What to Watch: Knights of Sidonia / by shadebug

I worry about the effect that last year had on anime. Specifically I worry about the effect that Shingeki no Kyojin: Attack on Titan had on the fan base. It was a tidal wave of intensity and action but where do you go from there? What show matches up to that? 

What if I were to suggest SnK:AoT with robots in space?

Sidonia no Kishi (That's right, it even has the same initials) shows us a world where part of humanity is now living on a rocket propelled asteroid, on the run from and trying to avoid giant tentacle monsters which have your friends' face for some reason. Nobody knows where they came from or what they want but they're very good at killing everything. Think of it like BattleStar Galactica but the Cylons are planet sized squid. If you like sci-fi, this is the place to be.

Yeah, I have no idea why they bother with the asteroid.

Yeah, I have no idea why they bother with the asteroid.

The star of the show is a mysterious teenager who has been holed up in the labyrinthine sewer system all his life being taught how to pilot a mech by his grandfather. He decides to come to surface just in time to be inducted into mech school before the big monsters attack again for the first time in 100 years.

All they have to do is chisel away at it and then stab it in the face. Easy.

All they have to do is chisel away at it and then stab it in the face. Easy.

I don't want to spoil it too much more but if you thought SnK:AoT was let down by not having any sci-fi beyond the manoeuvre gear (and who needs manoeuvre gear when you have robots in space?) or you thought the mysterious conspiracy subplot needed to be far more in the fore front or you thought it needed more bears with robot arms serving dinner, then this may be for you.

They've yet to explain that one friendly talking, cyborg bear.

They've yet to explain that one friendly talking, cyborg bear.

So while you go and set up a drug smuggling ring or whatever highly illegal thing it is you have to do to get your eyes on this, I'm off to see what else is on.