I watched a few more episodes of Sidonia.
Silverdream wrote:Knights of Sidonia was basically Attack on Titan in space
A good analogy, although I'd have to say the Titans are so, so much more frightening than the Gauna. They're certainly more...visceral. Sidonia does a great job of presenting a sense of hopelessness in the face of overwhelming force, however. It just doesn't seem to be as focused as AoT. I think the art direction is tied directly into that. Sidonia itself is complex, jumbled, repetitive. But the character design is minimalist. The colors are muted almost all the time. Even the space scenes have a density that is almost suffocating. But the characterizations themselves run (at a guess, I'd say purposefully) counter to that. A casual ease, some arrogance, complex relationships, a notably present focus on human physicality (injuries, hunger, sexual adaptation, genetic manipulations). It's almost like they want to play up the danger of the Gauna by shocking the audience with their sudden, forceful, and overwhelming presence in the face of all the normal stuff we've just seen. It works, of course, but it's formulaic. So far, I've seen this anime before a dozen times but that's not a bad thing, necessarily. It has obviously engaged me enough already.