Greetings and welcome back! It’s the last month of the year with only a few more days until the dawn of the new year. With the remaining time of this year I would like to take on the story of a world after its end. It sounds weird for this month’s topic, but trust me… it will work out… probably.
Tis the season where miracles happen. For December’s theme, we will be exploring faith in anime and pop culture. We will discuss some of the miracles that enter a character’s life during their darkest moments. Some of their questions we will explore is how does a “miracle” change a person’s life? How do we define miracles? Can miracles only happen due to a legend or a mystical being? Or do miracles happen every day, but we just don’t see it? We hope that you enjoy this holiday season! Happy Holidays! – the OWLS Team ❤
What else could I pick besides World End (Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii desu ka?)? Nothing. I know, I am a bit of a weird person, but I just have a thing for this type of stories. Especially if we have the „miracle of a second chance in life“ not be so happy go lucky as someone would like to.
World End is a light novel written by Akira Kareno with illustrations by Ue. An anime adaptation covering the volumes 1 – 3 aired from April to June in 2017. The anime was a lovely adaptation with one of the very best versions of the classic song „Scarborough Fair“ sung by Tamaru Yamada.
What is World End about? The story is set 500 years after the end of the world. At least the end of the world on the surface of the planet. After a war and the appearance of seventeen beasts which destroyed the surface in a matter of weeks. The other races managed to be saved by a sage who used magic to lift masses of land into the air as floating islands. This brings us to the present day of the story and the protagonist Willem who is the last remaining human being. He was found on the surface in stone form and is now working odd jobs to pay off his debts.
He was offered a job by his friend and one of the people who found him. This is a job at a warehouse to keep weapons in check. To his surprise, the weapons are old weapons he knows wielded by fairies, young looking girls who can be seen as disposable tools to fight the beasts. The story has a strong theme of finding a place to call home and a reason to live.
For me the miracle of this story isn’t as much in Willem surviving these 500 years as it lies within the little things that are portrayed in this melancholic tale. Forging bonds with different people and moving forward with this new life. Please don’t forget that Willem is not just out of place, he is also out of time. These are the real miracles for me. Miracles can be found everywhere. It’s not always this extremely huge something that happened that we can call miracle. And we can’t forget that it is also different for each person.
As much as Willem’s situation could be called a miracle, it can also be seen as a curse. Being freed from the petrification brings the sadness. He is the only one left. Everyone and everything he knew is gone. And the novel is doing a great job at showing his struggles with his day to day life at the warehouse. He was once a warrior he went to battle and left his family at home waiting for him to return… now he is the caretaker of the young girls who go to battle while he waits for their return.
It’s nice to see a bit of a different take on the „everything has a price“ idea. Sure, it is easy to say that he may pay just a little bit in form of his debts and maybe his depression and struggles for being alive, but this is surely a huge price to pay. On the other hand, he is now surrounded by people who like him and he has a place to call home. So even the tragic things that happened invited something good.
Thanks for sticking until the end for this weird take of the miracle.
If you want more about miracles, please check out YumDeku’s previous OWLS post!
This concludes this month’s comfy holiday blog tour. Enjoy your New Year’s Eve and I hope we’ll see you next month and year again!
I wish you a nice start into 2019!