Review: No. 6


Anime: No. 6
Animation Studio: Bones
Number of Episodes: 11
Length per Episode: Approximately 24 minutes

I would also recommend No. 6, but the newest episode revealed that the show has the potential to have an extremely retarded finish.

Oh boy, I hope this ending isn’t as retarded as it’s foreshadowing to be. You don’t introduce magic into a sci-fi setting (unless you somehow tie it into technological advancement), and you absolutely do NOT bring in bloody nature gods.
But, there’s still a chance the show could save itself. We’ll have to see what happens.

This is the part where I get to bask in my vast premonition powers. Or at least I would, if I wasn’t so bloody disappointed.


Why did you do it, No. 6? You managed to be so interesting up until the finale. You had a good setting, a good premise, good character interactions, you had a lot going for you.

And then you released the last episode, and the show proceeded to shit all over itself. It was like you figured the scriptwriters only needed to do 10 episodes, then hired a bunch of monkeys to fling poo around at random plot ideas for the last episode.

Why did Eriulias want them to stop her revenge on No. 6?

Why was Rat “the only person able to destroy “mother”” even though it was just a matter of placing a bomb?

Why did Safu have to stay behind?

Who thought it was a good idea to try and harness Eriulias’s power by planting magic bees into people?

How did they get magic bees?

Why the fuck are the bees made of magic?

Why was the god of the People of the Forest a gigantic fucking magic rainbow bee that can heal all wounds and revive the dead upon exploding?

Why did the show abandon the witty double interpretation for Shion and Rat’s relationship by having Rat kiss him at the end?

Why did Rat kiss him when he was JUST emotionally confused about Shion since he was acting like a completely different person?

And I could keep going, too. It’s absolutely ridiculous. The show did so well up until the last episode, which made it all the more disappointing. The show could have handled the whole “MAGIC TREE GOD” deal well, too. They were on the right track with having the scientists trying to harness its power and thereby pissing it off, but everything else was just a babbling mess.

You know what, I don’t even want to talk about the show anymore. The point is that No. 6 was a great 10 EPISODE show, but the 11th episode was just a clusterfucked mess.

I haven’t been this disappointed by noitaminA since Fractale.

RATING: 7 out of 10.

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6 Comments on “Review: No. 6”

  1. Another bad noitaminA ending, huh. I wasn’t sure if I should start this series. C-Control was another noitaminA that had an interesting premise and solid execution until the last episode.

    • Riyoga says:

      The difference between those two shows is that [C] was pretentious to the point that it made absolutely no sense with it’s economics jargon. The last episode just continued that tradition, which just made the show a straight-up fun ride if you didn’t bother to try and interpret it.

      No. 6, on the other hand, doesn’t have that excuse. There’s nothing complicated about its plot and there’s no excuse for plot holes or plot devices that serve no legitimate purpose.

  2. TRazor says:

    Just finished this. 7/10 from me as well. This just felt like Fractale and Ergo Proxy mashed into one gooey substance that ultimately went…gooey? But that’s something I hope to elaborate on in my review.

    The thing that stuck out most to me was how the whole show had strong yaoi undertones throughout and I watched it till the end. I really did not expect I could sit through 11 episodes of boys-love, but then again, the premise and the concept were good enough in itself to encourage most to watch on.

    • Riyoga says:

      What I liked about it was that their relationship was easy to interpret either way. If you wanted to see it as a yaoi relationship, it obviously was; but if you wanted to see it as just a close friendship between people who’ve saved each other’s lives, it was just as legitimate. Their actions and dialogue were always able to be viewed both ways. That’s why the ending pissed me off by having Rat kiss him. Just threw the multiple interpretation aspect out the damn window.

  3. Sherry says:

    Have you read the manga and the novel? Read them. You might just change your mind :)

    • Riyoga says:

      Do they explain every single flaw I pointed out above? I’m reluctant to believe that, unless the anime went with an anime-original ending.

      And even if they did or it was, the glorious thing is that each version needs to be able to stand on its own two legs. The mediums are required to be self-contained. It’d be like needing to read a book in order to understand a movie, or vice versa. It just doesn’t work like that. People will always deem one better than the other, but one cannot make up for the faults of the other.

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