Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e First Impressions (1): War is still tough

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The south dominates the war

It looks like we’re starting out the new season with war. It’s going to be hard not to compare this series to Fairy Gone, but I’ll try. This first episode kind of blazes through it, but the series revolves around a long civil war between North and South Patricia (sounds familiar). To gain a competitive advantage against the numbers of the South, the Northern soldiers develop a force of transforming magical soldiers called Incarnates. Hank, the main character, is the captain of the Incarnates, and we effectively follow him as he leads them all to victory.

Hank stands over the battlefield

Unlike its counterpart, which focuses more on the Fairy Soldiers as people ruined by war, this series seems to dig its heels in the concept of being corrupted by science (or magic, I guess). The Incarnates are much more straightforwardly acting on a sense of superiority by the end of the episode, which makes them out as monsters. It makes it feel like there’s less room for interesting character motivations.

The soldiers tease Hank

I’m willing to give the episode props for attempting to introduce some of the characters in the first episode, but the entire war sequence seems like a rushed introduction. Most of the battles are shown as part of a montage, so it feels like it might have made more sense to intersperse these scenes with the present day rather than devoting the entire episode to it. I mostly say that because the episode ends without a clear sense of what the actual goal is.

Abi loses control

I do wonder how this corruption angle will turn out. I’m not sure what the intention is, but I’m a little worried that it just gives the bad guys an excuse to be bad in this series. It’s a bit too simplistic to just say “oh, these people are bad, but they couldn’t help it in the end” for everything. But that’s being presumptive. It could go any number of ways.

Cain talks with Hank

I think the elephant in the room is probably Cain for this episode. He definitely comes off as just another crazed villain in this episode. From this brief conversation with Hank, I get the sense that he might resent how the Incarnates are used as tools in the war, but I’m not convinced yet that this is enough to excuse his actions (especially since we never actually see him retaliate against anyone outside of the unit).

Elaine tries to kill Hank out of mercy

Is it wrong of me to make a joke about how bad Elaine is at her job? She couldn’t cure the Incarnates, so she apparently created a weapon to kill them. And yet, Hank survives. Why is she the chief researcher again?

Hank kills his former comrades

I suppose the implication here is meant to be that many of the Incarnates were only kept in check because of Hank’s leadership. I suppose that’s fine as an explanation, but I’m curious to see how he’ll interact with his former allies moving forward. He seemed a lot less sympathetic towards them than I’d expect.

I’m also curious to see how Schaal fits into things. The synopsis indicates that she’s trying to avenge her dead father, which makes me curious about whether her target is actually Hank. That might make things interesting.

Suka Suka Episode 12: One last thing

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Why didn’t anyone warn me about this ending? Jokes aside, I have to admit that I have an unnatural bias for bittersweet endings. Sure, the events of this episode seemed pretty tragic, but I liked how everything was framed. I think I harped a bit much on information gaps in the end, but I really did enjoy the episode overall.

Did I miss something? This line suggests that Willem considers these beasts to be former humans that he knew. Before, Rhan only suggested that beasts were a biological weapon based on humans. The fact that the dug weapon worked on beasts would also make sense if beasts were genetically based on human DNA. Maybe that’s a logical conclusion to draw, but I feel like there are plenty of other possibilities. So I wonder if I’m missing some supporting information.

Honestly, this whole “I can only fight” routine is nothing new, Willem.

Isn’t this the first time we’ve really seen Rhan fighting? It feels a bit weird to immediately show her being defeated by her own overconfidence. I guess it gives Willem a good excuse to save the day.

Who is this guy again? Was I supposed to remember him?

While this is a nice sentiment from Chtholly, I don’t understand the decision she’s making here. If she doesn’t choose to go back now and save Willem, what will happen to her? Will she be stuck watching the world with Elq forever? Last week, Elq made it sound like Chtholly was already done. If she already can never interact with the real world again, I don’t see how this is a sacrifice.

Poor Nephren. When Chtholly’s mind started deteriorating, it was a big dramatic event. Nephren’s case seems like an afterthought.

Have we ever really been told anything about venenum and what risks are associated with using it? Maybe I’m forgetting something, but this all sounds like “generic bad thing” will happen if too much venenum is generated by one person.

And we’re finally back to the beginning. I’m starting to understand why people were yelling at my laughable misunderstandings early in this series.

You see…it would be nice to know why this Jedi hand wave is enough to save Nephren.

