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Dimension W First Impressions (1): I guess this is battle robots?


Another interesting one for this season. While I certainly have a hard time buying into the world this series is trying to build, I still found the first episode to be very interesting. First, let's get the complaints out of the way. The most obvious one is that the W dimension that was drawn on their Cartesian coordinate system was actually just an extension of the x-axis...at least make it look close to real. Additionally, given that the fourth dimension would probably have similar properties to all other dimensions, there's no good reason why there would be unlimited energy in the fourth dimension without the same possibility existing in the third dimension. It feels like it would be easier to harness the energy in the third dimension since we can...you know...perceive it.

But who cares about all of that science crap? We want to see the badass main character Kyouma Mabuchi beat up some bad guys, right? Well, that's exactly what we get in this first episode. So far, this guy comes off as Hei from Darker than Black with the appearance of that one samurai guy from that one series, which I can't really complain about. The question that we have to answer from here, though, is who is this robot girl who is apparently another main character? The series seems to follow her as she attempts to become a Collector (whatever that is) like Kyouma, but we don't really get too much of an introduction of who she is. Granted, she probably doesn't even know everything about what she is or why she exists, so I'm willing to give her a free pass.

But, as a whole, the episode was a pretty nice start. I'm curious to see where it goes and I have a lot of questions for which I'm looking forward to finding answers. Like, for example, why does the girl still want to collect illegal coils if she knows her father is dead? Why was the blonde guy shown in the explosion before it pans out to showing the impact to the surrounding area? Does that mean he's going to survive it somehow? Return as an antagonist, maybe? Or perhaps the most pressing question of all: if the black market is trying to get away with selling these illegal coils, why are they making them so easy to find by marking them with an X?

Music-wise, I'd say this show rates pretty positively. The opening song is very catchy and works with my electronic music preferences (the dance just makes it better). The ending has a really good introduction that I think will be a really good way to end episodes...the transition in this first episode was just so good.



  • il-Palazzo

    Jan. 12, 2016, 9:21 a.m.

    "Or perhaps the most pressing question of all: if the black market is trying to get away with selling these illegal coils, why are they making them so easy to find by marking them with an X?"

    The tech guy at this episode said regular coils send information back to New Tesla when you use them for criminal activities. Based on that I assume only legal coils do it and illegal coils don't, which would be reasonable enough.

    If this is the case, it would make sense to mark illegal coils very visibly - so that you don't get them mixed up with legal coils and use the legal ones in crime.

    Of course, this leads to a bigger question: how the hell do a power source determine what activity is criminal or not? Do all of them comes with built-in sensor that see surrounding situations, along with super-lawful A.I. for making judgements?

    Take Mira for example. She's powered by a coil. When she slapped Mabuchi, did that count as an assault? Did the coil informed New Tesla?

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    marthaurion

    Jan. 12, 2016, 10:17 a.m.

    That information is interesting, but still doesn't change my concerns. Even if the usage of the coils could be detected, distribution should still be difficult to detect if there's no X. If you're a smuggler or a dealer trying to sell these things, you would never use these coils, but you're basically painting a target on yourself. I can understand marking them after you buy them, but the guy in the episode made it sound like that X was how the dealers let you know it was illegal...which just makes no sense.

    Yeah, I agree the whole "sending data back for criminal activities" doesn't make sense. I would understand if the coil sent back information about what it was connected to when it was used and someone on the other end decided whether the activity was criminal (like if a coil were attached to a gun or something). Maybe even if the coil was just coded with a white list of "these are the things that this can be attached to" and it would send back information if it were ever attached to anything else, that would also make some sense. Hopefully, that's how it works and it was just some poor scripting that the line was included.

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