Mech Cadets Season 1 Review – A poignant tale of expectations, sacrifice and duty

Season 1



Episode Guide

Episode 1 —| Rating – 3.5/5
Episode 2 —| Rating – 3.5/5
Episode 3 —| Rating – 3.5/5
Episode 4 —| Rating – 3.5/5
Episode 5 —| Rating – 3.5/5
Episode 6 —| Rating – 3.5/5
Episode 7 —| Rating – 3/5
Episode 8 —| Rating – 3.5/5
Episode 9 —| Rating – 3.5/5
Episode 10 —| Rating – 3.5/5


A young boy with a big dream lives on a planet protected by giant robots, defending it against a million massive aliens attempting to tear the planet apart. Welcome to the setting of Mech Cadets. Behind the clash between Crustacean aliens and Mechanized Robots lies a poignant tale about expectations, sacrifice, duty, and growth.

The show focuses on a crew of cadets, with the primary emphasis on Stanford Yu, a young boy who dreams of piloting a Robo as he promised his dad. Unfortunately, things aren’t straightforward due to the rigorous entrance screening required for consideration. However, things take a turn for the boy as he stumbles upon a crash-landed Robo and instantly forms a connection.

Stanford joins forces with the trio of Maya, Frank, and Olivia, who have been trainees for over 2 years. Each character undergoes a beautiful process of evolution through the sequence of events that unfolds throughout the show. Not only is there a stark contrast in their personalities, but what makes it even more beautiful is the seamless transition with which it occurs.

Olivia, the daughter of General Park, frequently displays a confrontational demeanour and a massive superiority complex. However, in due course this eases out as she bonds with her teammates.

A similar transformation occurs with Maya, who possesses unwavering determination and a constant desire to prove herself. Her relationship with Frank enables her to become more comfortable depending on her teammates and channel her energy for the greater good.

The qualities that truly define the show emanate from the duo of General Park and Captain Tanaka. Despite their differing thought processes, methods and morals, they share a common purpose. The show cleverly plays with General Park’s idea of the greater good in multiple scenarios. Even the ending serves as one more attempt to achieve the same.

Contrary to what the name might suggest, huge giant robots and alien battles are not the primary focus of the show. Instead, it largely centers around themes of morality, sacrifice, and duty, prompting viewers to put themselves in those situations and make decisions themselves. Some aspects remain unexplained, such as the origins and purposes of the Robos, as well as the motivations behind the Shargs’ attack. However, these do not detract from the show’s charm.

For most of it, the visuals of Mech Cadets are amazingly done. They match the theme and tone of the show while being aesthetically pleasing. The animations are also backed up with a decent soundtrack. All of this feeds into the use of black and white 2D animations to depict flashbacks from the past. Given the core narrative of the show, the action scenes couldn’t be any better.

It feels like Mech Cadets is geared toward a younger audience, which explains the lack of intense action scenes and a moral layout of the show. However, the journey is beautiful and certainly worth experiencing.

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  • Verdict - 7/10

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