Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e

Title:Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e
To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts
かつて神だった獣たちへ
Overall:Unevaluated
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Notables: Animation - MAPPA
KAKUMA Ai
KONISHI Katsuyuki
On the new continent of Patria, a protracted civil war between the North and the South has been in a stalemate for years. But while numerically outnumbered, the Northerners have an ace up their sleeve: they have employed forbidden technology to create 'Incarnates', warriors who can transform from human to beast form and back. The Incarnates swiftly turn the tables and bring the war to an end. But what to do with them in peacetime, especially when they sometimes go berserk?

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Unevaluated Stretch [series:3723#628]
(One episode watched):

Though the fine details are different, this series starts off with basically the same scene as several previous anime about superhero warriors has: conventional soldiers get cut to pieces, then the fantastical ones arrive and swiftly turn the tables on the enemy (you're supposed to send the elite shock troops in first, then use the ordinary ones to mop up). I guess what bothered me about this show was that I was not allowed to deduce much of anything myself, instead almost every detail was force-fed to me as if I wasn't swift enough to understand anything other than what I was told. Or perhaps the problem was that the show was not interested in any questions I might have (like, what sort of 'forbidden technology'--in a 19th century setting--could possibly result in these bizarre 'Incarnates?) and instead steamrollered the plot forward over the top of them. As a result, it didn't seem very convincing. Also, are the Northerners really the good guys? One of their officers clearly doesn't give a damn how many men he loses, which hints at what the Incarnates can expect once the war is over. Apparently we are supposed to like the Incarnates themselves, but the show commits the cardinal sin of expecting us to sympathize with characters that we haven't been given a decent introduction to. Why should I care if the Incarnates win or die or whatever? It seemed corny and overwrought; for most of episode one nothing was surprising or intriguing. Then there came one surprise, but it made me groan as much as it shocked me. What was sort of intriguing was the idea that Hank, an Incarnate himself, would go hunting rogue Incarnates in the postwar land; but even he has a pretty 2D personality, so I don't know if I'd be able to care much how he does. All these problems are a pity, because if the story here had been told with a little more finesse, it might have worked.

Last updated Monday, July 15 2019. Created Monday, July 15 2019.

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