Denno Coil's story takes place in a realistic near-future when Augmented Reality technology is starting to become common place, and a generation of children are growing up with it. Like most good scifis it examines the impact the technology will have on soceity, and the sorts of things people will use it for.
The story has many different plot-threads it revolves around, with a large emotional range. From the very comedic to the deadly serious, its all smoothly wrapped into one consistantly ongoing drama.
Despite being an animation from japan, and thus technicaly "anime", it is really much closer to western drama shows such as Lost, much more character based then special effects and action. In fact, its not even really sci-fi until about half way into the series. The Augmented Reality devices are just really nice versions of technology we have today. Thats not to say it isn't exciting and actiony in places. Only don't expect massive "saving the world" style storylines.
The plot keeps you interested, starting with very slow things and building up. Great character's,animation and humour keep you entertained early and fantastically original ideas get you hocked soon after (eg,the "beard" episode is fantastic) By the time you get to the 16th episode or so the series has gone shit-hitting fan awesome. Its gets a little hard to follow in complexcity, but really its freaking awesome. Animation seems to improved too, maybe they got more budget or saved it up.Ã Â
Its gets progressively more scifi towards the end , but (unlike the recap episode it has mid-season) this is done in a more plot-necessary and believable way. Overall its a series that builds up slowly, but by the end the plots so thick you can walk on it.
Overall, they have built a wonderful universe that feels very real. Like the best of serial western live action tv shows (Lost, Prison Break), this anime really makes it hard not to watch the next episode straight away. The "wtf happens next?!" is really strong, and thats something no western cartoon has ever done for me.Ã Â
Recommended for any fans of serial shows, especially Lost.