Bonen No Xamdou has always sounded appealing to me since it was first announced being a mecha series and all, but now that the trailer has been released my interest has shot throught the roof. First of all it looks awesome not only because it’s in high definition and all, but also because it just plain looks incredibly well animated. This is a bit of a different scenario from Macross Frontier which is mostly CG animated and in space (meaning not a whole lot of colour), whereas Xamdou’s setting looks very much terrestrial and full of life and colour. The music is also very catchy and I kind of hope it’s the opening too.
Most importantly though the series just looks to be oozing with that trademark BONES style. Mecha soaring over a city with fancy camerawork, symbolic looking scenes, mecha aiming guns through scopes, Mecha running across water etc. There is just one problem though. Apparently BONES has taken a cue from Gonzo and this series may be headed for an exclusive PS3 service that streams anime over the consoles private network. I have to ask why? I mean this is asking a lot of the viewer in order to watch this series. First one would seemingly need to own a PS3 in order to gain access in the first place, and then they’d probably have to pay. It seems to exclusive and for no good reason. Hopefully this is just a regional thing for North America and it will still be airing on Japanese TV, otherwise not being a PS3 owner it might be difficult to actually see it. We shall see how this all plays out, but in the meantime it still looks like it’s going to be awesome.