Scarlet Nexus Season 1 Review: A Must Watch Sci-Fi Series Of The Year

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Soldiers of OSF are ready to use psychic powers to protect humanity

Scarlet Nexus is a Japanese anime television show inspired by the video game, which is also called Scarlet Nexus. Bandai Namco Filmworks Inc. (also known as Sunrise Inc.) has produced this series. Initially, the first two episodes were released on YouTube by Funimation on June 18 and June 25, respectively.

The series began streaming on Japanese television as a TV show on July 1, 2021, with Medialink Group Limited. Scarlet Nexus is simulcasting with Funimation and also has an English simuldub, which means the episodes of Scarlet Nexus are dubbed and released within the same day as the original Japanese broadcast.

Scarlet Nexus is Sci-Fi genre series created by Bandai Namco Studios, also known as Sunrice Inc. The series was produced by Keita Iizuka and Kiyoshi Tsukamoto. This series is known for its direction, and Hiroyuki Nishimura is the director of Scarlet Nexus. He was very clear about each and every scene in the show, and all his efforts can be seen in the screenplay for the series.

This is the title reveal of the series Scarlet Nexus
The unveiling of the title: Scarlet Nexus 

He is not only the director but also the character designer of the series. Yuji Ito and Hiroyuki Nishimura produced stunning designs together. Those designs gave life to the characters in the series. Art Director Osamu Tayam also gets credit for the first-rate show. Scarlet Nexus show is written by Yoichi Kato, Toshizo Nemoto, and Akiko Inoue. 

Scarlet Nexus consists of 26 episodes, and the running time of the series is around 30 hours. The original release of Scarlet Nexus is from July 1, 2021, to December 23, 2021. FUNimation and Sunrise Inc license the series.

Scarlet Nexus Season 1 Character and Voice actors:

Kasane Randall is one of the main characters in the story. She is a female protagonist and soldier with dark flashbacks. She is caring, brave and bold, with unique fighting skills and cool powers. According to the television series, she has grey hair, red eyes, and a thin but tall personality. SETO ASAMI is her voice actor in Japanese, and Erica Mendez in English.

Kasane Randall is using her supernatural powers during a fight between the monsters
The Psychokinesis field of Kasane Randall is enhanced.

Yuito Sumeragi is also one of the main characters in the story. He is the son of a great Sumeragi family. He is a platoon leader in the military. Yuito is short, young (just 16), and red an eye with katana. He is determined and focused. Yuito has a supernatural power that he can rule the thoughts, and also he can control objects. His voice actor in Japan is Junya Enoki and Robbie Daymond in English.

Yuito Sumeragi is about to fight
Death stare of Yuito Sumeragi 

Naomi Randall, Tsugumi Nazar, Gemma Garrison, Hanabi Ichijo, Arashi Spring, Kagero Donne, and Kyoka Eden are some of the supporting characters in the series. Each supporting character is well characterized, and they have unique weapons and backstories. These characters play a crucial role in the story, and they add spice to the series. Their own set of powers is used in combat and exploration, which results in a masterpiece.

All characters of Scarlet Nexus
Other Suppression Force

The voice actor also gave great voice to characters according to their nature and motive. The voice gave life to the characters, and some other times we feel they all are existed in our real world, too, because of the voice and animations. The voice actor of different characters are as follows:- 

  • Naomi Randall: Asuka Nisi (Japanese), Jennifer Losi (English)
  • Gemma Garrison: Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Japanese), Griffin Puatu (English)
  • Tsugumi Nazar: Rie Tanaka (Japanese), Allegra Clark (English)
  • Hanabi Ichijo : Tomomi Mineuchi (Japanese), Jeannie Tirado (English)
  • Arashi Spring: Saori Hayami (Japanese), Cherami Leigh (English)
  • Kagero Donne: Hiroshi Shirokuma (Japanese), Ben Pronsky (English)
  • Kyoka Eden : Marika Kono (Japanese), Faye Mata (English)

Scarlet Nexus Season 1 Character Art

The animation and character designs are so realistic. Character design is one of the strongest aspects which helped to receive a dynamic depth to the story. The animation in the series is incredibly smooth and fluid. Each character has a stunning costume, and their use of color and light on the characters is breathtaking.

