As the fall season raises its curtains, we at Pedantic Perspective are prepared to present a brand-new progression of postulates on the principle of this procession of popular publications, or, in plainer terms, time to get off our collective arses and write something. First up for chop, it’s Blue Anime Fallout, Coppelion.
As predicted, this anime is blue in tint. What I didn’t predict, however, was how blue in tone it was as well. Rather than the action-packed scenes the previews showed us, the first episode of the anime followed the first three chapters of the manga to the melancholic letter. Since the first episode covered all I have read so far of the manga, I can’t tell you if following closely will be a good thing. Other than that, the art style is a bit off, with overly heavy black outlines on the characters creating a disconnect between them and the background (which, considering their interactions within this post-apocalyptic world, is not inappropriate), the pace of plot development feels a little lopsided, with the majority of the episode being mostly pointless, followed by a dramatic cliff-hanger at end, and the blue tint still doesn’t sit very well with me.
Of course, all that is preamble to yours truly when it comes to anime critique. The most important part of any anime, as we have previously established, is of course, the use of physics and engineering within it. And in this case, the creator of Coppelion hired the most idiotic nuclear engineer to build their world.
The story of Coppelion is based around the fact that someone built a gigantic nuclear reactor in Tokyo, which blew up catastrophically, making the largest city in the world the largest radioactive ghost town in the world, and forcing the people of Japan to evacuate and relocate their capital to Osaka, as if Japan didn’t have enough trouble with critically failing nuclear power stations in reality.
Wait a minute, who the fuck builds a nuclear generator within blast range of a metropolis? Am I the only one who attended EE 444: Introduction to Power Systems? No engineer who received their degree outside of a diploma mill would build any power station, let alone a nuclear facility, within city bounds. Have they never heard of power lines? Can they not imagine moving the plant a little bit away from the city?
According to circumstantial evidence gathered from the above shot and others, it can be seen that the Big Bad Nuclear Bomb Plant is situated on one end of the Tokyo Rainbow Bridge, which is well within city bounds of Tokyo. In fact, the below is a visual representation:
As you can see, the location of the fictional plant (which, from the background and the fact that the people came from West of Tokyo, can be established to be on the eastern side of the bridge) is smack in the middle of Daiba, which is currently host for a large park and the Fuji Terebi Building (the one under attack in Digimon). It’s a little more than five miles away from Roppongi Station, the heart of Tokyo activity. Who gave them planning permission to build a nuclear station there?
This pointless rant is completely justified and objective, and constructive towards the appreciation of Coppelion, and entirely unrelated to how this writer had to spew out a couple pages worth of homework on how the Japanese are terrible at building, maintaining and responding to disasters in nuclear power plants just this Sunday, and was required to justify the existence and benefits of near unlimited energy from nuclear binding energy despite the world’s tendency towards mindless, baseless, unjustified and uneducated hysterical fear-mongering against a clean energy source.
Oh, was I supposed to talk about anime or something? I could’ve sworn Pedantic Perspective was an engineering blog. (K: sometimes I wonder what I’m paying you for.) (SS: If only you did.)
Enraging (if only to me) setting aside, I’d comfortably place Coppelion in the middle of the pack this season, until more episodes force me to change my position. It fell far short of inspiring me as Kyoukai no Kanata (which Kelloggs has stolen the right to critique) did or as some of the more exciting shows this season might, but it hasn’t prompted me to throw something against the wall with significant force yet either, which is surprising, really, considering that the latter emotion is closer to my default state of being than not.