Posted by psgels on 24 October 2013 with categories: Kyousogiga

I remember how a few years ago, the Munto OVAs also got a full fledged TV-series in order to flesh out their setting. Well that turned out to be the cheapest way out: they just recapped the OVas 1 on 1 and slapped some flimsy conclusion at the end with some sequel bait, which was removed at the movie of the thing… Kyousogiga however is the complete opposite: with this series, newcomers to the franchise aren’t left out at all, and know right away that they need to go for the TV-series that has everything in it, and they managed to stuff everything in really well.

Also, unlike the previous episodes, this episode tells three stories at once: one third of the episode is about monk guy, one third about the scientist girl (also including episode 2 of the OVA) and the third part is about the present, which also ties the abovementioned two together perfectly so that this episode becomes more than just three mini-episodes packed together.

My favourite part was about the monk, though. I did not expect a character like him, who always was in the background, to gain so much depth. It’s quite astounding to see how much the creators did in so little time with this guy, but I love how this series is really trying to give depth to its entire cast. It really makes the setting also come alive.

Also, here’s another thing: am I the only one who noticed that most anime are quite lazy when it comes to aging characters? I mean, make characters a bit bigger, their hair a bit longer or shorter, and voila. Here, it took me a while to link the two monks to their younger versions: they really grew up and changed significantly, but parts of their childhood remained. A small but very clever detail.
Rating: 5.5/8 (Excellent)

8 Responses

  1. kero says:

    Ahh I loved this episode, and I love the character building. Definitely my favourite of the new season so far.

    I’m so confused with the characters though, and would like to clarify

    there’s the drawing monk, and the black rabbit who borrows the body of a goddess.

    The drawing monk adopts a boy myoue and draws two demon characters, head monk and galaxy in her eyes flouncy dress lady

    Then there’s a second Koto with a hammer, and she had a sensei, who is also her father, who is also the drawing monk??? And Koto with the hammer mother is koto the black rabbit??

    scientist lady, and scientist dude, are not from the mirror world but got sucked in from somewhere else.

    Then there’s An and Un, who are zappy pokemon like characters who also changes into boys in fact wtf are they?

    • Popka says:

      I think that An and Un are Koto’s familiars. The fox mask guy had familiars too, and they looked similar except they were black and white instead of pink and blue. I’m guessing they just come with the job of working at the Shrine.

    • kero says:

      thanks anon

      nice to know i got most of it right :) I wonder if inari is a reincarnation of myoue and I did also wonder if Koto a reincarnation of usagi koto

      but if koto is her own mother, we’re going right into evangelion territory

      • Anonymous says:

        Well, if we take pv as canon and will be included in an episode later, lady koto’s comeback and meet with koto does destroy the mirror capital.

        But don’t worry, they won’t make it in grim-derp-ness feeling like evangelion. Probably after some destruction, the city will recover itself and everyone is happy again.

  2. Avalon says:

    This anime is the surprise of the season for me. I saw the potential in the OVAs, but they never grabbed me. I was iffy about this series, but decided to give it a shot and it has slowly entered my top 5 of the season. Here’s hoping it gets even better.

  3. Vanihm says:

    Sorry, maybe it is because I haven’t watched the OVA’s but I find the character confusion to be a FLAW. Sure it’s OK to keep the audience guessing, but for me it detracts a lot from the series that half the time you have no clue what’s going on.

    • Mambo says:

      I still don’t understand why people think this series confusing as hell while it is straight as hell. Do they enjoy something like Kill La Kill too much that when watching something that need little brain effort they find it confusing?

      This is what character relationship look like without watching onas:
      Episode 1:
      1. A monk married with a drawing rabbit and got 3 children
      2. They run to mirror city due to fear of persecution by the shrine
      3. Later, the parent have to quit from the city due to a prophetic dream that they will destroy the city.

      Episode 2:
      1. Koto’s master is also her father, and she call the black rabbit drawing her mother. Add 2+2 together, her father and mother is the 3 siblings parent, which means she is the 4th child.

      Episode 3:
      1. Kurama -the first son- has underlings from shrine. The very same kind of people threatened their family in the past. Why they can work together indeed still mystery.

      Episode 4:
      No new character’s relationship revealed.

      Honestly though, people don’t understand episode 2 and keep spouting koto is the reincarnation of the rabbit is what make me questioning anime watcher’s brain capacity.

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 09:54 AM)
    Same with action scenes: I might like realistic grounded sword fights, with the battle settling after a few swings and slashes. Others might enjoy over-the-top sequences, with aerial flips and ridiculous power moves.
    This concept can be expanded to the enjoyment of romance, slice-of-life, historic, and any other subject matter. If someone’s a grownup adult and doesn’t realize such a fundamental concept, than they seriously lack critical thinking and social understanding.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 09:51 AM)
    @Mike: this became very apparent to me after the initial Space Dandy reviews. Some people hated the juvenile humor and the T&A, while some others loved it for its sincerity and unpretentiousness. Who was right in this scenario? People clearly have different senses of humor, and neither is more correct than the other. People jumped on the positive reviewers’ throats, calling them ‘sellouts’ or ‘retards’, while the fact of the matter lied in different tastes.
  • Mike
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 09:39 AM)
    @K-Off @Bam I’d have to agree. One glance at any seasonal preview will show that, and psgels certainly didn’t hide his bias when he reviewed Galilei Donna for example. I enjoyed seeing him get upset that the Anime did not accurately portray the architecture in his native Netherlands.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 09:36 AM)
    It’s the same with review scores. It’s just a relative metric used for comparison. For example, if a reviewer gives a series an 8 and another a 9, it simply means that they thought the latter was slightly better than the former. It’s all subjective, since only hard-boiled facts could be assessed objectively. A person’s enjoyment of a work is purely based on their personal preference.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 09:32 AM)
    A number score doesn’t imply objectivity tho. When I worked as an EMT we would ask the patients to rate their level of pain from 1 to 10. This wasn’t done so we could compare their rating to some pain database, but rather so we could tell after a procedure if their pain has gone up or down.
  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 09:21 AM)
    @Vonter A conversational and opinionated format does not equal inconsistent and shoddy posts, I did not imply otherwise . Also, ratings. I’ve talked to Mario myself and the both of us don’t take it seriously. We’ll criticise and evaluate certain topics, yes. But that does not make us “critics” in the sense of the entertainment journalism industry, that emphasizes objectivism over personal opinion, which is what we specialize in as a blog. Which is the point I was making.
  • Badesh
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 09:18 AM)
    Guys with no life couldn’t write as eloquently. It’s a thing you learn from actual living. If you stand by your side, loving your self for your own opinion, you will learn that others stand by theirs.
  • Vonter
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 09:08 AM)
    @K-Off I think that’s cutting it short. There’s a consistency and I suppose effort in putting the posts together. As for conversational, I’ve find the shoutbox to be moreso. As for critic, is a person who judges, evaluates, or analyzes literary or artistic works, dramatic or musical performances. Given the blog gives scores, there’s evidently an evaluation involved.
  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 08:51 AM)
    @Bam @Kevin Funniest part about this is, that myself, psgels, Mario, Helghast, and Aidan are not even critics. We’re writers of a blog, a format in and of itself purely conversational and opinionated.
  • Kevin
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 08:46 AM)
    @Mike Who’s the one without a life now? You’ve been on this dump for 8 years. Go fuck yourself and go outside for once.
    I’m officially done at this point. Tired of psgels, tired of this bullshit ass circlejerk. As of right now I hope you realize how much of a no life cunt you lot are. Fucking fags.

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