Saikano: The Last Love Song on This Little Planet. (最終兵器彼女 Saishū Heiki Kanojo, lit. She, the Ultimate Weapon) is an anime/manga series that has the genre of Fantasy, Science-Fiction, Romance (heavy on this one); theme of angst, military and war all-in-one.
Shuji and Chise are two Hokkaido high school students. Shuji is an anti-social 17 year old who has better than average grades and is on the track team while Chise only scores in world history. The two has had feelings for each other for awhile but since neither of them are willing to do anything (shy/confuse/awkward), nothing happened…until their childhood friend Akemi helped ‘push’ them together. This finally allowed them to enter a relationship.
Then, with no warning, a squadron of bombers from an unknown country destroy the city of Sapporo in broad daylight. All hope is lost when suddenly, the bombers are destroyed by a small red light floating across the sky. At this point, Shuji finds out that the one responsible for eliminating the enemy forces is Chise, who reveals herself as a cyborg engineered for mass-destruction by the Japanese Self-Defense Forces as the last hope for defending Japan from imminent invasion.
Done by Shin Takahashi, this series will make you laugh, cry, gasp, and last of all, think. The first time I was introduced to this series, I checked out a few video clips and the next thing I knew, I teared. It was simply too touching…and deep to, as I found out after watching the whole series. Both light-hearted and heavy, I was brought on an emotional roller-coaster as I followed episode after episode. It might have a genre of Fantasy but the downsides and effects which warfare brought about are definitely real. The sense of loss after a love one dies; worrying whether one would come back home to see his or her loved ones again; the tension of knowing that one could die at anytime, with the line of life and death being blurred.
Heavy on romance as well, we see Chise and Shuchi’s relationship fluctuating in the beginning at first but slowly recovering. It was simply heart wrenching to see Chise turned into a machine, gradually losing her humanity bit by bit; her warmth, her sense of taste/smell, her heartbeat…her emotions…yet Shuchi continues to care for her all the way till the end. Chise, on the other hand, clings onto Shuchi as her last hope on retaining what’s left of her humanity.
Here are two videos for you to enjoy:
Ending Theme: Sayonara by Yuria Yato
Insert Song: Kimi Ga Yume Miru Tame Ni