Shayne and I watched Bokurano yesterday on a whim, and partly because of Minagawa Junko, who voices Ushiro Jun, one of the main characters. The series is animated by GONZO and the pilot episode was aired last April 8.
The episode starts off by showing 15 clumsy-looking students (14 seventh graders and 1 fourth grader0. They’re playing along the shores of some place called Mitomo island. It seems that they were sent there on some sort of field trip in order to improve their relationships with one another or something like that.
Almost everyone seems to be enjoying themselves, and 3 girls cooed over an annoying girl who turns out to be Kana-chan. They tell her that she shouldn’t play too much, but Jun (the guy below), bullies her and tells the three that they should let her get carried away by the waves. They continue playing around until they saw one of the guys burning a crab. They tried to stop him, but the crab died shortly afterwards.
This is Ushiro Jun. The only decent character in the series. Maybe I like him because of his seiyuu, or I just like bullies.
The 15 bored children soon decided to go to a cave somewhere, where they saw some sort of hideout. It turns out that a guy named Kokopelli. He invited them to play a game, saying that the children will be pilots of a giant robot that will save the earth from enemies. They suddenly wake up, and they see this huge robot. Suddenly, another robot appears, and the 15 children are suddenly transported to some sort of cockpit. They see Kokopelli sitting in one of the chairs, and he explains that he can only defeat the first enemy for them. The two robots duke it out in the slowest robot fight scene in all of anime history, while Kokopelli gives them tutorials on how to use the robot . And then, Kokopelli destroys the core of the enemy robot, which ends the fight(duh). The 15 children find themselves on the ground again, while the huge robot thing disappears.
I really found this episode boring. Maybe CODE GEASS just set the bar too high for me, I don’t know. The robots are super slow, and it’s supposed to be an action anime of some sort. The robots are also too thin, and insect-like, they do not look cool, and they have stupid-looking pincers. Still, I’m willing to give this series a chance and I’ll stick until around episode 3 to see if it will become more interesting.