A girl goes on a journey to give her father a funeral.
I really enjoyed watching Chaika, mainly for its sense of humor. I’m not sure how to explain it well. I guess it’s like the usual bokke / tsukkomi humor, but no one actually delivers the tsukommi? For example, there’s this ongoing joke where the super powerful dragon will die almost every episode. And then occasionally the dragon will save their lives by randomly strolling across a battlefield transformed into a cat. It’s very strange and unexpected like that.
Aside from the humor, it’s a fantasy show, set in a world with magical guns and a limited amount of magic and magical technology. A century of war has just ended, and people are trying to figure out what to do with their lives now that they’re finally at peace. Some (including our protagonist) refuse to accept that their old lives of warfare have become obsolete. So he helps a cute girl with a funny speaking quirk find her father’s scattered body parts.
It’s by the same author as Scrapped Princess, and they’re similar. Some people go on an adventure, uncover an ancient conspiracy, but mostly just goof around. Don’t be expecting anything deep, but it’s a fun watch, at least if you have a sense of humor like mine. Most people don’t though.
- Storytelling – B – Great comedic moments.
- Voice – A – That strange sense of the absurd you occasionally glimpse.
- Characters – B – Lazy, half the characters have the same design. But +1 because Red Chaika is hot.
- Attention Grab – A – One of the few shows I consistently enjoyed every week.
- Production – B – Looks fine. Chaika’s voice actor is great.
- Overall – B
Recommendations – Scrapped Princess, Katanagatari, Darker than Black