Stop! Don’t you play Scarborough Fair again! This isn’t fair!

I’m a sucker for endings like this.

What can it mean?

Okay, I laughed at this a little harder than I should have. That baby totally got suffocated and lost consciousness. We’re all agreement, right?

Anyway, I guess this scene is suggesting that Chtholly was reborn in another life. It seems like a bit of a cheap consolation prize, but I don’t really feel strongly about it.

Final Score: 8/10 (Maybe 7.5)

Suka Suka Episode 11: Maybe not

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Yup, I stand by what I said about this show last week. Nothing tragic to see here. I guess I feel a lot better about the explanations from this week’s episode. Maybe I finally know what’s going on in this series (don’t kill me, LN veterans). And yeah, I noticed the preview for next week’s episode which showed the scene from the beginning of this series. I guess now I know who the red-haired girl jumping out of the airship is…

This sounds like the kind of answer I would give.

I don’t know how to react to statements like this because I’m constantly reminded that Chtholly is losing her memories. Is she lovestruck or just getting worse?

I actually remembered who Eboncandle was because Willem specifically named him, but it was a shaky memory at best. This reminder from Willem is probably warranted.

So much for that plan…

What is the sound effect that’s playing in this scene? It sounds like it’s supposed to be Willem’s back breaking, but he seems fine after it happens.

She looks familiar. Also, Chtholly’s new hair change doesn’t seem to bode well.

For how dramatic that cave fall seemed to be, Willem and Chtholly managed to get out of it pretty easily. I was expecting some fighting. But more to the point, this is your fault, Willem. You shouldn’t have proposed to her before the final battle was finished!

This reveal seemed more casual than I expected. Let me see if I got this. The war that Willem participated in was against the visitors, led by Elq, who was defeated by Lillia. The visitors were attempting to eradicate humanity, and the humans turned into beasts after winning the war. Did I get that right? It would explain why everyone hates humans and “disfeatured” so much.

This feels like something that wouldn’t need to be stated in a world like this.

This is actually a good internal conversation to explore the question I had last week about Willem’s proposal. I was curious how much of Willem’s proposal was genuine and this hallucination brings up some fair points. In many ways, Chtholly acts as a proxy for the regrets Willem has from his previous life. It calls a lot into question.

Is this the game over?

Willem can still take on a beast by himself?

Suka Suka Episode 10: Everything is solved

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Well, this certainly seemed like an uplifting episode. I definitely didn’t see any flags that would suggest that tragedy may be approaching! We just got some nice confessions for this love story! What could possibly go wrong? The big reveal of the episode wasn’t too surprising. I guess I should give the series credit for not explicitly stating it and instead giving really painfully conclusive evidence. Either way, it looks like next week is going to bring everyone into battle. I recall Grick saying something about it being unlikely that another beast would attack them because they had fought a territorial one recently. I guess not…

I guess it makes sense that they wouldn’t assume that Willem is a human. This screenshot seems like it would be pretty useful outside of this context.

We’re back to this, I see.

Based on what I’ve said in earlier episodes, do I even want to know the answer to this question? Also, I’d be more critical of Rhan’s impression of Willem, but they’ve made it a point to show us that Rhan has been researching the beasts.

While this is a fun joke and all, it’s later revealed that Rhan and Nopht aren’t following Willem. Why is this even relevant?

I was initially wondering why this argument was happening, but I guess most people in this series are used to being in the floating islands. Therefore, it would make sense for Grick to be this confident in his experience with underground exploration. I guess the question still stands, though, since Willem quickly tricks the commanding officer into listening to Grick.

She looks familiar. Also, nice name.

Are you starting to realize something about Chtholly, Willem?

This can’t be good.

Wait, really? That was easy. I can’t believe he just found the sword in storage. Was the scene right before this one meant to mislead us into thinking that Lapidemsibilus was still underground?

What could this mean? If I had any doubts that beasts were formerly humans, they’re gone now…

Come again?

I’m really curious about Willem’s mental state here. I’m inclined to believe he’s being genuine when he says this stuff about wanting to live for Chtholly. He just realized something pretty big, so it’s possible that he also realizes that he can get through it with Chtholly’s help. However, I’m wondering if that’s a bit too convoluted…this could just be a knee-jerk reaction to an unstable mental state.