The way the animators captured the facial expressions and body language really gave life to the scene. The animation department did a fabulous job by putting in lots of effort while creating a polished and visually stunning animation. They deserve tumultuous applause.

Scarlet Nexus Season 1 Plot 

Scarlet Nexus is a future world where artificial intelligence and human intelligence are interlinked. In this world, there are antagonists who eat human brains and humans who use their supernatural powers to protect themselves from the bad guys.

All human being joins a military group called OSF ( The Other Suppression Force ), and these people keep fighting against these monsters with different psychic powers no matter how they are tired of fighting regularly, so they want to end up this war as fast as possible. OSF once found an extinction belt that was surrounded by the earth, and all these monsters originated from this belt.

Yuito Sumaragi and Kasani Randall, and the other soldiers of OSF in the city use the Struggle Arm System (SAS)to destroy that extinction belt. Both the main characters of the story are freshly graduated from the armed services, aka “cadets,” but right after they get their SAS, they start their journey toward destroying the extinction belt.

Struggle Arm System to destroy the monster
Yuito Sumeragi using his Struggle Arm System

Scarlet Nexus Season 1 Review 

Scarlet Nexus is a promising series with plenty of twists and turns in the plot. The series maintains the pace of the Scarlet Nexus game. We know the Scarlet Nexus game is a hit, and its distinctive visual designs are the plus aspects of the game; similarly, the series also did its best with visuals and the storyboard. It has a great screenplay and script.

If we compare both the game and the TV show, the TV show is the most entertaining thing because the series shows the perspectives of all characters, but in the game, you can choose only one character. It’s not just another anime series, this series has an impressive story and characters, and the screenplay and animation absolutely did justice to the story.

Scarlet Nexus has an astonishing sci-fi universe with a wonderful cyberpunk background, and everything in the game centered around the theme of the human brain and how certain humans in the future are granted these super cool powers. So, you basically see a modern technological world with some adventure, battles, and stuff.

Yuito Sumeragi is using telekenetic power to kill demons.
Yuito lifted a barrier with his psychic energy.

Every character is equally powered with stylistic weapons and cool supernatural powers that make them even more special. A character can control their brain and manipulate another object or the environment. They can have brains that can throw a train or car at an enemy, snap a telephone pole off and tear an enemy in half or collide together like a sandwich.

Scarlet Nexus is  SUGIO, which means amazing. Scarlet Nexus has 30-35 hours of binge time for all 26 episodes, and it is a show worth watching. The ideal techniques of killing, emotional senses, one-to-one interaction between the characters, abilities to fight, etc., all these aspects could be considered the best parts of the anime.

The choreography of fights is intense, and the weapons are creative, which represents the motive of OSF. The show has taken the Sci-fi world to another world with its visuals and CG. There are so many surprises and tense moments, which are breathtaking periods for the anime audience.

Scarlet Nexus Season 1 Achieve a Higher Level of Sci-Fi Action of 2021

All in all, Scarlet Nexus is a must-watch anime for its solid adaptation, fantastic role-play, and coming-generation visuals. 

  • Overall Series:- 9 / 10 
  • Storyline and Plot:- 9 / 10
  • Visuals and Animation:- 9.5 / 10
  • Fight Choreography:- 8.5 / 10
  • Sound and Music:- 8/10 
  • Innovations:- 8.5/10
  • Technical Performance:- 9/10

In this era where hundreds of anime are catching attention, it’s hard to recommend an anime to others, but Scarlet Nexus is one that can recommend it without any doubt. Scarlet Nexus might not be the best anime, but it is unique among all anime.

Our Rating: 4/5

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