It’s just like when a cockroach avoids a human’s first blow.
It’s the next Attack on TItan! I don’t mean that Terraformars is going to be as popular as Attack on Titan or that the stories are the same. I mean that the atmosphere and tone of both series are similar, but I digress.
The story is set up as follows: in the 21st century, humans send mold and cockroaches to Mars in an attempt to terraform it. The plan was to have the mold absorb the sunlight and purify the atmosphere. The mold would provide nourishment to the cockroaches whose corpses would spread the mold. After 500 years, the first expedition is sent to mars, but they are killed by giant mutated cockroaches that are given the name “Terraformars.”
A second expedition is sent with the purpose of exterminating the cockroaches, but they are defeated with only two survivors returning to Earth. A third expeditions is formed with soldiers who have undergone a special surgery with only a 30% survival rate to give them superhuman powers. On top of all of this, a disease coined “Mars Virus” has been spreading across the world. It is the expedition’s mission to research the virus. Could it be connected to the mutated cockroaches?
Like I said earlier, this has a very Shingeki no Kyoujin air to it in that the tone of the work is very somber and life-or-death. The first episode was very slow, but shit hits the fan in the second episode, and it continues like that through the third. I am digging the desperation of the situation; however, the censorship is killing me. It’s censorship is as even worse than Tokyo Ghoul, and it kills the sense of dread. It causes a disconnect between the viewer and the characters. I am definitely looking forward to the Blu-ray release for this show.
The character designs are very realistic looking, and I am glad to see that it has taken a mature route. All of the characters are older and to have them drawn in a traditional anime style would have been very jarring. In terms of the art, I draw similarities to Zetman. One thing that doesn’t sit well with me is how everything seems to be white-washed. There seems to always been an over-saturation of light, and it takes away from the finer details of the animation.
Terraformars is a series that I am enjoying thoroughly, and I suggest anyone who enjoys action, violence, and gore watch it. Come on, a Terraformars rips a guy’s head off and then beats two people with it. My only real complaint is the censoring, and as you can tell from the pictures, it is heavy. If this is going to bother you, I would wait for the uncut release.