DECA-DENCE just aired its first episode on July 8th. If you have yet to hear about the series, it’s set in a world where humanity has nearly become extinct. To protect themselves from the threat of lifeforms called Gadoll, they’ve taken refuge in a mobile fortress called DECA-DENCE.
Within this fortress exist two different groups of people: The Gears, warriors who fight against Gadolls and protect humanity, and the Tankers, those who live under the protection of the Gears and basically exist to assist them through a variety of different jobs.
The story follows Natsume, a wide-eyed and curious girl who wants to be a soldier even though everyone tells her it’s not possible, and Kaburagi, a surly armor repairmen that, after watching the first episode, appears to do and be more than meets the eye. She gets assigned to a job as a rookie with him, and that’s where their relationship begins.
While the two resemble some readily seen character profiles in anime, I felt that their unique situation made them stand apart regardless. The banter and dynamic between Natsume and Kaburagi is funny and endearing to watch, particularly because they are polar opposites to one another. Despite that, they seem to be tied together by fate, and I’m excited to see how these characters further develop on their own and as a unit.
I am also excited about the series, because I already noticed some similarities to Attack on Titan in the episode, so if you are a fan, you’ll most likely enjoy DECA-DENCE.
Much like the Survey Corps have gear that allow them to combat the Titans, so do the Gears in order to fight against the Gadoll. In both, humanity has been decimated by a monstrous threat that has forced them to seek solitude either behind the wall or inside an enormous mobile fortress.
There are differences of course between the two series. For instance, Attack on Titan has a grittier, darker animation style while DECA-DENCE is more colorful and whimsical. Regardless it has similar themes and elements, so I wanted to make that comparison, especially for those of you who are on the fence with starting this new series.
That all was enough to get me excited for DECA-DENCE‘s episodes to come, but I really fell in love with the series when I saw the fortress transform. The animation of the series really shined in that particular moment as they fought off some Gadolls and you witness the power of the fortress’ cannon.
Even more so, I found myself truly invested in, as I mentioned before, how the characters will develop. I found myself already rooting for Natsume to become a soldier thanks to her likable and bright personality. But, most of all, I found myself questioning Kaburagi. Obviously there’s more to that guy than we already know, and I can’t wait to find out what his deal is.
I have extremely high hopes for this series, especially given that the world, monsters, and mecha are all interesting and distinctive. I highly recommend it if you are a fan of action-packed anime full of adventure and charm.
Where to watch DECA-DENCE
DECA-DENCE is currently airing and available to watch on Funimation and Hulu.