Shūmatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii Desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii Desu ka?

Title:Shūmatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii Desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii Desu ka?
What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us?
終末なにしてますか? 忙しいですか? 救ってもらっていいですか?
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Notables: Animation - Satelight
Humans have been driven to extinction by "Beasts." The duty of fighting the Beasts fall to "Fairies," who are destined to use their powers to wield "Holy Swords" called "Kariyon" and eventually meet their destiny of death. A sole human being named Willem wakes up after several hundred years, and continues his fight against the Beasts.
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Series premiered on April 11, 2017.
Animated by Satelight and C2C.
OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Rent 8 8 8 7 7 8 Ggultra2764 [series:3338#1552]
SukaSuka is set in a post-apocalyptic future where Wilhelm, the last surviving human, is brought out of an icy sleep after centuries when his kind was wiped out by supernatural beings called Beasts and he becomes a paternal figure to a number of young girls who are leprechauns, beings capable of wielding powerful magical swords that can slay the Beasts at the cost of the wielder's life force and personality for each time they fight.

In terms of plotting, the series is a mixed bag having its high and low points. Starting with the positive end, the series does a solid job with focusing on the characters of Wilheim and Ctholly, one of the leprechaun girls he develops a bond throughout the course of the series. Both have their unique struggles they are dealing with throughout the series with Wilheim adjusting to the new world he is unexpectedly part of and Ctholly being different from other leprechauns in that she fears facing death while others of her kind are fearless in facing it due to being created as such. It also takes time to explore elements of the world of its series where mythical creatures have come to take humanity's place in existing after its extinction and have survived by living on floating islands to avoid many of the Beasts that have taken control over the ground. The second half of the series also progressively gets better as Wilheim and Ctholly's bond develops and tragedy starts to strike with Ctholly slowly falling victim to the deterioration of her body from use of her sword.

On the other hand, SukaSuka does suffer a good deal with its first half and dealing with its other characters. The first half of the series falls into the usual bad habit of a number of anime with attempting to poorly implement comedy during serious situations in an attempt to balance out its more somber mood. In addition, the series did get inconsistent with its plotting direction at points in its first half where the show shifted focus away from Ctholly's situation and attempted to focus on side plots involving the other leprechauns. While focus on the side characters may have been worthwhile if this were a longer series, this isn't the case with SukaSuka and said side plots derail focus on its main plot involving Ctholly and Wilheim's characters. Also not helping matters is that beyond Ctholly and Wilhelm, the majority of other characters don't get much in the way of fleshing out as they are reduced to simple archetypes and seemingly only exist to contrast the characters or advance the show's plot into a certain direction.

Overall, I suppose my reception to SukaSuka is mixed. While having a decent amount of world building and a strong second half focusing on the bond between our two major characters, the series still suffered from a first half that struggled to find a solid direction for its plot, needless implementation of humor, and the majority of its cast being underdeveloped compared to Wilhelm and Ctholly. It is an okay fantasy-based drama with what it offers up, but far from being the best anime I have come across this year thus far.

Last updated Tuesday, June 27 2017. Created Tuesday, June 27 2017.
Unevaluated Stretch [series:3338#628]
(One episode watched):

For one reason or another, I could not get engaged with this show and found it to be kind of boring. Willem didn't strike me as a particularly interesting character, and neither did anyone else. I don't recall laughing at all as I watched either. Nothing seriously surprising happened; I had guessed well in advance that the 'weapons' that Willem was being put in charge of were in fact the children at the facility. The synopsis above mentions that Beasts have virtually wiped out humans, but I don't recall being told that in episode one. At any rate, Fairies are so similar to humans that hardly anything seems to have changed. Nor was I told that Willem had 'awakened' from a long sleep--or maybe I was, but the show was generating so little interest within me that I didn't consider the point to be worth remembering. I guess the idea is that the first fight between a Beast and a Fairy will take place in episode two, but I have already decided not to watch this show.

Last updated Tuesday, April 25 2017. Created Tuesday, April 25 2017.

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