I’m in the middle of watching this anime series (available on Crunchyroll) after not quite knowing what it’s about. All I knew was that it was about a young girl who befriends a strange creature which might change the course of history in her world. What felt most surprising about this title is now unknown it feels, considering it has a female protagonist, no fanservice at all, and it’s from the same author who made one of my other favorite anime series Moribito. The Wikipedia page says that this anime was released in 2009 and yet this is basically the first I’ve heard of it. Bad me. And bad internet for not hyping this show more.
Granted, the story feels slightly geared towards younger audiences (it originally aired on NHK, the Japanese equivalent of public broadcasting) but it’s the YA-ness of the story that appeals to me. The story follows the main character, Erin, from the age of ten and goes through two timeskips (at least, I’m on episode 35 out of 50 episodes) and we follow this young girl as she comes of age and finds her way in the world after circumstances force her to leave her village and everything she’d ever known. I’m really enjoying it so far. The story doesn’t shy away from tragedy (this poor girl goes through so much in her young life) but her hard work and empathy are often rewarded with surprising friendships. I’m fascinated by the story and the world it’s set in (there’s some Game of Thrones-ish political intrigue going on in the royal palace happening in tandem with the Erin plot) and I’m really curious to see where this leads. I’m so invested in Erin and her friends and I really want to see her succeed and overcome her earlier tragic life. I’ll probably have more to say about it once I finish the series, but so far so good!