I love comic books, and I especially like them if the art in them is done well. My collection of comic books consists mainly of American comics, but I am slowly expanding my collection to also include some Manga. Crunchyroll also has a Manga app, and it is here that I first came across Coppelion. What drew me in, was the amazing artwork of this series. There is also a downside to it though:it already has 233 Chapters! Now as I already have way too less time in a day, I so far haven’t gotten around to finishing this series (and honestly, I probably never will). However in 2013, an Anime was made based on this Manga, and having just finished it, I figured I would share my thoughts on it with you. Before I get into that, let me first tell you what this series is about.
Coppelion takes place 20 years after a nuclear disaster has turned the city of Tokyo into a contaminated ghost town. Back when the event occurred the government was forced to evacuate all it’s citizens, and since that time nobody has lived there anymore. At least, that is what everyone was led to believe. However when there are strong indications that there might still be people alive in the Old Capital, a special unit named Coppelion is sent in to find and rescue any survivors. The unit consists of three school girls who seemingly can walk around in the city without protection. It soon becomes clear these are no ordinary schoolgirls. When Coppelion begins to explore the dead city, not everyone they find alive is friendly and keen on being rescued. A sinister organisation is still operating in the ruined wasteland of Tokyo, that has plans for the rest of the world. Terrible, and horrible plans. Will Coppelion be able to stop them?
Just as in the Manga the backgrounds for this Anime are absolutely amazing. The ruined city is being depicted by showing rusted and overgrown buildings, streets, bridges and everything else you would find in an urban environment. It truly helps to set the the mood, and I have included a picture below to show you what it looks like.
After seeing the first few episodes I honestly thought of this as a pretty mediocre show, that I only continued watching because I wanted to see how it would end. However, the series does pick up the pace at the halfway point, and truly redeems itself. It almost seems as if they hired a few different scriptwriters. Whatever the case I am glad I continued to watch, because in the end I really did enjoy it. The three girls of Coppelion, especially the bumbling and young Aoi, also turn into real personalities after the initial episodes. As such, you grow to care about them, something that is always important in a show such as this. Special mention must be made about an incredibly cool Mecha fightscene in the last few episodes. People who enjoy Giant Robot scenes are definitely in for a treat during those episodes.
So, do I recommend this one? It is a bit hard to say. As I mentioned above, the series does take a while to get into, and if you have a low tolerance for things like that, you might want to skip it. If you have patience, and are willing to stick with it though, I do think that in the end the series does reward you. I enjoyed it very much after the initial slow start, and if you like post apocalyptic shows, you might want to give this one a try.
I give Coppelion a 8 out of 10 score.