Episode 4 Impressions: TERRAFORMARS

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Just when I thought I was out.. they pull me back into TERRAFORMARS. A conveniently timed clear of black circles and bars along with a strong emotional end may buy this show some time. But for how long?

e4terraformars1Synopsis
As each of the escape pods are faced with terraformars, they are forced to take action and retrieve the samples they came for. However, as each team confronts the terraformars, it becomes apparent through tragedy that the enemies they face may in fact have the same technology that equipped the failed Mars mission Bugs 2.

The so-called weapons that could not be stolen, that were surgically implanted into the humans from 20 years ago, have been genetically stolen. Making the terraformars much smarter than they could have ever imagined. However the technology they stole, is 20 years old. The new Bugs team has a much more advanced technology to fight the terraformars.

Thoughts
Yes, yes, I know.  I was going to drop this show.  Though I still had to take a peak when I heard that they could have possibly begun the uncensored version early.  While I don’t feel this was the e4terraformars6uncensored version, rather that this episode had nothing that needed censoring, the emotion put into the later part of the episode is something that has to be commended.

To get the censorship aspect out-of-the-way, the only human damage we really seen this episode was a hole in someone’s chest.  Which again, I don’t believe would need a full on black circle.  Perhaps it was darkened to hide tissue inside.  Aside from that, we only really seen bugs get killed.  Which I’m still figuring will not need censorship.  Even in the case of beheading.  That said, expect the necessity and usage of censorship next week.

All that out-of-the-way, I would like to commend this show for actually delivering a powerful segment.  Granted, as I’ve said before, I have zero attachment to these characters.  They are all plain, stereotypes, and lacking any depth whatsoever.  Even still, the use of music, voicing, and overall production, made the final scenes really impactful.  It helped that we were dealing with one of the only characters that was likable at face value.

e4terraformars9The only problem with the entire scene is that we will never see it again.  Having almost all the other characters completely detached from each other.  But I think it speaks to the show that it could manage to drive me to write about the episode by giving me a good episode for once.

It also has to be noted that they had one key issue during the more emotional points of the episode.  Very cheesy narration over-talking what’s involved.  It’s just content that would have been better placed after the tears were shed and blood had landed.

Who knows, I could be proven wrong.  I may, or may not see you next episode!  Depending on if everything is blackened again (comedian).

This show is streaming on Crunchyroll.com!

Episode 4: All-Out War

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IMPRESSIONS VERDICT:
Good!

Pros:

  • Emotional ride
  • Good music and voicing
  • No need for censorship

Cons:

  • CG bugs
  • Narration killing the moment
  • A card that can’t be played again

Impressions are based on a single episode and don’t necessarily reflect the series as a whole. Unless dropped, we will continue to give updates on thoughts and impressions of the series as time goes by.

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