WorldEnd: What do you do at the end of the world? – Preview
World End: What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us? :
Original Air Dates: April 11th, 2017 – ???
Synopsis: The fleeting and sad story about little girls known as fairy weapons and an associate hero that survived. This is a world after it was attacked by unidentified monsters known as beasts and many of the species in the world, including humans, had been destroyed. The species that had managed to survived left the ground and were living on a floating island called Regal Ele. Willem Kumesh, wakes up above the clouds 500 years later and couldn’t protect the ones who he wanted to protect. Actually, he was living in despair because he was the only survivor. (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Some Spoilers to Follow):
Linny: WorldEnd’s premiere episode is a bit strange and confusing as it begins with a scene that one could immediately interpret as either a flashback or a flash forward. Without the synopsis in mind it’s unclear which way that scene swings. Adding to the confusion, the show introduces a character that’s not human but physically passes off as one. It raises the possibility that the humans we saw at the beginning, and presumably died as the last of mankind, outside of Willem, weren’t in fact human, furthering the idea that this flashback could be a flash forward to later events in the series.
Tom: There are definitely confusing elements getting it the way of what is otherwise a really interesting setting. At the heart of it, WorldEnd is set in a far flung future period where mankind is gone and anthropomorphic animals and monsters populate the world. Everyone lives up high in the clouds, as some horrific creatures populate the ground below. But because of things like certain monsters looking exactly like humans, and the show having some trouble indicating whether its first few moments are a flash forward or back as Linny mentioned, you might feel a tad lost at times.
Linny: WorldEnd uses its entire episode to very slowly dole out its premise and give the viewers a sense of the universe that the story is set in. The episode moves from one location to another at a pace that may not necessarily engage you, but won’t make you feel like the story is already stagnating by lingering on any one particular scene for too long.
Tom: As characters go, they’re far less compelling that the setting itself. Our lead, Willem, is pretty standard and stereotypical, and the throng of kids and two female leads offer little more than some standard cliche dialogue and sexual undertones. It’s not awful, but it’s generally stuff you’ve seen before in so many other fantasy light novel adaptations.
Linny: It’s sad but true that so far every single cast member comes off feeling like nothing more than a cliche or stereotype you’ve encountered several times in other shows already. None of them feel particularly fresh or interesting and the most remarkable thing about any of them is the very strange names people have in this universe such as Chtholly, Nyggthalo, Nopht, etc.
Tom: Visually, WorldEnd isn’t too bad. While some of the monster designs are perhaps too close to human to make the setting clear, there’s some solid animation in the show’s opening moments that really sells the gravity of such a doom and gloom post-apocalyptic situation.
Linny: WorldEnd does have a unique universe. It portrays a world that has become bereft of human life save for a single man, yet there are thriving non human societies in what looks like a medieval setting. It’s clearly not meant to be our real/current earth but as apocalyptic anime worlds go, WorldEnd manages to make itself feel different from the general cliche of acrid and crumbling ruins and destruction abound. If the show can inject some more personality into its characters or/and build a plot line worth getting invested into, it could culminate into a much more promising and engaging tale.
Tom: Outside of its issues, I’m really digging WorldEnd. I find the idea of a story happening past what we might consider “the end of the world” a fun concept, and if WorldEnd can be a bit more forthcoming with enough details to clarify the setting and situation, I feel like this could be a really interesting Light Novel adaptation.
WorldEnd is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.com