Winter 2019 Grab Bag Week 2: Kemurikusa

Rin punches a boulder

I haven't watched the second episode yet, but I endeavor to give a first impression for every show that I've watched. Let's do this. From the first episode alone, we don't have too much of a sense for what this show is about. The story seems to be set in a post-apocalyptic world in which supernatural "bugs" terrorize the few surviving inhabitants. The main character, Rin, tries to survive in this world with her friend(?), Ritsu, and an army of clones with some variation on the name Rina. While gathering water, they come across a boy who claims to be a human and have to figure out what to do with him.

Rin fights a bug

The first thing I noticed when watching this series was that the animation quality was noticeably weak. I know this series is based off of some kind of animation contest winner, but I was expecting more from this version as an airing series. Maybe I'm approaching this series with the wrong rubric, but I had a hard time with how static the animation seemed.

Rin mourns her dying friend

The series also starts off weak from a story perspective with a strange death fake-out. Apparently, the Rina clones are some kind of collective unit, but it's hard to feel any emotion in response to a death in the first few minutes of a series. We get the sense that this death is supposed to mean nothing, but the show kind of forgets about it quickly. How am I supposed to be convinced?

Rin and the others question the human

Honestly, the setting of this series is the main piece that interests me, since it can be fun to figure out what caused the world's current state. I'm okay with the idea that Rin and the others distinguish themselves from "humans" in some way, which leads to some questions about what happened.

Rin explains that her power is called Kemurikusa

It would have been nice to learn a bit more about the power that the girls used in this introduction. For the time being, I'm just sticking with the conclusion that Kemurikusa is magic leaf juice.

Detecting the monster

I'm still undecided on whether I want to keep going with this series. I'm curious but also apprehensive. At this point, I'm almost writing this post because I'm curious whether anyone else has any thoughts.

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