(SPOILER-FREE: Read on for an insightful overview of the web series if you haven't seen it yet) gen:LOCK from Rooster Teeth is the smartest, most character-driven, most compelling entry in the mecha anime genre, period. I'm happy to see how the indie animation studio Rooster Teeth has matured so much over the past few years … Continue reading My 2 Cents on gen:LOCK
(SPOILER ALERT: This is a full breakdown review for "Identity Crisis") "Identity Crisis" is the eighth episode of Rooster Teeth's mecha anime web series, gen:LOCK, released on March 9th, and lasts almost thirty-two minutes. A climactic battle interwoven with the recruits and their emotional bonds, the show's core theme of identity, and the vast swaths … Continue reading My 2 Cents on gen:LOCK – Episode 8, “Identity Crisis”
(SPOILER ALERT: This is a full breakdown review for "It Never Rains...") "It Never Rains..." is the seventh episode of Rooster Teeth's mecha anime web series, gen:LOCK, released on March 2nd, and lasts twenty-four and a half minutes. This is, simple to say, a slow-paced transition episode, but there are many terrific moments, including the … Continue reading My 2 Cents on gen:LOCK – Episode 7, “It Never Rains…”
(SPOILER ALERT: This is a full breakdown review for "The Only Me I Know") "The Only Me I Know" is the sixth episode of Rooster Teeth's mecha anime web series, gen:LOCK, released on February 23rd, and is twenty-five and a half minutes long. Simple to say, this episode is thrilling from start to finish with … Continue reading My 2 Cents on gen:LOCK – Episode 6, “The Only Me I Know”
This is an enthralling entry with a focus on character development for a traumatized gen:LOCK recruit, the gen:LOCK process itself, and a battle with an increasingly enigmatic Union mech.
This is the best episode so far, packing in everything that I wanted to see with the enthralling team dynamic, a focus on Valentina's gender-fluidity, and mecha action that starts out entertaining before it takes a sharp left turn into suspense.
This is a conflictive episode for me, since it strengthens the team dynamic of the characters on one hand and presents a tiresome love triangle on the other.
Telling the truth of Julian Chase's apparent death and the gen:LOCK program, focusing on his estranged relationship with his former girlfriend, widening the cast with a motley team of recruits, boosting the action with a Union spy — this episode advances the web series forward in spite of a few dubious plot devices.
If gen:LOCK can develop its characters and its mech-filled world well, I can easily see it become as enthralling as RWBY.
In between bits of slow pacing and questionable plot devices, RWBY: Volume 6 lights up with the passionate heart of its characters as they pursue an extreme example of the rocky cross-country trip.