First Impressions: Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation

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Alternate titles: Chō Jigen Game Neptune The Animation, Hyperdimension Neptune
Game Adaptation by David Production
Simulcast on Funimation

Premise: In the world of Gamindustri, four goddesses who oversee four countries have all recently entered into a peace treaty that prohibits them from taking Share, the source of the goddesses’ power, by force.

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Timmy’s Verdict: Pretty Fun.

Having known little about it before hand nor bothering to do any research makes Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation my introduction to the Neptunia franchise, and I must say I did have a good amount of fun watching it. The show is quite lighthearted, almost the same feel of Dog Days, and it also seems like a whole bunch of ideas have been meshed together.

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For starters there is the whole Goddess mechanic reminiscent of Kannagi, where the girls do good deeds and the resulting word spreading and following grants them more Share energy, the source of their power. (The same energy they used to fight over before this peace treaty mind you.) The heroine leading her own country bit is similar to the aforementioned Dog Days, and magical girl elements in general are also thrown in for good measure. The fighting monsters for good will element does seem a bit questy, probably due to the RPG origins of this adaption, but its not that big of deal. Game related references also seem to be sprinkled here and there to fit the theme of the show.

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All in all though I had a good time with the show, and as far as characters go Neptune is easily the most appealing and entertaining with her carefree attitude and slight airheadedness. The rest of the cast is alright, even if they are all a little bit trope like. So far Neptunia seems to be packed with all sorts of fun stuff and it has hinted at some behind the scenes baddie shenanigans, so I definitely plan on checking out more.

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