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In this world, peace has broken out. Its influence has spread across the continent and left its population safe but with nothing to do. What will our characters do with nothing but flowers and sunshine to look at? Well, enter Chaika The Coffin Princess to mix things up and bring back the warfare that our main characters crave.



The story is primarily about a magical princess named Chaika Gaz, but she’s no bubblegum princess. She carries a huge coffin on her back which is not there in case of her death or a place to hide in cowardice. It carries a HUGE sniper rifle which is capable of shooting spell-laced bullets whose arsenal includes mystical sawblades to beams of intense sunlight to deter enemies. It’s an all action weapon for Chaika to use in her quest to find her father’s body which has been dismembered and strewn across the continent of Verbitas. Why has someone gone to great lengths to do a far more macabre version of Dragonball? It’s because Chaika’s father was the former ruler of the empire and was considered to be a tyrant and so to prevent him from returning, they sliced him up! Five years ago he was defeated and Chaika was taken to safety and hidden away until now. Along the way she bumps into the Acura siblings Toru and Akari, a pair of struggling mercenaries known as saboteurs [essentially more slender berserkers] who are living in poverty thanks to the peace that has been imposed. Chaika enlists them to take back her father’s arm but resists telling them the true origin behind the article they’re finding or her real name. She is worried she’ll be turned over and captured and quite rightly so; if the daughter of the emperor that once tried to destroy your family turned up, you’d be a little miffed wouldn’t you? Master Gillette, leader of the supposed ‘good’ guys tries to talk Toru into turning over Emperor Gaz’s hand but he chooses to risk all-out war in order to get his money as well as feeling a soft spot for Chaika. You can’t blame him, she’s so cute.



The show feels like a solid package and when you look at the team behind it, you understand why. BONES Animation Studio is one of the best in the anime business in creating hits. Their success ratio is one of the highest out there with shows like Fullmetal Alchemist and Ouran High School Host Club being just two of their classics; we can’t forget Captain Earth [another Spring 2014 anime I'm covering] which looks just as compelling as the show we’re looking at now. The show looks clean and well-presented with a clear aesthetic direction which is greatly appreciated. It’s not the best looking out there but it’s certainly above average which is alright with me! The artwork doesn’t offend and that’s what counts when you got a narrative which is wholly character driven. There are some cool action scenes which left me slack-jawed [such as a unicorn being sliced in half!] showing BONES’ mastery at pure, fast-paced action. My only concern is that Chaika has been made to look slightly more moe than her manga counterpart and MUCH cuter than the car she’s named after! It’s not a major gripe but something to take note of. She’s still cute, especially her eyebrows! [Don't mention them to her, she's sensitive about them].



I was looking forward to Chaika The Coffin Princess and vocalised my interest during the spring previews; I was not disappointed. It’s a charming story with an ultra-charming and iconic leading lady. Granted it’s not an earth-shattering anime in terms of production or quality but it is a solidly pieced together series which will guarantee a smile and a committed fanbase. The world is maturely constructed and I feel that I can get my head around the magical mechanics which are laid out slowly instead of dumped in one go. I can safely say that we will see Chaika cosplayers appearing at anime conventions soon enough!

When not working in the Crunchyroll offices, Masako writes for his personal review site Anifile - http://www.anifilereviews.com

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Anime of the season. Funniest anime of the season, by a long shot.
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The show itself runs on a Dismantled MacGuffin motif which, although is not something new, is complicated by the fact that several different parties are involved. The dense understory jives well with the sense of justice that drives Touru to help Chaika (at least this particular Chaika) in her quest to retrieve her grandfather's remains. This helps move the viewer to side with Touru, which makes for a rather enjoyable sense of adventure and reckless abandon that I felt when watching the show.

More than anything, the show's animation prowess has sold me over, more so given it's under the helm of BONES. The HD mastery is fantastic and the sound effects and musical score are just as delightful. How the story plays out is another issue altogether, but given the quality of character development, I have high hopes for this series. Keep it on the tab, definitely.
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Hey, I'm wondering if I should watch this anime or not. I'm usually into anime that has action and is fast-paced, such as Haikyū!! or No Game No Life.
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GodIsSupreme wrote:

Hey, I'm wondering if I should watch this anime or not. I'm usually into anime that has action and is fast-paced, such as Haikyū!! or No Game No Life.


I wouldn't exactly call it fast-paced, but the action is pretty good. The pacing of the story is, in itself, somewhat slow because the producers are gunning for a 24-episode show (2 seasons). I say go for it.
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When authors are given the advice of "Create interesting characters, and let them make the story", I feel this is exactly what they have in mind. Chaika is one of the best character-driven stories I've seen in quite some time. It really does feel like the storywriter focused exclusively on the character's personal stories, and let that fall together for the main story. Also, its magic system is reasonably thought out, difficult to use and not too commonplace, always enjoyable.
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GodIsSupreme wrote:

Hey, I'm wondering if I should watch this anime or not. I'm usually into anime that has action and is fast-paced, such as Haikyū!! or No Game No Life.


Well, Haikyuu! is my favourite of the season. Chaika is second, and No Game No Life is about fourth. If your tastes are anything like mine, you'll like this show.

Although, truth be told, I don't know why I like it. I guess Chaika just won me over.

Oh and the combat scenes are really cool. All the characters have an important role to play. It's a bit like volleyball.
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Chaika is a must watch this season. I truly enjoy this show, Some great laughs, great dialogue and loveable characters. There is just something about these quirky characters, each with their own unique personalities that really make you fall in love with the show.
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Definitly one of the top five shows of the Spring season. Tough to put it at number one but it's worthy of being top five. We're at the point now where the government knows something is up and I really do not know where this show will take us. Chaika is a real lovable character but along Toru and Akari I like the crew that was chasing Chaika and I like Red Chaika (though White Chaika is superior). The announcement of another season made me happy because twelve or thirteen episodes just does not cut it for this anime.
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