First Impression – Hitsugi no Chaika

From SkyHigh. Better Late than Never

 Hello and welcome to our latest First Impression. I am joined by HWY, and we are quite pleased to jump into some extended coverage of this show. What’s the play, HWY?


spring14-highwThe play is to make a little girl carry around a giant coffin with a big-ass gun in it. And don’t let her say more then 2 word sentences. But this show is definitely a lot more than that.


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Let’s Lock and Load

Ze Explainer!

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Team Chaika

skylion: This was actually a show I wanted to cover when I was making my decision to join the writing team. At that point I was already booked for WIXOSS and Black Bullet and didn’t want to over-load my debut season. After watching the first episode, I was happy with this decision. I like it well enough to watch, not enough to blog. But time does change things and the show has gotten progressively better episode to episode. BONES creates top notch production, and with the writer of Magician’s Academy and Outbreak Company we can see it going to some riveting places.

Highway:  As skylion says, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to blog about all the anime you want to blog about. So having a chance to write about another show a few times, when it turns out to be a lot of fun, is a chance worth taking. Hitsugi no Chaika wasn’t really a big hype show before the season started, and it’s not hard to see why. The concept is a little hard to explain in simple terms: A girl who speaks in fragments carries around a coffin that holds a giant gun and gets the help of two assassins to recover the chopped up body parts of her dead supposed father. Riiiiiiight. But the reality is the show is getting better and better, and has taken some nice turns that I have really enjoyed. It’s gone from a show that I picked up because it was on CR, to one that I make time for on Wednesdays, a crowded night for me.

Ze Persuader!

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..and bloody action

skylion: The biggest two initial draws for me was both the combat and the magictek.  BONES are delivering some superb action sequences with many neat trick elements thrown in. Both Toru and Akair are acrobatic, deadly and smooth. Always a treat to watch.

I love how the spells in the world have to go through a physical medium, basically a magic wand. It really creates a rich tapestry of objects to manipulate. From Chaika’s sniper rifle, to the Count’s mansion, to the fantasy version of automobiles, it hasn’t failed to fascinate me.

Highway:  This show had the easy route to being a rinse-and-repeat “raid the guy with the important thing” show. And it started off that way, with a straight up raid on Count Abarth. But they changed it up with the second attempt at reclaiming the part from Dominica, who was more interested in a straight up fight, and who Chaika didn’t want to fight at all. In fact they went in from the beginning to negotiate. It makes me feel positive about the way they’ll set up the further retreivals. I also like the conceit of the saboteur, and I don’t know if we’ve really seen a demonstration about what the Iron-Blood Transformation really entails yet, just that Tooru turns red. It will be nice to have more explanation of that, I think.

Ze Trickster!

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“He. Trustworthy bandit. Join Party.”

Highway: I didn’t see any guile at all in Chaika’s plan to try to put her “father” to rest. I think she sincerely believes that her only goal is to try to retrieve these body parts to do so. But it’s certainly not above anyone else to use a girl who doesn’t know what’s going on as a pawn for their own ends. So while it seems Gillette is ascribing motivations to her that don’t fit, they surely could fit with other people that we haven’t met yet.

skylion: I’m incredibly happy they didn’t settle for a bog standard good vs. evil theme. The introduction certainly set it up that way, but as we get deeper into the show, we find that there are factions, there is power, and everyone has an agenda for that power. The main bone of contention is quite cool. Chaika is on her quest to retrieve the body parts of her slain father. Admirable? Well, when he was the ruthless and powerful wizard-king of an Empire that spanned 500 years, and was known as the Taboo Emperor, Arthur Gazu is sounding like the kind of deposed king you want to stay that way. There is at least one other faction, The Postwar Agency, that is very much vested in Chaika’s plan not coming to fruition. In the world that has settled into peace after long and vicious warfare, there is fear that the reconstruction of the body parts could be like Armageddon comes again.

Toru and Akari, who seem to be our protagonists, would not be uncomfortable in this scenario. At least Toru wouldn’t. Bring back the war? Yes, please. I’m a saboteur, anxious to test my skills. This world of peace has nothing for me. As part of the Postwar efforts, Gillette and crew are quite ready to put a stop to this.

Ze Deceiver!

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Gillette? Nice Harem dude

skylion: And while it is all well and good to stop potential war, Gillette and his crew are discovering that not all things are as they seem with Chaika. Conflicting reports are never a good thing when you are stalking an enemy. Multiple Chiaka’s? Potential suspects committing suicide over being captured? And, wait. How did the former Royal line function? As the story progresses there is one more chief element that sticks out a better than average. We got the road set to travel, we have our mission. In what could have been a series of fetch quests we get instead, a change up. Dominica came off as a great character. Or at least her dragoon did. Yeah, they kinda played it hard to trope in the “Defeat the Enemy, let them join us, but they might still be an enemy thing”, but hey. It’s a LOLi dragon/cat voiced by Chiwa Saito. The road just gets more interesting.

