Coppelion: First Impressions
Anime weeblords like myself have been waiting almost 3 years for Coppelion‘s anime adaptation. Can it live up to the massive hype?
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I’m happy to report that yes, yes it can. I must admit I was a little worried when GoHands was slated as the studio to produce the anime. Their previous works are very hit and miss, from the hilarious Seitokai Yakuindomo to the pathetically awful K. However, these ex-Satelight animators have really hit it out of the park with Coppelion, and that’s not an easy thing to do with an IP that’s had such a sordid past. Originally, the anime was going to air in 2010, but due to the overarching plot dealing with a nuclear plant meltdown, the show was pushed back due to the Fukushima meltdown.
Speaking of which, Coppelion is set in 2036, 20 years after a newly built nuclear plant in Odaiba melts down. All of Tokyo is irradiated to extreme levels, and the city becomes the Pripyat of the modern era. The show opens with 3 genetically-engineered girls that are called, unsurprisingly, Coppelion. These girls have been specifically engineered not only to be immune to the insane radiation, but also to be suited to their task: exploring the ruins of Tokyo and finding out what happened in Odaiba 20 years ago.
The first episode opens with the girls heading into the ruined city, and it is a visual treat. GoHands has really outdone itself, and the high-color look of the growing flora creates a gorgeous contrast against the gray, ruined buildings and destroyed signage of rotting Tokyo. Admittedly, this episode is mostly setup, explaining the backstory of the disaster. That being said, Coppelion manages to do it by showing, not telling, which is always a plus in my book. By viewing the ruins of Tokyo, whether it be the destroyed buildings or the occasional corpse, you get an idea for how the awful gravity of the situation, and it is captivating. The episode continues with the girls getting into their first spot of trouble, and ends on a cliche but interesting cliffhanger that left me wanting more.
As out glorious Shogun Xopher reported earlier today, you can check out Coppelion on Viz’s streaming service, and I highly recommend that you do. Though the first episode starts a little slow, it is a visual treat that should not be missed.
If you’re intersted, check out the opening song, ANGEL by angela. The song itself isn’t really that interesting, but the video shows off some of the neat art style and well-animated action sequences.