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Notes on Streaming: A.I.C.O. Incarnation Bursts Into Action Early and Often on Netflix

The animated series A.I.C.O.: Incarnation, which premiered on Netflix worldwide on March 9, 2018, is terrific. Produced by Japanese studio Bones, directed by Murata Kazuya, and written by Nomura Yuuichi, the series is filled with nicely-choreographed action, while also taking time to develop the numerous characters to a point that their fates become meaningful. Featuring a mix of younger and older people, from students to scientists to soldiers to schemers and scoundrels, humanity is well-represented in a battle against what is, essentially, a blob. Heroes swamp the screen, including those who might be described as mercenaries; everyone is doing the best they can. While there are a few nefarious types who seek their own goals, they are less villains than individuals representing groups with opposing...

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