SAKUGAN is set to premiere as part of the Virtual Crunchyroll Expo this Thursday. However, as ANN was able to get a hold of the first episode in advance, let me be the first to tell you, the series is certainly off to an ambitious start.
*Note: This review contains major spoilers for the first episode of SAKUGAN.
SAKUGAN is one of those anime that throws you into the deep end with only the smallest bit of exposition to help you keep your head above water. Basically, everyone is living in a massive, largely unexplored cave system filled with monsters. But honestly, as far as this first episode is concerned, the setting is all but irrelevant. The monsters, the giant robots, the gritty sci-fi aesthetic—all of that are extraneous to the story that is being told here.
Thematically, this first episode of SAKUGAN is centered around a universal part of the human experience: a…