Genre: Action, Ecchi, Harem, Mecha, Romance, School, Sci-Fi
Studio: Production IMS
Source: Light Novel
Plot: “Hundred”—that is the sole weapon capable of opposing the mysterious life form known as “Savage” from visiting the earth. The protagonist, Kisaragi Hayato, has the best compatibility rate with the “Hundred” till date; and so, he is recruited to the training academy of the Hundred users, called Little Garden, a giant ship sailing in the oceans. There he crosses paths with Emile Crossford, who seems to know him very well somehow. And what’s more, the “Queen” of the battleship and also the strongest Hundred user, Claire Harvey challenges him to a duel. This is where the ultimate academy battles will begin.
Impression: When you stop to think for a while after reading the plotline of Hundred, you will realize that it very closely resembles Infinite Stratos, Undefeated Bahamut Chronicles, Absolute Duo and the more popular, Gakusen Toshi no Asterisk. All these anime deal with battles within a training academy of some sort. But what those don’t have is the production studio, Production IMS. It is a relatively new anime studio that started just a few years ago. But don’t be fooled, they have already shown their skills in what they do best, and that is, yes, ecchi and harem. If you have seen Shinmai Maou no Testament (Uncensored) and Date A Live II, you know already what this studio is capable of. So yes, expecting a good amount of fan service is a must; since this is, after all, an ecchi and harem anime.
Senpai was a bit late, so two episodes came out already. But Senpai noticed the ecchi tag in time (Senpai loves anime with an ecchi tag). Jokes aside, this does however, give us a bit more material to talk about. One thing I have learned in watching academy battle anime, is that there is no real ultimate motif. There is no aftermath. The characters prepare for a battle that almost never really becomes the main objective of the anime. Which means, the target of these anime is to show off the academy life and not anything beyond. The show gives us our protagonist, Kisaragi Hayato. He has the best compatibility for the Hundred. So he has become the talk of the class even before coming to the academy. As soon as he gets there, he meets Emile Crossford. An apparent male student who behaves like a moe and is also head over heels for Hayato. So is this a gay anime? That hasn’t been made clear in “words” yet. But we have been given a clear indication however, that this male is actually a female. Hayato witnesses her changing clothes and Emile is clearly shown to be covered up in a towel like a girl. However, like most other harem anime protagonists, Hayato is incredibly dense and still doesn’t realize that “he” is actually a “she.” We also have the queen of the battleship, the one and only Claire Harvey, who has challenged Hayato for a duel. Hayato receives his Hundred and trains with Emile to get ready for his match. This is where we’re shown a glimpse of his powers. In the actual battle, Hayato gets subconscious and brings forth the ultimate power of a Hundred, a feat that has never before been done by anyone on their first duel. But I’ll be honest, with Production IMS working on it, I was expecting more ecchi stuff. Maybe that thirst will be fulfilled in the newer episodes.
I’ll be honest with you. Anime with plots like this really have nothing much to do. This plot has become a fan servicing excuse. There is hardly any real goal or anything to set this plot different from the rest. The art style was okay, nothing too special. The weapons and transformations were interesting a bit. And the ecchi, umm, was not enough. I know I’m saying this too much, but hey, this doesn’t even have a deep enough plot. What else is it going to give me if I get neither plot nor ‘plot’ (if you know what I mean)? The opening and ending songs were average. At this point, I will have to watch a few more episodes to decide if I should complete the show or drop it.
This anime does have potential. Yes it does. But it is based off a light novel, so there is little luck of anything changing. If its plot is given more importance and more depth, the anime might become unique even among its peers. But at this point, I can’t see any of that happening. The first two episodes get a 5 out of 10 for me.
Here is the promotional video for Hundred:
Here are some screenshots from the first two episodes of Hundred: