While strolling through Netflix's anime catalogue, Noshi and me bumped into this series.
We liked the look of the animation in the trailer, and sat down to watch this 12 episode series... going through it in 3 sessions.
In a world covered by an endless sea of
sand, there sails an island known as the Mud Whale. In its interior lies
an ancient town, where the majority of its inhabitants are said to be
"Marked," a double-edged trait that grants them supernatural abilities
at the cost of an untimely death. Chakuro is the village archivist;
young and curious, he spends his time documenting the discovery of
newfound islands. But each one is like the rest—abandoned save for the
remnants of those who lived there long ago.
For the first time in six months, another island crosses the horizon, so
Chakuro and his friends join the scouting group. During the expedition,
they find vestiges of an archaic civilization. And inside one of its
crumbling remains, Chakuro discovers a girl who will change his destiny
and the world inside the Mud Whale as he knows it.
What I liked about It
* the animation is drop dead gorgeous
* the storyline catches you from the very beginning, as does your love and hate for certain main and side-characters.
* the dramatic first episodes event involving Sami... that was highly unexpected.
What I didn`t like about it
* that season 2 is apparently still half a year away...
A good looking, well told series of the desperate struggle of an unknowing people against the bigger world they neither know nor care about.
Cutting off the Retreat!
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