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1 May 2017: SukaSuka, the light novel at the WorldEnd of the tunnel

No pressure.

My preconceptions about Shūmatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii Desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii Desu ka? (WorldEnd: What are you doing at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us? also known as SukaSuka) were generally negative. After all, it's an anime adaptation of a light novel with a stupidly long title. It also seems to feature a lot of shrimpy anime children. Moreover, the lead is a male character who seems to be absent from much of the promotional art, which instead focuses on yet another girl with a sword. On the plus side, her hair isn't red and she didn't seem to use fire magic. That's at least a departure. And she has a giant witch hat. So, while I could find positive aspects, it was not an inspiring first impression. Nevertheless, I was at least willing to give it a shot. Thankfully, through three episodes, Shūmatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii Desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii Desu ka? is surprisingly all right.

Ruri cosplaying as Mini-Kashima.

Notably, the show has neat little gags. And while they aren't kneeslappers, they are a lot more amusing and deft than the sort of thing you typically find in run-of-the-mill light novel adaptations. Does it also feature a duel between the male lead and the female lead? Of course. That's basically a given. However, I liked the way the scene played out, making it apparent why Chtholly was getting so agitated without dwelling too much on it during the short fight itself. I am at least willing to accept them both as soldiers.

I like the design of Chtholly's wings.

Now, three episodes is not enough to make reliable projections as to how the rest of the show might turn out. That positive three-episode run might just be a lucky streak and the rest of the show could pretty easily turn into a garbage fire, but it's a good start so far, and a welcome surprise for something I had nearly written off on general principle. Alternatively, it could also easily turn into Saikano, which is itself not necessarily a bad possibility. Having lots of shrimpy anime kids in a war story does increase the likelihood that it will end up with wall-to-wall dead kids to generate maximum traumarama. What can I tell you? War is all Hell. Sometimes even light novel war.

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