I’m absolutely smitten with Captain Earth, to the point that it’s, well, haunting me.
I love Studio Bones, who I can’t remember having put a foot wrong in any of the shows i’ve seen, but there’s something really special going on in their new series, that harkens back to a few favourites of mine from years gone by.
I’m a huge RahXephon fan - a series which moved me immensely upon first watching, and more or less sealed the ongoing addiction as an anime fan. Something about it caught my eye; the stunning design, a lead character I genuinely adored, the ongoing motif of song, Yoko Kanno’s glorious soundtrack.
Yet the moment the series truly revealed the story it had been telling all along, my heart shattered into fireworks and I was truly, truly sold.
Captain Earth seems to have a number of people amongst it’s staff who worked on Rah - the Earth Engines reminding me of the mecha designs in particular - and there’s a long voice singing every now and then, which gives me chills every single time.
The Island in Captain Earth feels like a real place, somewhere I could walk and explore, much like the village in Rah. Therein it feels so peaceful, so calm, even though it hides flickers of darkness, of technology.
The cast are wonderful, the show having such good nature amidst it’s painbox, that i’m often surprised by moments of warmth. Instances where others might twist the knife and go darker, Captain Earth will show such determination and brilliance, a sheer desire to turn a mood, adhering a continual bonding with the characters. That those kids are fighting for one another, to push beyond repression, imprisonment, as well as for a far greater cause is glorious. Daichi’s moment in the early episodes a glorious example of sheer heroic bravery.
As such i’m reminded of the Legion Of Superheroes I grew up with. A group of people, such wonderful imagination, which i’ve never forgotten.
When Captain Earth revealed it’s team, in costumes, and, after numerous Shakespeare references throughout the show, went on to name them The Midsummer Knights, I absolutely beamed.
Add in the Earth Engine Impacter launch sequence. One of the greatest mecha launches i’ve ever seen and a piece of footage I still get giddy watching.
Then episode 8 brought the brilliant launch of Earth Engine Ordinary, which I was gibbering about for a good ten or so minutes after. “It .. it launched .. from a *train*”
The soundtrack is a true delight as well, from Flumpool’s corking opener [shown above], to an episodic score akin to John Williams at his finest.
Brilliant show. Can’t wait for episode 9 this week.