“Human Emotions” Kiznaiver Review and Recommendations

“‘One for all, all for one.’ However, that is said to be an error. It should be ‘One for all, all for victory.'”

Kiznaiver introduces the city that is Sugumori City, a place where students like our main protagonist Agata Katsuhira go about their daily lives. However, changes begin to occur, with the abduction of Katsuhira and 5 other teenagers, they are forced to join the Kizna system, in which the pain/feelings of others are connected and are spread to the other members.

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The premise of the show is one usually not delved into much. With the ability to essentially minimize pain between other people, it becomes a interesting area to see a story develop in. With the whole focus of the anime around its characters and its system, it leads to a story filled with drama and emotions. The highlight of course, is the characters, the way their pasts are unfolded and how that affects them. Taking 6 people (especially teenagers) who didn’t know each other and trying to make them understand each other is tough, and how tough it was is generally done well in its portrayal throughout the season. It reminds us that human emotions are fickle things, not only having one answer, where it is difficult to know what someone else is thinking or feeling, without having them saying it.

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The backdrop for everything in its animations varies from being wacky at times, to moments where the right tones and colors were used to portray the time of day, and/or the feelings of the characters themselves. This created a great reinforcement from scene to scene, where it could be expected that certain transitions of scenery occur, but when adding in that wackiness it totally throws off expectations, which was nice to see from time to time.

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Chidori Best Girl!

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OP/ED: The OP and ED generally focused on the whole premise of the show, the bond between characters and the characters themselves. With a more electronic tone for the OP which suited the Sci-Fi part of the city, to the more softer rock tone of the ED for its characters, it provided for a good combination of song choice and animation.

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Kiznaiver Was it Good?

Kiznaiver in itself is a dramatic show, with a heavy emphasis on the drama. It’s a show which brings something new to the table. The strong emphasis on its characters and their development, is the main highlight of the show, in which this highlight was done pretty well.

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Recommendations: Dealing with human emotions is tough, and it has been portrayed in a variety of different anime, thus I recommend the following:

  • Kokoro Connect
  • Mekaku City Actors
  • Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai
  • Plastic Memories

 

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