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.
After having watched two great somewhat similar shows this year, i was looking forward to this one, specially after having seen how the show looks, which i believe is the main reason most people are giving this one a try.
Unfortunately, the production is the only good thing about this show, and on some cases even that is a issue, specially on some action scenes, when the character's don't even look like they inhabit the world of the background(or just stand there doing nothing for no reason at all).
The main issue i have with this show, are the characters. Most
(if not all) of them are very generic tropes with generic designs, some of they do have interesting traits, but they're left pretty undeveloped, and most of those characters exist for pretty much no reason. Seriously, there's an absurd amount of character's being introduced at a nonstop pace, and we don't know (or remember) most of their names, which makes it even harder for the somewhat interesting characters to have any development, most of those characters will probably be killed at some point (they are started being killed actually), and that's also a problem, since we know nothing about they and have no reason to care about the main characters because of how superficial they are.
There are even some small details that apparently are plot holes, since i doubt they'll ever be explained, but i don't want to give spoilers.
This show has a lot of obvious issues, and i don't think i can recommend it to anyone, unless you want to look at some gorgeous artwork, but you'll probably end up being betrayed by it.
The best fantastic adventures take you to cool worlds full of cool characters, and, fortunately for everybody involved, Children of the Whales does just that. Anybody who is a fan of mystery, fantasy, psychological themes, and beautiful artwork should most definitely check this show out!
A quiet and tranquil ship called the Mud Whale full of short-lived psychokinetics and a handful of boring normies with longer lifespans drifts aimlessly on an endless sea of sand. Barring a few troublemakers the people of the Mud Whale are (mostly) happy in what seems to be a utopian commune of sorts. Unexpected contact with the outside world reveals
that things on the Mud Whale are not as simple and benign as they initially seem, and soon the passengers of the Mud Whale are forced to confront a world that doesn't much resemble the paradise they know. Chakuro (our hero and the archivist of the ship) and his friends must struggle against the pressure of a vast, hostile, and unknown world if they want to continue to live their peaceful lives.
It's beautiful, it's perfect, it looks like Linda Evangelista. This show is gorgeous to look at, and a couple seconds should be enough to convince anybody with working eyes of that fact. It has a muted, watercolor look that keeps the atmosphere very tranquil even when some serious shit starts going down. In fact, the mellow art makes the serious shit all the more serious by comparison. The way this show is drawn and animated would reason enough to watch it even if the story was garbage, and as the story is also great you really have no excuse not to.
The only part of the show that isn't amazing. It's good, don't get me wrong, especially the OP. It's just not as perfect as the art and the story. Nothing to sneeze at, but certainly nothing to write home about.
Really really good. Chakuro, our main character, is something of a wet blanket at first, but he grows a backbone as the story progresses and he is forced to start standing up for himself and his family. Lykos, a mysterious stranger from abroad, starts off as an emotionally dead husk and fairly quickly becomes a really badass little girl. Kinda like anime Eleven from Stranger Things. Other characters of note include Ouni, the rebellious angsty teenaged shit-stirrer, Sami, the plucky (almost) girlfriend of our protagonist, and Suou, one of the non-psychokenetic individuals on the Mud Whale who is being groomed to become the next chief of the ship. A plethora of side characters, each interesting and dynamic in their own right, help the Mud Whale feel like a lived-in community filled with real people. This, of course, serves to make the fact that they are about to get their shit kicked in all the more tragic.
This show is great. It is going to be a fun and colorful adventure full of complex characters, tough decisions, and really beautifully animated fights, scenery, and characters. The world is cool, the characters are vibrant, the visual is spectacular, and the episodes have a natural dramatic tension that is very exciting to watch unfold. Fans of other awesome fantasy/mysteries like From the New World (Shinsekai Yori), Dennou Coil, Uta Kata, and Made in Abyss will really get a kick out of this show. If you have no idea what any of that stuff is, watch this show anyway. You'll love it. And then, if you do, watch that other shit too. Cause you'll like that as well.
I love everything about this anime. It is probably one of the most interesting, innovative and well-made shoujos I have ever seen in my life. I was anxious to be able to watch it and now I feel that all my expectations are being fulfilled very well. And I'm still being surprised.
The first thing I wanted to mention about it, is the beauty of the drawing and the color palette. The colors are mostly very soft, pastel tones, giving a more innocent and pure connotation for the protagonist characters. The antagonists, in turn, always receive stronger colors - I found this quite interesting.
In addition, colors also direct well the emotions that viewers must feel: sad themes lead to environments in navy blue, joyful themes ranges from an orange rose to all the colors of the rainbow. It's just beautiful to watch.
The character traits are all super delicate - from the strands of hair to the minutest details of the eyes, the clothes and even the movement of the wind. Even before the series was released, it was this delicacy that made me super excited to be able to follow the anime. I admit: it is my weakness. The way the studio stayed true to Umeda Abi's art style made me very happy too. She is a wonderful mangaka. I really, really loved the art.
The second thing I wanted to mention is the wonderful soundtrack. A lot of people don't pay much attention to this kind of detail, but I'm completely in love with the entire OST without even having access to the media yet. It's the kind of OST that I definitely have the interest to get for my collection. And the ending theme! Oh goddess, I love this song. Rionos' voice is simply angelic, this song always gives me goosebumps. The lyrics of the song are very cute and practically whispered, harmonizing a lot with the soft tone that the anime passes, the idea of purity and sadness.
The story is a bit hazy at first and is being built slowly, like a puzzle. To the present moment, I am giving it a 9 because I still don't know the end of it. I hope it continues to surprise me positively. But it's worth the rate because it's the kind of plot you normally expect from a shounen manga, an adventure full of tragic and even violent twists.
The characters follow a similar path of history: they are all poorly developed. The story focuses on Chakuro, the narrator, but it explores a bit of several other characters, so it leaves little room for deeper development. The viewer knows the names of the characters, whether they are ordinary humans or controllers of thymia and in some cases, a bit of the past of one or another. But yet their emotions - or their lack - are so well worked out that it also thrills you. Again, I hope to continue to be positively surprised in this regard.
Okay, I may sound a bit partial here because I love their design, but there's no way you can watch this series and not want to hug Chakuro and protect him from all the malice in the world. They are all just adorable.
I'm having loads of fun and getting lots of excitement too. I love these silly and delicate stories involving human feelings, thematizing individual freedom, the value of life and friendship. This story is a root shoujo (which means it couldn't be more original to the genre, I guess)!
So, if you like shoujo stories like I do, I'm pretty sure you are going to like this one quite much.
Ok, so I'm not gonna be prejudice and start throwing around facts before the series is even over like everyone else but all I can say 5 episodes in this is one of the greats of the season. If you're on the fence on watching, let me personally encourage you.
In a weird way it feels like a game of Civilization - little countries with hidden motives and philosophies, some are stronger than others in debatable aspects and dreaming of expanding your knowledge of the world to truly understand you're place in it.
That is all. Watch along this series, it's looking like it's already and gonna