If you were like me and thought the pink loli front and center was going to make for a terrible Sword Art Online story, just give it a little time. Once Karen’s back story was explained as to why she is portrayed the way she is in the game it was a smooth sailing of stupid fun to the end. Overall, incredibly dumb, but really funny. If only Fuka was introduced a tad earlier and things would have been even better.
Week by week I gradually started to turn around on this anime. Sure the pacing is set to light speed with the story not giving you or itself any time to breathe as it pushes through storyline after storyline, but that’s really what I liked about it for better or for worse. I don’t know how this show managed to secure 24 episodes, but it knows that’s still not enough to cram the massive amount of story from the source material. Due to this the story never delves into fluff, something is always happening of importance. Halfway through things were settling into place and I began to like Theo’s grand adventure more and more. There are a ton of half-baked characters, but I can’t deny I enjoyed it on a weekly basis.
At no point did I feel the conflicting genres ever meld together to form an enjoyable anime. It’s like you’re watching two different shows with completely different storylines. The police procedural detective thriller story is pretty good, but on the other hand the supernatural sci-fi plot just doesn’t ever stick.
I have to give Children of the Whales credit for being original in its setup and world building, but there is a little shit head child on the enemy side that killed off most of my excitement for the show. I had high expectations but the moment this overused crazy stereotype stepped foot on the island any hopes for a decent story fell through. 24/7 crazy is not good character writing. Given the context of what the enemy has to give up for their powers, it hurts even more how much he ruins the feel of the show.
So this is where the missing story is. Mandatory viewing before starting the actual game. While Kingsglaive is the best Final Fantasy movie of the bunch, it’ still not saying much. You’re here for the beautiful CGI and action scenes, though the story isn’t that bad.