Posted by psgels on 7 December 2011 with categories: OVA Impressions

Now, Kyousogiga just aired. It’s an anime original one-shot OVA from Toei animation, directed by the same woman who directed the Heartcatch Precure movie. And holy crap it looks gorgeous.

And it’s not just one part of the 25 minutes. In fact, the only parts of this episode that didn’t look awesome was the ending credits. It just kept the balls in the air, and even the small build-up scenes were really creatively animated, in many different ways. You can really see that a lot of different talents participated in this episode.

On top of that though: this also has a lot of heart. This could have been an arthouse work and just got things over with, but the characters too were really enjoyable. It’s the simple story of a bunch of random… supernatural thingies that are stuck in some sort of more “normal” world, with a main theme of just wanting to go back. You can’t put much more into 25 minutes if you also want to create a fun and action packed OVA, but it worked really well with the portrayal of the character as a bunch of innocent, yet confused and very powerful kids. In the end it’s both fun and has a subtle touch of emotion to it.

Kyousogiga is a one-shot OVA, and if you’ve got 20 minutes to burn: go for it. It’s pretty much the best one-shot we’ve seen in more than a year. And yet: it deserves more. The end of this episode hinted at more, but that could very much be wishful thinking on the creators, but it would be wonderful for this show to get an actual full TV-Series. I’d definitely blog that.
OVA Episode Rating: 8.5/10

17 Responses

  1. kurini says:

    I don’t have 20 minutes to burn but I’M WATCHING IT ANYWAY! it looks just too awesome!

  2. Pax says:

    Nice! Thanks for the heads up, will watch it tomorrow.

  3. kurini says:

    Ok, just finished it. What did I just watch? I didn’t understand at all, but I have to say it was really fun to watch!

    The characters are just as cute as Heartcatch precure!

    I wish this would get a TV series!

    • kurini says:

      I just rewatched the 5 minutes PV of it, and basically nothing that was in PV was in the OVA! I’m pretty sure there will be a TV series!

      • ShyBlue says:

        I would have LOVED this to become a TV-series. But considering that Cencoroll also used a lot of footage for the PV that never came up in the movie, I’d say that the probability of a TV-series remains a dead heat. I can only hope that it will get a series someday.

        • kurini says:

          Really? I only watched Cencoroll Ova, not the trailers :O (yeah, this is another show that need a TV series)

          But as Psgels said, the end hinted something :)

          • ShyBlue says:

            Cencoroll’s ending also hinted at something too….considering that the main bad guy didn’t die… That’s why I’m not terribly optimistic.

            Geez. The creators of good one-shots just love teasing us, don’t they? ^^;

        • Cytl says:

          Cencoroll is going to have a 2nd OVA, that’s at least something.

  4. ShyBlue says:

    I just realized that the OVA itself maks so much more sense after you watch the PV.

  5. KrazyKobun says:

    Even if I didn’t understand a thing, I loved it! Such a visual feast. I hope it gets a full series eventually.

  6. Engix says:

    I cant believe that was 20 minutes. I was so into it, it only felt like 10 minutds. Anyway the story itself is a bit confusing but overall its great.

  7. hikari says:

    Man…if only this and cencoroll is a full fledged tv series, I’ll be very2 happy, even if it’s only 12 eps^^

  8. Loz says:

    Yes it was very pretty and all, but I think the two little brothers summed it up best when they said this at the end of the ova:

    “I dont get it”
    “Neither do I”

    Yeah, me neither.

  9. AHA says:

    Seriously, what the hell did I just watch?

    It was spectacular and all, but still.

  10. dm says:

    I agree with the comment that the film itself makes more sense after watching the PV.

    The opening narration/poem is from Lewis Carroll — one of the Alice books. I think it helps to know that, deep down inside Kyousogiga is an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. In the PV, you have all the chess imagery, the White Rabbit. In the actual film you have the citation of Carroll and I suspect Koto’s “brothers” are Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

    If you enjoyed this, try to find the short Noiseman sound insect, which, in addition to a lot of visual fireworks, has background music by Yoko Kanno.

  11. mulligan says:

    Loved it, utterly confused by it all, but a coherent linear storyline felt less important compared to the rampant visuals. Watching it reminds me somewhat of Masaaki Yuasa’s Mind Game and even a little FLCL. If only the pilot could be picked up for a series production because the coming season looks to be a several months-long doldrum…

  12. Halley Treamer says:

    I’m going to bookmark your site for future reference. Keep up the good work!

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  • Emma
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 01:59 AM)
    @Realist: I don’t believe I am familiar with that manga, love tyrant.
    @Wyatt: Been there, done that.
    @Realist: Luring the viewer into a false sense of security with a happy, deceptive start if done right can work.
    @Realist: Ergo proxy was atmospheric, creepy, well plotted, violent and well drawn and I still love the cyberpunk feel, the ending and silly episode however were a letdown.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 01:30 AM)
    @AidanAK47 @Emma What’s y’alls opinions on “Love Tyrant”?
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Nov 27. 2014 01:07 AM)
    @WyattX Ergo Proxy is sort of like that. It starts out really dark and the most light-hearted episodes come later on in the series. But it’s by no means a straight trajectory from dark to light. I for one am a sucker for shows that start out light and get dark and am glad it is trending right now. This has been a breakout season for that type of show.
  • WyattX
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 07:34 PM)
    Just watch it for how fracking trashy it is. “It’s so bad, it’s good” is a huge understatement. Go through the series in order for the full effect you’ll get when you watch the OVAs. Just pure gold.
  • WyattX
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 07:23 PM)
    I recommend you watch Princess Lover then watch the OVAs. The series itself is relatively normal (although crap) but the OVA are hentai. You get to see the hilarious jump from non-h to hentai as the main character turns into a hungry sex addict and tries to get into the heroine’s pants every five seconds when he HAD acted like a gentleman the entire series. LOL
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 01:02 PM)
    Generally later on when alot of comedies need to wrap things up they try to force in a plot so they can get some kind of ending. I know, agree its generally terrible, some of the drama later in toradora for example made me want to detusk a walrus in frustration.
  • WyattX
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 09:27 AM)
    What is it with light comedies trying to turn melodramatic as the series gets stretched out? What if we did the reverse? Let’s say theoretically that it happened to Tsubasa Chronicle. It would start out melodramatic as usual, then devolve into a simple, light slapstick comedy and forget about the story. People would lose their minds.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 07:44 AM)
    Here I take a second look at time of eve/eve no jiken: http://emma-hime.deviantart.com/art/Review-Time-of-eve-496663893
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 03:06 AM)
    I’m not sure whether to watch the sequel or not.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 03:04 AM)
    @Aidan: I try to avoid watching films where I can.
    Although you’ve got me to look back on my own review of guardians of the galaxy, the words I use in it don’t reflect the 4 out of 5 I gave it .

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