So humans have been wiped out except for Willem (so the synopsis tells me) and there are weapons known as fairy weapons. I’m going to be honest, I went in blind and while episode 1 throws a lot of ideas at us I’m still not exactly sure where this plans to go.
It’s always fun when I start an episode thinking I’ve got an instant drop and I end up totally immersed. There’s a lot of cute in this episode and normally that would send me running the opposite direction, that and the fairly generic everything including characters who seem to not want to draw attention to themselves and then dress incredibly conspicuously.
That said, the introduction to this is action packed and makes you wonder how we’re getting to that (or was that a flashback because there was no context given), the music is beautiful as is the town we spend a great deal of time running through. The world these characters are in is intriguing (though at this point a little ambiguous but hopefully ends up well realised).
But mostly, Willem is fascinating me. He clearly used some power to catch the falling girl (okay, at least the seventh cliche the show threw at the audience in the first ten minutes) and the post credits flashback shows that he was somehow involved in the war 500 years ago (explanation coming?) and we also get this line of dialogue:
So clearly not frail or powerless so what exactly is his deal? Admittedly if they told us everything in episode 1 we’d be drowning in an exposition dump and there would be no reason to come back.
We then meet the girls who I assume are the fairy weapons and there chorused voices nearly did me in but again the show refrains from crossing from cute into obnoxious so we’ll see if they can manage that again next week.
Basically I loved this first episode from start to finish. Lots of questions and a bit generic in some of the fantasy ideas but a few original thoughts get thrown in and grabbed my attention and some of the characters have been quite interesting.
Not sure where I stand on the troll.
WorldEnd is available on Crunchyroll.
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