Hundreds of years after the 20th century, nature and the ecosystem have been devastated due to use of nuclear and biological weaponry. Most of Earth has been contaminated and is collapsing into ruin, and a great majority of plants and animals are now extinct. The world heads to the “Big Six,” the sixth mass extinction event. Humanity built cities in the sky, migrating the endangered species of animals and plants there. Over many years, the animals evolved in these isolated cities. With artificial genetic crossbreeding, they acquire language, bipedality, and build a life and civilization for themselves free from want. No one thinks of the world below any longer. One day, a single plant seed wanders into one of the sky cities and some children discover it. Unable to resist the temptation to look into the world outside, they decide to undertake an adventure to the outside world, unknowing that once they set foot on the ground, they will never be able to return.
Utopa is one those things that sets itself up with an incredibly interesting premise, only to throw it out of the window and focus on a few fairly uninteresting characters and their stupid story around a world that looks far more interesting. So instead of focusing on what they should have been focusing on (I'm not bitter about this at all...), Utopa focuses on three kids who found a seed in their home, and decide to come to the surface to find out what it is. I would question why, but given they're like 7 I'm not that surprised. The story doesn't even then follow that, and instead goes for something else fairly random. It's not a bad story, but I did feel a little cheated when they set up two other stories and then went with a third. The characters are pretty two dimensional, although they kind of need to be in a short. Given that, they are actually ok. There's the typical bland mc, the selfish girl, the lazy guy, and the bad guy (well, bad in the sense of kid's bad guy). Not good enough to get attached to, but good enough to carry out the story. If you're after a cute kiddy anime, or something to plesantly kill 20 minutes, then this is probably a good anime for you. However, if you're after something a bit more interesting, then I'd avoid this one. Review for February 2017 DAMC