「キング・オブ・ルーキー」 (Kingu Obu Rookii)
“King Of Rookies”
I’m not quite sure what the I just watched but what we got felt like a strange mixture of cool and confusing.
The Best and The Rest
While I don’t expect the first episode of any show (except maybe ufotable’s Fate/stay night) to give us all the pertinent details up front, The Rolling Girls threw so much at us that I’m having a fair bit of trouble trying to figure it all out. From what I could make out though, it seems that the country of Japan is literally trying to figure itself out after the Great Tokyo War. With its states not warring with one another but constantly bickering, it comes down to people known as the “Best” who represent each side to duke it out in a one-on-one battle. These Bests are supported by the “Rest” — aka typical people who make up the general population. Together they form taskforces that represent their region and help maintain them as well as protect them.
Okay, whew that was a bit of a length explanation but honestly I’m not sure how I feel about this whole Best and Rest system. Maybe it’ll make more sense once they reveal just how someone becomes a Best since it seems that it really isn’t dictated by equipment and the likes. Either ways, I thought it was awfully corny how the entire was tricked into going to a rigged amusement park. I mean, it sounds like Japan is still dangerous enough for people to bring up a treaty that managed to create a sense of peace, so how could people living in an environment like that not second guess a free trip to somewhere?
Maccha Green & What I Really Liked
I’ve heard some impressive names in the past but Maccha Green has to be one of the coolest names for a hero, ever. Toss in the green suit that apparently empowers its wearer and you have a pretty impressive character.
Now, while this might be a minor plot point compared to the actual problems all the characters and the country of Japan as a whole are facing, I think my favorite part of the entire episode was between Nozomi and Masami (Ma-chan). That short moment when Nozomi was feeling like a nuisance and Masami managed to comfort her was a brilliant moment that got my eyes a little watery. Seeing how the scope of this show is so wide, I really hope that we get more moments like that!
Like I always say, it’s tough to really get a feel for a show before giving it a few episodes and The Rolling Girls is no exception. From what we got this week, it definitely feels like there’s something here but it’s going to take some work to really mold it into something special. Luckily the quality of the artwork and the animation are top notch so even if the next few episodes don’t pan out, you’ll still have something extremely pretty to look at. So with that said, what did you think of The Rolling Girls? Tell me down in the comments!
ED: 「人にやさしく」 (Hito ni Yasashiku) by THE ROLLING GIRLS