Terraformars Revenge marks the beginning of the new way I’ll be doing my seasonal impressions, so does it kick off my new style with a bang or a bust? Check out the video below to find out. If you can’t or don’t want to watch the video, I transcribed it below the video.
You know, something feels a bit...off about the new season of Terraformars. However I can’t for the life of me quite put my finger on it. Hmmm...maybe I’m just imagining things.
Oh who am I kidding? It’s clear as day they castrated the series with this new season. Not that the first season of Terraformars was some high mark of the anime world, mind you. But it was still an extremely gory show with a premise whose cheese factor was in direct proportion with the gore factor. As a quick recap, humanity had began the slow process of terraforming Mars by sending moss and roaches to the planet. Eventually after a few hundred years humans start going to Mars to check out the situation and find that the roaches somehow evolved into forms not that different from early hominids.
A lethal virus from Mars somehow makes its way to Earth and they send a group of humans back to Mars to capture some of the roaches to make a vaccine, of course since the roachmen are incredibly deadly, the people sent to Mars have to be able to fight back. Enter some bullcrap operation that allows them to transform into human/non-human life form hybrids. In a nutshell, it’s like some weird love child of Animorphs and Muv-Luv/Attack on Titan/Blue Gender/insert your favorite humanity versus a race of nigh unstoppable killing machines here.
It is really stupid, but also stupidly cool at the same time. The story and writing were total bs that only served the purpose to ferry us from one awesome fight to the other, and both humans and roachmen often explode like gooey pinatas filled with blood and guts. You know, fun for the whole family.
Terraformars Revenge, however, takes away the aggressive few damns given edge the first season had. One of my fears going into this season of Terraformars was whether or not we’d get a repeat of the first season where it was censored to hell and back in its original simulcast run. The good news is that no, it isn’t! The bad news is that’s because there is almost nothing to censor. Whereas the first season had things dying in fountains of gore from sometimes even single punches, Revenge sometimes has people and roaches just merely being knocked out with a punch.
And then there’s the comedy. The first season did have some comedy, but it was very, very rarely done. I think I’ve seen more comedic moments so far in Revenge than I did in the entirety of the first season, actually. So not only did they cut down the gore, but they upped the comedy.
Oh, and they increased the amount of fanservice too! Which is saying something as Terraformars wasn’t one to shy away from fanservice. On top of that, they completely revamped the look of the show. Overall the characters look softer and more stereotypically anime in Revenge when compared to the first season, and many of their transformed states look drastically different too.
Ok, so to recap, they neutered the violence and gore, increased the comedy and fanservice, and use a significantly different visual style. Why am I getting a sense of deja vu? Oh dear god, they’ve pulled a GARO. If you don’t get what I mean, GARO: The Animation was a pretty damn dark and violent fantasy series that aired in the Fall 2014 and Winter 2015 seasons. They then made a second GARO anime that aired in Fall 2015 and Winter 2016 called GARO: Crimson Moon that made the same exact changes Terraformars Revenge did.
No, wait, Terraformars actually goes a step further, they change some of the characters for, in my opinion, the worst. The chief example of this is Michelle K. Davis. In the first season, Michelle is a bit of an ice queen, but she does actually genuinely care for others. She just puts up a strong and frosty exterior. In Revenge, she becomes something like a pseudo-tsundere, as she behaves pretty much like a tsundere, but only towards one character and even then it seems more like she’s joking around.
Nevertheless, much like GARO, the same result ends up happening. Terraformars’s first season was a seinen series, after all it was based on a seinen manga. Revenge, however, is decidedly much, much more like a shonen series, and because of that I have absolutely no clue who the hell Terraformars Revenge is even supposed to be for. It most certainly can’t be for the fans of the first season or even the manga, because it removes or changes all the things that people enjoyed from those.
It can’t be for new people either, because who the hell is going to pick up a show in its second season, let alone a show whose first season had such a divisive reception? Because of these things, I don’t suggest anyone check out Terraformars Revenge. I wasn’t heading into this season of Terraformars with high hopes, but even then it still kind of sucks that I have no real choice but to drop it. Without the bombastic levels of violence, Terraformars is just a rather generic and uninspired action series, and dare I say even a little bit boring.
So what do you guys think? Are you Terraformars fans as disappointed with Revenge as I am? Or are you happy with the direction the new season is taking?