Dennou Coil – Impressions (Ep. 1 – 4)

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The Windows automatic updater just killed most of this entry as I left my computer unattended for a few minutes. I’m mentioning it because it was the most horrible thing ever and I almost didn’t go back to writing this entry today because of it. All the hard work…! (I write in notepad, because WordPress’s entry tool drives me absolutely insane.)

Anyway, now that that’s aside, on to Dennou Coil. I don’t know about anyone else, but I sure love alternate fictional depictions of the internet, although the only other one I can really think of is the Wired in Lain. Add to this a general Studio Ghibli atmosphere, and you have one awesome show.

The internet tells me that some of the people working on this have also worked on Studio Ghibli films, so I suppose that explains the similar atmosphere (and how reminiscent the mojo are of Spirited Away’s dust bunnies). I don’t really know how to explain what I mean by “Studio Ghibli atmosphere,” but if you’ve seen Spirited Away and felt anything like awe at the imaginative world, that’s basically what it is. The Ghibli comparison also works well for one other thing: Dennou Coil is a kid’s show (and noticeably so), but in the same way that Ghibli movies are kid’s movies.

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‘m just going to have to ramble on about the world a bit. In Dennou Coil, cyberspace is layered on top of reality. With special glasses, people can see things that are a part of it but not reality, such as virtual pets, and interact with them as though they were real. They’re about equivalent to computers in (our actual) reality. Through them, they have access to a keyboard and screens that just appear in thin air, and when something happens to them through the cyberworld (such as getting hit by a Kuu-chan or being bombarded by pop-up like things), it’s the glasses that ultimately take damage. However, people themselves seem to appear damaged, so I’m not 100% sure of that, but for now it’s the best explanation I could come up with.

Of course, if there were only cyberspace and virtual pets, it would be a bit boring. So. Some of the inhabitants (for the lack of a better term) of cyberspace include viruses, anti-virus programs, and… other things. Viruses (well, “magnified viruses”) are called “illegals” and look like black blobs. Anti-virus programs come in two varieties: the Kuu-chan, which are floating orbs that go around shooting anything abnormal with red laser beams to restore it, and Sacchi, which is a big… thing that has a little kid’s voice and basically does what the Kuu-chan do, just better. (It’s bigger, and it has four Kuu-chan as a part of it.) Then there are some creatures that seem to be some sort of program – Oyaji is introduced as belonging to Fumie, while the mojo belong to Yuko. They basically carry out anything their owners need them to.

Here are some pictures of an illegal, Sacchi, and Oyaji (in that order):

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The virtual pets also seem to be able to do some things other than sit around and look cute; for instace, Dennsuke can open help files and so on. I guess they’re also sort of like computers, since they can be attacked by viruses.

Aside from all “living” things, there are also some usefull tools, such as metatags and other knickknacks. Metatags seem to do a lot of things, but the most popular one shown so far is the head beam. Slap a metatag on your forehead and you can shoot something akin to a laser beam out of it through a simple hand motion! There are also walls, some spray can that opens ways to obsolete space, a fishing rod, weaponry, and more that I’m probably forgetting.

Finally, “meta-bugs” seem to be used as a form of payment, as well as employed in making metatags.

These four episodes basically introduce the main characters and concepts so far: Dennsuke gets infected by a virus and the kids need to save him, a second Yuko is introduced, and Daisuke, Yuko, and Fumie duke it out (best fight ever). That’s all, in a nutshell.

One thing I’m not certain about is what in the world Yuko is. They call her an “encoder,” and I assumed that was pretty much refering to hacker (popular usage of the word) in reality, but then Daichi’s “hacker club” was introduced, so I guess they already have people they call hackers. So… then what’s an encoder?

I hate waiting for episodes to come out (not talking about fansubs, but in general). I have no patience, and I’m dying to know what happens next.

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4 Responses to Dennou Coil – Impressions (Ep. 1 – 4)

  1. w says:

    I think the difference between an encoder and a hacker in that world is like the difference between a real hacker and some kids just fooling around with a bit of knowledge they know like in this world. The real hacker would have access to things others don’t and contacts in the right places and may even be part of a large organisation but the kids are easily pwned by the real hacker.

    Also, it’s Isako (the 2nd Yuko) not Fumie who’s an encoder ;)

  2. admin says:

    Yeah, that would seem like the most reasonable explanation.

    (And thanks for pointing out the horrible typo.)

  3. washi says:

    This show is certainly a lot of fun, especially after episode 4. After the third episode I was just craving some sort of excitement of revelation to appear in the series, and luckily we got both.

    While it’s great fun, it does bug me sometimes about how their virtual world works, because a lot of it just doesn’t make any sense. But it’s still a great series.

  4. admin says:

    It’s funny that you mention that, because I watch this with my boyfriend and he always, always complains that it’s cool but makes no sense while I don’t really care. I find it better if you just sort of go with whatever they throw at you and don’t really try to think about it too hard. If that makes any sense.

    Anyway, but I do hope that they explain more about it so that maybe it does make some sense one day.