Suka Suka Episode 9: Ghosts

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The reveal in this episode was pretty interesting and I’m hoping I get to talk a bit more on the concept of identity as the show goes on. I don’t really have anything specific to say about the rest of the Chtholly stuff in the episode. I think the show has been working for me so far, but I can’t pinpoint anything specific about it that I would use to describe it when recommending it to others. But it’s probably still a bit too early for that. Plenty of time left in the series, right? This is totally a happy series! I’ve been saying it all of this time!

I thought we were done with this, guys.

This statement makes me really think that Almita was in no danger last week. Literally everyone treats Chtholly’s actions to save her as a waste of time.

So, are they being taken over by another personality or are their personalities and memories getting reset? From Ithea’s explanation, it seems to be the latter, but it doesn’t explain the red-haired girl. Also, this is a pretty casual reveal for a somewhat important point (that I was definitely not spoiled on before watching).

Hiding things from Willem? This won’t end well.

Back to normal?

I think I complained about Chtholly’s memory loss initially, but I think they’ve gotten a bit more subtle about it as time goes on. Here, it’s pretty obvious that she forgot who Collon is, but no one really calls her out on it. I wonder if they’re building to some big moment where Willem reveals that he’s noticed everything.

Am I thinking too much about this scene? It seems like a throwaway line from Willem, but it suggests that Chtholly’s new interest in sewing might be coming from…other things.

Hah! I knew it! I much prefer this style of presentation over having someone say some random line like “what’s wrong?” or “you having trouble remembering” every time Chtholly has her little hiccups.

Wait, are those initials? Is Chtholly putting those there so she can remember who everyone is? That’s kinda cool and kinda sad at the same time…

Happy…Trollmas, everyone?

So the only point of that side excursion with that character I’ve already forgotten was to bring us these dresses? I’d say that’s acceptable.

To me, identity is a really fun topic, and I think there’s something to be said about the ideas that are being introduced in this series. I’ll wait to see where it goes before I make any more comments on it. The general idea is asking at what point we distinguish one personality from another and whether that can be called death.

Suka Suka Episode 8: Seeing red

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Honestly, I couldn’t really get into this week’s episode. A lot of the plot points introduced in the episode seemed a bit convenient, which makes the entire thing seem forced. I’m still curious about what’s happening to Chtholly, though. It’s really hard to gauge whether things are going well for her or not. That aside, I liked the fact that some of her memory loss scenes in the episode weren’t explicitly called out (like when she forgets Almita’s name). I wish there were more moments like that.

I can’t really blame Chtholly for this. How can she even see up there? Also, this question makes me wonder if the memory loss is the reason Chtholly forgot to add the pepper in the first place.

This seems like a cool guy.

I’m guessing from Willem’s reaction that these ruins are a place from his past.

Has Chtholly been staring at an uneaten dessert this entire time while waiting for Willem to show up? If you’re going to complain about his tardiness and then immediately leave, why haven’t you already eaten your food? Is it so the audience can see it? I think it is!

That seems extremely convenient. Also, what does that even mean? If Chtholly is losing memories now, then I’m assuming it doesn’t bring them back.

So was that meeting from last week about coming up with an excuse to keep Chtholly out of the field ultimately pointless?

I was going see if I could come up with some complicated reason to explain why Ithea was being kept out of the frame when Willem was sleeping, but it turned out to be simpler than I expected.

Ouch…poor okusama.

Wait…are they actually using lovey-dovey stuff as a way to cover up Chtholly’s psychological changes? I can’t tell whether I like that or not…

Heh…casually suggesting that humans are trolls. It’s probably not intentional, but the double meaning in the modern day makes this scene funnier for me than it should be.

Wasn’t this the same girl that randomly hurt herself in the second episode? Are we sure she was really in any danger?


Suka Suka Episode 7: The cake was not a lie

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I’m really not sure how I should feel about this episode. I didn’t really have a problem with Chtholly’s interactions in this episode and the mystery surrounding her condition, but it feels a bit odd to introduce two new characters at this point. Did I just miss a bunch a bunch of hints about these two? It also seems to trivialize Chtholly’s suicide mission a bit. But that aside, I didn’t mind seeing the romance play out in this episode. Yup…nothing to worry about in this series…

That hair color looks familiar.

Humanity was a mistake. Anyway, this conversation seems to be another hint at the link between humans and beasts. I don’t really think it gives any new information, though.

Is Chtholly really just covering the red hair with a hat? I guess it’s already highly likely that everyone will find out in this episode anyway, but I would have expected her to just cut the hair.

