Civilization is dead, but Chito and Yuuri are still alive. So they hop aboard their beloved Kettenkrad motorbike and aimlessly wander the ruins of the world they once knew. Day after hopeless day, they look for their next meal and fuel for their ride. But as long as the two are together, even an existence as bleak as theirs has a ray or two of sunshine in it, whether they're sucking down their fill of soup or hunting for machine parts to tinker with. For two girls in a world full of nothing, the experiences, and feelings the two share give them something to live for...
Beautiful show, being very faithful to the manga and even adding some original content here and there, the job done behind the adaptation is just on point. From the airy atmosphere of this abandoned world to the grinding metal pipes of some old machinery, following the two protagonists on their post-apocalyptic journey, making a wonderful contrast between the scary feeling of loneliness and the happy-going careless attitude of the two characters regarding their situation.
Just a few seconds in the first episode and I fell in love with the direction. The camera shots on leaking rusty pipes while hearing some kind of petrol engine getting closer,
creating a mysterious oppressing ambience from the start, and then meeting for the first time our two survivors and witness their first dialogue, which is by my humble opinion the strongest point of this anime.
The characters interaction here are realistic to the max, the two girls have really well thought conversations with extremely believable human behavior adding up to the pacing of the show. Chito swinging her legs while sitting on a wall, Yuuri making snow balls and teasing Chito while she is driving, the two of them messing around with an old plane propeller, Yuuri and Chito mutually beating the dust out of their clothes after being covered with it. Plenty of little details that just makes this story stand out.
Comparing the first chapters of the manga and the first episodes of the anime and you immediately realize all the work that was done behind the adaptation. Camerawork is pretty clever ( camera shot inside Yuuri's gun when she fires a round, camera shot under water when Chito check it's temperature, whole scene filming Yuuri sitting next to the fire with just the sound of the howling wind and the roof's rumbling metal sheets, spinning camera around the stone statue following Yuuri's movement ) and the sound/ambience effects are perfectly fitting the scenes, as well as the music. Out of a single manga page they were able to make a whole mysterious and oppressing scene featuring Yuuri in the dark looking out for Chito, even adding a bit of metaphysical questions at the same time, reinforcing the fact that that we're in presence of a very solid show.
The two friends are frequently having philosophical discussions, addressing human's life and death concerns and worries, talking about this world's inventions and technologies while fiddling with them... A lot of interesting dialogues that are more than welcome in this story.
The voice acting is stellar, it perfectly grasps the personality of the two girls, making their dialogues feels real, cute and human. Everything paired with fantastic facial expressions matching the voice acting.
Nothing is rushed, the story takes the time to make you learn more about the two protagonists and the world they live in, you get to know what they eat, where they sleep, what they like, what they know and don't know about this world. You get to appreciate the scenery with wonderful overall camera shots, coupled with a dark airy sound effect making you feel uneasy, while at the same time hearing the girls laugh after playing around, making an indescriptible contrast between these opposite emotions.
It's a breath of fresh air, it's cute, it's airy, it has the perfect amount of comedy, it's clever, the sound & artistic direction are brilliant, the camerawork is fantastic, there is no annoying cliches. The pacing and the ambience of this anime are so catchy that it makes you forget about everything, and makes you a bit depressed when you come back to reality, because of how good it is, but maybe it's just me.
It's the kind of masterpieces I hope there will always be.
Like everything in the entertainment industry, it's a matter of tastes and colours, I think it's the kind of show that you watch knowing exactly why you are watching it for.
Tsukurimashou, tsukurimashou, anata to watashi no sekai wo sa tsukurimashou !
It's basically Aria if Amano Kozue read a lot of positive nihilistic philosophy. The world has ended and everything that we once held dear has been rendered a moot point? Who cares, life's still worth living anyways. Look at that gorgeous sunset over there, or this snowman I made on top of your head and used a bullet for a nose. I find it to be very uplifting and inspiring. The ability of life to adapt and overcome in the face of overwhelming adversity.
You might also note that I rated this a perfect 10/10 so yeah, I'm not exactly unbiased about my opinion of this
show. Take that as you may.
How do you feel like knowing how to live in the aftermath of life?
That's what this show's about, and is a stellar show for this Fall season.
Chito and Yuuri are 2 ordinary girls in a post-apocalyptic world just grazing around, trying to find things of interest on their tank-like motorcycle, travelling around and discovering new things one at a time.
For such a basic storyline, it is 100% faithful towards the manga source material, and is endearing just to see how Chi and Yuu interact with their surroundings in the afterlife.
The strongest suit of this show is with the characters, and the execution is nothing short
Chi is the playful one, always cracking up things and always cares for Yuu in her own disdainful way that although it doesn't seem fitting, but she does really care for Yuu.
On the other hand, Yuu is the serious one, one that always has a thirst to discover the afterlife (more of an archaeologist type) and always helping out and caring for Chi like she always does with her stereotypical no-nonsense attitude.
Knowing that studio White Fox (Re:Zero, Grimoire of Zero) helms this project, you know that expectations run high, and I wasn't disappointed one fair bit. For starters, the afterlife background and surroundings are LEGIT towards the feeling that we all want to see how life is in the not-so-distant future. The art follows the source material (surprise, surprise) and is a blast to look at and enjoy the visuals with the stellar animation.
One other impressive thing is the OST, especially the OP and EDs helms by the character VAs for Chi and Yuu. They are also amazing and nice to hear, so much melodies run down from the thought that you're supposed to listen how life after civilization is like, and the BGM is minimal, but it portrays best at what it does between the interactions with the characters and their surroundings.
Verdict (after Ep 4):
I've gotta say that this is really one of the best "feel good" anime of the season, and that White Fox has never disappointed us ever since Re:Zero goes to show that quality excels over quantity, and this is a show I would highly recommend to those who haven't started this show yet or just picking up from the clutter of seasonal anime, you won't be disappointed.
This is a fine example of what I think more anime should be like.
Wait. Never mind. It wouldn't be as special.
Girls' Last Tour really is a gem. It's an atmospheric post-apocalyptic slice of life. I've been hoping for one of these for years. Now that it's here it does not disappoint.
This one isn't a story driven show. There isn't much of a plot or goal for them but the show is about the two girls and what they experience. If there was a story I'd probably be giving this thing a good ol' 10/10. But this is what it is and I wouldn't change
Initially seeing the art for Made in Abyss I really didn't like it. I didn't like Made in Abyss either. This has sort of the same style: the squishy formless chibi-like characters. Usually, you wouldn't associate that with a post-apocalyptic show but it does sort of carve its own path for what it wants to be. Tl;dr characters are cuties.
Those opening and endings always make me smile.