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''Kujira no Ko-ra wa Sajou ni Utau'' ("Whale Calves Sing on the Debris") is a shojo fantasy series by Abi Umeda. It launched in 2013, and has been licensed for release in English starting in November 2017 (it's published in France by Glénat since 2016). An anime adaptation aired in Fall 2017 in Japan; it launched on March 13, 2018 internationally via Creator/{{Netflix}}.

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''Kujira no Ko-ra wa Sajou ni Utau'' ("Whale Calves Sing on the Debris") is a shojo fantasy series by Abi Umeda. It launched in 2013, and has been licensed for release in English starting in November 2017 (it's been published in France by Glénat since 2016). An anime adaptation aired in Fall 2017 in Japan; it launched on March 13, 2018 internationally via Creator/{{Netflix}}.



* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Chakuro and his childhood friend Sami are constantly teased about being together by pretty much everyon. Same with Kuchiba and his transparent crush on the captain Taisha, and Masoh who loves the oblivious Shinono. By volume 8, [[spoiler:Sami and Taisha have been killed, and Masoh eventually died of "old age" after overusing his Thymia. Having a crush is never a good idea in this series.]]

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* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Chakuro and his childhood friend Sami are constantly teased about being together by pretty much everyon.everyone. Same with Kuchiba and his transparent crush on the captain Taisha, and Masoh who loves the oblivious Shinono. By volume 8, [[spoiler:Sami and Taisha have been killed, and Masoh eventually died of "old age" after overusing his Thymia. Having a crush is never a good idea in this series.]]



* MagicMusic: In volume 6, after [[spoiler:the Falainians get back the "tiller" of their ship and decide to head for Siderasia]], they move it by singing a song that they all had seeminly implanted in their head without knowing how.

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* MagicMusic: In volume 6, after [[spoiler:the Falainians get back the "tiller" of their ship and decide to head for Siderasia]], they move it by singing a song that they all had seeminly seemingly implanted in their head without knowing how.



* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Most of the names are transcribed from Greek, which can lead to some confusion depending on the conventions, notably regarding φ (PH/F). It does't help that the katakana transcription isn't always phonetically accurate.

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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Most of the names are transcribed from Greek, which can lead to some confusion depending on the conventions, notably regarding φ (PH/F). It does't doesn't help that the katakana transcription isn't always phonetically accurate.


** The anime also fails to mention how Liontari [[spoiler:survives falling into the sea of sand, which the manga states is due to Aima saving him.]]

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** The anime also fails to mention how Liontari [[spoiler:survives falling into the sea of sand, which the manga states is due to Aima saving him.]]


** Minor example, but the anime leaves out why Chakuro, someone noted to have poor control over his thymia, is part of a mission consisting otherwise of explicitly the best thymia users on the island. In the manga, Lykos volunteered him due to him being one of the few Marked with familiarity with nous.


* ArtMajorBiology: The skin color of all the people on the Mud Whale is pale despite the implication that they generally live near the equator.

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* ArtMajorBiology: The skin color of all the people on the Mud Whale is pale despite the implication that they generally live near the equator.living in a desert.

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* ArtMajorBiology: The skin color of all the people on the Mud Whale is pale despite the implication that they generally live near the equator.

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* GenericCuteness: The shoujo art style leads to everyone appearing cute and young-looking, so information like Kuchiba and Shinono being middle-aged parents older than the main cast has to be spelled out in dialogue. The anime adds OnlySixFaces on top of that.

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* OceanPunk: Mixed liberally with DesertPunk courtesy of the "ocean" being a gigantic desert.

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* InstantRunes: When a Marked uses their Thymia, a rune floats above their head and on whatever object they are manipulating.


* ApocalypseHow: According to the Empire, there's a legend about how the world was destroyed by the gods, seemingly as punishment for letting their emotions run out of control.

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* ApocalypseHow: According to the Empire, there's a legend about how the world was destroyed by the gods, called the Karthartirio Rain, seemingly as punishment for letting their emotions run out of control.

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* ApocalypseHow: According to the Empire, there's a legend about how the world was destroyed by the gods, seemingly as punishment for letting their emotions run out of control.


* EmotionsVsStoicism: The Empire believes that emotions are the root of evil in the world--but their lack has given them a LackOfEmpathy. Conversely, the people of Falaina prefer to live with their emotions (though they're not above more mundane means of emotional repression). On the other hand, emotions aren't always a good thing either, considering that [[spoiler:the entire tragedy of Duo and Miden stemmed from Duo's, with one civilian even wondering if [[VillainHasAPoint the Empire was right all along]]]].