Highway: More interesting indeed, and adding Frederika to the group seems like an interesting move. I think it’s much more that Frederika wants to be needed, as we saw from her near worship of Dominica, whom she adored. Being with people who will be her companions and maybe even friends, that’s another really good message from this anime.

Ze Cooker!

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Well, as I hope to show, Hitsugi no Chaika went from just a touch of potential and shot up in interest very quickly. I came in for the Coffin LOLi, the magictek, and the combat, and am staying for the good characterizations and what looks to be the beginnings of a not-at-all-boring or unfulfilled fantasy world background. I’m just a touch spoiled, having read some comments around the ‘net, but they only provided a hint of the dish, and I find myself quite hungry for more. What did you think, HWY?


It’s surprising that the show is this much fun. It has a lot of fun conceits, a lot of fun coincidences, and even a quirky sense of humor with names. Someone is a big automobile fan, since we have Chaika, Gaz, Trabant, Acura, Abarth, Skoda, Callaway, and even Avtotor (a large Russian auto plant) in names of characters. Just one of those little things that make you laugh as you watch if you pick up the joke.


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13 Responses to “First Impression – Hitsugi no Chaika”

  1. Wanderer says:

    I’m glad to see this show getting some more recognition. It’s been coming across pretty well so far. Worth following.

    • skylion says:

      Happy to get it out. It was quite fun to put this FI together. I got to watch the show a few more times, and fret over screenshots!

      I don’t think the show is going to be anything other than candy, but it’s gone from generic store brand sweets, to something of Godiva.

  2. HannoX says:

    When I read that the writer for this was the author of Scrapped Princess I figured it should be pretty good. You can certainly see the similarities: road trip, a brother and sister protecting a princess, a princess people fear will bring disaster to the world and the people pursuing her aren’t evil. It’s not up to the level of Scrapped Princess, but it is pretty darn good. Given time it may reach the same level. (However, I don’t think that’s true of the OP; Scrapped Princess’s was much better.)

    • Highway says:

      Iori Nozumi OP’s tend to run together for me. When I first watched this show, I watched it right after I watched the first episode of No Game No Life, and somehow associated the Iori Nozumi OP on Chaika with No Game No Life, further cementing the “This is just like Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?!” feelings. However, the older series had a hook in the OP that interested me much more: the printing of the lyrics on the screen as word art during the OP.

      • HannoX says:

        What I really liked about Scrapped Princess’s OP was the Celtic influence and that it was about traveling, which is what the main characters were doing. It was original, rather than a generic J-pop song that was interchangeable with countless others.

    • akagami says:

      Mmm, Scrapped Princess. That was a nice little gem that was highly enjoyable. Interesting that it’s the same author, it doesn’t really feel the same to me. But maybe that’s the nostalgia talking.

      • HannoX says:

        I’d say it was more than a little gem. Now I’m wanting to watch it for the third time, but first I have to finish my second go-through for Soul Eater.

  3. akagami says:

    The only thing running through my mind while I watch this show is “hm hm, she has Mugi’s eyebrows”. It’s interesting enough that I’m following it for now, but Chaika’s speech pattern is a tad annoying.

    • skylion says:

      It took less than the space of an episode for me to get used to it.

      And Having Dem Eyebrows is a huge plus.

    • BlackBriar says:

      I don’t think Chaika’s speech pattern is a problem as long as one understands what’s she trying to say. Obviously she’s a foreigner and doesn’t have the necessary language skills.

      • HannoX says:

        Yes. When I go to Germany and try to remember my one year of German I keep it as simple as possible and no doubt I sound worse than Chaika. It was a little off-putting at first, but you can get used to it if you’re willing to.

  4. BlackBriar says:

    I’m glad to see the interest for this show is steadily going up. Nothing short of disgrace to dismiss it because of a girl’s fragmented speech pattern. What’s frustrating is people are constantly complaining that there’s nothing new/original of late in anime but when different does show up, it gets shot down immediately.

    The characters and action sequences are great so the worry is on whether or not the story can deliver. The monsters sure are grotesque, though. Now I see unicorns in a new light. Some of the humor comes from Chaika being naïve on how to prepare things. Using a magical weapon for bread, chicken and even a hot bath? Uhh… she gets points for creativity.

    Hopefully, detailed elaboration on the Iron Blood Transformation will be presented. Initially, I thought it was an ability gained only through being of a certain bloodline but that theory faded in the most recent episode since it’s been made clear Toru and Akari are not blood related siblings. Maybe a power granted to those who decide to become saboteurs.

    • skylion says:

      Yeah, the Iron Blood is probably a secret sect version of adapt style magic, useful for a limited amount of time, and not as flexible as wizard magic.

      Ah, the points for creativity. Chaika is trying to be a little more than she thinks she is. I like that. Magic can be quite pedantic, and her tying to be creative with it shows a bit about her character.

      Oh, yeah, it’s quite original in how it want’s to work.

      I think I’ll see everyone later on. I think I’ll enjoy working this show.

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