In the 22nd century, there are robots living normal lives among humans, completely undetected. These robots are called Thirds, and the details of their origin are very sketchy. Ross Syllabus was a hotshot cop from Earth who detested robots after one killed his partner. After being transferred to Mars, Ross got involved in a murder case; popular singer Kelly McCannon was killed, and it was later found out that she was a Third herself. Shortly after, several more Thirds were killed. Now Ross is paired up with Naomi Armitage, a cop from Mars, to find out who is exterminating these Thirds. But how will Ross handle the news that Armitage is one herself?
summary by Keitaro
Highs: Armitage carries the show; use of romance and mystery to strengthen plot
Lows: Ross’ character does not fit; seiyuu cast constantly overacts; weak ending
There are more robotic girl action anime out there than I can count, but Armitage III separates itself from the pack. It ambitiously tackles action, drama, romance and mystery all in one… and succeeds at it, too. Unfortunately, there are several minor problems that keep this anime from becoming a true classic.
The first thing that really impressed me was Naomi Armitage herself, who isn’t your average robot girl. She is one tough chick with attitude. While she may look innocent enough, Armitage is not the kind of girl you want to mess with, as some street punks learned in one particular scene. The other main character, Ross Syllabus, was not so impressive. His tough, silent guy act just made him boring. The seiyuu work in general was not very impressive, and on that note, neither was the music. The animation, however, is very impressive, especially for an anime that is almost a decade old.
Where this anime truly succeeds is in the plot. It starts out as an edge of your seat mystery and unfolds nicely into a more serious one. There is even some nice romance to boot, which plays an important part in the plot. For the most part, the action scenes fit in nicely and there is just the right amount of it. I say “for the most part” because I was very disappointed with the grand finale. The anticlimactic ending left a bad taste in my mouth and really hurt the show overall.
Armitage III is good because it does so much that just about everyone has something that they like about it. Unfortunately, it doesn’t particularly succeed in any one area, making it an above average anime at best.
Armitage III is licensed in the U.S. by Funimation, and episodes may be viewed legally in the United States HERE.