「太陽の傾いたこの世界で -broken chronograph-」 (Taiyou no Katamuita kono Sekai de -broken chronograph-)
“In this sunny world -broken chronograph-“
So many things about this anime and this first episode were just so spot on that I can barely contain my excitement long enough to write this excerpt.
Seeing how I covered this show for the season preview, I had some definite concerns before I hit that play button. Adapted from a light novel that had exposition oozing out of its pages and enough descriptive adjectives that I could create a clear picture in my head of both the characters and the environment they lived in, you can bet I was concerned that there’d simply be too much for a studio to adapt into a regular 26 minute or so per episode anime. Luckily, it only took about five minutes to realize that we had a gem on our hands here.
Starting with the story, the world of Sukasuka is vibrant and brilliant. With a contrasting tone between the world that we see on screen versus what the exposition is setting up for us, I loved how there was already this sense of unease even when the picture of screen was telling us that everything was okay. Be it when Wilhelm is calmly brushing past the stare of the other races staring at him when his hood is off or his constant questioning of the situation he’s been put in when clear answers aren’t being provided, you can tell things are okay but at the same time that they’re not. And while it remains to be seen whether or not the show and story can keep up with this once more fantasy and magic enter the mix, I think it’s okay to be positively cautious especially if you use this first episode as a measure of what’s to come.
Leaping over to the character side of things, I must say that Sukasuka has done a fine job of giving all the characters in this show some real backbone. Besides the most background of background characters, I love how this show juggles side characters around without breaking a sweat as the spotlight revolves around Wilhelm. Something that is probably going to become just what makes or breaks a show like this since it feels like the success of the story is going to fall on whether or not the characters are able to tell their story without it becoming a giant mess. Now I could go on and on about how I like certain characters and how I really like certain characters, but I’ll keep things short just by saying that everyone we’ve met so far has such a clear and distinct personality that it’ll probably be tough to pick favorites. That said, outside of the “weapons” I think Nygglatho is probably my favorite. I’ll hold judgement on the rest until they’ve received more screen time.
So, if you couldn’t tell, I’m really happy with what Sukasuka did with its first episode. Diving headfirst into the thick of things, the combination of its stellar storytelling and fantastic male lead as well as a ton of adorable and/or awesome side characters turned what could have been an okay episode into a great one. And while it remains to be seen whether or not future episodes will be able to put out the same quality of material, I’m going to remain optimistic that things are only going to get better from here. In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week for another episode of Sukasuka.
See you then!
ED: 「フロム」 (Furomu) by TRUE