In a world where humans had gone extinct, we follow a human protagonist named Willem Kumesh. In this universe, all humans have been wiped by “Beasts”: powerful creatures who forced people to move to Regul Aire, a group of floating islands. Among these people live several different races baring fangs, scales, claws, or other. There is also a group of races known as “Markless”, which do not have any special traits and resemble humans.
Willem is not just a Markless, but a leftover human who somehow managed to survive the ages and make it to the floating islands. Due to the poor reputation of Markless people, Willem has a hard time trying to get a job, but his friend Grick sets him up as a supervisor at the army. When he stumbles across his employer that night, he meets several girls in the weapons warehouse, who turn out to be the weapons themselves. They are known as Leprechauns.
Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii desu ka? or otherwise known as SukaSuka for short, is a light novel series which was written by Akira Kareno and illustrated by Ue. It was published in Japan by Kadokawa starting November 2014 until April 2016. An anime adaption has been announced by animation studios Satelight and C2C. The anime is scheduled to begin airing on April 12, 2017.
The title is aimed at a male demographic, and contains elements from the fantasy, science fiction, and romance genres. The anime will be directed by Jun’ichi Wada, while four different writers will compose the series: Mariko Mochizuki, Shingo Nagai, Toshizo Nemoto, and Akira Kareno who wrote the original light novels.
As usual, I read some of the original light novel to understand the title better. Although that was my intention, I found that the story was very confusing and I ended up having to read more than usual to get a good idea of the plot. In the light novel, there is a very heavy focus on setting, and a much smaller focus on story.
Descriptive details are in abundance, but mainly for the fantasy aspect of the present day and history. There’s actually a lot of lacking description when it comes to the plot, which is why it took me so long to get an adequate gist of it. Also, the pacing is a bit odd. When the author wants to explain a certain meaning, he gets right to introducing it. When the protagonist meets a new character, we know next to nothing about them. Due to this, the pace is sometimes too fast and sometimes too slow, but it’s always inconsistent.
In regards to the characters, they are introduced mostly all at once, and without unique identifiers. For example, when some girls fell on top of each other in an avalanche, the light novel described it as a sea of colors due to their hair colors being different. It didn’t say who they were or which ones had what hair colors. It made it difficult to understand the characters.
Seeing as Akira Kareno will be working on the series composition for the anime, I’m not looking forward to it. I did not enjoy reading the light novel, and if the same author is guiding the writers of the anime, I can’t imagine it going over too well. Of course, this is only assuming that he never improved through his entire writing career, so I suppose we’ll see how much better he got, if any.
The director, Jun’ichi Wada, has only ever directed one other anime: Ragnastrike Angels. I’d be lying if I said this didn’t completely and utterly turn me off from watching SukaSuka. It seems many of the directors this coming spring are inexperienced, though. Who knows? Everyone has to start somewhere, no matter what they’re doing.
All in all, I’m not looking forward to SukaSuka, and I can’t even attempt to hide it. I suppose I’ll have to wait and see how the anime turns out, but I doubt I’ll be getting any further than the first episode, judging from the way the light novel played out.
What are your thoughts on SukaSuka? Will you be watching it? Have you read the light novel? Answer in the comments, and check out the official website for details (in Japanese)!