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...
This show is just too good, 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 being annoying and Chito telling her to stop, after what Yuuri apologizes for her behavior. Plenty of little details that just makes this story stand out.
The voice acting is just stellar here, 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 undescriptible 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 storyboard is on point, 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 !
As of the time of reviewing, I've only seen two episodes. Currently loving it so far.
Albert Einstein once said, "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."
Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou, during Fall 2017, is being overseen by White Fox. Now, the thing about White Fox is that they have a tendency to make some of the best, greatly-adapted, greatly well-received and in turn, extremely popular anime. If you look 'em up, they have a great reputation:
- Stein's Gate (2011): 9.15/10
- Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (2016): 8.49/10
- Jormungand (2012): 7.94/10
I heard that White Fox was overseeing this production, I was pretty stoked. Now, I haven't read the source material, so I can't say for sure whether or not it's been a fine adaptation so far, so I'll tell you what I know so far and my thoughts on them.
Story (7/10): Of course, I really should not be judging right now, especially when we're only two episodes in, and there isn't a lot of content to cover, but it does indeed capture an interesting premise. Behind the cute and cuddly moments of Chito and Yuuri, the main characters of the show, there is something more. From their debut, they're just two girls by themselves, doing their best to live out in what remains of the world -- we are teased about the earlier lives they lived, but they don't really dig deep into it. The potential for even more remains, and hopefully, we'll be able to see it in the rest of the production. There's still lots of time. Even the lack of a story at the start of an anime can work well, it plunges the viewer into mystery, as they form their own conclusions.
Art (8/10): It's definitely what one would expect from White Fox - mostly hand-drawn. However, it has a very distinguishable, almost chibi-like art style that gives the anime an extra little fluff to it that makes you feel good. The anime constantly gives a laid-back atmosphere, so the art style definitely supports that.
Sound (9/10): I can't say much about the soundtrack - it's got a typical, laid-back, slice of life soundtrack that you could probably listen to and just feel good about yourself. I can't say more than that, and it's nothing exceptional (so far) but it's not bad, so I wouldn't give it a bad score on that end. As for the ambiance and the sound effects, they're really trying to immerse the viewer. The drops of water in the factory, echoing and reverberating, to express the emptiness and vastness of the environment, the telltale rumbling of the Kettenkrad - what can I say? They're so far so good in that department.
Character (9/10): For a pair of characters that you see so far, they certainly have quite the dynamic relationship because of their unique personalities. It synergizes well and adds more to its slice of life genre, after all, there's not much you can do with a slice of life-oriented anime, other than tell the relationships between characters. It's because of the interactions between the characters, that it gives the enjoyment so much more value. And you can relate pretty well - maybe not in these shoes exactly, but you can feel the relationship as if you were in one of their shoes, talking with your friends. After all, these characters aren't much more different than you and I. They're human and they have different ways of handling things.
Enjoyment (7/10): It's definitely something that I'd like to keep on going with, but it's not something that you'd be mad about if you missed an episode over (after all, anime's still fresh, and a deeper story's still yet to develop). White Fox is doing pretty good so far.
Overall (8/10): If you'd like to see two characters working together at the end of civilization, giving you good feelings, while White Fox tries to make it as best and enjoyable as possible, go ahead. Given White Fox's previous productions, I'm very much hoping for the best on this anime, even if it's slice of life.