Hi, Sirius here!!! One of the animes I looked forward to watching this Winter Season was Otherside Picnic.
I first encountered this series through a friend of mine who got a chance to read its light novel. He expressed how good the story was. So the moment I learned about the anime adaptation, I got excited.
Like the Spider anime, I got a chance to watch this anime on Ani-One Asia’s channel.
Her first encounter with Toriko Nishina was on the Otherside after seeing “that thing” and nearly dying. Ever since that day, exhausted university student Sorawo Kamikoshi’s life changed. In this Otherworld, full of mystery, which exists alongside our own, dangerous beings like the Kunekune and Hasshaku-sama that are spoken of in real ghost stories appear. For research, for profit, and to find an important person, Toriko and Sorao set foot into the abnormal. (MAL)
Otherside Picnic was quite bizarre.
We were introduced to the main character, Sorao, who seemed to be contemplating about her life and her importance in the real world. She seemed to be quite edgy and depressed with her life. Then out of nowhere, she drowned in a very shallow river (??). A blonde girl saved her from drowning, and that girl was Toriko, the other main character. My first impression of her is she seemed to be the opposite of Sorao, in terms of personality.
Right of the bat, their chemistry was definitely there.
As this anime is labeled Yuri, I can fully get on the ship as it is canon af.
Anyway, back to the episode. Around this time, I was confused.
I’ll admit, I went into this without even reading the synopsis or even see any teasers or PVs. My friend didn’t even share with me its premise so I was blindsided by the bizarreness of everything that was happening so far in the episodes. However, I was able to understand the premise as the episode went on.
What did I understand so far?
Well, this supposed “otherside” seemed to be a place where supernatural beings that happens to be the famous rumors/myths/ghost stories in the real world exist. In other words, Creepypasta beings exist in this so-called “otherside”, and Sorao and Toriko explore this new world to find Toriko’s friend and also gain some profit from their adventure to the “otherside”.
You read that right, Creepypasta shiizzzz.
Because this is a Japanese anime, I think most of the supernatural beings they’ll eventually meet in this series would be based on Japanese’s own Creepypasta stories. And for me, that’s really cool and interesting.
So far, most of the stuff we hear and watch in animes are Japanese myths and folklore, this is the first time I am going to see a story that based on rumors and stories most of the Japanese people share. In the first episode, they first encountered a being called Kunekune that is supposed to be painful to look at. After the fight, both the protagonist seemed to notice changes in their body, specifically the parts that were affected by the being, Sorao’s eyes and Toriko’s left hand. I still don’t understand a bit how they defeated the supernatural, like Sorao can see(??) the being and knows(??) how to defeat it(??). I think I get it but I still find it iffy.
Then in the 2nd episode, they encountered a supernatural being that makes someone hallucinate, especially if the person had strong feelings for someone. The overall myth was really interesting, however, I don’t understand how they defeated it. Like, Toriko’s see-through left hand could grab stuff now that is connected to the being(??) while Sorao could determine the weakness of the being through her blue eye(??).
It’s very very interesting, but I hope they’ll explain it a bit further.
Now for the characters.
The main protagonists, Sorao and Toriko, are quite intriguing people. Both of them are distinct in their own way, personality-wise, and their dynamic together is fun to watch. Also, it seemed Sorao is starting to see the blonde girl in a different light, especially in the 2nd episode. I mean, if I were in her shoes, I would be too. Lol.
Anyway, in episode 2, her bitter behavior is reasonable as she did felt used by Toriko. With her being edgy and depressed, she could only see the negative side of everything, not noticing how Toriko actually likes her as a friend and partner she could trust on, especially during their dangerous adventures.
Their dynamic is growing and developing at the right pace and I hope the series could maintain this.
Lastly, I want to talk about art and animation. Character design-wise, it’s really good. But animation-wise? WTF there’s awkward 3D animation. It was quite prominent in the first episode, and they are quite a turn-off. But I still pushed through cuz the story is really interesting.
I am not expecting this anime to look really good like the other animes, but I just hope the inclusion of 3D animation would be more smooth and not a turn-off.
Overall, episode 1 and 2 were quite solid. They were able to introduce us, viewers, what the story is gonna be and I love it. I am definitely looking forward to the next episodes.