Of the few series I’m watching this season, I decided to devote a Three Episode Rule post on two series that I think has caught my interest for now. Alderamin looks and promises something akin to Madan no Ou to Vanadis, while Qualidea Code reminds me of Tamaidou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai. So I guess I should just get on with eh?
Qualidea Code focuses on the recently awakened children of post-Apocalyptic Japan. After the mysterious otherworldly ‘unknowns’ were driven back to just a few miles off shore. What is left of Japan is guarded by the children who were sent to cold sleep shelters at the height of the war decades earlier. Having developed powers (called World), they bring the fight to these unknowns.
The main character is Ichiya Suzaku, whose power is to manipulate gravity. As head of the Tokyo school, he is antisocial and has a bit of a hero complex. His childhood friend Canaria Utara’s power is to basically act as the bard and sing to help her allies. Other student representatives would be Kasumi Chigusa, whose world is a search system which helps with his sniping, and his younger sister Asuha, the Chiba head whose world involves the movement of object. She normally fights with dual pistols akin to a Grammaton Cleric. Lastly, there is Maihime Tenkawa from Kangawa, who has boundless energy that she can channel through her sword, but lacks control, and her subordinate and second-in-command Hotaru Rindo, also a swordie (and infatuated with Maihime).
The unknowns are numerous and deadly and are constantly on the attack. This isn’t helped by the brash hero-complex Ichiya; the childish Maihime; and the verbally sniping Kasumi (Asuha is the de jure head, but it’s Kasumi who is doing most of the work). The series no doubt will focus on the eventual molding of such disparate personalities into a coherent team to defeat the big monsters but I’m a tad surprised that it happened in Episode 4.
Alderamin on the Sky
Alderamin on the Sky is a story set during a pseudo-medieval timeline. Blimps, iron-clad sailing ships, and air rifles are the order of the day. The series follows the young officer Ikta Solork, a lazy womanizing man who abhors battles and war and hates the fact he was pressed to be a soldier. The others include Yatorishino Igsem, a loyalist to the imperial throne and a very skilled swordswoman; Torway Remion, an extremely talented if shy sniper; Matthew Tetdrich, a member of a lower noble house wanting to bring more glory to his house; Haroma Becker, a nurse whom wants to take care of her younger brothers and is pursued by Ikta; and Shamille Kitra Katvarnmaninik, the third princess of the Katjvarna empire. They are also accompanied by small spirits that have a different function (being a light, or controlling air, etc).
Of course there is a war between the Katjvarnia Empire and the neighboring Kioka Republic, but a little bit of the politics is exposed in the first three episodes shows that the Empire was never interested in developing its frontier and allowed a noted general to die in a lost cause to rid the frontier of the battle. This was also commented upon by the Koikian commander who eventually took the Eastern frontier. Ikta might be lazy and a womanizer, but he can see through the grandstanding.
Circumstances beyond his control led him and others to save the princess from drowning when their ship capsizes in a storm, and making it safely to the Empire when they washed ashore. Awarded the title of knights due to the safe return, the five are joined by the princess in military academy and from there, Ikta starts to build his reputation as a capable tactician and strategist while his inner circle sees his true self.
Welp, while QCode is more Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai, Alderamin is more Madan no Ou to Vanadis. That and with hints of Legend of the Galactic Heroes. Mainly because Ikta to me is an amalgamation of three characters. You got the lazy strategist with Yang Wen-li, the womanizer with Poplan, and the sharp tongue (and womanizing) from Schenkopf.
In terms of series, QCode is more of a fun romp rather than something I’d watch because something caught my eye. I do like Maihime’s character. Aoi Yuki has voiced some memorable characters before and while QCode would seem like some side work compared to other roles she’s had this year, she brings enthusiasm into the show that makes me smile whenever Maihime is given screen time.
On the flipside, Alderamin caught my eye not because of the art style (and already in that department it beats QCode in quality), but also depth of narrative. It’s much like Madan no Ou to Vanadis in that regard because it has the potential for a large, sweeping political plot and at the same time, focusing on providing some background to characters that even if they only appear for a few minutes per episode, you can understand why they did what they did.
I think I might do to Alderamin what I’m currently doing with Macross Delta, and break up my thoughts on the series of quick thoughts. My initial gripe with the series was over animation, but that was rectified real quickly. Another thing is I would’ve chosen a less rock-y song for the opening. Granted Madan no Ou to Vanadis had something similar for its opening but I came in expecting something like Ogura Kei or Ken Nishikori and not something heavy on the guitar. But that’s just nitpicking and personal preferences.
Regardless, think my train of thought has gone on long enough, need to get started on Spectacular Airshow episodes seven through eleven.