No. 6 Review

Sion is an excellent civilian of the human settlement No. 6. Until he houses and mends a wounded criminal named Rat. Years later he is working a menial job, having been dropped from higher programs for his disregard for law enforcement. But when strange parasites arrive and he’s carted off for isolation, he runs into a face he never thought he’d see again.

This show comes close to a warning zone because of this section. The parasite bees nest inside humans and when they grew… well, let’s just say the humans turn into mummies and the bees just fly out. In one scene a parasite is removed from someone before it hatches. Although not everything is shown, the sounds are pretty bad all by themselves. If these kinds of things make you uneasy, skip this show right away. There’s also the usual violence in action shows: gun wounds, punching, stabbing, etc. While not on the gore level, it’s still blood, so go into this well warned.

The usual TV14 stuff abounds here. You got the d-mns, sh-ts and even the occasional b-words. It’s not every line or anything, but it’s typical YA fare.

There’s really not any straight up nudity. Instead, there’s some awkward situations. Sion’s friend asks him if he wants to have sex with her. She’s relentlessly blunt about it. In another scene one character is posing as a female “slave” and their neck is licked. Then there is the confusing “relationship” between Rat and Sion. On two occasions one kisses the other as a “farewell.” But their relationship is never entirely clear in this show. I’ve seen some places categorizing it as yaoi and others saying it’s not. It seems that whatever was in the original manga was “toned down” and thus here we are with the Kirk and Spock syndrome. Personally I’ll take it for what it is: complicated, and leave it there.
Also, Rat cross-dresses on occasion. Although this is really not seen for more than one scene.

This show was doing so well on its Scifi angles. Then they threw in a “forest god.” Why? See below, but to the point, there are these people in the forests that used to worship some deity that had some power others wanted to use for evil or something. This part of the story is quite rushed so it’s hard to figure out exactly what’s what. Suffice to say that it does play out until the end and affects the story in a big way, so if this bothers you, skip the show.

Personal Impression:
This show had promise at first. It really did. Most science fiction shows (and books) focus on the world itself and the science horrors (which isn’t bad, just rather predictable). This show was starting out looking far more at the characters and what they were going through. In other words, a more character focused science fiction. Good, right? Well, they kinda veered off course rather quickly, sad to say.
About halfway through, this show decided things needed to speed up and the relationship between the two main characters got even more awkward and a bit unbelievable to boot. Thankfully the plot kicked into gear around this time as well and the final fight was on the horizon. Of course, that means they had to get their heroes to the battleground, right? Well, this is where the plot also fell to pieces.
Question: Why would a society go outside its walls to kill some people and then take a ton of others captive, drive them all the way into the city and then just dump them in a death room where they instantly die? No experimentation or anything, just instant death?
Answer: They wouldn’t. This is a plot hole. And a very large one at that. There are also flashes to Safu, Sion’s childhood friend, that give no real info and thus just break up the episode’s pace, things explode at the end for no real reason and, the worse of all, a deus ex machina ending. Suffice to say that those that had no right being kept alive end up standing on a hill overlooking the “new world” thanks for a deity that shouldn’t even exist. Yeah, it was frustrating.
As for art and music, they aren’t bad. The opener is surprisingly interesting to listen to, and some of the insert songs are pretty enough. But it’s nothing to be wowed over, that’s for sure. Overall, this show, like so many others, had potential. But I think it tried to do far too much and wrote itself into a hole.

Personal Rating: Young adult

Episodes: 11
Languages: Sub
Official rating: TV14
Genre(s): Dystopia, action, drama
Website: n/a
Legal streaming: Crunchyroll
Screen shots:
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Raised on everything from Moby Dick to the Star Wars X-Wing books from a young age, it came as no surprise to anyone who knew me that I’d become a literature graduate and avid writer. But my love of a good story wasn’t restricted to the written word in my early years. Star Trek, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and badly dubbed Godzilla flicks helped shape my love of science fiction on screen as well. I wrote my first story while in the second grade. It was a horrifying tale about murdering a fairy-eating dog via a slice of pizza (in my defense, my only exposure to pizza was in the cafeteria and I swear you could legitimately kill someone with those things). I was a special snowflake. Today I write science fiction, fairy tales, Gothic epistolaries, fantasy and anything else that pops into my bizarre and twisted mind. I write new articles for my blog every Tuesday and Thursday. And if you happen to fancy Japanese animation, I also run an anime review blog, RRAR, which updates every Monday.

3 thoughts on “No. 6 Review

  1. I couldn’t agree more with pretty much everything you wrote in this post. I wanted to like No. 6, I really did, and to its credit, the show did have plenty of good points including some pretty high production values. In the end though, the execution made most things plot-related simply fall to pieces after the first handful of episodes. It’s a shame, because the potential for an excellent all-round series was definitely there, yet hardly any of it got a chance to properly shine.

    • I think it hurts so much worse when a show has honest potential. If a show is dead from the start, it’s not that bad. I know where it’s headed: predictable-city. But when a show starts with promise, an ending like this is just painful. They had a team of people working on this. No one raised the fact that there HAD to be a better way to end it? And if there wasn’t, they should just bite the bullet and let the characters that should die just, well, die? At least then they’d keep their dignity. It’s downright embarrassing to just bring them back as they did. And thus the pill for viewers, I feel, is harder to swallow.

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