If you enjoy fantasy and magic then I have no doubt you will enjoy Children of the Whales, a new anime launched on Netflix recently. Children of the Whales is based on a manga of the same name originally written and illustrated by Abi Umeda. The story focuses on a young boy called Chakuro, who lives on a giant island called the Mud Whale, floating atop a sea of sand. The Mud Whale is home to 513 people, who live completely isolated from the rest of the world, living only by the means of their island, and the random chance of passing another island, and pulling from its resources.
Children of the Whales is based on a manga of the same name originally written and illustrated by Abi Umeda. The story focuses on a young boy called Chakuro, who lives on a giant island called the Mud Whale, floating utop a sea of sand. The Mud Whale is home to 513 people, who live completely isolated from the rest of the world, living only by the means of their island, and the random chance of passing another island, and pulling from it’s resources. The inhabitants of the Mud Whale are split into two different groups of people – The Marked, who are able to move objects with their minds using a power called “Thymia”, and the Unmarked, those who do not have these abilities. The trade-off is that those who are able to use Thymia will live significantly shortened lifespans as a consquence. Due to the Mud Whale drifting without a course, Chakuro and his friends have never seen anyone from the outside world, and they spend their days yearning to explore and learn about it. One day, the Mud Whale passes a nearby island. Chakuro decided to scout the island for information and finds an injured blue haired girl on the island.
In a fit of confusion, the girl attempts to attack Chakuro but is so drained and weak that she falls to the ground before she can strike him down. Chakuro decided to take her with him back to the Mud Whale, where she reveals that she comes from another island, where the inhabitants do not have names. Chakuro and his friends give her a name, Lykos, and so begins the start of their friendship. What seems like a short time after the party return to the Mud Whale, a mysterious force appears and boards the Mud Whale, with masked men raining down and murdering its inhabitants. These antagonists don’t seem to have any goal in mind and show no remorse in the pointless murder.
Thankfully with the help of Lykos and Chakuro’s friends, they are able to fight off the enemies and live for another day. The story continues as Chakuro and Lykos go on an adventure to discover the truth of the Mud Whale and what lies beyond their limited world covered in sand. All 12 episodes of the first season of Children of the Whales can be watched on Netflix right now. The final episode is a very open ended and leads to the possibility of a second season.
Although no official announcements of a second season have been made, the show has been receiving positive feedback, and could potentially be returning if Netflix puts more investment into it. The only concern is that the Manga was used as the source material for Season 1, with not enough to go on to continue a full second season until more Manga is published. An alternative would be to deviate from the source material but right now we can’t tell what will follow.