OP: 「Koko」 by Pan Tamura
I’ve seen all this before, and I’m still not sure what’s going on. I do know one thing, though – it’s totally awesome!
Like the OVA, But Better
And when I say like the OVA, it’s the exact same thing, save for one scene after the OVA’s ED sequence where (spoiler alert) Koto is crying about her yuri kiss with Lady Koto. What a shame, that was funny! This does mean if you’ve seen the original OVA, there will be no surprises here, save that it’s now on TV, and consequently, the visuals are gorgeous. For those of you who never watched the OVA, consider yourselves lucky, because this will give you the perfect introduction to the series, but be a lot prettier than it was when I first saw it.
I Still Don’t Know What’s Going On
Okay, that’s not precisely true, but you are forgiven if you watch this and don’t have the faintest idea what’s going on. Here’s what I love about this show – it’s doesn’t matter. This is a spectacle in the best meaning of the word, “a visually striking performance or display” that, honestly, does not require understanding. Sit back and enjoy the show! Matters such as Koto (Kugimiya Rie) wanting to go back to real Kyoto, her relation to Lady Koto (Hisakawa Aya), those crazy siblings, and why Shouko (Saito Chiwa) is always getting so angry can wait for another day.
I’m Seriously Phoning This In
I do apologize if this is a bit light on content, but I first watched this episode a long time ago, so whatever initial impressions I had have long since receded into memory. Don’t take that as a signifier of quality, though – Kyousogiga is pure, uncut, unassailable fun. Look at the screenshots if you’re not sold, or really, just watch the episode. This is one of those shows that only anime could do properly. Bask in its illogical beauty.
I don’t have any plans to cover the rest of this show, if only because the same things that are making me type this at 400 WPM are conspiring against me picking up all the shows I’m interested in (which are, broadly speaking, all of them…FML!). I’ll most certainly be watching it though, and I’m excited to finally get into some details about this strange family, which is something Kyousogiga has never given much information about before. And if we get more of Koto, Ah, and Un (Hidaka Noriko and Shiraishi Ryoko respectively) running amok, that will be fine by me!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – This is a retread of the original OVA, but getting to see it in glorious detail is reward enough for me #ksgiga 00
- An aside: I’ve always loved Kugimiya Rie in this role. I think she was the first seiyuu I ever learned the name of – Shakugan no Shana and Zero no Tsukaima were very formative to my anime-watching career – but her acting here is so much different, much like her role in Freezing. Her wrathful loli is a mainstay, but I like her in this kind of role too.
ED: 「疾走銀河」 (Shissou Ginga) by TEPPAN