Anime

Chaos;Child – Interesting Story, Odd Portrayal

Review

It’s appearing to be a trend that after being very impressed by one episode, the next will let me down slightly. Last week I praised this series for it’s careful camera angles of Serika, avoiding upskirt shots, but this week I was rather disappointed with how Nono was portrayed.

We had a scene where her younger sister was helping clean her back. It makes sense, she’s injured and with a bandage around her waist she’s not likely to be getting that wet in a shower or a bath. She appears naked at first but then you discover that she has a bra on with her straps down. Even more sense. What I don’t understand is when the camera decides to focus on her breasts as she turns around and then a few seconds later when she’s fastening her top, the entire scene is her voluptuous breasts being enclosed by the pink shirt. It made me realise that quite often when Nono is in a scene her face appears in the top half and her breasts central, whereas for Serika and Hinae their face is central to the screen. I’m really not sure why there’s such a difference between the portrayal of the other girls and Nono. Maybe there’s a reason for it but I’m not sure I can see a reasoning for it unless it’s something like she’s a lot older than she appears and this is their way of showing it. 

This episode also introduced a face for the villainy associated with the Sumo Stickers with the entrance of a pink haired lady with pyrokinesis and answered the question of why Nono was so against Takuru investigating – she had a friend at that hospital! It was the pink haired girl from last week’s episode so I think I was very mistaken by it looking like Hinae. We also got the confirmation that Takuru and Hinae both have psychic powers; Hinae’s is figuring out if someone is telling the truth and Takuru has a form psychokinesis which is how the door opened back in Episode 2!

We also saw a bit of Uki, the girl that was taken from the hospital last episode. She was very distressed, understandably, and just begging to go back. The woman who drove the van last episode arranged to have her sent to a care facility but the end scene showed Uki back at the hospital. A hospital that had been cleared out.

I’m still very enthralled in the story and I like that some loose ends are tying up. Only time will tell whether this series will keep tying up the loose ends or stumble over the knots.

Rating

Synopses

Series
Shibuya, 2015. In a city recovering from the “Shibuya Earthquake” which devastated it six years ago, Takuru Miyashiro, a student at the newly built private high school “Hekiho Academy” investigates a series of serial killings known as “The Return of the New Generation Madness” as part of his work for the school’s newspaper club…

Episode
Takuru and the others find a survivor in the basement of the hospital. Her name is Uki Yamazoe, and she’s a young girl who looks to be around 10 years old. After seeing how Takuru was able to infiltrate the hospital, Kunosato realizes that he must be a “Gigalomaniac”, a psychic with the power to make his delusions reality. But being a psychic doesn’t come with just benefits, as one night he runs into someone who is trying to kill him…

Source: Crunchyroll

Your Thoughts