Reviewed by: Jason Stillion
Original Review Date: June 19th, 2012
Last Updated: Dec 10th, 2016
Animation Studio: Gonzo
Director: Kijio Gotoh
Japanese Release: 2002
Length: 24 Episodes
Official English Website: Funimation
Version Reviewed: Funimation “Anime Classics” 2011 DVD Box Set
Language Reviewed: Japanese w/ English Subtitles
Funimation Official Trailer
Kiddy Grade Movie’s & Kiddy Girl-and note: The Kiddy grade movies, “Ignition”, “Maelstorm”, and “Truth Dawn” are nothing more then compilation of this TV series. “Kiddy Girl-and” series takes place after Kiddy Grade.
Plot: Humanity has developed faster then light travel, expanded in to the universe, and colonized many planets. The Galactic Union acts as a governing body for the universe, and the GOTT (Galactic Organization of Trade and Tariffs) acts as a sort of police force. This series is about Eclair and Lumiere (her partner), who are “ES members” of the GOTT, a secret group of individuals that have special abilities. ES members are assigned extremely difficult, and senetive missions that only there talents can handle.
Review: Kiddy Grade starts out as a seemingly light hearted anime, with a touch of fan service (not too excessive). The series does ramp up the level of seriousness and become’s much darker then it presents itself in the beginning. The series does a great job of character development mixed with some pretty intense action sequences. There are several, significant, unexpected plot twists. The focus of the series is mainly about Eclair and overcoming challenge’s from both within herself, and what confronts her.
My Grade: 4 out of 5 / “Loved it”
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