Kori's Jinki Extend Tv Review

Jinki Extend Jinki Extend Screenshot Aoba and Ryohei Jinki Extend Screenshot Moribito-02 Jinki Extend Screenshot Rui and Minami Jinki Extend Screenshot Ancient JINKI

Jinki Extend tv Review

Story & Characters

The show starts off about a girl named Aoba, who suddenly gets kidnapped. Or at least, that's what she thinks when the real reason was that she was being brought to her mother, whom she dislikes very much, on her mother's request. When she later runs away, she comes across a robot and the story begins.

Like many other mecha anime out there, there are BIG enemies, and in Jinki:Extend, these are called Ancient JINKI. Much later after that Aoba comes across the robot, she decides to join in and fight these things but this is just a minor part of the story, because suddenly new characters are introduced, leaving no room for character development of the older ones, and diverting the story to an entirely different direction. The timeline jumps back and forth, making it very confusing and hard to follow, and it leaves you with a lot of questions until the last two episodes.

Having new character constantly introduced, and at the same time desperately trying to cramp some character development and background story in 12 episodes... it simply doesn't work. To say the least, the creators have failed in this department.

Rating: 5


The art in Jinki:Extend is average; it doesn't let you down but doesn't blow you away either.

The character design fit the personalities well, e.g. Ryohei almost having a constant sullen look on his face. As much as the design fit the personalities they've been given, they lack originality. When watching, some of the characters remind you of characters from older anime. An example would be Rui. Not only is her personality very like Ruri (although not entirely similar) from Martian Successor Nadesico, but her looks resembles Ruri as well.

When it comes to all the mecha, they too lack an originality which perhaps today is hard to achieve, but is probably not impossible. They just look like an average robot from a typical mecha anime, nothing like the mechas found in Neon Genesis Evangelion which had a slender design, almost human-like, or the robots found in the game Zone of the Enders.

As for the design of the enemies, Ancient JINKI, they look plain with no imagination compared to enemies from, again, Neon Genesis Evangelion or Soukyuu no Fafner which both felt very fresh and original.

Nevertheless, the animation is still good, though. Everything blend nicely together, nothing looks more extraordinary than the other.

Rating: 7


The music in Jinki:Extend is descrete, and most of the tunes are quite soft as they're being played in the most dramatic scenes. Otherwise, the anime leaves you most of the time in silence, that is if you don't count the dialogues. The only piece of music that really stands out is the ending music, "Mirai to yuu na no kotae" by angela (same singer to Soukyuu no Fafner).

The voice actors do a fairly good job portraying their respective characters. A happy character having the happy voice and the serious one with a more calm and serious tone.

Rating: 7


Jinki:Extend tries to include humour, but this is swiftly taken over by the serious storyline. It would've been more enjoyable to watch it if it was longer, and so had time to do better character development because it was in the characters and the story that made this anime not one of the better ones in its genre. They were simply trying to compress a too complex story in a 12 episodes show.

Jinki:Extend tried most things, and failed in most of them. If it was longer, then perhaps it would turn out to be quite a decent show after all, but now we'll never know.

Rating: 6

Final Verdict

6.00 (average)

Reviewed by Kori, Mar 16, 2006


  1. shoujoboy Mar 16, 2006

    Typically I never see a review for this show much higher than the one you did. I guess this show pretty much is doomed for mediocrity.

  2. miaka036 Mar 28, 2006

    Well, I do know I never finished watching the series. After reading this, I don't think I well ever finish it. I thought the same on somethings mentioned in your review. Thanks for reviewing.

  3. turbolag May 31, 2006

    I was a little more generous in my personal review, I would give it a 7-7.5. For me it works as a "filler" while waiting for my regular weekly episodes to come out. I also agree that if this were a normal 24-26 episode seriesI really wanted to like this series but it let me down pretty well. I do think the openning theme is worth checking out, didn't think much of the end theme though.

  4. darkwolf06 Aug 02, 2006

    The history is goog and the images of mechas rules

    merged: 08-02-2006 ~ 08:49pm
    The history is good and the images of mechas rules

  5. rukasu04 Mute Member Feb 08, 2010

    Nice review

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