Anime review: Denno Coil
Status: watched 3 episodes (of 26)
Sitting there at your computer surfing the internet is pretty cool. But what if you could put on a pair of glasses and the world around you became the internet? That’s what it’s like for the kids of Denno Coil. But just like today’s internet, there’s always the chance that your cyberpet will become infected with a new breed of super virus trying to escape from some corrupted section of the web and wreak havoc on the world.
The very freaked out looking Yasako and her cyberdog Densuke (pictured above) find themselves on that adventure shortly after moving to their new home in Daikoku. And it just so turns out that Yasako’s grandmother runs an investigative agency – with kids as her operatives – to root out this kind of trouble.
I fell in love with this show almost immediately. What impressed me most was a style of animation I’ve not seen enough of – sketchy, hand drawn lines combined with detailed backgrounds and seamless CG. Then you get to know the characters, and just as much care has been put into their personalities and quirks. These combine beautifully into a future world that doesn’t feel futuristic. Their crazy new internet technology has integrated so well and the characters are so comfortable with it, the show doesn’t have that now typical Cyborg Hyperspace Ghost in the Shell Blade Runner Ergo Proxy “I’m so disconnected from my connected world” thing going on.
In fact, there’s a wonderful sense of magic mixed with technology – in one scene a character reaches into a tiny purse and pulls out a spray can, a full-sized fishing rod and a funny little foot tall creature that looks like a big thumb with legs and a tiny butt. In another, the kids are being chased through town by a robotic virus hunting machine but are protected by stepping into Shinto shrines or by simply drawing Torii gates on the sidewalk with chalk. It’s moments like these, plus all the cute little fuzzy creatures and Yasako’s younger sister Kyoko being a spitting image of Mei Kusakabe, that makes this show a My Neighbour Totoro for the 21st century.
Denno Coil is the perfect kids show, but sadly, that’s why I won’t be watching any more episodes. I would highly recommend this show for the 8 – 13 year old set and their parents watching with them, but for the rest of us, it’s just nice to know something this good is out there for the next generation of anime fans.