Obviously I’ve been digging through my memories for some of the reviews thus far but ‘whales’ is a short series from 2018 that I saw recently – and I found it hard to settle on a star rating this time.
Children of the Whales (Kujira no Kora wa Sajō ni Utau)
There’s a lot to enjoy: a distinctive ‘textured’ art style and memorable, oft-times difficult characters for one.
The series also features a pretty fascinating setting (isolated folks living on a mud whale that sails on sand) and great world-building that drew me in more and more with each episode… but in the end, I just couldn’t get on board with the ‘child soldiers’ theme.
In the fictional universe there is something of an explaination via the emotion/empathy-draining whales that protect the people as much as they harm then, but still, transforming such a large portion of the inhabitants of the world into sociopathic drones wasn’t one of the compelling aspects for me.
I’m 50/50 on whether I’ll watch any possible season 2 episodes, though it doesn’t look like it’s been given the go ahead.