Recently finished another anime, also a rewatch, which I’ve been doing a lot recently. Will move onto fresh anime soon, but still enjoying these rewatches for now!
This time it’s Dimension W, an anime I remembered enjoying, but as always, I forgot most of the details. Which made it great for a rewatch. I figured I may as well write a short review for it before moving onto the next rewatch.
Sometime in the future, the world has adopted a revolutionary technology, in the form of “coils”, devices capable of taping into a newly discovered dimension, Dimension W, to produce seemingly infinite energy. At coil technology’s forefront is the megacorporation New Tesla, which exerts its powerful influence over the world with a monopoly over energy.
We follow Kyouma Mabuchi, a man who lives in the past and refuses to utilize coils. He works as a “collector”, taking on jobs to track down and retrieve illegal coils by any means necessary. But things begin to get complicated shortly after he comes across an advanced android named Mira who ends up becoming his companion.
An Interesting Setting
Perhaps one of the best qualities of Dimension W for me was the world. It’s a nice take on the future, with a world that has clearly adopted new technologies, coils being at the helm, but it didn’t feel overwhelming or unrecognizable. And the idea of coils is really neat, and clearly references to Nikola Tesla himself, who believed that there was a source of free energy within the Earth that could be tapped into and utilized to give free electricity to all.
Only instead of being within the Earth, coils tap into another dimension. The anime does eventually dive into more details about this dimension but I won’t get into that here. I will say that I thought it was all interesting, though. Naturally, we also learn more about coils and how they work as the series progresses.
Anyways, the idea of free energy via coils driving society is an interesting one. Even though androids, giant robots, and other feats of technology exist, it actually makes sense that something like coils would be the biggest invention of all, as their application can apply to pretty much anything technology-related.
And who knows? Maybe such a dimension exists in reality too, invisible to us.
Intrigue + Action
Due to Mabuchi’s job as collector, he generally has to use violence to retrieve illegal coils from criminals. That, and other circumstances lead to conflict as well. What this gives us is a lot of action throughout the series, which is pretty good. Once again, there are some interesting applications of coils. But a lot of the action is fairly standard stuff, I’d say. It’s fun to watch, but for me, what was more interesting aside from the setting was the story.
Like many others, this story starts out simple enough, but it doesn’t take long for us to come across many questions that need answers. While definitely not on the scale of something like Fullmetal Alchemist or Attack on Titan, Dimension W could be considered of those “things are not what they seem to be” anime, I think. But maybe not in the ways you’d think. Or maybe it is. I don’t want to spoil any details here!
All I can say is that I really enjoy these types of stories. I know that it’s a common archetype, but I like stories that set you down with the basics of a world and then pull it apart before your very eyes. But again I’ll mention that I wouldn’t say Dimension W is on the same level as others. It’s kind of just enough to be intriguing.
I’m giving Dimension W a 7.5 / 10.
I wouldn’t call it completely average, but I wouldn’t say it’s anything groundbreaking. There are some interesting aspects, the action is nice, and there’s a best girl in Mira. But ultimately, I feel like Dimension W couldn’t really reach the level of an epic story given it’s only 12 episodes. For what it is, it’s a good and enjoyable anime.
Keeping things short, so that’s all for this one.
Until next time,
Thanks for reading!