealed until later on in the series.
So basically, for the first few episodes after they got to Mars each time the expedition crew had a run in with the Terraformas and had to fight them, they got their butts whooped.
The fight scenes were awesome though and since each side has suped up abilities, it really added that X factor. I like that they explained what each of the Captains abilities were and from which Earth animal it was derived from.
The animation was visually appealing to me and very detailed as well. The story line was a little dry in the beginning but once the fighting started I didn’t care. I also liked the OST.
The series ends with the crew on Mars but seriously worn down and still fighting the Terraformars after sending out a rescue message to Earth for them to be picked up since their ship was destroyed. Meanwhile, back on Earth, the politicians and Army were still going back and forth on whether they were going to send a rescue team to Mars.
Typical government foolishness.
I am hoping that there is a Season 2. I mean, they can’t just leave them there, right???
This is definitely one of those anime where it’s so good that I would read the Manga. Especially if it looks like the anime is not being continued.
If anyone knows of an OVA or any other spin off related to this anime, please let me know.
Isha’s Anime Rating – A
Anime Review(s) – Coming Soon: Tokyo Ghoul 1 & 2