Thanasis is a writer, professional geek, and assistant editor at MANGA.TOKYO. He started watching anime with the mecha shows of the 70s and hasn't stopped since. He loves JRPGs.
I KNEW IT. Something was fishy with this world and at least now we have a clue what it is. There may be something worth salvaging from this anime: there is a hidden truth behind the war against the Unknown that is probably not far from my hypothesis a few reviews prior to this.
Right after Aria died, I thought that they kept the intro sequence because they didn’t bother to change it. Now I think that maybe Aria isn’t dead after all.
Every time I write the plot section of Qualidea Code I am torn between including all the scenes of the anime or just the relevant ones. The problem is that there are not enough important scenes to fill more than a couple of sentences. Half the episode tries hard to bring some humor to the mix with Kasumi falling of his sister’s bike and being picked up by Hotaru and Aoi. Epic fail. A few scenes were also spent on trying to create a power synergy action scene when the gand helps Hotaru get to Tokyo as fast as possible. Second epic fail. Tenkawa and Hotaru’s story suddenly becomes the main attraction of the story. Their promises are just not interesting and Hotaru’s backstory made no sense. The animation was sloppy, the transitions were bad, and the main alien boss looked like a big pink anthropomorphized Pikatsu. Third fail. I won’t even bother. Everything that’s even worth mentioning happens from the seventeenth minute onwards. It seems that the chips the children have behind their necks are altering their perception of reality. There were already enough clues to support the hypothesis that this is just a fake reality, much the same as the one seen in The Matrix.
Shibuya Dog Statue: When Asuha tells Kasumi she is already in Tokyo, she mentions a dog statue in her vicinity. That dog is the famous Hachikō (ハチ公, November 10, 1923 – March 8, 1935) an Akita born on a farm near the city of Ōdate. Hachikō is the definition of dog loyalty to his owner which continued for more than nine years after his owner’s death. During his lifetime the dog was held up in Japanese culture as an example of loyalty and fidelity and in April 1934, a bronze statue in his likeness was erected at Shibuya Station and Hachikō himself was present at its unveiling. The statue was recycled for the war effort during World War II, but in 1948 Takeshi Ando, the son of the original artist, made a second statue. Hachiko is often referenced in worldwide popular culture.
This whole war thing felt like a childish game right from the beginning. Pink aliens and super powers and chips behind the children neck and a leaderboard and uninteresting characters. This was a videogame and a bad one at that. But after seven episodes of failed jokes and stiff emotional scenes, there is a development in the story that might be worth watching the rest of the episodes. I haven’t read the light novel, and from what I’ve heard many of the unanswered plot holes are described in detail there, but the anime is just a sequence of uninteresting scenes that seem to be part of a unified plot but don’t feel like living up to the role. The story is vague and tries very hard to explain the unexplainable. It doesn’t devote the necessary time to explain the things that matter, and at the same time tries too hard to bring out quality from where there is none. It’s impossible to build a gold statue out of clay, and clay is all Qualidea Code has.
Except for closure. I need closure. I need to know that this is fake and there is a reason behind this farce. I want something to make me believe that there was a purpose to this series.
What I want to know is:
I don’t care about Tenkawa or Hotaru or the Chigusa siblings. I didn’t miss Suzaku and Aria. I just want to see there is a plausible explanation to these events.
After seven episodes it’s perfectly clear why Qualidea Code was a light novel. There is a hidden story in there that’s not half bad, and it’s evident that the anime failed to give the narrative enough credit. I don’t care about the characters or the aliens. This is a world I feel indifferent about. But I DO want to know why the hell everything happened, if only to give me a closure of a story that I will probably forget when the next season starts.
NEXT TIME: Inverse Qualia (反転のクオリア)