- Trailer: PV Trailer
- What it’s about: One day, while foraging in the woods for food to make it through another day, the former “saboteur” Toru Acura stumbles into a bizarre figure – a young girl carrying a coffin twice her size, speaking broken Japanese, who claims to be a magician on a quest to recover a number of artefacts. The story follows the pair, as well as Toru’s sister Akari, as they make their way across the countryside breaking-and-entering for the greater good.
- Why you should watch it: Chaika is best described as someone’s Dungeon and Dragons campaign brought to life, complete with encounters with wandering monsters, a focus on magic and combat, a band of adventuring heroes, and a mysterious evil in the background of the campaign. It’s refreshing in that it doesn’t spoonfeed you exposition – it’s quite happy to just drop hints and let you piece things together for yourself. The story is decent and the choreography is above average. It’s a solid show.
- Caveats: The broken mode of speaking of the title character takes some getting used to. It’s distracting, but it does lend her some colour. As I mentioned above, this is a solid show but there’s nothing outstanding about it in any category – it’s just a fun way to spend some time, not “Anime of the Season”.
- Themes: Living on in a world that’s moved past you. Almost every character in the show struggles with this issue, from Toru half-wishing that the War was still going on so he would have a purpose, to the nature of Chaika’s quest, and even to side characters like the bandits or some of the artefact-holders.
- Similar works: Samurai Champloo, Katanagatari