• TV-14
  • 2014
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.1  (2,436)

ALDNOAH.ZERO is an anime series that premiered in 2014, produced by Aniplex and animated by A-1 Pictures and TROYCA. The series follows the story of a war between Mars and Earth set in 2014. The show has a vast cast of characters, featuring several up-and-coming voice actors like Erika Harlacher, Cristina Vee, Kensho Ono, Natsuki Hanae, Sachika Misawa, Erica Mendez, Sora Amamiya, Mikako Komatsu, Ai Kakuma, Yoshitaka Yamaya, Sayaka Ohara, Taishi Murata, Kohsuke Toriumi, Kazuya Nakai, Ai Kayano, and Kosuke Toriumi.

In ALDNOAH.ZERO, Mars is a colonized planet that takes advantage of the ancient technology called "Aldnoah," which grants them immense power. The series begins when the princess of Mars, Asseylum Vers Allusia, visits Earth to announce an alliance between the two planets. However, her arrival turns violent when terrorists attack her motorcade, leading to her apparent death. Her death prompts the Martian emperor to declare war on Earth, setting in motion a long and brutal conflict.

The series' protagonist is Inaho Kaizuka, a high school student from Earth who finds himself thrust into the middle of the war. Inaho is a genius tactician who remains calm and collected in the face of danger, able to assess a situation quickly and take decisive action. He lacks emotional expression, causing some of his peers to describe him as cold and detached. Despite this, he shows tremendous bravery and resourcefulness in battle, determined to protect those he cares about from harm.

Inaho's skills come to the forefront when he encounters a Martian prince named Slaine Troyard. Slaine was a former friend and romantic interest of Asseylum, and initially, Inaho sees him as an enemy. However, as the story progresses, the two develop a complicated relationship, each seeing the other as both a friend and a foe. Slaine's arc is one of the most interesting in the show, as he struggles to reconcile his loyalty to Mars with his feelings for Asseylum and his growing friendship with Inaho.

The show follows a general battle royale formula, with mecha suits and advanced technology as their weapons. However, what sets ALDNOAH.ZERO apart from other anime series in the genre is its focus on the complexity of characters and the intricate relationships between them. Besides Inaho and Slaine, the show also features a diverse cast of characters, including Asseylum's bodyguard, Inaho's friends, and various Martian and Earth military personnel. Each character has their own backstory and personality, making them feel like fully-realized people rather than mere plot devices.

The animation in the series is commendable, featuring excellent fight scenes with fluid actions and dynamic shots. The mecha designs are also noteworthy, with each of them having their unique features and abilities. The backgrounds and setting are also beautifully crafted, providing an immersive experience for the audience.

One of the show's strengths is its ability to create suspenseful and emotional moments that leave the audience on edge. The series has several plot twists that subvert expectations, leaving the viewer gripping their seats with bated breath. The series also deals with themes of war, diplomacy, and the impact of technology on society, making it a thought-provoking anime.

In conclusion, ALDNOAH.ZERO is an excellent anime series that surpasses the conventions of the mecha and sci-fi genre. It features well-rounded characters, excellent animation, and a captivating plot that will leave the viewer enthralled. The series captivates through its fantastic dualities of character relationships, its ethical investigation, and its thematic diversions. It’s a must-watch for fans of sci-fi, mecha, anime or those who want to experience a thrilling and emotionally complex show.

ALDNOAH.ZERO is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (41 episodes). The series first aired on July 4, 2014.

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Inherit the Stars
24. Inherit the Stars
March 28, 2015
Empress Asseylum declares a cease-fire and, with Slaine's resolve seemingly shaken, a rift surfaces between the Orbital Knights. Inaho and Slaine finally settle their differences on the battlefield.
The Unvanquished
23. The Unvanquished
March 21, 2015
Both the Terrans and the Martians prepare for a massive final battle. Meanwhile, with her allies dwindling, Princess Asseylum makes a valiant last-ditch effort to end the war once and for all.
Out of the Past
22. Out of the Past
March 14, 2015
The Terran forces prepare a two-pronged attack on the Martians. Inaho continues to feel the negative effects of relying on his cybernetic eye. Klancain meets with Slaine.
The Fortune's Fool
21. The Fortune's Fool
March 7, 2015
At a loss on how to deal with a multiple Kataphraktoi attack, the Terran forces rest their hopes on Inaho's abilities. However, they may be relying on him too much. Lemrina, meanwhile, makes a move after figuring out her sister has awoken.
The Turning Wheel
17. The Turning Wheel
January 7, 2015
The Earth forces now have Count Mazuurek as a captive. With such a high value prisoner, what will this mean for the relations between the Earth and Mars? And with the Deucalion back on Earth, what is the next move?
Inherit the Stars
12. Inherit the Stars
March 28, 2015
A halt is placed on the hostilities, and uncertainty reigns among the Orbital Knights. The issues between Inaho and Slaine are resolved in battle.
The Unvanquished
11. The Unvanquished
March 21, 2015
Klancain rescues Asseylum from danger, and she declines Slaine's request for her to return. Edelrittuo reveals a possible sanctuary for Asseylum.
Out of the Past
10. Out of the Past
March 14, 2015
Slaine is unsuccessful at swaying a suspicious Klancain over to his side. An attack is launched against the Moon Base, with Asseylum as the target.
The Fortune's Fool
9. The Fortune's Fool
March 7, 2015
As the Terrans face three Knights' Kataphrakts, they must rely on Inaho to save the day. Asseylum awakes and Lemrina brings her up to date.
The Light of Day
8. The Light of Day
February 28, 2015
The Earth Forces are on the retreat after the Vers three-pronged attack. Meanwhile the relationship between Slaine and Lemrina grows in tense.
Here to There
7. Here to There
February 21, 2015
Princess Asseylum's marriage to Slaine gets officially announced. In the meantime, Slaine organizes an unprecedented attack on Earth after rallying as many Counts to his cause as possible.
The Rose and the Ring
6. The Rose and the Ring
February 14, 2015
The Earth forces are slowly making gains, with the aid of Inaho's abilities they're managing to challenge the Knights. Slaine, having now become a Count, must work his way into the favor of the 37 Clans.
The Turning Wheel
5. The Turning Wheel
February 7, 2015
UFE nabs a major bargaining chip when they take Count Mazuurek prisoner. It remains to be seen what will happen after the Deucalion's return to Earth.
Soldiers Pay
4. Soldiers Pay
January 31, 2015
As Slaine ascends the ranks, he puts a plan into motion to deflect scrutiny. Meanwhile, Yuki prepares for a possible reunion with Inaho as the Terrans face another Kataphraktoi threat.
Toll for the Brave
3. Toll for the Brave
January 24, 2015
After Slaine faces discrimination for being a Terran, Count Saazbaum makes a surprise announcement. Meanwhile, Inaho and Slaine meet again on the battlefield as the war rages on.
The Beautiful and Damned
2. The Beautiful and Damned
January 17, 2015
With the help of his new cybernetic eye, Inaho notices that there's something off about Princess Asseylum's behavior. Meanwhile, Princess Lemrina divulges her insecurities to Slaine and Count Saazbaum launches an offensive.
This Side of Paradise
1. This Side of Paradise
January 10, 2015
It's 19 months later and the Terrans are in bad shape as the Martians have claimed most of Earth. The latest threat is an enemy whose powers allow him to freeze anything within a certain area.
Where to Watch ALDNOAH.ZERO
ALDNOAH.ZERO is available for streaming on the Aniplex website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch ALDNOAH.ZERO on demand at Max and Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    July 4, 2014
  • IMDB Rating
    7.1  (2,436)