Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Drama
Studio: J.C.Staff (Shokugeki no Souma, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Toradora)
Director: Kyohei Ishiguro (Occultic;Nine, Your Lie in April)
Synopsis: Chakuro is the 14-year-old archivist of the Mud Whale, a nigh-utopian island that floats across the surface of an endless sea of sand. Nine in ten of the inhabitants of the Mud Whale have been blessed and cursed with the ability to use saimia, special powers that doom them to an early death.
Chakuro and his friends have stumbled across other islands, but they have never met, seen, or even heard of a human who wasn't from their own. One day, Chakuro visits an island as large as the Mud Whale and meets a girl who will change his destiny. (Excerpt from MAL)
So I haven't heard a particularly large amount either way about this show, which is one hell of a shame because I think Children of the Whales is easily some of the most fun that I've had with a seasonal anime in years. The soft aesthetic and varied character designs was originally what drew me to the show, but the fleshing out of those characters and the world they inhabit that really made it stick. After all, I feel as if a jolly ol' time in a Fantasy world that isn't an isekai or an iyashikei show is few and far between these days, and it's pretty much why this show, as well as Magi years back, had me hooked almost from the get go.
Admittedly, the story that it's telling, at least, at its base, you've probably heard before. An eccentric, if a bit average boy find a brown girl (this is important) of a different civilization who, upon learning more about her, find his way of life changed forever. Essentially. If those don't send Nadia or Gargantia vibes your way I don't know what will, but I find that that similarity is really what makes this series so enticing to begin with.
Anyone else watching this?