I remember seeing some of Cagaster of an Insect Cage on Netflix when my cousin decided to check it out. We both thought it was a pretty cool series with plenty of monster-fighting action and just enough emotional drama to keep you invested. Now the series makes its way to Blu-ray in the Cagaster of an Insect Cage: Complete Collection, which is perfect for those bitten by the sci-fi action and drama bug.
The plot kicks off thirty years ago where mankind is nearly wiped from the Earth thanks to scary bugs known as Cagasters that came out of nowhere and began killing everyone in sight. What’s even worse is that people who are attacked by them and survive don’t last for long as they mutate into a Cagaster which will then mutate into an even larger one the longer they are left alive.
Fast forward to present times where special people known as exterminators have learned to fight back against these monsters, with our young hero named Kidou being one of them. After hunting some and searching for supplies one day, he comes across a dying man that begs for Kidou to help his daughter, Ilie, find her mother.
This doesn’t exactly work out for Kidou as he’s only about killing monsters and has forsaken emotions in order to do so. But as any anime fan knows, as time goes on while he and Ilie do their best to survive, some emotions begin to flow back into Kidou which just might be the ultimate key to survival in their monster-filled world.
I’ve seen a lot of anime out there with this kind of plot and setting, but this one still managed to be a fun time thanks to a nice amount of both action and drama that come together nicely. I’m a sucker for people-turning-into-stuff and I really enjoyed the take on it that this series brings. It’s also one of the better looking CG/Cel-shaded artwork I’ve seen in these types of anime shows as well.
Sentai Filmworks always does a great job with their Blu-ray releases and this one is no different as the video and audio are spot on in high-definition. There’s not much in the way of special features outside the clean opening credits, but the show itself turned out to be special enough for me.
If you’re looking for some good old fashioned, action-packed monster fighting fun to watch, you’ll want to get the bug that is Cagaster of an Insect Cage: Complete Collection. It’s true that you’ve seen this story before told in so many different ways, but this one has just enough surprises to keep you tuned in until the last bug is squished.