Satoshi Mizukami’s Planet With just ended and boy he didn’t disappoint. It has all the bells and whistles you would expect from his work, and his signature storytelling is all there. He can make a so-so story into something that is bleeding with spirit and vigour that it feels like he thrust you into this epic do-or-die battle of the universe. Something that many tried and few succeed. What’s impressive is that he can do it many times as he wants! That’s a master storyteller right there.
But enough about that. Let’s talk about the Anime. This series right here is my Anime of the Season, hands down. I’m surprised that J.C Staff managed to pull this off. They are starting to redeem themselves, or they assigned one of their more competent team to do the project. The animation quality is consistent.
What is more amazing is their sound direction. Every beam, every punch you can feel the impact and depth. Watching this anime with your earphones on is eargasmic. They’ve put some thought into the sound, and it shows. Mad props to the sound team for that.
The story itself isn’t original if you cut all of the Mizukami flairs, it’s basically a rip-off of Superman with sprinkles of Evangelion without the edginess. Our MC is the last of his species, and he stays on Earth and lives his life until his past came knocking him that one particular day. Then we have a set of villains, super villains, and factions that all play their roles. But all of its hedges on the message of revenge, war, peace, and evolution. We’ve all seen these themes in many of our shounen stories in the past. But if you add Mizukami dust into the account, it bends the stereotypes that you usually see in the genre and make it something. Intelligent and rationale. Like if these people act like this X, they will behave Y. In one scene our MC got his revenge, and when a bigger enemy showed up, he refused to fight just because it wasn’t his battle. We should be expecting his friends to convince him to fight. The action, but nope, they let him do what he wants. That’s a very adult thing to do. You don’t force people into your battles. Why would you do that? I also love how neatly tight the pacing is. It manages to tell its story by showing and implying rather than telling. We get to know our earthlings by their dreams of battling the sealing devices. In addition to their banters with each other, you can establish their personality and invest in them.
Overall, it manages to tell an epic story in both writing and art. Mizukami proved himself to be a master storyteller in both manga and anime. I’m looking forward to him either adapting or making a new anime for us to be pumped up.