Z/X Ignition – Zillions of Introductory Episode X

In Z/X Ignition, modern day Japan has had 5 strange black spheres called Black Points appear across it, each connecting to a world associated with a different colour: red, blue, green, white, and black. From these spheres, creatures given the title ‘Z/X’ (short for Zillions of Enemy X) begin appearing, able to maintain their existence on Earth by drawing power from the ‘Black Points’, thus ensuring they’re not able to go too far from them. That is, until something called a Card Device is created, allowing a person to supply energy to a Z/X in lieu of the Black Points.

Five years have passed, and the city of Kobe has lived in relative peace due to it being far from the nearest Black Point – the one associated with the White World. Our main character, Tennoji Asuka, lives in a dorm in this city, relatively unconcerned with the Z/X problem, until one day he is given a Card Device along with a warning about some unspecified impending doom…

Z/X Ignition starts off midway through the story, seemingly in order to ensure the show starts on a high note. It then goes back and spends 6 or 7 episodes giving you the backstory that leads up to it. This is particularly important in this show because, quite frankly, it’s very dry. Those backstory episodes are rather boring… but they’re completely necessary because the show has so many important characters. In fact, there are so many important characters that the show feels the need to give you a ‘nametag’ the first time you see a character each episode…

The opening episode features some rather exciting action, with the Z/X fighting each other and really giving the impression that this is a more mature take on the Pokémon concept. As the show progresses, you see less and less of this action, and despite some really interesting concepts and potential… the show is just dry. It’s boring. It just doesn’t really make use of its potential for anything.

Between the way the opening sequence starts and the several long introduction episodes, the show gives you the impression that something big is going to happen. Sadly, it never does. The crescendo just sort of peters out and you’re left with a strange plot twist that leads in a really awkward direction. And when it all settles, you’re left with an ending that really felt more like a 13 episode long prologue or introduction rather than an actual season of a show.

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