Before we begin the review, I believe that this anime deserves to be introduced first. Heavenly Delusion is a sci-fi anime by Production I.G Studios and directed by Hirotaka Mori.
Anilist describes it as:
Within the safety of the walls, youths are raised in a nursery-style setting by robots. While life there may appear stale on the surface, the children are full of potential and curiosity. In many ways it is like a slice of heaven. The outside world is a hell-scape. It is almost entirely void of anything mechanical and is now inhabited by bizarre, yet powerful super-natural beings.
Maru, with the aid of Kiruko, is out there crisscrossing what was once Tokyo for heaven. But after searching for so long, maybe heaven is more of an untenable dream than a potential reality.
Now that you know more about this crazy series, let’s get into it!
First of all, I really enjoyed the animation and art style, I personally think that Production IG really did a good job on this one!
I haven’t read the manga yet, so I’m completely clueless about pretty much everything, which makes watching these series even more exciting!
The episode starts with a group of young people that seem to be living in a closed city. I can assume that they were already born in the apocalypse, or the Collapse as they call it since they don’t know if there is anything beyond the walls that surround them. It’s like they are living in a bubble while the world around them is rotting. The main characters in this group seem to be Tokio, who seems to resemble the main character that I will be talking about later and Mimihime. The girl, Mimihime is already suspicious of what might be outside the walls and is seen tempting Tokio to go outside with her.
Now, the main characters of the series, Maru and Kiruko, are looting houses in search of food, just like in any good post-apocalyptic setting. They found some houses where they hadn’t gone before, where they find unopened things like a toothbrush and toilet paper (very important for any apocalypse), but there isn’t much food around anymore. People who haven’t died from the apocalypse itself, have died from starvation, like a couple they found in the first house.
Maru and Kiruko are in search of “Heaven”, although they don’t know what it is exactly. On their way, they get ambushed by a couple of disgusting old men, who by their dialogue it seems they were looking not only to rob them but to take advantage of them, as they assumed they were both females. Maru replied instantly that he was a boy, and Kiruko went along with it saying she was a boy as well, but the men didn’t fall for it. What comes next is a cool action scene that showcases both their strategy skills and Maru’s fighting skills! Kiruko also has a beamer gun, and even though she wasn’t sure if it would work, it did. The gun scared the men, and Maru and Kiruko made them show them their place. Although they didn’t find any food in it, they found batteries to charge Kiruko’s gun, which was out of batteries.
Back in the closed city, Tokio can’t sleep and thinks about what Mimihime told him about outside. Like any curious person who can’t sleep, he wanders outside, perhaps trying to find out how to leave the place to find out if there is anything beyond that place. He gets caught outside by the director of the place, who upon hearing his question about what’s beyond that place, she inquires him if he thought of that himself, to which Tokio replies that his friend did. Will anything bad happen to Mimihime because of this?
As they resume their journey towards “heaven”, they end up in an inn. The way that the owner of the inn shows up is already a little bit suspicious, as the camera zooms in on her hand, carrying a knife from harvesting. This already set an eerie tone for the character and the place, but the two are well welcomed. As they are having a meal together, the owner believes that they are sister and brother and that they are a couple, talking with them about the dangers of incest. But although Maru calls her “sister”, they aren’t related in any way, nor are they dating. Kiruko was simply hired to be his bodyguard.
The owner of the inn tells them that there is a monster who lurks out, and that’s why she has a gun with her at the inn. Maru and Kiruko offer to kill it, even though guns don’t kill it. What’s eerie is that at night, when the two are about to go to sleep, they seem to have been drugged by the owner, and they immediately fall asleep. In the room next to theirs, the lady sits with her gun, and the monster, a creature with wings resembling a bird and multiple eyes, shows up in the window.
Personally, I really enjoyed this first episode! As I said earlier, I am completely clueless about the plot of this anime, so it’s really exciting for me to watch it without barely knowing anything about it.
I am curious to know more about the place where the young people are living at. Could it be where Maru and Kiruko are headed, or is it a place where Maru escaped from?
Also, what are the inn’s owner’s intentions? Is she a good person or did she drug the two of them to feed them to the monster? I really do not trust her…
Overall, it seems like Production IG is doing a really good job with this anime, the animation was excellent, and the episode had a really good pace and mixture of action, humour and suspense! I am really excited about the next episode. What about you, what did you think about the episode? Tell us in the comments!
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