At the end of the 20th century, the polar ice caps began to melt from global warming. Now in 2052, a tenth of Japan is under water. The economy of Japan was crippled and the government created JESAS, a military-based organization that handles the dumping of nuclear waste in space. The only thing that can oppose JESAS’ intentions is Green Frontier, a united protection agency that intends to save Earth. Two teenagers join each opposing side, and only they have the power to change the fate of mankind.
summary by Eek
Highs: Second half is surprisingly gripping; decent musical score
Lows: Weak first half; animation problems
Back in high school, I can remember religiously watching the CGI cartoon series Roughnecks: Starship Trooper Chronicles. I had, and still have, no problem with an anime that uses CGI for its art and animation, but only if it has strong characters and a good plot to take my mind off of it. Unfortunately, Run=Dim only partially fulfills those requirements.
The plot in the first half is dull and unimpressive despite the amount of action it contains and drags more often than not. I found myself nodding off more than a few times due to sheer boredom. The characters were particularly annoying and weak to the point that I almost thought that the story would end up falling apart before it even had a chance to come together. And then the second half kicks in, picking up the pacing, and battles fought between mecha became increasingly tense and exciting. In particular, Kazuto is shown to mature quite a lot from who he was originally; it was good to watch him slowly evolve and come to grips with his responsibilities and burdens. What was once just a mundane shounen mecha anime actually became quite compelling by the end.
However, Run=Dim could easily be referred to as an acquired taste. Many people may not like their anime to be completely CGI, but what I found to be a bit of a disappointment is that there are animation problems in a series that has animation well beyond that of a normal television show. Numerous times I noticed clipping, where one object would stick through another. Additionally, human movements were very wooden, and I was strongly reminded of URDA on more than several occasions. While this anime may not be all that visually appealing, it is acoustically appealing. The opening and closing themes are catchy J-Pop, while much of the background music has quite an epic feel, even though this anime is far from epic quality.
While some people will be turned off because Run=Dim is entirely CGI, this anime is something novel to modern anime since most use CGI sparingly. There is some fun to be had, but there really is not a whole lot to endorse.
Run=Dim can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.