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Plunderer is a Japanese anime series based on the manga of the same name by artist/illustrator Suu Minazuki. The anime adaptation was adapted by Geek Toys and aired from January 8 to June 24, 2020.
- Just like the manga that was based on, it is considered to be the fantasy anime equivalent of DC comics' Superman: At Earth's End, Countdown, Futures End, The Culling, and The Clone Saga of the Spider-Man comics.
- It still has the same clichés found in manga, but worse.
- It looks too similar to Fullmetal Alchemist, with the Alician Royal Military being rip-offs of the State Alchemist of Amestris' State Military.
- The story is very convoluted as it is set in a post-apocalyptic world dominated by numbers in which every human being has their worth measured by a special "Count" imprinted somewhere on their bodies, which defines any number related to an important aspect of people's lives. If a Count decreases to 0, a person will be dragged down into "the abyss" and said to die for all eternity.
- Hina is an annoying female protagonist who makes all the male protagonists look tolerable in comparison.
- The Alcian Royal Military and the Special Service Unit (SSU in short) are unheroic governments that act like Nazi stereotypes.
- The anime adaptation, aside from the story, suffers from low-quality animation and abysmal production values despite Geek Toys being one of the new animation studios in the late 2010s, which didn't do the art justice.
- It is somewhat meanspirited.
- Terrible CG helicopters.
- The fight scenes are poorly executed by just "boosting up" counts of ballots that are too similar to the Dragon Ball franchise's energy aura, in which if you have the highest counts, you defeat the opponent, making it even too similar to life points from Yu-Gi-Oh! and even G-Powers or B-Powers from Bakugan. But this is an excuse to be original and feels like a generic "RPG game mechanic".
- Sargeant David of the Alcian Royal Military is a sadistic molester who steals Hina's Ballots and lies about being a legendary Ace who is 300 years old. But before the events of the series, he was part of the Special Service Unit and cares about them.
- Same as the manga, they still have holographic screens towards people, which are annoying and give you the nerve.
- The villains are narcissistic individuals that have no motivation of being evil which makes Fairy Tail's villains look like amateurs.
- The characters can be downright too psychotic.
- There are some meanspirited moments here.
- It treats soldiers as sadistic bullies and sociopaths who kidnap, enslave or kill children in a mean-spirited way.
- Has no connection to the author's previous work, Heaven's Lost Property. Unlike this series, it tries everything to be very tear-jerking but is ruined with an inconsistent tone that is either dark or light-hearted to be the least.
- Licht Bach used to be a normal military student named Rihito Sakai, who comes across as less of a pervert than Tomoki Sakurai (from the author's previous series, Heaven's Lost Property).
- Of course, it's not an isekai series.
- Hina's backstory about her mother's death was sad.
- It is still a faithful adaptation of the manga, aside from the animation. But it did adapt some of the chapters 1-35.
- The animation and artwork can be nice to look at.
- The songs for the opening and ending are pretty good despite it doesn't fit its setting quite well.
- It did have some interesting concepts, but kind of poorly executed.
- Likeable characters like Licht Bach/Rihito Sakai, Jail Murdoch, Lyne May, Pele Poporo, Nana Bassler, and Mizuka Sonohara.
- There are funny moments here similar to the author's other series, Heaven's Lost Property.
- Same as the manga Taketora Doan does redeem himself from his arrogant bullying nature and does become likable when he rejoined Licht Bach after defeating Schmerman Bach.