I hadn’t really thought about it too much before this point, so it kinda surprised me that this information was privileged. But that aside, how relevant is this Grick guy supposed to be? The two leprechauns look pretty important, but Grick doesn’t seem like much.

Yeah, Chtholly! It’s a perfectly reasonable request. Maybe it’s just me, but I was a bit annoyed that this scene cut after Nygglatho starts telling Chtholly about her body. It would make sense if you were trying to hide something from the audience, but Chtholly’s condition gets revealed after about two minutes pass.

Hey, maybe Chtholly’s body is becoming human or something. Then she could be with Willem?

The fact that Nygglatho is a troll in this world is so great. I found it really funny that Chtholly follows along with her reasoning when she’s talking about keeping Willem here with marriage.

Why does that matter, Chtholly? You’re in your room right now. It’s not like anyone else is watching. Just eat the cake!

Huh…for once, the promise before big battle was fulfilled. I guess it’s cheating if the promise comes so early in the series.

While I understand what’s going on here, I wonder if Willem’s request will have some ramifications back at home. Sure, everyone understands Chtholly’s situation and Willem’s feelings for her, but doesn’t it seem a bit unfair? Maybe I’m over-thinking it. After all, the other leprechauns don’t really have a problem with going into battle because they consider it to be their purpose.

Where the heck have these two been?

Suka Suka Episode 6: Power of love

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This week’s episode gave some nice exposition about the world and did a good job of making up for last week’s episode. At the very least, everything felt a lot more relevant. I definitely thought this episode would be some kind of solo operation while Chtholly suffered alone, so getting some casual background information on Willem was a welcome surprise. The episode also did a good job of making things look grim to give a more emotional ending. Maybe all that talk about this series being tragic were just a lie…maybe?

Hmm, he’s talking about someone who used to be known for a unique skill and has suddenly resurfaced again. I wonder who that could be…

I had to check last week’s episode because I wasn’t paying attention to the name, but Souwong was the name the bunny gave to Willem. How the heck does Willem have old friends?

This scene seems to be answering my questions as they pop up in my head. I asked before how Willem could have a surviving friend after 500 years and Souwong immediately reveals the curse he placed on himself to survive. I was also about to ask how this guy was alive if Willem was supposed to be the last remaining human, but this is a pretty adequate answer. He considers himself to be dead and no longer human.

I’m not entirely sure, but I think the reference to Willem’s tuning abilities answers a question I asked a while back about what Willem was doing with Chtholly’s weapon. I’m guessing that was tuning.

I initially thought it was a little weird that Souwong was acting childish like this when he’s lived a longer life than Willem, but I thought about it a little more and it might make sense. It’s probably a nod to the idea that your behavior tends to revert when you meet up with old friends.

I was about to criticize the show for using a generic enemy when Eboncandle originally said that the beasts were humanity’s sin, but it looks like he didn’t mean that literally. The failed lab experiment isn’t that much better, but I prefer it to the “manifestation of man’s evil” idea. It would be even worse if the beasts were actually what was left of humanity.

Wait, is that what’s happening with Chtholly? It would explain why she was so upset that Willem was leaving to meet Souwong. If she’s aware of this process, she would realize that her time is running out and want to spend as much time with Willem as possible.


I’m not sure I fully understand this argument. Of course Willem is right that there is no longer a place for humanity on the surface, but is that the point? I thought the idea of returning to the surface is meant to get rid of the reliance on floating islands. Didn’t Souwong basically say they could fall out of the sky at any point?

Wait, do I have to take back what I just said? Are the beasts truly a manifestation of man’s evil nature? It sounds like the lab experiment thing was a lie…

The power of love is strong enough to overcome anything!

Hey, Ithea! You’re ruining the moment! What’s that supposed to mean?

Suka Suka Episode 5: Tour group round 2

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So overall, I think this episode felt too much like a throwaway. There’s definitely a lot of stuff going on at the end of the episode, but nothing that happens in the majority of the episode leading up to that feels like it’s supposed to be important. I had a little bit of trouble with how this episode flowed. It started with Phyr desperate to get the reluctant Willem to help her and then goes on a complete tangent when the main characters notice the local food. I wouldn’t have had a problem with that, but the story just goes further down that tangent and suddenly Phyr is giving them a tour of the town. The only reason the story comes back into focus is the fact that the group is being followed…which almost seems too convenient.

