403rd G-View: Z/X: Code reunion

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.

ZX Code Reunion.jpg

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.

Azumi and her team

The lead humans from left to right: Matoi, Yuni, Shuri, Azumi and Ena.

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.

Matoi's ZEX

Not all Z/X partners are humanoids or organic beings.

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.

Rigel and Azumi embrace

The main couple of the show.

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.

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Yuri and Slice of Life are my anime passion.
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8 Responses to 403rd G-View: Z/X: Code reunion

  1. Christian Appel says:

    I watched it and believe it or not, my prediction was grade 2 or 3 with low or medium intensity.

    And here we have it with grade 2 and low intensity. Agree with that listing.

    The plot (twist) was/is good – like the beach episode and the training of the (demon) coach – and the yuri was/is very cute. The ending was/is very funny and it seems to get S2, because it was/is somehow announced with a short message at the end.

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  2. cirno9fan says:

    I know you want to avoid saying it, but I’m sure I’m not the only fan of loli type characters in this blog…ANYWAY! To those of you out there who share this inclination: This show is wonderful for that 😀
    MOVING FORWARD
    I’m not sure why, but the everything just worked out really well for me, and ended up in such an experience that edged out over everything else airing this season (and it had some tough contenders)
    The yuri was fantastic, the combat was fantastic, I really liked the OP and ED, ESPECIALLY the ED. It was such a nice touch to have different versions visually and auditory.
    Not something I will recommend to most, but enjoyed immensely~
    If only there actually were a second season announced ;_;

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  3. LuzeP says:

    As I told my self at the premiere, this show has a lot of potentials. And I was right. Maybe the only canon is the main couple but hoo boy, they’re so cute in every episode. Ah, I don’t forget the sisterly love Matoi and Ena. And the seitokai couple. That was also a lovely episode. I’m hoping for second season because I feel the show has plenty of material to start with. I mean we didn’t get to see Shuri and her Z/X talk or hang out yet.

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  4. yurimylove says:

    fun show, and the lady coach is hilarious.

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