An anime with a familiar setup and presentation yet has something that helped it stand out from its contemporaries. Join me to find out what I mean as we take a look at Z/X: Code reunion. The “r” in reunion is written with a small letter. It is not a typo.
Note: Z/X: Code reunion tells its own story and is not related to Z/X Ignition.
Genres: Action, Comedy, Science-Fiction, Yuri
Number of Episodes: 12
G-Rating: 8/10 (7/10 as a whole but the extra stuff helped boost the rating)
Plot Summary: The signing of a peace treaty has secured a tenuous ceasefire between mankind and the Z/X (pronounced Zex, which is short for Zillions of enemy X), beings who emerged from space/time rifts connected to mysterious, distant worlds. Partnered with a Z/X named Rigel, Azumi Kakamigahara must shoulder the fate of her own idyllic world. The unlikely pair head to newly established Fujimisaki Academy, where their destinies await.
What I was referring to above was this show being another “7/10 Battle Girls” anime like Battle Girl High School, Schoolgirl Strikers, Ange Vierge, etc. Like the aforementioned shows Code reunion is about a group of girls brought to a training academy to prepare for attacks from invaders of another dimension. When not training, fighting the enemy or dueling each other in Ranked Battles the girls take the time to either relax and have fun or help each other with some activity or face personal obstacles head on. Some girls have greater emotional obstacles than others. Meanwhile the big bad is ominously plotting behind the shadows all mysterious like. Sometimes they are connected to the heroines. There is some lore behind the Z/X universe but for the most part it is more window dressing than vital information really.
I just summarized the gist of Code reunion. So what makes this one stand out from its peers? First of all the dynamic between the girls and their Z/X partners. While nothing new in the world of Japanese fiction it is still nice seeing the duos become stronger by working things out together or with the help of their teammates. Second are the powers the girls gain once they achieve, let us call it the “next stage”, are pretty cool too. Second is the combat. Similar to Cutie Honey Universe the warriors battle enemies or each other both on ground but mostly in outer space. It goes beyond warriors with supercharged weapons clashing against one another. Without spoiling anything their opponents can range from 5 to 500 feet.
Before we get to the third thing let us go over the brief but still customary review of the presentation. It gets the job done. Nothing spectacular. The girls are cute and sexy and the lady teachers are quite pleasant. The soundtrack does not have any tunes that stand out while the OP and ED are nice.
Now on to the aforementioned third thing. The yuri is wonderful and plays an important tole in the story. It is like the yuri in Ange Vierge but more consistent and touching. There are some nice couples among the main team and the other teams but the main couple of Azumi and Rigel’s constantly growing love for each other is beautiful. Rigel the tsundere warrior relying less and less on her “I was ordered to protect you” excuse and Azumi being more open with her desire to spend the rest of her life by Rigel’s side despite not being a skilled warrior like her. They were made for each other. Words cannot do their romance justice. They reminded me a little bit of Otsuu X Little Mermaid from Mary Skelter 2. Excellent stuff.
Overall while Z/X: Code reunion is another “7/10 Battle Girls” anime it has enough content to stand above the rest as one of the special ones. The cast are all fun, the battles are cool, the character arcs good and the yuri lovely, especially from the main duo. One of the hidden gems of the Fall 2019 season I would say. Readers who found the stuff that stands out interesting are welcome to check this one out.