Sidonia no Kishi: Daikyuu Wakusei Seneki
One of the sequels I am most enjoying this season next to the leisurely slice-of-life show “Hello! Kiniro Mosaic” and the action-packed second half of “Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works” is “Sidonia no Kishi: Daikyuu Wakusei Seneki”, second season of the sci-fi anime adapted from the “シドニアの騎士” manga by Nihei Tsutomu.
Although some might not be partial to full CG rendered anime, it suits a show like “Sidonia no Kishi” perfectly, undoubtedly because this science fiction story set in outer space is devoid of the bright color palette usually encountered in anime. Instead, everything inside the Sidonia is bleak, faded or dirty which enhances the oppressive, hopeless atmosphere that permeates the ship as mankind struggles to survive in their endless voyage through space.
Fans of science fiction will love this show, not only does “Sidonia no Kishi” feature plenty of mecha battles, a fearsome alien foe as well as other typical science fiction genre elements seen in space faring stories, it also has lots of mystery, political strife, characters with hidden agendas and several philosophically engaging themes such as cloning, immortality or genetic manipulation.
Loved the first season and am very impressed with the second season so far, it has surprised me with revelations and plot twists that bring even more mystery and intrigue with them, making me anxiously await the each news episode.
While it may not be a popular anime it is a real gem. Actually one could compare “Sidonia no Kishi” somewhat to “Shingeki no Kyojin” in terms of content and storytelling, but instead of being set in a medieval world, this story is set in the far future where a technologically advanced mankind has traveled into outer space.
Watching the first season is be required before tackling “Sidonia no Kishi: Daikyuu Wakusei Seneki”, I highly recommend sci-fi fans to give this show a try.