Active Raid: Kidou Kyoushuushitsu Dai Hakke [6/10]

“Not every unit in the Mobile Assault Division is well respected. One unit of the M.A.D., Unit 8, unfortunately has a bad reputation due to their reckless and destructive way of solving crimes. That’s where Assistant Inspector Asami Kazari comes in. Although she is young, her experience in handling tough situations is unmatched. Can she pull the team together and help save the public image of the entire armored police force?Active Raid: Kidou Kyoushuushitsu Dai Hachi Gakari focuses on the efforts Asami Kazari must undertake to reign in a careless police unit.”

What do you get when you mix a power rangers spinoff and a terrible plot? Active Raid: Kidou Kyoushuushitsu Dai Hachi Gakari, that’s what. Active Raid just didn’t have enough punch to get me excited. Sure the character designs were nice, and the idea of Kazari being bullied and forced to cosplay was GREAT, but that’s the only thing that got me to finish the show. ALL characters lacked any real development, we get one episode of back story for each character but they were so vague and rushed that there was no time to process and make the character really memorable. The story itself was also very weak, the entire feud between LOGOS and Unit 8 had no urgency, no real spark between them. The first half of the anime was just solving crime after crime, just small scale things like trying to crash a concert but then the last two episodes rolls along and suddenly it’s a global crisis with LOGOS taking over the entire Japanese Network. Another thing that was really annoying was the fact that EVERYONE already had a willwear! Like at least make a situation where the current units are in a pinch and they need reinforcements so the engineer guy whips up a new suit or something. Nope, they’re just like “yo let me jump in my suit, I got this” with no explanation as to how and why they got a willwear.  Active Raid is one that you should just skip, don’t even worry about it.

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