Introducing the fabulously demented Ozu sisters.
What They Say
While heading to the hospital, Ibara and her team run into Cleanup Crew members Kanon and Shion Ozu, otherwise known as the Ozu Sisters. But to Ibara’s surprise, the Ozu Sisters turn against their former classmate…
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
One of the most difficult questions Coppelion has posed thus far is, “How seriously is the series itself taking the material, and how seriously is the audience supposed to take it?” The manga is far more clear on this point, as the cartoonier artstyle and lapses into comedy make it clear it’s not hard sci-fi. The anime’s photo-realistic backgrounds make this more difficult to parse out. The first episode is stark in its beauty and minimalism. Here we have a girl who shoots lightning from her hands. But at this point, why not?
The girls spreading toxic waste around to block Ibara and company’s path are the Ozu sisters, Shion and Kanon. They are crazy, and they are powerful. Haruto reveals that all Coppelion are clones of already-existing people, with extra abilities added on. Shion and Kanon are twins, and clones of a single famous actress. Why an actress? And also secretly this actress was also a serial killer. Was this known at the time? Why a serial killer? Why not? Shion and Kanon are therefore genetically crazy, which is pretty fantastic. Sadly, the show goes down a somewhat predictable path by revealing the Coppelion aren’t constructed for age, and may die at any time. They’re sort of like Blade Runner replicants. As an act of revenge, and perhaps to stop their death (though it’s never explained whether the Coppelion are killed remotely or just due), Shion and Kanon have decided to help Division 1 kill all of mankind so the Coppelion can rule the earth. Would have been cooler if they were just crazy, but you can’t get everything you want.
Although Shion is super strong and super-dumb, and Kanon can shoot lightning from her hands, so you can get pretty close. The sisters are about what you might expect, haughty ko-gals who are also sociopaths with wicked grins. They basically trap all of the survivors in a ruined supermarket until Ibara is able to pull out a new super-weapon that Haruto gave her earlier, in a disappointing deus-ex-machina reveal. Still, the “final” showdown with the sisters (for this episode, at least) is pretty satisfying as action goes. The fanservice is also oddly cranked up a bit, as it’s clear the author gave Ibara bloomers just so she could use her legs to strangle people and flip them over.
The episode ends with the wind whipping up and blowing the radioactive waste just everywhere, even in areas Division 1 had claimed as shelters. It seems like in post-apocalyptic ruins you just can’t even trust the clones of serial killers with special electric eel DNA grafted into their cells. Kids these days, I tell you.
The final arc and final showdown is pretty much set up here, and the rest of the series will likely involve stopping the Shion sisters from destroying the Sarcophagus. Coppelion has gone from sober contemplation of nuclear destruction to K-like superpower battles between schoolgirls, so fans of the earlier tone may be gravely disappointed. Coppelion’s manga is from a time way before the Fukushima disaster, and GoHands may have had a difficult time deciding the proper tone to use. As long as I keep this in mind, I’m having a lot of fun.
Coppelion has been a weird ride so far, and it looks like the conclusion is ready to bend or break any restraints. It still manages to play to all of my biases, from its wonderful depiction of abandoned Tokyo, to yandere schoolgirls who just wanna kill stuff. It’s obviously been a divisive series, but an entertaining one, as long as you don’t get hung up on the lack of realism in the presentation.
Streamed By: Viz Media
Review Equipment: Sony VAIO 17″ HD screen