Whoops. It seems that it was already licensed. Oh well, I watched it. It’s pretty damn good, I’ll tell you. Apparently it was made by BONES, which made Eureka 7. I don’t remember Eureka 7 looking this damn good, though.
When you think about it, Scrapped Princess feels a lot like Evangelion. It starts out really nice, peaceful, happy go lucky, nothing really bad except for bandits and some awesome magic pwning by Raquel, and lots of nice country life stuff. Then it starts to all go downhill, thanks to the Peacemakers (kinda like how that Asuka kept on losing to the Angels and got mind-raped by that Angel, which finally pushed her over the edge and the entire series into hell). The music is very nice, the OP and ED are very nice, although they don’t seem to suit what’s going on in the anime in some episodes. The artwork is superb, and I also have to thank the encoders who made the Keep-ANBU release: you guys are totally awesome. They say video compressibility is aided by having a dark video, but there are so many bright parts in this anime which look totally great: and the best part is it all fits onto a DVD-R! My drive doesn’t support overburning, so I spent several minutes trying out 7zip on the other things until I finally admitted defeat (I was only over it by 12MB! I hate drives that don’t overburn). Overall this series has a lot going for it.
One bad thing I noticed, though, was how when there was a fight they kept on switching back and forth between the other parties. For instance, when Zefiris+Shannon are fighting against the Peacemakers (nothing deep here, just lots of shooting back and forth, but still it’s pretty) then they always cut to Raquel, Leo+Winia, or Pacifica after a set amount of minutes. It’s disconcerting and I still want to watch the fight scene! Other than that I was pretty happy how it turned out. This is one anime that is worth the media I’m burning it on. Oh crap, no, it’s worth 20 times that.
I wouldn’t have watched this unless I joined the anime club (they were showing this on the big screen, episodes 1-4), but I can safely say that anybody will like this anime. It’s not bad. It doesn’t seem to have a especially strong side or message, and the plot might not be very interesting to many people who just skip to the next fighting scene (which isn’t that great, seriously) but if you listen to what they’re talking about, the plot is interesting, and the fights gain meaning, and you really come to like the characters. Shannon and Fulle are likable heroes, Leo is a gag character, Raquel is especially cute when she pwns people while talking in a cute way, the king is a veritable lowlife, the prince (Pacifica’s blood brother) powerless.
Plus, it doesn’t hurt my eyes to look any of the character designs, especially Pacifica in all those outfits in episodes 15-16.
The anime doesn’t really explain why the Peacemakers are not authorized to directly attack the Providence Breaker, however it’s probably because Seria Mauser had some doubts anyway as to whether she was doing the right thing.