Additionally, I felt like the walk through the town would have been more interesting if we hadn’t already gotten that in the last episode. It feels odd to introduce parts of the town in a similar way two episodes in a row. That being said, I don’t particularly mind how Chtholly and Willem’s conversation plays out in the end and I’m curious to see where Willem’s new excursion will go. It seems like it’s related to his past, so it’s probably a good opportunity to learn more.

I’m just starting to realize that these beasts are actually separate from any of the races we’ve seen so far. I thought that the discrimination that was targeted towards the unfeatured came from the war between animal-like races and the humans, but it looks like all of those races were on the same side. So why were the humans the only race that was eliminated by the beasts?

Whoa…what am I watching? Also, Chtholly states that she promised to return home alive and then immediately charges in to fight the enemy alone.

Strangely, it registered in my head that Ren was sitting in Willem’s lap at around the point when Chtholly brings it up. Something’s wrong with me.

Aww man…I was gonna make fun of the “Annihilation Knights” name, but Ithea beat me to it. Silly Ithea…they should be regretting that name now, not in five years! Who the heck thought it was a good idea to let a group like that run around?

Hmm…you got me there, Willem. My instinct is to disagree with him because it feels like a generalization, but it also feels like there’s an element of truth in here. I think the problem is that “righteousness” is too broad of a term. I guess I agree with the idea that heavily believing that you are in the right and bringing the military in against an internal threat is a questionable means of action. Don’t they have the tackle police for this?

Pacman is in this series?

This is the inscription for the “Perjurer’s Grave”? Not very subtle, huh?

Holy crap that voice is creepy and hard to listen to. I’m guessing that’s done on purpose, but it’s still tough to hear. So are these visions supposed to be stringing together into something?

These are some…interesting bad guys. I guess I should have realized from the name “Annihilation Knights” that this group would be all talk.

Willem in this scene is pretty hilarious…nice smirk, buddy. I’m going to assume he called the police into the alley as well even though he doesn’t really explicitly state it because how else could they have responded so quickly?

That was fast…

Any particular reason why Willem has to do this alone? I feel like a lot of pieces of this conversation are assumed without much reason.

Willem’s turn to make the promise? This scene’s really messing with me with the parallels it draws with Willem’s past promises…I have a bad feeling.

Suka Suka Episode 4: Growing up

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Well, this episode was quite the ride. I honestly didn’t know what to expect from it and I appreciated that the episode avoided the very obvious cliffhanger it could have dropped. I guess it really was too early for the tragedy to happen. Heck, the entire first half of the episode was probably a bait, introducing the leprechauns in a way that made Tiat feel like she was about to become a replacement for someone. It’s really hard to talk about this series as a whole because I feel like the things I pick up on that are truly entertaining are so minor and interspersed. It’s really fun to watch, though.

I’m almost afraid to ask given the stuff I’ve heard about this series. Does it all go nuts from here?

Yeah, Willem. I know how you feel.

While I was surprised to see this dream sequence, it made itself obvious really quickly (though to be fair, it doesn’t throw it in your face, which I appreciate). It’s hard to believe that Willem would make the mistake of calling for Ctholly this second time. Of course, the music also gets really eerie after that, so maybe I’m just acting smart.

Something that really hasn’t been mentioned much before this point that becomes really obvious here is the difference between “disfeatured” and “human”. We might be inclined to see them as the same thing, but we’ve been told that Willem is the only surviving human. This means that discrimination has developed such that having a human appearance is looked down upon. Another example of showing the world indirectly.

I wonder if this explanation of the harbinger dream is meant to have any relation to the dream that Willem had.

While I’m not completely paying attention to Tiat’s rants, I must admit that it’s a fairly natural way to show off different parts of this town.

This police arrest was much funnier than it should have been.

Oh…I take back what I said about Willem’s dream. I guess that was just supposed to be a parallel occurrence to relate his worries to the harbinger dream. So…does this mean Tiat is next?

Well, clearly she doesn’t understand that, Willem. Is that even a question?


The mission failed? That’s…oddly vague. Don’t tell me…

Phew…I didn’t know what to think with this show yet. Nice moves there, Willem. There’s something distinctly different about this scene, where Willem is allowed to naturally notice the girls and react rather than having the standard fanfare or surprise tap on the shoulder.

I don’t mind having Ithea here as the voice of understanding when it comes to Willem. But it’s a bit weird to have her tell us how she understands that Willem puts up a brave face a lot right after saying she didn’t think he’d be so messed up. Maybe it’s just me.