What can I say about Noein? Well I must admit it was actually better than I had thought. Everything from the storyline, to action scenes, and character development. It has been one of the more enjoyable series that I have watched recently. A science-fiction drama that is not clichéd like many other sci-fi series that are often plagued by.
Noein has a very simple storyline to it, but it handles it in a very clever manner, introducing plot twists throughout the course of the series. With some questions answered, it gives new questions unanswered, and this is what keeps your interest in the series. Pacing over all can be slow at times, very slow where I actually got slightly bored. But it does make up for it in content and action when it calls for it. The action itself is very fast paced, but it doesn’t give the feeling that the story itself is rushed. Something that is usually evident in sci-fi series.
Portraying a variety of characters, Noein has done well in developing, and exploring the characters, making the viewer draw into them and care for them. All this in the space of 24 episodes. Though centralised on both Haruka and Yuu, the other characters still play an important role. Atori is definitely a character who has a lot of development, from being a insane, emotion driven maniac, to a tragic war-torn person who is willing to self-sacrifice. Though episode 22 was a nice final touch to character development which makes you aware that there can be other side to these characters.
At first I didn’t really enjoy the graphics that much. But once I reached a few episodes in, the art work grew on me. It blends in well and doesn’t distract you from the overall story that is being shown. When it came to the action scenes, the rough drawing style slightly reminded me of parts of Samurai Champloo. But there are at times that the drawing style bugged me, but the story made up for that.
Now like most sci-fi series, there is always a great deal of technobabble, and Noein is no exception. Unless you have a good understanding of physics it’s probably best that you don’t watch more than 5 episodes in a sitting. The amount of quantum physics terminology used can be quite confusing (especially if you decided to wakeup at 5 a.m. and watch 8 episodes straight) but it is still pretty straight forward, and if you are a bit of a sci-fi junkie, then it will seem even more interesting.
From what I read of reviews and from what other people have told me, some say it has one of the best endings. I don’t exactly agree. The overall series and build up was excellent, but it has a very typical ending. A good one at that.So if you haven’t seen Noein, I do recommend you to watch it as it is quite an enjoyable series to watch.