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* EmotionsVsStoicism: One of the central themes of the series. The Empire believes that emotions are the root of evil in the world--but their lack has given them a LackOfEmpathy. Conversely, the people of Falaina prefer to live with their emotions (though they're not above more mundane means of emotional repression). On the other hand, emotions aren't always a good thing either, considering that [[spoiler:the entire tragedy of Duo and Miden stemmed from Duo's, with one civilian even wondering if [[VillainHasAPoint the Empire was right all along]]]].


''Kujira no Ko-ra wa Sajou ni Utau'' ("Whale Calves Sing on the Debris") is a shojo fantasy series by Abi Umeda. It launched in 2013, and has been licensed for release in English starting in November 2017 (it's published in France by Glénat since 2016). An anime adaptation is set to air in Fall 2017 in Japan and will launch on March 13, 2018 outside of Japan via Creator/{{Netflix}}.

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''Kujira no Ko-ra wa Sajou ni Utau'' ("Whale Calves Sing on the Debris") is a shojo fantasy series by Abi Umeda. It launched in 2013, and has been licensed for release in English starting in November 2017 (it's published in France by Glénat since 2016). An anime adaptation is set to air aired in Fall 2017 in Japan and will launch Japan; it launched on March 13, 2018 outside of Japan internationally via Creator/{{Netflix}}.


* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: Minor example, but the anime leaves out why Chakuro, someone noted to have poor control over his thymia, is part of a mission consisting otherwise of explicitly the best thymia users on the island. In the manga, Lykos volunteered him due to him being one of the few Marked with familiarity with nous.
** The anime also fails to mention how [[spoiler:Liontari survives falling into the sea of sand, which the manga states is due to Aima saving him.]]

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* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: AdaptationInducedPlotHole:
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Minor example, but the anime leaves out why Chakuro, someone noted to have poor control over his thymia, is part of a mission consisting otherwise of explicitly the best thymia users on the island. In the manga, Lykos volunteered him due to him being one of the few Marked with familiarity with nous.
** The anime also fails to mention how [[spoiler:Liontari survives Liontari [[spoiler:survives falling into the sea of sand, which the manga states is due to Aima saving him.]]


* AnimalThemeNaming: Orca, Liontari, and Arachni, all residents of the Allied Empire, have names that have to do with animals.



* ColorfulThemeNaming: One that gets LostInTranslation, but the names of the Mud Whale's residents are derived from Japanese color terminology.[[note]]"Chakuro" = "blackish-brown", "Sami" = "light green", Suou = "raspberry red", "Ginshu" = "vermilion", etc.[[/note]] Ironically, these tend to not be the colors that feature heavily into their designs.



* DeadPersonConversation: Neri somehow[[spoiler: manages to summon the spirits of all the people of the Mud Whale who've died, and Chakuro manages to converse with both Sami and Taisha.]]
** [[spoiler:And later Ouni has one with a recently killed Nibi after he fatally damages the Nous Olivines.]]

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* DeadPersonConversation: DeadPersonConversation:
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Neri somehow[[spoiler: manages to summon the spirits of all the people of the Mud Whale who've died, and Chakuro manages to converse with both Sami and Taisha.]]
** [[spoiler:And And later Ouni has one with a [[spoiler:a recently killed Nibi after he fatally damages the Nous Olivines.]]


* CompressedAdaptation: While the anime scrupulously adapts every scene of the manga in the first 9 or so episodes, the last few episodes follow it much more loosely, notably skipping ''an entire volume'' of material before [[spoiler:the Mud Whale gets past the sand streams to head to Amonlongia.]] The stop at the mysterious time-distorting tower, as well as the entire flashback showing the origins of the Mud Whale [[spoiler:and the birth of the first "Daimonas" Midén]] is completely absent. Presumably it was too much material to fit into a 12 episode season.

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* CompressedAdaptation: While the anime scrupulously adapts every scene of the manga in the first 9 or so episodes, the last few episodes follow it much more loosely, notably skipping ''an entire volume'' of material before [[spoiler:the Mud Whale gets past the sand streams to head to Amonlongia.]] The stop at the mysterious time-distorting tower, as well as the entire flashback showing the origins of the Mud Whale [[spoiler:and the birth of the first "Daimonas" Midén]] is are completely absent. Presumably it was too much material to fit into a 12 episode season.

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