Ken en Ken – Aoki Kagayaki First Impressions (1): That’s a lot to process…

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I wasn’t sure what to expect from this series, but it seems okay so far. The first episode was paced pretty awkwardly, as it shifted between multiple different stories really quickly. I can somewhat see how the stories might converge soon, but it was pretty confusing within the perspective of this single episode.

This is just my rough understanding of the story so far. Based on the introductory narration, this series is focusing on the efforts of a small resistance force led by our main characters against the Taibai Empire. The main characters, Yin and Ning, are sisters who survived the destruction of their own village by the empire.

I’m assuming that the resistance will center around the village that the girls happened to visit on their travels, where they’ll probably end up meeting the Chief Engineer who defected from the empire. Yin seems to have awakened some kind of ancient power to help her fight, but there’s not much to gather about that yet.

I felt like this episode got kicked off before it had a chance to establish itself. The fact that Yin comes across some hidden power is pretty standard, and I have no issue with that. But she didn’t even seem like she should be in any danger, and she’s suddenly attacked. She drops into a hidden chamber, and everything just starts happening around her until she’s saved. So far, there’s just no context, I guess.

From the ending of the episode, I can gather that these are future allies, but I still think that too many things are being set up in this one episode.

This line might be more effective if we had a sense of what that meant. If Yun isn’t a construct, does that mean constructs don’t typically act independently?

Wait, wasn’t Yun wielding daggers?

I’m not going to lie. This reminds me of Repede from Tales of Vesperia and I love it.

I really wasn’t expecting Zhao to get upgraded to Chief Engineer to replace the missing one. I’m curious whether it has something to do with the fact that the previous Chief Engineer showed him the blueprints for Zhengtian. I wonder he’ll have memorized a portion of those blueprints or something, making him more useful. Still, shouldn’t he be like an apprentice engineer first?

That being said, I do like the idea of pitting Zhao against his childhood friends whom he thinks are dead. It should make the main conflict more interesting. Also, the fact that Zhao befriended the Empress makes me hope that there’s more to the empire itself. So far, they just seem like the generic bad guys.

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