Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau First Impressions (1): Many secrets

Yeah, I know I'm really late on this one, but I gave it a shot. I'm not sure what to make of it yet, but it seems promising. This first episode does a decent job of introducing the world. The people of the world are split between the magic-empowered Marked with shorter life spans and the longer-lived Unmarked. Immediately, I was hit with that sort of "dystopia" feeling I got when I watched Shinsekai Yori (boring comparison, I know).

I found the Marked quite interesting in this world. Magic is often the all-powerful panacea in anime, so I found it refreshing to see this series place such a strong limitation on its magic users. It gave the sense that the magic had a cost, the years of your life. It was also an immediate source of suspicion while I was watching. A council of long-lived elders controlling a majority of short-lived mages? That just reeks of a hidden conspiracy. It's almost as if the elders are purposely poisoning the mages to keep them in line.

If I had to voice a complaint, it would be that the episode really didn't waste any time giving the elders away. I honestly felt like there were enough hints in the episode that indicated that something was wrong, but the talk of calamity felt a bit too strong. It basically meant "they'll learn everything" to me.

Still, I'm quite curious overall to see how far down the conspiracy hole goes. I didn't mention Lykos too much because I don't find her interesting yet. Sure, the swords are cool, but she seems like a pretty standard "mystery girl" to me.

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