Somali and the Forest Spirit (Episode 1) – Journeying Parent and Child

Somali and the Forest Spirit Title

A forest spirit finds a small human child alone in the forest and goes on an adventure to find other humans so that she might have a normal life, but humans have become almost extinct… and they sure are tasty!

What happened?

The Golem, a guardian of the forest, watches over it but never interferes. That was until he came across a small human child alone in the forest. She had a broken chain around her neck and was dressed in rags, but rather than being afraid of the Golem, she called him daddy! The Golem decides to leave the forest and take Somali on an adventure to find other humans. They will both experience a strange new world and make startling discoveries, and not just about the world.

Somali and the Forest Spirit Episode 1 The Golem finds the Human Child

What was your favourite element?

I really enjoyed the dialogue between Somali and the Golem. It was fascinating to see the different approaches of the logical and emotionless Golem versus the curious and playful Somali. I can’t help but wonder if this is an allegory for fathers and children, playing on the old-fashioned beliefs of the father figure being cold and logical. I’m certainly aware of it in Western culture and I have a feeling it’s even more prominent in the East. Of course, that’s not to say that everyone is like that, but it struck me as an interesting parallel.

Somali and the Forest Spirit Episode 1 The Golem uses Eye to Appraise Fake Gems

What have you learnt?

I always going on about branching out and watching/reading genres that you wouldn’t normally. If you’re interested in becoming a writer, I think it’s paramount, especially a genre other than the one you write in. Slice of Life has never been something that appealed to me, so slapping it in a fantasy setting is certainly the way to ease me in. There is a lot to be learnt from stepping outside your comfort zone and it will help enrich your writing for sure. As with this episode, I love the idea of taking something like the father-child relationship and pushing it to the extremes.

Somali and the Forest Spirit Episode 1 The Golem and Somali Hold Hands

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6 Comments

  1. I also love this show! It’s my first anime reviewed of the new season.

    • Mine too. I loved the imagery and the bizarre creatures. The forest reminded me of the forest in Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.

    • Thanks for reading. It’s not my normal goto sort of series, but I’m glad I did. There’s a real mix of wonder and terror that’s hard to pull off.

  2. Just wanted to say, only since yesterday I started this show and its so heartwarming! Also kind of funny to hear the same voice Japanese actor as Jotaro play the Golem dad! I guess it’s in his nature to be a father…
    I had only heard about this show after reading your review and checked it out for myself so I’m glad I came across this post!

    • No worries. I’m glad I helped you find it. There’s no episode scheduled this week which is a shame, but it’ll be back in the following week. Gives us plenty of time to stock up on tissues… I get the feeling its going to be an emotional ride.

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