Attack on Titan is coming to an end this year, leaving a significant gap in the anime world that other franchises will try to fill. Fortunately, a new contender has emerged this spring anime season in Heavenly Delusion. The series features terrifying creatures similar to the Titans from Attack on Titan, but it stands out for its unique storyline.
Heavenly Delusion only began to scratch the surface of its manga in 2018, with the story focusing on Maru and Kiruko, two young wanderers exploring a world that has been devastated by an apocalyptic event. The premiere episode, available to stream on Hulu, raises a lot of mysteries that add to the show’s allure. While it’s not uncommon for anime to introduce questions, the mysteries in Heavenly Delusion are particularly compelling. The show oscillates between the tale of the two travelers and a group of enigmatic students locked in a sealed environment.
Maru and Kiruko have their fair share of unanswered questions surrounding them, but their compelling chemistry and distinct personalities serve to propel the story forward, making viewers invested in their goals in this barren wasteland. The show’s combination of elements from Attack on Titan and The Walking Dead is noteworthy, with the young protagonists’ story resembling the latter and the mysterious class locked away from the apocalypse reminiscent of the former. The impressive art style of Production I.G. for the premiere episode also adds to the anime’s appeal, with a mix of energetic and solemn story beats.
As Attack on Titan’s anime is set to conclude this autumn, fans are eager to find a new series to fill the void it will leave. Although it is not yet confirmed if Heavenly Delusion can reach the same heights, the opening episode of the anime evokes the same feeling that made Attack on Titan so popular. Needless to say, we, along with countless other anime enthusiasts, are excited to follow this mystery series for the long haul.
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