Karen Senki – first impressions


Synopsis: In the post-apocalyptic aftermath of a war between machines and their creators, machines rule while humans exist in a state of servitude. Titular character Karen leads Resistance Group 11, an eclectic group of humans who find themselves fighting for their lives as they are hunted by the robots in each episode. Is this the end of humanity? Are they fighting a losing battle?

Through Karen, we delve into a struggle between right and wrong, between indifference and love that explores some of the deepest questions about humanity. What is the difference between a thinking machine and a human being? What is a soul?

Producers: Next Media Animation
Genres: Action, Sci-Fi
Expected # of Episodes: 12
Duration: 11 mins

My Impressions: This anime made me realize how much of a snob I am. For some reason, the animation doesn’t work for me. It’s not only because I love the 2D style, but everyone here moved in a clunky manner. The movements were unnatural and made wish this was in 2D. Despite this, I’m still willing to give it a shot. I may be an animation snob, but if the story is good then I’ll still watch it.

The only problem is that the story isn’t all that explained at the moment. One moment two girls met a robot and became friends with it. Cute. For some reason I had flashback to Eve no Jikan. All that changed though, because all of a sudden one of the girls is fighting against a bunch of robots and declaring how much she hates them, because they killed her sister.

The transition from these two scenes was a bit jarring for my liking. It didn’t flow nicely and it didn’t work, at least for me. Karen, the girl fighting the robots, mentions how she still sees her sister, but that isn’t really explained either.

We go into scene after scene of Karen fighting the robots, but each time I kept wondering. “If these robots are high class killing machines they seem to have trouble shooting her.” I suppose this is meant to show how badass Karen is, but to me it showed how horrible the makers of these robots are. If they can’t even hit their target, then what’s the point of making them?

Also, it’s just her fighting the robots. Why are they even after her and why is she the only one fighting them?

There’s also a scene involving a guy at a robot brothel? Or maybe it was his room? I don’t really know and she had a bra and panties on while he grabbed her breast.

I dunno.

Right now, nothing is explained, the fighting makes no sense, and I’m not really sure what is going on. It’s only 11 minutes, so I’ll give it another two episodes before deciding whether or not I’ll drop this.

Overall, it’s not that great so far. I’m not sure what the animators are trying to do here, but hopefully the story will open up and explain things better. But for now,


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