クロスアンジュ 天使と竜の輪舞 | Cross Ange: Rondo of Angels and Dragons
Sunrise, Directed by Yoshiharu Ashino 2014
A bunch of clichés and fanservice and yet...
Cross Ange is not an anime that I would give a go, but my friend told me about it and how awesome it was despite all the fanservice. To be honest, I loved it.
The first two episodes portrays the world of Mana: a strong magic that people use to drive their cars, change clothes, and do other tasks and labour. However, if you can’t use Mana then you’re branded a “Norma” and are sent away out of society. The viewer meets the main character, a princess named Angelise. She’s a brat, but she will soon see the world for how it really is (as with all utopian sci-fi stories).
Angelise is exposed to be a Norma and she’s sent off a facility for Normas. From here on, she learns what it means to live in this world.
Angelise has an amazingly strong character development. The anime starts with showing how strong she is in the future, and then goes back to when she was a bratty princess. However, she develops more, even after getting over the shock of being a Norma.
The other character developments are quite realistic, and the anime will show the characters in their most embarrassing moments, even peeing out of pure fear. In an all-girl facility, there is some girl-on-girl love and sex. There are heavy emotions and complicated relationships.
There are too many plot twists for my taste, but they all work out well in the end. There are some things that are just ridiculous and it basically comes down to plot armour.
However, I think this is a quite enjoyable anime and it’s nice to see something which is able to provide fan service that doesn’t wreck the plot or pacing.