With the series She, the Ultimate Weapon getting its home video release next week from Sentai Filmworks, The Anime Network is now streaming the thirteen episode run on their service. They’ve currently got the English subtitled version up and available here for those that are paid subscribers. The show is a license rescue that Viz Media had put our in the early 2000’s, and because of its age and how it was created at the time in Japan, it’s not available in high definition as even the DVD releases are non-anamorphic. But it is one of those shows that should be seen because of the quality of the story rather than the visual/technical design.
Plot concept: Not every soldier wants to fight. Not every weapon wants to be used. But when an unexpected force attacks their city, the hopes and dreams of students Shuji and Chise are shattered by the fires of war. Surviving the bombing after a mysterious defender decimates the attackers, Shuji discovers Chise in the ruins – but she is no longer the girl he has always known.
Changed and twisted by military experiments, Chise has been altered into something no longer completely human. Even worse, though they both fight to deny it, the things that made her the person she was are slowly beginning to fade away. Can a human soul exist inside a device that was created to kill? And can any heart continue to feel love for something that is only a shell of the person it once was?.