Chakuro is the 14-year-old archivist of the Mud Whale, a nigh-utopian island that floats across the surface of an endless sea of sand. Nine in ten of the inhabitants of the Mud Whale have been blessed and cursed with the ability to use saimia, special powers that doom them to an early death.
Chakuro and his friends have stumbled across other islands, but they have never met, seen, or even heard of a human who wasn't from their own. One day, Chakuro visits an island as large as the Mud Whale and meets a girl who will change his destiny.
This is, by far, my favorite anime of the season. The music is so good that I can't stop replaying the ending, and every piece of soundtrack that is played on the series are amazing. I like how they have separated the art of the characters and the one of the background, being the last one made of chalk (kind of). The story and the characters are developing so well that I can't imagine how it's going to develop, they are constantly evolving, and they aren't static as other animes. I don't know guys, maybe you should give this show a try.
Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau is a quintessence of what anime does wrong nowdays. It'is very slow paced, has meaningless cliche dialogs/interactions between stereotype characters and worst of all, it's extremely cringy.
Sadly, as it often happens with such kind of series, Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau has weird and interesting setting/art together with more or less intriguing story. What it means? Yeah, no matter how painfull to watch this show sometimes, you still gonna follow it just because the premise has so much potential and cliffhangers are all over the place.
So be aware. The show has a charming shell, but
it's dead inside.
This review is to serve as encouragement to give this anime a shot. It's sitting at an undeservedly low score (relatively) and I hope more people will try it out!
Somehow this anime has flown under everybody's new-season radar (even though it's JC Staff) but Children of the Whales has already built an interesting universe with tons of potential. The watercolor-painted art style looks gorgeous, the character designs and voice acting are excellent, and the mystery of the lore is extremely compelling. Has hints of Shinsekai Yori to it (mystical post-apocalyptic world with a utopian/dystopian world dichotomy). Only 3 episodes out as
of this review, but it's looking pretty good aside from very minor complaints with the slow pacing in certain episodes.
Children of the Whales is a show this season to keep an eye on.
Imagine the dystopia of Shinsekai Yori combined with the ocean world of Suisei no Gargantia. The story follows the people of a peaceful "island" who are cut off from the rest of the world. A majority of the population has supernatural powers comparable to telekinesis. Since the island is constantly moving, we are shown that there are other islands in the world as well. However, there has been no contact with other humans for a long time and they are ignorant of the outside world. Sounds familiar right? There's enough originality to
get past that though.
The only potential problem i can see so far is the lack of episodes. 12 episodes may not be enough to fully bring out the story and characters.
Like in other similar shows, the people of their society are somewhat frustrating to watch since the audience can clearly grasp what they lack. The main characters stand apart since they are a bit different then the rest. Chakuro seems like he holds the ideals of human emotion. This doesn't feel like it will hold him back however. On the flip side we have Lykos, who lacks that emotion. The development between the two will probably be important to the story since they are of two different worlds. Ouni is not content with their society and wants to know more of the world, even if its not what it seems. He feels the most "Human" of all the characters.
The art is quite colorful despite the world being an ocean of sand. Most of the color comes from the people and the life on the islands. The contrast between the bland sand ocean and color of the islands makes the islands seem better than they actually look. Each island contains life in a seemingly lifeless ocean.
As for animation and sound they are both good, but i don't notice anything that stands out.
After watching the first three episodes of this, i'm looking forward to the potential the show has to offer.