「一眼一足」 (Ichigan Issoku)
“One Eye, One Leg”
Sometimes, ignorance truly is bliss. I say that because I came into this premiere of Kyokou Suiri having completely forgotten what the series was supposed to be out. I knew there was some girl who could talk to spirits, and some older boy, but even though I’d signed on as watching it on the preview, I forgot all the rest. Which turned out to be great, because the series of slight zags as compared to expectations that the premiere dished out worked great for me, even if they may not have worked as well on all of you.
Start with the meeting between Iwanaga Kotoko (Kitou Akari) and Sakuragawa Kurou (Miyano Mamoru). A lot of good dialogue, all of it leading us to believe that his girlfriend Yumihara Saki (Fukuen Misato) dumped him because he turned tail and ran from the kappa … only it was the kappa that was scared. That was a good little zag, even though the way he said it made me clue in on something there. Still, it changed the complexion of his character in the space of a few seconds, and that happened again when his arm got chomped off, it regrew with Wolverine speed, and he revealed his dark secret. Great misdirects, leading to a more interesting premiere than it easily could have been. That’s just good storytelling right there.
Which was aided by good acting. Kitou Akari hasn’t been around that long, but I can see why she keeps getting lead roles. If you need someone to be calm, collected, and cooly flirtatous in the middle of a crisis, she’s your gal! And, I mean, c’mon. Miyano Mamoru? Always a good thing. That’s an able lead pair, to say the least.
Other than that, all proceeded as expected, which is good for now. I think the next episode will be the major test of Kyokou Suiri for most people, because the status quo is liable to be different than this episode was. I won’t be blogging this further, but I will be watching it. Which means I’d better get out my only real complaint right now: the ED. They didn’t dance enough! As soon as I saw it I was expecting a Kekkai Sensen-type ED (season one, of course), but it was sorely lacking. What a gyp!!
So, minor complaints aside, it was pretty good. Hopefully it’ll continue as the season progresses.
ED: 「Last Dance」 by Miyano Mamoru