Synonyms: Final Examination Kujira
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 25, 2007 to Nov 10, 2007
5 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 5.461 (scored by 913 users)
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comedy drama romance
SynopsisLike snow falling in summer, like a cicada lamenting the coming of winter.
In a town watched over by a whale in the sky, the extraordinary is made ordinary. Spectacles that could never be given form are instead given flesh and soul. And in their midst, the story of a miracle that comes to pass in this town of miracles incarnate...
Welcome to the world of Final Examination Kujira.
Related AnimeSide story: Saishuu Shiken Kujira Progressive
Characters & Voice Actors
Randomness! What better way to waste some time than with a mindless show with a whale floating in the sky and a girl that randomly generates plush dolls? Well, maybe I can think of a few better ways, sure...nevertheless, on the contrary to what I initially thought, watching this little flick was actually quite interesting. It gripes me that it was so very, very short, though; the initial setup calls for a more fleshed-out storyline, but with twelve episodes spanning five minutes each, it never even really manages to take off. But would this idea ever be taken to a more fully fledged anime, I'd be certain to have a look at it.
As said, the initial setup is promising. A guy ends up at an academy for some reason, meets up with a bunch of odd characters (mainly girls), and random stuff occurs. Usually I write a coherent little summary under this headline, but it's rather hard to do it this time around without spoiling the entire...um, "storyline", because of it being so short. But that's the gist of it, kinda.
And...that's really it. A few characters are introduced in the first few episodes, but they're given such scarce airtime that you hardly get any time to bond with any of them. Massive plot points are left out: It's never explained how the main character ends up at that strange academy, and he also seems to have the hots for his little sister who wakes him up in the morning - this is also just left as-is. In the beginning, he's startled over the fact that a large blue whale floats high up in the sky, watching over them, but a few episodes in he's adjusted remarkably well to all random facts. And sure, there are a few episodes that link together, such as the trip to the beach, but many episodes seem torn and jumbled together from totally different storylines, and because of the length of the episodes they barely manage to make any sense, much less make an impact. So story-wise, there's very little to gather from this show, unfortunately; the show makes several nice plot directions, but they are simply never used.
Save for Yun-Yun's caricature appearance (a character that simply magically appears in the fifth episode without any trace of introduction), I have no complaints about this. The art and animation is in a style and quality you could expect from any anime show, with delicate lines and soft coloring. A few small details seem created with CGI, but they blend into the animation harmony nicely without sticking out like sore thumbs (as I've experienced some CGI effects to do).
The voice acting - wavering between "decent" and "quite good really". The music - beautiful, matching nicely with the mood of the show. It lacks an intro song, but with such short episodes it's to be expected I suppose. And the ending sequence is good, so it makes up for it somewhat.
Even though they're never quite delved into, I really can't rack down on the actual character designs - they all have their funny quirks, differing them from one another. I couldn't really say that any of the characters are uninteresting, save for the main character...I think that's how it's supposed to be, though, that the main character starts out as a slightly more blank slate than the others, and then gains his/her personality by interaction with the characters he/she meets.
In this case, it's not entirely possible, though, since...
...yeah, I've said that the anime is short quite a few times now, so I suppose you get the gist. I'm sorry. :p
Despite everything said and done, I enjoyed looking at this. Not for the storyline, but for the humor and situations embedded in the show. Every so often, it brought me to a laugh (randomness is a perfectly valid source of humor), and sometimes it delved into drama. Not so intense, not for so long, but still enjoyable. Naturally, the lack of a story robs the enjoyment of some points, as well as the fact that there's a lot of "dead time" in the show - drawn-out pauses, or scenes that are much longer than actually needed to put an impression through. Had they cut some of those pauses, they could've fit more substantial stuff into the show.
Overall? A nice little pause from reality. Never mind the storyline - it was nice to look at, it was nice to listen to, and it was nice to chuckle at every now and then. And even though I doubt it will ever happen, I intensely wish for a more complete Saishuu Shiken Kujira to be released some time in the future, where the story has more time to develop and root in our minds. But until then, do try this one out - it could be more entertaining than what first meets the eye, if you'd give it the chance to be.
And now, to check out the OVA! :) read more
If you're thinking of taking a shot at this anime, I strongly advise you to click that little red X on the top of your screen and don't look back. I'm sure you can find other ways to use 60 minutes of your life.
If you've already watched it, however, there's not much I can do. Go somewhere quiet and lie down. Take a nap. You'll probably develop a headache from trying to make sense of what you saw. When you've rested, get yourself a lawyer. You'll want to get your time back from the creators of the show.
*Here Be Spoilers. But then again, there's not much of a plot to spoil*
Storyline? What storyline? Saishuu switches from Slice-of-Life speed to Action about 3/4 of the way into the series. Of course, with 5 minute episodes, there are time constraints, but the contrast in speed (and apparent plotline) is beyond horrible. It feels like the series only had the first episode and the last episode made from the storyboard, and then cut the 2 into 12 five-minute episodes. You'll notice the HUGE gaping plothole near the middle, and will probably fall in.
Character designs were alright. Nothing amazing quality-wise, and none of it moved (Saishuu's world apparently does not have wind). The colors, however, were soft and calming, which is nice if you're into this style.
5-min Episodes = no BGM. There's rarely any soundtrack, and when there is, it doesn't match up with what's going on sometimes. However, Eufonius sings the ED, which is probably the best thing that happened to this series.
The voices were not matched well either. The main boy has a very feminine voice even though his character isn't girly at all. Also, most of the voices (if not all) carry zero emotion.
No character development whatsoever. The first few episodes were slow, and characters were introduced. Then most of them magically disappeared by about the 8th episode, and never came back. Odd? You bet!
If you can manage to ignore all the outrageousness and plotholes, Saishuu can actually be enjoyed in an awkward way.There were some (rare) moments of genius as well. The flying bit was cute, and the beach episode was so cliché it was funny. Other than the complete lack of emotional scenes, it could be enjoyed if forced. And of course, the Transformer-Whale-UFO is all worth it in the end.
If you turn a blind eye to all the weak spots, you'll have your eyes closed for the whole duration of the anime itself, and only watch the ending theme.
With that said, Don't Watch! If you love your life, find something better for your time :) read more
Opening Theme"Turning World" by eufonius
Ending Theme"Tooi Natsuzora (遠い夏空)" by eufonius
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