And God’s image seemed to not be wearing any panties.
As much as I appreciate anime not going full skeevy and flashing underwear in our faces, when the alternative is to pretend there isn’t anything there at all, it just comes off as looking weird as surreal. The above image is just an instance where the legs actually joined, giving us the unfortunate impression that schoolgirls like to tackle the nuclear disaster while going commando. Also that the process they go through to become radiation resistant involves them giving up their reproductive organs, which adds a whole other layer of weird and creepy to their existence.
On other occasions though, the skirt flies right up to reveal that their legs never end. It’s just legs all the way up. Probably another part of the biological process of creating radiation resistant schoolgirls. Besides, why do they have to wear school uniforms anyway? They’re going into a destroyed barren city with difficult terrain and dangerous wild animals. Shouldn’t they wear more comfortable climbing gear? Shouldn’t they be carrying more efficient bags that can be strapped around both shoulders rather than carrying them over one shoulder? Or is dressing like a schoolgirl a requirement of their nuclear forcefields?
Another great idea when sending young girls into a dangerous nuclear wasteland is to make sure they are armed to the teeth. And by armed to the teeth I mean given one measly tranquillizer gun and a pair of knee-high socks. Let’s also make the military commander be called ‘Vice-Principle’ because that is sure to make the nation respect him when he broadcasts to the entire world.
If you have never read it, I highly recommend reading Short Cuts. Now more than ever, because Coppelion feels like an extended gag from that manga. It’s like the author originally wrote a deadly serious post-nuclear disaster that was intended as a severe criticism of Japan’s nuclear energy programmes but the idea was rejected. You can still see that concept lying underneath the schoolgirl story. But upon being rejected the author went “fine, what do you want, schoolgirls? Fuck it, they’re now all schoolgirls” and that idea was the one that was accepted. Instead of being a criticism of toying with powers beyond our comprehension, Coppelion seems like a satirical piece on Japan’s adoration of schoolgirls. When the world is destroyed and Tokyo is left in ruins, who will come save us? Schoolgirls!
I feel the scene where the man dying of nuclear radiation sees the schoolgirl and wonders if he’s just seen an angel is a metaphor for Japan’s society at the moment. It’s slowly dying so they cling to their saviour: The schoolgirl. The schoolgirl doesn’t actually save them. They merely give them tranquillizer so they experience temporary relief from the pain. But that’s fine because do ho ho I can see up her skirt ooooh she’s not wearing any underwear this sure is my lucky day.