Kujira no Kora wa Sajō ni Utau

Title:Kujira no Kora wa Sajō ni Utau
Children of the Whales
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Notables: Animation - JC Staff
A boy named Chakuro lives on the giant vessel Mud Whale that drifts over the sea of sand. Chakuro and his friends have never seen anyone from the outside world, and they spend their days yearning to explore and learn about it. One day, a ruined ship suddenly drifts ashore, and Chakura meets a girl inside.
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12-episode TV anime that premiered on October 8, 2017.
Animated by JC Staff.
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Unevaluated Stretch [series:3429#628]
(Three episodes watched):

Well, my impression was that this show (whose premise reminds me of Dune) was making good use of its time and was rapidly stitching together a complex and interesting story. many shows that reveal as much in one episode would leave me confused and frustrated, but here the storytelling seems to be being done in a skillful manner which leaves me with a good grasp of what's going on and what is important. I'll gladly be watching more. Episode two didn't give off quite as much an impression of disciplined storytelling although there was nothing wrong with it otherwise. Perhaps I'm having trouble perceiving how serious a problem the newly discovered system which feeds off of people's emotions would be. The episode ends with a shocker as the almost idyllic life aboard the Mud Whale is upended.

But whereas the way the basic premise had been clearly explained to us in episode one had impressed me, afterwards the story seems to wander in a confusing and frustrating manner. Murderous attackers wearing clown-like outfits attack the Whale--then call off their assault, even though they were encountering little resistance. Are these supposed to be emotionless people, like Lykos (or whatever her name is), who declined to warn Chakuro and the others that this might happen? But isn't hatred an emotion? It's hard to crystalize exactly why, but whatever interest episode one created within me seems to have been largely trashed by the helter-skelter slaughter of episode three. I have lost track of what the message behind this show might be. Everyone needs to have questions that they want answers to in order to maintain interest in a show, but I'm having a hard time thinking of any. Apparently some power wants to obliterate the psychic power--thymia, or whatever--that these people possess, but I have little idea why. Maybe what turns me off the most is that the fantastical setting (ships floating on sand?) that the show began with seems to have been thrown away for the sake of raw mayhem. It needed to maintain a sort of philosophical sophistication in order to keep that going, but it hasn't. Perhaps I will just drop this show.

Last updated Wednesday, November 22 2017. Created Sunday, October 29 2017.

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