The Needless Part 1 - Episodes 1 to 12
Originally released as Manga,
The Needless has been successfully
transferred to the anime format in this action orientated series set on
a post-apocalyptic Earth due to devastating effects of World War III.
The series takes place 50 years after this heinous incident and is set
in Japan which revolves around the designated wasteland from the war
called the Black Spot.
Although the wastelands are supposedly barren
with no life, special individuals have been inhabiting this area who
cannot find their place in the cities. These people have superhuman
abilities who can control the elements such as fire or wind and have been
labelled as The Needless.
Even though the theme behind The Needless is
quite dark, the series is however laced with classic Japanese anime
stereotypes and clichés so fanboys and fangirls will enjoy not only the
stories but the animation as well. At times, The Needless reminds me of
TV series called Heroes as each episode focuses on a character with
their unusual abilities but their tales are irrevocably twined.
For example, the Simeon play an integral
role in the series and is an organisation made up of the Needless who
are not the nicest people in decimated Japan. This is where Cruz and his
sister come into the play and the Simeon want them. Thankfully Cruz has
some help with a super powered priest named Blade who has the ability to
copy the powers of other Needless. These characters are not only
interesting but they make the series quite enjoyable due to their unique
attitudes and powers that goes hand in hand with the enjoyable universe
that this anime is based on.
When I mentioned anime stereotypes, The
Needless Part 1 is oozing with panty shots, breasts that want to explode
from flimsy clothing and lots of up skirt action. Even with all the
seriousness going around this TV series, a panty shot here or a ripped
dress will make a mockery of certain scenes. Even so, it's quite amusing
to watch and really doesn't hamper the story but more so, adds to the
cliché nature of anime.
Video, Audio & Special Features
The video quality of The Needless is nothing special but does contain
sharp images and vibrant colours but is a little washed out. The
highlights are the characters themselves who have this real hero meets
cyberpunk look to them. The girls on the other hand contain every anime
MA15+ porn shot in order to showcase their bodies by their cutesy clothes that
offers lots of fan service when the battles commence from up skirt shots
to torn clothing. There's some great animation here! Audio supports
Dolby Digital 2.0 with both an English and Japanese Track. Sorry, no
real special features here!
If you like your epic
battles with a touch of titillation than the Needless Part 1: Episodes 1
to 12 is for you! Check it out anime fans!