I know this episode aired a long time ago, but I haven’t had time to review it, so please forgive me ^^’.
Starting the review, one of the good things I found in this episode is the OP song. I really like it! The music’s rythm and melody (as in the music itself, not the lyrics ’cause I was finishing a paper when I heard it and didn’t read them ^^’) really go along with the show’s theme.
In this episode, things finally get interesting, with a few survivors appearing. Apparently, they were locked in a prison nearby when the meltdown occured, and took advantage of it to escape allong with other prisioners. They managed to find a radiation-free room inside an old hospital, and took refuge there. They even managed to rig a few solar panels to provide electricity to their refuge. BTW, is it just me or this series reminds me of the Fallout games? XD
Anyway, in this episode we get more insight regarding the truth behind Ibara’s, Aoi’s and Taeko’s past. We learnt in the first episode that they were genetically engineered to be radiation resistant, and in this episode the name Coppelion is explained. It is a bit of a wordplay on Coppelia, a French ballet comedy about a dancing doll, hence the name Coppelion, an analogy to the “dolls” that are our three heroines. It is also stated, at least for Ibara, that all of her life was passed training for this rescue mission.
I don’t know if it’s just me, but this series really brings out the theme of humanity, what means to be human in the form of 3 cute highschoolers; They are faced with a constant doubt about their humanity, if they really are just a bunch of puppets. Also, they are faced with though decisions, like choosing to save a young girl instead of it’s mother, and that might bring about a great growth of the characters. I really have high hopes for what this series will be able to pull off in these philosophical questions.
Also, one of the things I noticed the most was that the producers gave much more screen time to Aoi and Taeko, something which you migh recall didn’t happened much in the first episode. We finally see more of their personality, mainly Aoi’s gentle and caring side; to be honest, I find them to be really are good characters, but Ibara is still the best XD.
Regarding the more technical aspects, I can’t stop praising the director… He did a wonderfull job with this series, nothing was left out: crumbling floors, hair fluttering, light flare effects and glare, everything was just perfect, I really can’t say anything bad about it. Also, I really like they’re choice of colour palette. It is mainly brownish tones, wich intensify the idea of lonelyness and desolation of the city, while also choosing very bright and vivid greens and blues for the grass and the sky respectivelly, in a way showing that nature has thrived in the past 20 years.
And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed the review! Stay tuned for more 😉
- Coppelion Episode 1 – First impressions (harusanime.wordpress.com)