“Late Autumn Night’s Dream”
Tuesdays at 12:00 pm EST on Crunchyroll
Willem tries to get along with the girls while discovering the truth about the weapons he’s been sent to keep an eye on. Ctholly reveals why she’s been reluctant to get close to Willem.
Well, it was fun while it lasted. While the plot technically got more interesting this week, the methods of storytelling somehow flipped into the exact opposite of what me and many others were praising it for in the first episode. Subtle plot hints and a complete lack of fan service give way to big info dumps and, well, fan service. I knew I was in trouble when less than five minutes in we have a cat girl asking Willem if he’s a lolicon and the troll maid starts licking his face. The extended “massage” scene at the end sealed our fate. On top of that, they even threw a little girl off a cliff for cheap shock value. There are very few circumstances where depicting bloody, graphically injured children is acceptable and I don’t think a smutty anime is one of them.
That particular point feels unnecessary as the weight of their situation is already established by Ctholly’s plight. Being willing to sacrifice yourself at such a young age is compelling enough on its own, to the point where I’d be willing to put up with the arbitrary techno babble that sets up the circumstances they are in. Let’s be honest, the idea that the girls’ fighting power is inversely proportional to their will to live is really stupid (not to mention I laughted hysterically at the dramatic reveal that they are “leprechauns”) but the end result is kind of interesting. I suspsect that is how Ctholly will get out of her upcoming suicide mission. She clearly wants to keep living, so will she be powerful enough to take out the enemy? I’m guessing no, and that the will to live is going to spread and cause all kinds of problems. That could be good? Still too early to say.
So now the big question is whether WorldEnd is worth watching for another episode or not. I’m inclined to believe that episode 2 is where we saw the show’s true colors, and that is not encouraging. It was almost like they took a checklist of my concerns and decided to fulfill all of them, maybe even adding a few more. Still, they did prove in episode 1 that they are capable of decent storytelling and the premise is compelling enough that I will give it one more chance. I’m not getting my hopes up.