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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  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 4. 2015 05:37 AM)
    True, assuming of course that the latter installment is indeed better. Resident evil 5 was no 4. That’s for sure.
    I liked that you could time R1 to give you more damage for attacking with Quall. And it was nice that summons leveled up. So that your earlier summons don’t become completely useless in the endgame.
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 4. 2015 03:46 AM)
    I also enjoyed FF8 quite a lot. I appreciate cinematic presentations and 8 delivered that with a lot of style. The visuals were amazing and the the music was great, and if you learned the GF BOOST ability you used the much-maligned long summon animations to stack up on some damage.
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 4. 2015 03:42 AM)
    @Aidan: I used a common example, but of course everyone had a different experience with the FF series, but the point being that it’s often hard to go back to earlier titles after playing the better later installments; especially for DS which is just a modified and improved DeS.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 4. 2015 01:28 AM)
    Anyway the main reason I amnot wanting to linger on Demon souls is just that I have far more games to play and don’t really want to spend my entire vacation on it. I got the uncharted’s to get though after all.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 4. 2015 01:26 AM)
    Kafka was a good villain but everyone really has over-hyped him. FF7 is overrated but FF6 is put on too high a pedestal. Like FF9.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 4. 2015 01:26 AM)
    @Bam, bad comparison for me. FF7 may be overrated as all hell but it still is to me the best Final fantasy. I played ff6 and found it downright tedious. I had more fun playing FF8 and everyone seems to think that’s the worst one…though I don’t. I barely remember any of the story of FF6 and I just found it a slog to get though. Mostly finished it out of obligation.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 3. 2015 10:57 PM)
    It’s always a little bit underwhelming when you play an earlier game of an improving series before the later ones. It’s like playing FF6 as kid as your first FF game and then going and finding FFV and playing that while hoping it’s as good as 6.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 3. 2015 10:52 PM)
    The levels are simple and rather small and linear, but each world has a great and unique atmosphere and variety. The Tower of Latria is specially atmospheric and the game suddenly takes on a much darker and almost horror game feel to it.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 3. 2015 10:48 PM)
    @Aidan: yeah I could see how somebody would just want to run thru the game once, but there are a lot of cool weapons, armor and story quests that you can do with tendencies. The PVP is fun and simple as well, and weirdly has much better collision detection than DSI&II.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, May 3. 2015 02:49 PM)
    I wasn’t keen on the levels though. There were not quite as visually interesting as dark souls environments.

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