[Review] The Orbital Children and Inflated Expectations

When I learned that the creator of 2007’s Dennou Coil had a new work available this season for instant viewing, I was ecstatic. I don’t normally hold to Netflix’s handling of anime—all at once at the end of the season rather than weekly with release date—but instances like this are a bit of an exception. Rather than the anime airing a full season earlier and announced at the end when fans are already looking to the next, Netflix-produced series like these drop at the same time as their announcement so fans don’t have to wait an annoyingly long time to consume and still remain on schedule with other currently airing shows.

I wish I could say that I fell in love with The Orbital Children (TOC from here on) given its shared space with its predecessor, but that simply wasn’t the case. I fell instead into the hole that is inflated expectations—I thought I’d receive another groundbreaking and tastefully written story, but quickly felt annoyed and dissatisfied with the characters, language, and pacing. I can’t say I fully regret watching TOC since it’s a mere six episodes (2 films in Japan) that ask worthwhile questions; I only wish the writing lived up to my hopes.

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Kaiseki Anime Podcast Episode 091 – Winter 2022 Season Preview

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 01:50 Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest Season 2
  • 02:40 Fantasia Sango – Realm of Legends
  • 03:08 Girls’ Frontline
  • 03:25 Orient
  • 04:50 Rusted Armors
  • 05:08 Saiyuki RELOAD: ZEROIN
  • 06:00 She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man
  • 07:13 The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest
  • 08:10 World’s End Harem
  • 11:48 Cue!
  • 12:34 Futsal Boys!!!!!
  • 13:27 How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Part 2
  • 14:20 In the Land of Leadale
  • 15:57 Life with an Ordinary Guy Who Reincarnated Into a Total Fantasy Knockout
  • 17:36 Miss Kuroitsu from the Monster Development Department
  • 18:19 Platinum End
  • 20:09 Police in a Pod
  • 21:37 Sasaki and Miyano
  • 22:24 Tokyo 24th Ward
  • 24:00 Akebi’s Sailor Uniform
  • 27:30 Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2
  • 29:08 The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt
  • 30:37 Love of Kill
  • 32:02 My Dress-Up Darling
  • 34:15 Requiem of the Rose King
  • 35:55 Sabikui Bisco
  • 37:30 Slow Loop
  • 38:51 Teasing Master Takagi-san Season 3
  • 39:27 Tribe Nine
  • 41:15 Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
  • 41:20 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc
  • 41:32 Princess Connect
  • 42:00 Ranking of Kings
  • 42:17 Salaryman’s Club
  • 42:22 The Case Study of Vanitas Part 2
  • 42:36 The Orbital Children
  • 43:03 Outro

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Music Credits:

  • “Clover 3” by Vibe Mountain
  • Sabikui Bisco OP: “Kaze no Oto Sae Kikoenai” (Even the Wind is Silent) by JUNNA
  • “Seasons” by roljui