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CHAIKA : THE COFFIN PRINCESS #1 -- Special Review

Stereotypical Anime, but... it's actually good?

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The ‘Gundo,’ or whatever it was, might be one of the stupider items of Stereotypical Anime. It’s almost like the creators stumbled across the original DJANJO movie and thought the whole gunslinger-dragging-a-gattling-gun-along-in-a-coffin gimmick could be so much better. What if it were a high-caliber, magic-enabled sniper rifle that can blow a rabid unicorn apart into a graphic pile of guts?

It just… doesn’t… fit in this world. At all. And that’s a bit of stumbling block, because the world of this show’s actually a pretty good one.

Sometimes, I wonder if the humanity in the voice performances, or the body language of the character animation, really go a lot farther in determining whether I’ll like a given series. When outré ideas become as cheap a currency as they are in anime, it really is the emotional stuff that carries the value. Our n’er-do-well rogue might have had some of the most on-the-nose lines, and everything about Chaika is Stereotypical Anime at its most grating, but I still wanted to follow them from their respective intros onward. There’s… just… chemistry there? Or an X-Factor?

Whatever it is, this has been the most promising pilot of the season, so far. It might be a whole universe away from PRINCESS MONONOKE but, nevertheless, that was the best comparator I could think of while watching. We get dropped right into an immersive fantasy world, our leads are quickly established as imperfect, and dire stakes are established that immediately need to be taken care.The show even establishes this great group dynamic between Chaika, the thief and his sister in the space of one episode. Most other shows take five episodes to do that. I call that a successful pilot.

I just hope we have more duels with invisible swordsmen next episode, and less mantra-enabled killshots.

Watch "The Girl Who Bears the Coffin" and decide for yourself.

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sickVisionz moderator on April 23, 2014 at 4:26 p.m.

I've got this one in my queue. I was skipping past the previews to get to the episode for a later viewing and the OP started playing and it caught my attention. Enough to make me think I'd made a good choice in adding it. Hopefully it turns out well.

waybig1010101on April 23, 2014 at 8:37 p.m.
I watch a few episodes and so far i have no real problems with the show besides some minor things I could cavil, but at the same time the show isn't doing anything acute either for me. 
takashichea moderator on April 23, 2014 at 10:40 p.m.

The next episode has more fight scenes particularly Toru Acura. The pilot episode crams a lot of content. I'm enjoying the series.

Check out the Hitsugi no Chaika Discussion thread, guys!

Halberdierv2on April 25, 2014 at 5:16 a.m.

it's pretty decent so far, the steampunk world of the show is quite interesting. weirldy enough, Im drawing parallels to Ixion Saga DT, (of all things) and I have a feeling the antagonists might end up helping the main characters at some point.

Marshal Victoryon April 26, 2014 at 8:33 a.m.

Think of magic in that world a sort of a power for steampunk like gear. As well as mutations upon people an animals. So it fits an its a pretty solid show. World build by the 3rd episode is good . Animation is good an unraveling plot is not bad at all.

Also guns in coffins... err have we forgoten Trigun ?

DBZ_universeon April 27, 2014 at 3:22 p.m.

I knew about this for a while already. I have been reading the manga.

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