You haven’t heard about Kaina of the Great Snow Sea yet? You are missing an adventurous journey filled with fantasy and secrets. Kaina of the Great Snow Sea is one of the anticipated anime which follows a story of a girl who embarked on a journey of self-discovery.
On her way, she comes across a fantasy world that leaves her spellbound. She also has to face dangers, and rivals, uncover forgotten secrets, and discover the truth within herself that she has set out for.
Kaina of the Great Snow Sea or Ōyukiumi no Kaina is an original Japanese anime series created by Tsutomu Nihei and animated by Polygon Pictures to commemorate the studio’s 40th anniversary. The series made its debut in January 2023 on Fuji TV’s +Ultra programming block.
The manga adaptation with art for the same is being drawn by Itoe Takemoto and began serialization in Kodansha’s shōnen manga magazine Monthly Shōnen Sirius in February 2022. Crunchyroll has the license for both the manga and the anime. Now let’s move on to the plot of the show.
Kaina of the Great Snow Sea Plot
A girl named Kaina lives in world of organic membranes called Canopy created by massive orbital spire trees. Humans are closer to extinction in the settings and water is scarce. A little far beneath the canopy, at the foot of trees lies the endless Snow Sea, where Princess Ririha and her country barely survive against the cold and rival countries.
There’s a legend that a sage knows how to produce abundant water but that is yet to be discovered by mortals. Ririha travels on top of the canopy using a hot air balloon in search of a way to save her country and gets rescued by Kaina.
Although Ririha fails to find a sage her meeting with Kaina makes Ririha eager to explore the surface of the world. As they explore the surface world the bitter truth of antagonistic technology, wars, politics, etc makes their journey challenging.
Kaina of the Great Snow Sea Episode Release Dates
The episode release dates of Kaina of the Great Snow Sea have been shared below but these are tentative dates and are not confirmed by the franchise officially. The episodes are released every Thursday in Japan.
- Episode -1: The Boy From the Canopy Thu Jan 12, 2023
- Episode -2: Princess of the Snow Sea Thu Jan 19, 2023
- Episode -3: Travelling Down the Orbital Tree Thu Jan 26, 2023
- Episode -4: Conflict at the Snow Sea Thu Feb 02, 2023
- Episode -5: Rescue Mission Thu Feb 09, 2023
- Episode -6: Ririha in a Cage Thu Feb 16, 2023
- Episode -7: Fortress Nation Thu Feb 23, 2023
- Episode -8: Lost At Sea Thu Mar 02, 2023
- Episode -9: Insignia of an Ancient Castle Thu Mar 09, 2023
- Episode -10: TBA Thu Mar 16, 2023
- Episode -11: TBA Thu Mar 23, 2023
Kaina of the Great Snow Sea Episode Timings
Kaina of the Great Snow Sea timetable has been shared below but make sure to check the timings with your location before making your schedule for the day.
- Pacific Time: 09:30 AM PDT
- Central Time: 12:30 PM CDT
- Eastern Time: 1:30 PM EDT
- British Time: 06:30 PM BST
Note that the release time for Crunchyroll is based on the platform’s daily release pattern. In case of any changes, we will update the same.
Where to Watch Kaina of the Great Snow Sea?
People living in Japan can watch it on local Tv channels while people who are outside of Japan can watch it on Crunchyroll.
Kaina of the Great Snow Sea Short Review
Kaina of the Great Snow Sea story is an interesting and unique experience, although the story is not up to the level the world-building is mind-blowing. I will be honest I watched the series without looking at the trailer because the cover looked compelling. Plus the show’s point of view was different than the usual anime shows and was not a cliche.
The first episode mocks the world and presents a unique point of view which makes the viewers continue watching further. The weird maze-like forest is sure to remind you of Made in Abyss or One Piece. The anime seems exotic, real, and packed with adventures. The world and environment are its strongest points I would say.
The CGI is decent but, the music makes it enjoyable and bearable if you are looking for some original story. If you want to enjoy the anime then ignore the CGI part because at least they tried. Lastly, the characters are decent with strong foundations but not powerful or super good-looking like Gojou, Levi, or Eren.
Kaina of the Great Snow Sea has a 6.7-star rating in MAL as of March 2023, which makes it below average. I think it’s a good anime that deserves at least a 7-star rating. Moreover, unlike complicated pasts or history in major fantasy anime, the only thing that saves it from mediocrity is curiosity about the world.
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