Looking for skirt-flipping tank girls? Then this is surely not for you. Move along.
Apologies for the late impression on this but man, last week was really not my thing as I went under the weather with flu and fever. Ugh. As I’m 80% recovered so back for my list of titles and glad to know that Coppelion’s further episodes gleaned more on the overall plot. This series has been creating news waves since 2011 Fall and with the announcement of GoHands’ name under production, I was almost ready for the blue filter to hit me right on the face… And if this mild smack talk is new for you, seems like you were under a rock for a last few months and didn’t watch K, which was very pretty but the blue filter and gradient effect could get on your nerves sooner than later. However, most of my worries abated as the episodes are mostly devoid of the filter and gradients aren’t used that much. While the jury is still out on me watching this to the end with my list already bloated to the brim, at least these three episodes were refreshing and definitely unexpected, let’s get to the
first impressions of Coppelion.
The Genetic Dolls
Meet the dolls, the subdued anime version of Charlie’s Angels
I was not expecting cheery girls running across various destroyed paths backed up against scenery porn but that is what I got, surprising me. Don’t get me wrong, I did cover this for our Fall preview but even knowing the main cast being three girls, their entrance was good, if not perfect. It also helped that none of them were over-the-top annoying, rather came with distinct personalities to fulfill different piques. Therefore, I dub Ibara the ring leader with Taeko the caretaker/brains and Aoi the comic/emotional relief of the group. At face-value, they seem to be your average high school girls, but as they are flitting about in a radiation zone without any hazmat suits, they are a dead ringer for something produced by a mysterious laboratory. Following anime logic, not a lot of details are provided except for the fact that they are genetically engineered test tube babies. Knowing this, I really do appreciate their bursts of different emotions, which are rightly placed and not over-abundant. Like, in episode one, the moment Taeko was going “let’s be friends” to the wolf, I was creaming AHO in my head with the glimpse of a rabid wolf later, but all’s well that ends well because the upgrade from a Wolf’s Rain cameo to an actual pet guardian was sweet after saving a girl’s life; points for Taeko in taming this one. And the foreshadowing of not having actual parents and the Coppelia reference was not bad either. I’m just glad they are not just a moe skirt-flipping trio, who are badass without reason. At least their behaviour, most highlighted in Ibara with a mix of emotions from defiance, bravery, humility to vulnerability is something promising that might keep me around for a few more episodes.
A Broken City
After popular Truck-chan demands on Metanorn, presenting Chinook-chan~
I haven’t read the manga, not yet at least, but these three episodes have given us enough background of the bizarre setting of a nuclear plant going haywire at the center of Tokyo. Which not only destroyed most of the population of the city but made it completely uninhabitable by humans; however, we are turned wrong with the events that transpire after an SOS call from the same abandoned city. Even with survivors cropping up at different junctures, the budding shrubbery and surviving animal life was still curious. Of course, it can be argued that they have developed immunity through time but still, if plants and animals can exist in open air, why can’t humans as well? Is there more to the nuclear plant story? Of course there is. With the mention of Zones in the recent episode, it’s clear something fishy is happening in this ghost town. It seems the sent SOS is the result of a chain reaction, the root of which we are not even near. Sure, the appearance of Zones have hindered the underground economics of supply and demand, but we are far from knowing the actual goals behind the covert tristar organization.
I would also like to know more about Ground Self-Defense Force in totality, including details on third division’s technical school, which seems a front for genetic experiments and slave labouring these test kids (the gall of these adults!). It made me curious from the time I read the summary, are the girls only immune to radiation or do they have other special powers as well? I was assuming something around Index or Railgun and was somewhat right with Aoi’s eyes and Ibara’s super-athletic ability. Currently, anything can happen with the shock value of second episode: survivors being escaped criminals from a major prison and the discovery of the scientist behind the development of the nuclear plant in question. At least, Coppelion will not shy away from deaths and I can only see the eeriness and mystery factor rising with episodes. Oh well, hopefully.
This is cool and all but man, try this to get swankier
Hanazawa virus hits again but in her usual adwoable package
Hazmat suit, “Stop making me dance to wrecking ball already! I feel filthy!”
Kanon is that you?!
This is definitely not moe fodder like Girls und Panzer or Upotte! Sure, there’s talk of military training and such, but this is more on the mission-based, guns ablazin’ side. With most of the sporadic foreshadowing by the VP (gloriously oldmanned by Rikiya Koyama) and the girls, I expect more to be revealed with continuing episodes. Mishima did dub the city epicenter as Pandora box, so I can easily see more plot device flags here than anywhere else. The pacing for now is fine but I can only hope major world building/plot explanation is not left till the last three episodes, which I hate. Though, whatever we discover will be slowly revealed and mostly not to our liking. Third episode is a dead ringer of this observation with more pieces of the puzzles (don’t miss the puzzle time this season y’all!), fitting into the cause that resulted in a broken city. Will the jiji-scientist work with Coppelion and third division to find out who the hell allowed the black stealth bomber plane in Tokyo airspace and who’s calling its shots? We shall see.
Production quality is pretty good but the extra BOLD outline of characters sometimes really look daunting. It’s worse than Titans, where it was at least bearable. I can imagine this is related to placing the different frames of character movement to background but seriously it has to blend in, not stick out like a sore thumb. Another concern of mine is some jarring flaws to the plot, like no existence of actual survival kits and/or rations carried by the girls (except for Aoi maybe, whose bag is actually heavy). Sure, their endurance is better than humans but they still have to eat and drink, not to mention may need different tools to survive the unknown landscape of the destroyed city. It’s a military feature to ready their troops for any situation, and sadly in this series, the girls are just flitting about, sleeping wherever without any precautions. A unit commander would burst an ulcer watching this. Another weird fact is the stealth bomber unit landing to take away a GRANDMA who somehow saw them. I mean man, shoot her or something, or just ignore. What’s the point of landing the craft and endangering your mission, just to go back again? Anyways, anything works in anime logic so I won’t sweat the details as the girls look all ready for another adventure in the next episode, but there will be many tears, yes.
If you have been watching Coppelion, share your thoughts as I’m still dubious on continuing to watch or even blog this.
Dude, I thought I was to be cast in Seitokai Yakuindomo but hell, this is okay too if only I get to shoot some peeps!