There are so many shows that you can watch or already have watched on Netflix or whatever streaming device you use, but what if you branched out a bit? Animation can take ideas that seem too expensive and make those ideas come to life.
Picture this: You're laying in bed and can't sleep (shocker!). You roll over and grab your laptop at 1 a.m., open it and hit your usual internet hotspots. This happens multiple times throughout the night and you eventually bail on sleep and open Netflix. The problem is that you feel like you've watched everything, so it's time to branch out to something you're not accustomed to. Well, I have a suggestion: Knights of Sidonia.
What's It About:
In the future, a major extraterrestrial threat of shapeshifting colossal alien monsters (Gauna) has caused humans to abandon Earth into seed ships to continue their existence. Fast forward to the present on a seed ship named Sidonia. A underdweller named Nagate Tanikaze emerges to be the best chance of the survival of the human race.
It feels like a mix of Battlestar Galactica, Gundam Wing and even Game of Thrones. No main character is safe, and the enemy is terrifying to the highest degree of hyperbole.
Why It's A Good Sci-fi:
When you watch most Sci-fi in the past 10 years, you notice it all just regurgitates boring ideas that have already been done before. In the first few episodes of this anime you see ideas like the human body being adapted for space life with being able to photosynthesize (using starlight to convert light energy into chemical energy). I remember being in middle school and having my science teacher explain it, and then saying how great it would be if humans could merge humanity and this concept together. Seeing this in a show already grabbed my attention.
To protect the ship from the Gauna, Sidonia uses big mechanized weapons called Gardes. They're humanoid robots that are piloted by humans. Nagate Tanikaze is a gifted pilot that proves to be the best of the best that obviously leads all the girls to fall all over him despite him being so oblivious.
As mentioned earlier, photosynthesis has all but eliminated the need for humans to eat every day. Instead, humans eat once a week. However, Nagate Tanikaze doesn't have the ability to use starlight as a means for food. This means he has to eat everyday and become a spectacle for others.
Knights of Sidonia includes what would happen to everything that has extended use: Wear and Tear. If you watched the original Star Wars trilogy and not the garbage prequels, you can see that the ships and uniforms have been through a lot. In this show, you can see the scratches and damages to everything in the show. It shows the tiny details that make you appreciate that everything in the show has been through a lot.
Whenever a TV show or movie shows something that's been through a lot of combat, they usually ignore the fact that it actually has because it looks like it was just made. Just use the Star Wars prequels as an example. Everything looks like a brand new spaceship, and it's so boring. Imagine if a detective pulled up and told their commander about a high-speed car chase that involved gunfire, explosions and blood, but pulled up with a brand new Ferrari.
Why You Should Watch It:
Knights of Sidonia is immediately engaging and each episode makes you want to watch the next immediately. It's obvious why Netflix chose to put this series up because you can binge watch it without hesitation. Each episodes ending makes you want to go to the next one as soon as possible, and when the season ends you'll look up if there will be a second season (There will be!).
You can go ahead and read the manga (comic) like I did because I'm a maniac, but it doesn't keep me from anticipating the new season.
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