ANIME & MANGA - Review
15:00 - 28th February 2016, by NEO Staff

Chaika – The Coffin Princess

People cope with the death of a family member in a variety of different ways, but it’s not all that often that one roams the land with a coffin on their back, on a quest to collect their deceased relative’s scattered magical body parts and lay them to rest.
Of course, things are a little unusual anyway for Princess Chaika, since the relative in question was the former Emperor Gaz, whose five-hundred-year reign of terror was brought to a swift and bloody end by eight heroes, who now guard his grisly relics. Along for the ride are Toru and Akari, Chaika’s magically-powered bodyguards / companions who have been hired to aid the coffin-toting princess in her morbid quest.

The first thing that viewers will notice about Chaika – The Coffin Princess is its astoundingly gorgeous artwork and animation – the quality of which isn’t too surprising, since the adaptation of Ichiro Sakaki’s light novels was done by anime superstudio Bones. The art quality is especially prevalent during the many fantasy combat scenes, which really jump from the screen, and are exquisitely choreographed as well.

The story is definitely a by-the-numbers fantasy quest – with a twist or two – but even though it doesn’t always think outside the box, there’ll be enough intrigue and mystery to keep you interested for its dozen-episode run. If you’ve a spare few hours this winter, you could do a lot worse than joining the princess and her friends on their exhuming expedition.

It doesn’t exactly break new ground, but there’s some fun to be had with this funereal fantasy adventure.
SCORE: 3.5/5
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