OP: 「DEAREST DROP」 by 田所あずさ (Tadokoro Azusa)
「空の上の森の中の -late autumn night’s dream-」 (Sora no Ue no Mori no Naka no -late autumn night’s dream-)
“In the Forest Above the Skies -late autumn night’s dream-“
God this second episode was even better than the first.
I love how the air of mystery surrounds nearly everything in this show. From the characters to the story all the way down to the weapons that are being used, everything has something hiding underneath the surface. God, I wish there was a single word that could describe this feeling of insecurity that isn’t so bad to the point where you’re too self conscious, but strong enough that you start to question the “facts” that are directly told to you. A feeling that I think is the secret sauce that manages to hold this entire show together. Because if you take out that air of mystery and deception that is lingering through every word and action that a character takes, you’re left with your typical fantasy-based show that just happens to have adorable kids that just happen to be human weapons.
However, I’d be lying if I said it was just that secret sauce keeping things together. The storytelling in this show thus far has been absolutely fantastic. Keeping a steady pace of fleshing out characters as a part of the overall story progressing, you never really feel like there’s a wasted moment throughout the entire episode. A prime example of this would definitely be when we discover that all of these “human weapons” are literally beings that are being cultivated for the sole purpose of wielding weapons against an enemy that will more likely than not take them out sooner rather than later. Building on the shock that we felt when we discovered just how little these kids value their own lives, the story never eases on the gas as it pushes us toward the sour truth of just what these kids are meant to do — become weapons that at any point can become disposable. All of which culminated into this awkward situation where we have to watch Wilhelm figure out just how he intends to move forward with all of this new information. Something which, at its breaking point, could have been a huge let down had it not been executed well.
Which leads me into the last part that really takes the first two and brings them together — Wilhelm. As our MC who we get to see the most of, I don’t think we could have asked for a better narrator. He’s experienced more than more people have with the added bonus of getting the opportunity to see just how futile all of his comrades actions were. As the last living human being alive, I can only imagine just how difficult it must be when he lets the memories of his past fill his thoughts. Toss in his sometimes curt words and somewhat serious demeanor when the younger kids aren’t around and it isn’t too difficult to believe that he wouldn’t want any emotional attachment to the situation he’s been thrust into. But when it’s revealed that he has no plans of giving up on anyone and intends to do his best for the girls he’s been entrusted with, Wilhelm does a fantastic job of showing us his intentions rather than just telling us. Showing us that with age comes some tact as well as a no-giggle attitude when it comes helping the ones he vows to watch over, it wouldn’t have been tough to let a tear or two drop with how he handled a pouty Chtolly.
Anyways, let me cut things off here before this post gets too long. To put it simply, everything about this show is managing to work together to truly create something that’s more than the sum of its parts. With just enough anime mixed in with light novel and a little bit of ero tossed in for some flavor, I don’t think anyone could go wrong with watching SukaSuka if the genre and storyline catches them. Anyways I’ll see you guys next week. See you!