“Konpeki no Karikachua” (紺碧のカリカチュア)
Powerful weapons called Sekai (World) are wielded by children who hold the fate of Japan in their hands. They are fighting an unknown alien race known as the Unknowns who invaded Earth a few years ago with their pink spaceships.
Why am I repeating the main story? Because I was expecting something that is promised by that description: fevered battles and super cool powers. I am still waiting for them.
In the last battle, Maihime used her godlike power to wipe out the alien fleet threatening (YEAH RIGHT. More like tickling) the central base. She destroyed one of the Aqua lines that serve as a defense grid. The city representatives are tasked with helping and protecting the engineering team with rebuilding the line. These scenes tried to build some character into the main protagonists while at the same time provide some tension between their already antagonistic natures.
In the second half, they are given swimsuits to swim underwater and find an alien that was spotted a few days earlier. Without too much drama, or too much battle, they manage to find the alien who is sniped by Kasumi Chigusa.
Teamwork: Most of the character-building relies on the concept of teamwork. Most of the children are too self-absorbed to work with each other. Probably a commentary to the antagonistic environment that is promoted by the educational system.
Danger of Ignorance: I am not sure if the aliens are indeed that weak or if we are heading for a big clash where everyone will be amazed by how ignorant they were.
What we learn in this episode:
- Humanity is contained in some self-restricted borders.
- Adults managed to hold the aliens on their own before the children woke up, which I think was mentioned on the last episode as well. Either way, it was easy to assume.
- In the after credits scenes (READ THE CREDITS), we learn that the lone alien was probably a scout spying their defenses.
- Fan- service will always be prioritized over action and fantasy realism.
- Swimsuits are perfectly fine when sending children to fight aliens.
- There must always be a slice-of-life element that balances the action. In this episode I wish there was some action to be balanced.
I am not sure what the writing quartet (Yoshito Danno, Masazuki Katō, Takahashi Yuba, Masao Satō) is trying to do with the plot. My guess is that their vision was much grander than what the series was able to visualize and these episodes are more like an introduction. I feel like I am not entirely fair to the series, I usually forget that ‘Qualidea Code’ started as a light novel. Since I really like their animation style, I am hoping in an action-oriented third episode. I want to see those Sekais in action.
And the rating is…
The episode left me with a boredom I wasn’t expecting. The characters are still uninspiring, the story is still superfluous, and the anime is still not giving us its full potential.
I still have hope. Come on ‘Qualidea Code’, let’s go to the alien ass-kicking part already.
NEXT TIME: “Silent Aria”, “Shinkan no Aria” (森閑のアリア)