Children of the Whales (Kujira no Kora wa Sajō ni Utau)

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.

2 Stars

The design here I love – it’s fascinating and somehow disturbing too, more so via close ups in the following episode.

4 thoughts on “Children of the Whales (Kujira no Kora wa Sajō ni Utau)

  1. I don’t blame you for not being into it. The fact that there hasn’t been a season 2 is very disappointing since I know the manga goes way farther than what they showed in this series. The child solider aspect could’ve been handled with better care. At least Now and Then Here and There used that concept and showed it in a negative fashion as it should. The animation was wonderful and there is a unique concept, but the worldbuilding was so inconsistent.

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      1. Of course and I agree. This anime needs more seasons especially since the manga is still going on. I do agree the execution wasn’t all there mainly with the portrayal of child soldiers as a plot point.

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