From an immensely confusing (yet awesome) OVA to a slightly less confusing (yet still awesome) TV series~
Well, I definitely haven’t seen the 2nd episode yet (I’ll watch it later today… maybe), but the first episode of Kyosougiga went above and beyond what I was hoping for~~
Ah, nothing like starting off a new Fall show with a week-late first impression (which was definitely my fault). Anyway, Kyousougiga was one of my most anticipated Fall shows and, like its original OVA, it certainly didn’t disappoint. Now, please bear with me as I haven’t seen the second episode yet (which was released not too long ago and I’m still mad I didn’t manage to finish this before then) and head on to read some of Karakuri’s and mine’s thoughts.~
The other side of this Looking Glass is Kyoto
Just the typical first episode confusion…
Koto’s and her brother’s entrance into the city certainly warranted the shock Myoe/Yakushimaru had since it looks like the original Koto made sure no one could enter or leave the city by removing the gate from which they entered. How they managed to come in, whether its magic or some type of technology like a portal, is just one of the many, many questions I’ve been thinking over since watching this first episode. While a few things from the original OVA now make a decent amount of sense, I say this first official episode has given us more questions and mystery that I was originally anticipating. Yet, I love the complexity that this story has. There’s just so much to it, so many layers of questions. For example, where did the original Koto and Myoe leave to (though I’m assuming the original Koto has returned back to her original rabbit form, as indicated by Koto); what did original Myoe mean by the ominous “Well be back for the beginning and the end one day”; how did Koto, A, and Un make it into the mirrored Kyoto; and of course, what does the appearance of these three siblings mean for the mirrored Kyoto? It kind of makes me frustrated, but at same time, I’m ridiculously excited to see how all this pieces together. I know I’m overly gushing at the mystery of a show when it’s obviously the first episode, but I mean, the OVA was confusing, but now it just doesn’t even seem to compare. Luckily we at least have a background now, and decent knowledge of the main players aside from Koto and her brothers (which I see they cover a bit more in the newest episode).
I love how this all played together with the mini stories that we saw in the OVAs. We’ve had most of the plot all along, but they just told it in the most confusing manner possible. This first episode certainly connected the dots nicely, while still keeping the confusion that this series seems to like. I guess I’m just extremely impressed at how they managed to pull a coherent plot out of all of the nonsense they’ve shown us before. More explanations would be nice, but there are quite a few things I think they can get away with not explaining. Like Myoe (the first)’s ability to bring his drawings to life, or how the mirror world exists in the first place. Though of course, I would like to know where Koto came from and what happened to the original Koto. …And where this storyline synchs up with the first OVA, but I’m sure they’ll get to that eventually.
So far we have magic, dimension-traveling, and possible reincarnations, which is always a great start for an anime. Kyousougiga definitely seems like it’s going to be a strange and unique ride. The atmosphere of the show already feels very fairy-tale like in its own wonderfully quirky and mystical way. The animation is of course stunning, and I’m absolutely in love with the character designs, as with practically every thing else. All around it’s an interesting show with an interesting concept that hopefully gets executed well. So far though, I have a lot of faith that despite how confusing and strange this story is now, it will work out in the end some how.
Now that we have the story of the mirrored Kyoto, its creators, and the three siblings that run it, we can focus on the young Koto and her twin brothers, and possibly how they’ve come to this Kyoto. Catch you in the next Kyousogiga post, which will hopefully be earlier than this one, heh.~