Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau

Children of the Whales

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Alternative Titles

English: Children of the Whales
Synonyms: Whale Calves Sing on the Sand, Tales of the Wales Calves
Japanese: クジラの子らは砂上に歌う


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 8, 2017 to Dec 24, 2017
Premiered: Fall 2017
Broadcast: Sundays at 23:00 (JST)
Licensors: Netflix
Studios: J.C.Staff
Source: Manga
Genres: DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy, MysteryMystery
Theme: Super PowerSuper Power
Demographic: ShoujoShoujo
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.181 (scored by 8395583,955 users)
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Ranked: #29402
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Popularity: #924
Members: 189,330
Favorites: 794

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In a world covered by an endless sea of sand, there sails an island known as the Mud Whale. In its interior lies an ancient town, where the majority of its inhabitants are said to be "Marked," a double-edged trait that grants them supernatural abilities at the cost of an untimely death. Chakuro is the village archivist; young and curious, he spends his time documenting the discovery of newfound islands. But each one is like the rest—abandoned save for the remnants of those who lived there long ago.

For the first time in six months, another island crosses the horizon, so Chakuro and his friends join the scouting group. During the expedition, they find vestiges of an archaic civilization. And inside one of its crumbling remains, Chakuro discovers a girl who will change his destiny and the world inside the Mud Whale as he knows it.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Umehara, Yuuichirou


Iwami, Manaka


Hanae, Natsuki


Yamashita, Daiki


Shimazaki, Nobunaga


Komatsu, Mikako


Kamiya, Hiroshi


Kanemoto, Hisako


Tamaru, Atsushi


Kakuma, Ai


Ishiguro, Kyouhei
Director, Episode Director, Script, Storyboard
Aketagawa, Jin
Sound Director
Yokote, Michiko
Script, Series Composition
Kasai, Kenichi


Opening Theme

"Sono Saki e (その未来(さき)へ)" by RIRIKO

Ending Theme

"Hashitairo (ハシタイロ)" by rionos

Dec 24, 2017
RebelPanda (All reviews)
I'll say this right away, Children of the Whales is not for everyone.

It has amazing music and eye-catching visuals, but the story requires the audience to be interested in its themes of emotion and utopianism. The characters and setting have incredibly satisfying arcs throughout the show, but if you're not invested in them you won't find the arcs engaging or nearly as cathartic as I did. If it sinks its hooks in you by the first episode, then chances are you'll enjoy this show.

The world of Children of the Whales asks its characters to conceal their emotions for the greater good; a clever premise. read more
Dec 24, 2017
TuyNOM (All reviews)
To all appearances Children of the Whales seemed to be a promising anime. I have the impression that the series held all the necessary elements to be a memorable work: partially interesting and potentially exceptional worldbuilding, splendid artistic direction, intriguing characters... but after 2 episodes, the series goes in another direction and gets worse gradually. In the end, we have a lot of tears, melodrama, inconsistencies, and far too much in my opinion.

Story: Chakuro is 14 years old and is an archivist / scribe on the Mud Whale, an island that floats on a sea of endless sand. That island has several specificities. There are read more
Dec 25, 2017
EnZanity (All reviews)
If you asked anyone to describe Children of the Whales, they would probably call it a tragedy. The people that enjoyed it would say it’s a heartbreaking tragedy filled with death and agony, a show packed with emotion. The people that disliked it would call it a tragedy in a more literal sense, and personally I agree with them. With boring and unexplored characters, predictable and badly paced drama, and a dollop of plot armour to top it all off, Children of the Whales manages to mess up almost every part of what could have made it an interesting watch.

Our MC for the show Chakuro read more
Dec 24, 2017
Stark700 (All reviews)
Watching shoujo fantasy adventures these days feels like taking a dive into a video game world. When Kujira no Kora Wa Sujou ni Utau (Children of the Whales) began airing, I had a strange instinct about the show. It felt like an anime that really wanted us to really embrace its ideas but fell short on capitalizing on all of them.

Created by Abi Umeda, few people probably heard of the author’s name. Taking a close look at their resume, some of their work consists of horror genre series. Crafting a shoujo fantasy adventure sounded like a challenge. However, I will say this: the author decided read more

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