OP: 「ANGEL」by angela
Coppelion’s back, and as the second week rolls in, our team meets their first threat in this nuclear wasteland. The surprising part? It ain’t no wild animal. Indeed, as we find out in this second episode, some people have managed to survive and continue living despite the conditions, and it’s a notion that testifies to human resilience and resourcefulness. Not only that, but the fact they’ve been supposedly supplied by someone weekly and have anti-radiation suits even better than ones being used by the military makes it a very important development that adds to the mysterious backdrop. Obviously at this point, there’s something big going on in the background, and it’s something akin to box being opened little by little.
Toward this end, the whole finding a daughter—MIKU!—thing that takes up most of the episode sounds silly on one hand, but ends up working quite well in the grand scheme. It was undoubtedly odd in many respects, gives us more great shots of the ruined city, and served as a foundation for Mitsuo and Yukiko to reveal that they’re actually escaped convicts. Furthermore, it emphasizes the chaos that happened in the aftermath of the nuclear meltdown, the obvious prioritization in terms of who received more help compared to others (the prisoners were probably just left there at some point), and it’s something that makes this family possibly representative of the other people that seem to be running around the scenes. That is, it seems more and more likely that the guys supplying things may have been people also forced to fend for themselves, and it’s something that also demonstrates the potential threat our characters may face in the future, as some among them—assuming there is some kind of organized group of survivors elsewhere—may not appreciate their arrival.
As it turns out though, even our two supposed convicts aren’t all quite what they seem to be, and it appears that Yukiko actually ended up kidnapping the kid in order to continue living in the city and ensure she can stay with her instead of “losing another one.” With that said, the tilted hotel makes a return amidst a fitting backdrop, and we get our first real big development in the subsequent death of Yukiko as a result.
Alas, it’s a development that ends up both a hit and a miss in general, because whereas it was touching in some respects, a lot of the lead up to it and the bit about our main characters being doll ends up either feeling somewhat forced or exaggerated, and some of the conclusions Ibara gives us regarding Yukiko seems outright pulled out of thin air. And it’s a pity, because they could’ve really done this portion really well, and I can’t help but feel that this may be in fact due to their leaving out of certain parts of the manga. I had previously read a few chapters prior to the airing of the series and there were some obvious omissions to say the least—a few of which would’ve made the developments better by far. I’ll omit this for spoilers sake and in case they decided to shift some events chronologically, but at the moment, it seems like they may be rushing slightly in an attempt to cover a certain amount, and I can’t say I’d be a fan of this at all.
Either way though, I’m still strongly aboard the Coppelion train regardless, because Ibara’s still an awesome character and because they definitely do some things well with this series. Some of the aforementioned are just a few of the things that come to mind, as does the opening theme and its lyrics as well, which end up being quite relevant in regards to how our main cast feels and the nature of their origins. The DNA motifs throughout end up particularly nice, as are the comparisons of our cast to “Angels”—which they effectively are in this nuclear wasteland. Here’s looking forward to the next episode!