「孤島の村」 (Kotou no Mura)
“The Remote Island Village”
If there’s one thing to say about Helck thus far besides its slow and steady approach is its remarkable consistency. Just under half a season in and there’s been no noticeable drop off in quality, pacing, or one of those myriad adaptation quirks which quickly turns fun into disaster. Does it mean that’s guaranteed for the rest of these two cours? Hell no – but the chances are looking up.
With us now effectively being in the discovery phase of this series (read: learning all about the world), no major shocker the first point of the program wound up being introducing yet more mystery. Random island in the literally corner of nowhere featuring talking creatures and a very long history? Check. No easy means of escape or explanation for why this location was chosen as Helck-Vamirio bonding time? Double check. Vamirio further fleshing out my stuffed reaction face folder? Oh you bet. It’s the tried and true method for teasing and leading to the true enemy of the series, one which while lacking in immediate material to parse through and dissect at least guarantees plenty in the not too distant future. After all, there’s all those aforementioned creatures and what’s certain to be one talkative clan chief. Just a question of how Helck reacts to the proceedings, and how Vamirio winds up realizing and accepting she already trusts Helck far more than she knows.
Speaking of Helck, yeah, the comedy once again speaks for itself. Although I’m no longer expecting continual gut busting on the part of this series (at least adaptation-wise), have to admit this is one which still catches me right at times. Helck showcasing his construction talents (and lack thereof); incredibly random characters making for some very chuckle-worthy moments; and
Kirito Azudora doing his level best to reinforce why he should be confined to his room: it ain’t slapstick, but it still tickles appropriately. Mind you it’s hard topping my new favourite bird Piwi outright deadpan calling Vamirio used goods – that made me spit out my tea. Again, comedy very much unremarkable and on the down low, but comedy which doesn’t feel overbearing, out of place, or problematic in its use. So long as Helck can keep it up, it certainly won’t be losing any points on this front.
Just a question of how capable the rest of the story is for making up the difference.