Cop Craft Season 2
Here’s comes an popular opinion: Shows like these are degraded by their aesthetics, so much so that people are turned off without really trying. The UNPOPULAR one is these shows DO have material, and not for the lack of trying, and really offer differences to the table.
That is what Cop Craft is: an action-fantasy detective series created by Full Metal Panic (and Amagi Brilliant Park) creator Shoji Gatoh, but somehow landed the led role to hit-and-miss manager Shin Itagaki. Hopefully he does not screw this, because it’s been pretty great for the most part.
If you have watched Kekkai Sensen, the assumption (or its world-building) should come as no surprise as aliens and humans are living side-by-side amongst a Western civilization-run town, and all the crap terms and conditions that the immigrants have to live by in order to keep peace amidst conflict. However that battle soon arises from the fact that an entity (in this case, a fairy) has the capacity to threaten the existence of people from the Earth from the alien immigrants who would like to thwart humanity to oblivion. And in this instance, a well-established detective by the name of Kei Matoba and the immigrants’ representative Tilarna Exedilica need to work together to ward off the evil that may possibly kill either species.
In the event of figures, Kei Matoba is as close as what you will get when working with these E.T-esque characters, as derivative as working together with strangers and no hesitation to take them down, referencing American policemen if non-compliance is conformed. Tilarna on the other hand appears child-like, but do not confuse her look from her standing, as being a Knight does not shun her from the pristine problems of peace and conflict, and while being oblivious to Earth’s principles, sometimes she could be witty too.
The elephant in the room is in the Art/Animation department, done by Millepensee (the 2016 Berserk series in collaboration with another 3DCGI studio). For the most part it actually delivers, unless the CGI does give you motion sickness. In my eye it seems obligatory, but it plays a role in the full story/plot, especially in the action scenes. And please Shin Itagaki, get your foothold right!
The audio department really does a fantastic job foreshadowing and replicating the American sense of the city which this story is constructed in. And in the event of OP/ED, the OP by Masayoshi Ooishi (if you recognize his voice as part of OxT from Overlord) is a banger, and I am prepared to fill this in as my OP of this season. Tilarna’s VA for the ED is great though.
This might be an under-appreciated display for exactly the exact reasons people deny it, but this series ought to be given a second chance!