Somali and The Forest Spirit 01 – Journeying Parent and Child


The world is ruled by spirits, goblins, and all manner of strange creatures. Human beings are persecuted, to the very point of extinction. One day a golem, and a lone human girl meet.

This is a record of the pair, one a member of a ruined race, the other a watchman of the forest. It tells of their travels together and the bond between father and daughter.

My Views:

The very and I mean very first thought was the damn artwork is so pretty. The fantasy is real. The anime kicks off with some nice scenery shown to us by the golem as he walks through the forest. He gives a monologue on himself, his duties and role in this strange world being presented to us. His voice is smooth and emotionless but seems to fit perfectly with the vibrant back drop in which it’s told.

My opinions were very mixed on this anime and honestly I wasn’t sure I was going to like it. Depending on which way the story leads us will determine wether or not I watch the whole season.

The first episode started out by peaking your curiosity while riddling you with so much tension you have a hard time sitting still. There were times I had to pause the episode just to take a deep breath because my anxiety was through the roof.

What did it for me:

Somali has to be no older that five or six. She’s freaking adorable. Which admittedly will draw a ton of viewers alone. What I love about Somali’s character is not her adorableness but that she acts her age. Still you can tell sometimes by the look in her eyes that she knows and has seen way more than someone her age should ever have to. She behaves like a curious child you doesn’t really know much but her curiosity is on 1000.

Golem is in my opinion very much a child himself as he doesn’t really know anything about basic interactions. He learns by observing others. His character is wise and not above blackmailing to get what he wants.

My predictions:

I expect a lot of character growth for Golem. I very much see this a new adventure every episode with a very big overall plot. With Somali being human and a child at that I feel like she’ll be loved by every new character we meet. I also expect at some point to be introduced to a villain character or organization that thickens the plot of traveling father and daughter to father and daughter plus friends fighting against the powers that be to protect Somali.

What did you think about episode one?