OP: 「カザキリ」 (Kazakiri) by やなぎなぎ (Yanagi Nagi)
「空を征く船」 (Sora wo Seikufune)
“The Ship That Sails in the Sky”
You know what? This show is actually pretty fun!
A Good Start
With a distinct lack of explanation about the important things and
magical unique abilities running rampant, Norn9 creates a pretty interesting scenario for our large cast of characters. With Koharu being our de facto protagonist with little to no knowledge of what’s going on, I thought the strongest point of this first episode was just how fun it was to learn alongside her. Discovering why a giant ship was floating toward some unknown destination could have been immensely boring, but every step of the way there was a sense of tension and excitement grabbing my attention. A sense of tension that could have only been coming from how secretive all the other passengers of Norn were behaving. Or rather, how friendly Kakeru was and how it clashed with the wary attitude of nearly everyone else. In any case, I’m surprised just how much I managed to retain. Sure, we didn’t learn all all that much except for Koharu’s name and that it’s not all peace and love on Norn, but I think it was just enough to satisfy my curiosity.
A Mysterious Protagonist
I find it hit or miss when a protagonist has some sort of hidden “insert plot point here” and has a story that constantly hints at it without really giving us anything in return until they suddenly reveal whatever “insert plot point here” is. In Koharu’s case, I appreciate that we got a pretty clear look into the devastation that’s probably clouding her memories. Taking care of two birds with one stone by also giving us a peek into what her
magical unique ability might be, I don’t mind coming along for the ride when we get enough background information to keep us informed and entertained.
From a production stand point, everything is pretty on-point with Norn9. With beautifully drawn backdrops and fairly detailed props all around, it surprised me that the characters look as good as they do. If I were being a little nitpicky you could say that some of the wide-angle shots are a bit odd, but if we’re being honest there aren’t all that many. Also, that opening song was absolutely fantastic. Reminding me of Eufonis and Lia, I think I listened to the thing at least five or six times! Besides being fantastic in every way, I love how well it fits the series. Something that doesn’t happen all that often, but makes watching each and every episode just a little better when it does!
All in all, as confused as I was when I previewed the series in our Winter Preview, I must say that Norn9 did a great job at capitalizing on my curiosity. With a story that can literally go in any direction and the pieces to make whatever it wants, I’ll for sure be here for another few episodes! Or at least until we get to see Koharu’s powers in full force.
P.S. While a small touch, I noticed the random animals getting knocked around and making funny noises. Don’t think you can sneak stuff passed me! Also, seeing how it’s based on an otome game, my current favorite is probably Tooya.