Karen Senki

Karen Senki

IMG_1443.PNGIn 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. Is this the end of humanity? Are they fighting a losing battle?

Through Karen, we delve into a struggle between right and wrong, 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?

IMG_1434.PNGIt was the 3D animation that really interested me about this one. I’ve seen a few animes like this and they’ve only gotten better and better. I think it’s great to watch the developments here and how this can take animation onto a new level. Although I love the 2D style, after only having watched one episode of Karen Senki I knew it wouldn’t have worked so well. The story was gripped me from the beginning and, for something that was only 10-15 minutes long, it left a very good impression on me.

IMG_1428.PNGThis story explain the initial premise right off the bat: dystopic future where humans fight for their lives against supposedly superior robots. From then on, we are left to fend for ourselves as we try to identify the characters, their backgrounds and why they fight. I have seen from other reviews that this type of storytelling has meant that many found it difficult to fully engage – but I always wanted to know more. And when I wasn’t learning about the characters, there was always a high-impact, scintillating futuristic battle to feast my eyes upon.

IMG_1442.PNGThe transitions between the past and the presents were not always smooth, but I can deduce from the way Karen Senki is produced that it’s meant to be a bit disjointed and fragmented. It ha a little bit of a noir and melancholic air to it (that is, when no one’s flying about with futuristic weaponry and kicking serious ass).

Overall, I found myself impressed with the way Karen Senki handled itself. I haven’t watched many 3D animes like this (the only one I have really watched is RWBY – and the jury is still out on this one) so I was intrigued by the detail in the character design as well as the amount of weaponry, explosives and intricate backgrounds that kept my eyes locked to the screen. That’s not to say that there’s little to no storyline going on underneath all the action.

IMG_1440.PNGThe main premise explores a battle between humans and robots and the struggle for supremacy, but it also looks at attempts at the two to try to coexist and the changes in relationships certain events have led to. Some of the situations are in equal turns amusing and sad. Robots, of course, are always pursuing the ideal on what it’s like to be ‘human’, whilst humans are forced to take a look at themselves and question how far they have fallen and how much they have been relying on machines.

IMG_1441.PNGKaren Senki goes from strength to strength, in my opinion. For a show that only has ten minute episodes, it certainly packs lots of various story elements and organises them in a way that seems fresh, informative and gripping. Even the music is catchy, memorable and well-suited to the genre. I’m very much hoping that there will be a second series.