This sci-fi series is set in 2110, and it is a time where humanity has expanded its frontier into space. Humanity is being attacked by a mysterious lifeform known as Urugaru, and has created robotic mecha in order to protect itself from the Urugaru. This mecha is part of the MJP Project.
The series focuses on a team of five recruits that are assigned to Team Rabbits. While they're not incompetent, they are unable to work together as a team. The team is led by Izuru Hitachi, a young man who is not only a positive thinker, but he also dreams of becoming a hero. The rest if Izuru's team includes: Toshikazu Asagi, Tamaki Irie, Kei Kugimiya, and Ataru Suruga. Many of these characters fall into familiar anime tropes, such as the cute and clumsy girl and the military nerd with glasses.
When a base is under attack, support from the MJP Project is requested. Even though Team Rabbits had just come back from a dismal mock battle, the head of the project insists on sending them out in mecha. As the five of them begin using the mecha, it becomes clear there’s more to the mecha that there seems. Before anything became clear that there was something different about the mecha, I was really wondering why these particular pilots were sent out because of how it had been stressed earlier that they were the lowest scoring team and that they didn't work well together.
The first episode of Majestic Prince spends its time trying to establish the concept and the characters. In my opinion, the execution of trying to set up these things came across as rather boring. It didn't help for me that by the end of the first episode, I really didn't feel like I had gotten to know any of the characters well enough that I wanted to rush out and watch more episodes of the series. While there is a question at the end as to why the mecha the five of them are in act the way that they do, this element is introduced so late in the first episode that it didn't really change my mind about not needing to rush to see any further episodes immediately.
I think the thing that hurt the pacing and feel of the series is the fact that it seems like it's trying to cater to two audiences: one that wants to see serious sci-fi, and one that enjoys sci-fi that's more on the humorous side. Unfortunately, trying to combine these two styles really didn't seem to work.
That's not to say that Majestic Prince is necessarily a bad anime series. While I wasn't terribly impressed by what I saw, I didn't think it was necessarily bad. To me, it was more on the mediocre side and was just kind of "there." There may be an audience out there that will enjoy the feel and storytelling of a series like Majestic Prince, but I'm not part of that audience.
Content-wise, I didn't see anything that would be terribly inappropriate for younger viewers. Personally, I would recommend Majestic Prince to anime viewers who are 12 or 13 years of age and older.
|Majestic Prince||24||2013||Keitaro Motonaga||Dogakobo/Orange||Sentai Filmworks|