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.
Qualidea Code is near its end, and the only thing that kept me from falling asleep during the episode was one song and one moment. And no, it’s not the song you think, thank the Anime God.
Japanese Title: 反獄のイデア
If you count out the huge number of unnecessary scenes and unneeded dialogue in this episode, the gist can be summarized to this:
Chigusa is investigating the new world he sees through his damaged eye. Through his research he finds out that the children were all gathered in a mana plant or something, but I couldn’t figure out anything else. A few unknown characters expressed their opinion on trivial matters while the Pink Pikachus, also known as Unknowns, mount their biggest attack yet.
Chigusa and Ichiya have a huge childish fight, while a Pink Pikachu is watching. And then, our deepest fears are confirmed: Canaria is that pink Pikachu and we might have to hear her sing again in the next couple of episodes. It seems like the sim cards in the back of their heads are making the children perceive the Unknowns as aliens but in fact are, I don’t known, children? So were the children killing children? I hope not.
Opening Theme: I like LiSA. Crossing Field is still one of my favorite opening themes and I was excited to see a new opening. The song is called Axxxis and it was a typical LiSA song, characterized by her strong vocals. I have to admit that when I first learned of LiSA, I thought it was the name of a band. Ignorant me.
Tenkawa is a Pink Pikachu: No, I’m not going to stop calling them Pikachus, because that’s what they look like. As I said in the introduction (and repeat in the comments) I was going to sleep if not for this particular scene. In the last couple of Qualidea Code reviews I have speculated on what might be happening. I thought that this was some kind of Matrix, where the aliens are having the children captive in some kind of emulation so they wouldn’t pose a threat. Now it seems that the big human-like aliens are actually the children that died until now. Is that the reasons the first human-like Pikachu appeared after the Canaria’s death? Is this plot actually going to make sense? Nah, not a chance.
Fairy Tales as Metaphors: Fairy Tales have always been used as metaphors in popular culture. Also many psychoanalysts use fairytale metaphors as narratives, which is very interesting. In this episode, Chigusa is comparing Ichiya as a sleeping princess who can only awake if her prince could sing her song to her. The story is similar to the Sleeping Beauty, but to be honest I don’t know if there is a Japanese fairy tale with a similar premise. If you know, please share in the comments below.
I don’t like bitching. Ok, that was a lie. I like bitching a little. And that’s one of the two reasons I continue watching Qualidea Code, the other one being that someone has to write these reviews and, like Ichiya, I am a true hero.
I don’t know where to begin with being a whiner, but here it goes: Why, oh why, do angels have to die? The animation was sloppy, with the models and backgrounds lacking any real detail, and even some in-between cuts were missing. The voice acting was stiff and was absent of any real emotion. The writing was so bad that I had trouble relating to anything said in this episode. The flow of the scenes was terrible to the point that the narrative at some points didn’t make any sense.
In a nutshell, it was a terrible episode whose only point of interest was the intro opening. Ok, and the plot twist. I really enjoyed that for my own selfish, arrogant reasons. I do want to learn what the heck is happening, and that’s the only thing that’s keeping the anime in my schedule.
I was ready to give the episode the lowest possible score, but then it’s that damn plot that keeps me hooked. I could read the light novels, sure, but what’s the fun in that if I don’t first go through the whole series? It is torture, but we’ve been through worse.
What do you think is happening? Are the children fighting for the enemy? Is this a simulation?
NEXT TIME: Compound Note Folklore (福音のフォークロア)