Three kids are stuck in a strange city causing massive mayhem through the land. They are searching for an atypical rabbit in order to return home. Koto, the eldest of the three, seems to have some sort of connection to this weird place ruled by a monk, a demon, and a priest.
Kyousougiga II is not your normal anime. The sequel to the crazy yet spectacular ONA from last year manages to still carry its charm throughout the series while answering some key questions that arose from watching the last ONA.
Story: (+/-) [1 MAL Point]
If you’re someone who watch the prequel and is hoping that watching the sequel will answer some of your questions, then you’re in the wrong boat. There is no real plot in Kyousougiga II as each episode is quite short and focuses on a different character for the remainder of the screen time. Yet, each episode carries itself well as we
learn more about the characters and the mystery that surrounds them.
The last episode was the strongest of these 5 episodes. As it helps answer the biggest question of how did the world of Kyousogiga II came to be. And if you’re wondering if this is the end to the series, fear not it’s not. As the last 2 lines of dialogue of the series, supports the idea of a sequel in the making.
Characters: (+) [2 MAL POINT]
The crazy cast that made the 1st Kyousogiga original is back for more action. As stated in the story section, this series focuses more on the characters and the mysteries that surround them. Each character is original and unique with their personalities being capture well by their voice actors.
The Monk [not Myoue] that reoccurs throughout the series remains to be the biggest influence of all the characters within the story. Hopefully he’ll be focus on more in depth in the future.
Art: (+) [2 MAL POINT]
The same colorful art that was use in the prequel still remains here. Toei Animation does a good job in capturing the world of Kyousogiga by combining the scenery of Kyoto with the bright colors that are the spirits in which form “Mirror Kyoto”. The brief scenes of action are well drawn out. You can tell the animators wanted to create a well flesh world that house the Kyousogiga crew.
Sound: (+) [2 MAL POINT]
The soundtrack of Kyousogiga II is quite mix as it is able to capture any scene quite masterfully.
Got a crazy chase scene? Check!
Do you have strange phenomenon and wanting to focus on them briefly? Check!
Have a connection bond between two characters? Check!
It really is indeed mix and pleasant to listen to. There is no OP song to
Kyousogiga but it does have 5 different ED songs for each episode which leave the episodes on a good note and clearly reflect on what happen during that episode.
Enjoyment: (+) [2 MAL POINT]
In the end, Kyousogiga II is a fun little anime. Even though not all answers of the plot were answer, the world of Kyousogiga carries some of unique characters and art in anime history aiding with a beautiful soundtrack. This is not your generic anime. This is anime that receives all the praise from me for being different.
If you watch the 1st ONA then you should take your time to watch the sequel. You will not be disappointed. If you are, then this is not your type of anime as all anime is view differently among the community.
After seeing the super fast paced prequel or original/beginning of this anime,(no idea how to organize them on MAL since the production is all out of order); I was readily excited to view more of the same. Unfortunately I got something different.
The plot seems to be in each episode standalone of whacky happenings that lead to no where and nothing. There is no set up, no movement, just random senseless activities. I tried my best to put pieces together, but nothing came up. It wasn't a rubix cube and none of the pieces fit. So what did I figure? Nothing. All this anime has
become is an excuse to make whacky experimental shorts. No substance at all. I was left drawing blanks left and right. So what do I give something that isn't there?
Story ?/10 still waiting I suppose
The art style and color scheme is what drew me in with the previous production along with somewhat of a plot. But really, I loved the original and this as well for its art. It was zany and had vibrant sequences as well as cut edge angles and sequences. The colors were far out of the norm that you typically get with an standard anime presentation. I'm a fan of zany and art house animation so I kept on going for that sake.
I've actually been reading the manga and it actually had some sensibility in it as far as the plot went. The characters actually had a purpose and the setting was somewhat interesting, but none of that transferred over into the anime. They do nothing here. So they feel as though they just are.
In the end the only reason I even stuck around with this was the hopes that the plot I had previously read in the manga would eventually develop. But sadly it never did. I rate this purely off of my enjoyment for zany art house animation and the silliness presented. I never felt like the producers made sense of the series and I've no idea what they were trying to present. If it is just the animation,(which I truly feel it is); then they have succeeded in that light. I'd recommend the manga as it has very sharp art style even better than the anime. I just hope more chapters are made because there is a plot for it.
Kyousougiga is definitely a piece of work, but I might have to warn you that it may not seem to be very coherent at first. The ONAs definitely aren't very coherent, but having watched them a few times, I can say that the story means very little. This kind of thing does apply to a lot of slice-of-life, where the episodes stand alone and the anime is more centered around other elements.
You might be confused as to why I rate it so high. For an anime that wasn't meant to have a real coherent story at first, they did a
good job at highlighting plot points. My first impression when watching this anime was "What am I watching and why is it so god damn awesome!?!?" The episodes, which are paced very quickly much like FLCL and the likes, do give you a sense of whats actually happening. Im trying not to spoil the plot points but by now most of you reading this have probably watched the TV series. Sparing some details, Young Koto is looking for her mother (also by the title "Koto"), who appears as a black rabbit hopping through gates to other worlds. Koto follows the rabbit, and ends up in the 13th parallel, a world drawn by a monk, where crazy, crazy shit happens.
The art is easily one of the most captivating parts of the series. Its colorful, with lots of fractals and great detail put into the animation sequences. Again, like FLCL, it seems they did a lot of experimental angles in their shots, and they worked magnificently. Imagine SHAFT without all the repetitive goddamn SHAFT-tilts. Every scene is fresh. The art also contributes to the sense of wonder that the anime conveys, enhancing its overall enjoyment.
The soundtrack is taylored to capture any moment just right. There are about 30 tracks in the OST, if that says anything about their reportoire of sound. Bear in mind this is for a series of ONAs that only spans about an hour in its entirety. Now honestly my favorite thing about the music is that it spans from acoustics and whistling to aggressive synths you would hear in hardcore EDM (electronic dance music, techno, whatever you wanna call it) and as a music producer, these make great samples. The easy-going sounds like "a whistle sounded" have a very nostalgic feel and sometimes I find myself whistling the tune when im unhappy.
Without going into analysis of all the characters, because that might count as a spoiler, I have to say that each character was designed very well, and their personalities are fun and interesting. As far as character design, Koto has many expressions about her and she wears them well.. The council of three are also well-designed. Yase is probably the most elaborate. Very much like a proper princess, and her outward appearance shows her as a child at heart. However, Yase is half-demon and will wreck shit if she doesn't get her tea. In a way she reminds me of a touhou character (not an actual one though). Kurama is very zen-like. He never gets angry and just lets life roll by him. Myoue is more human than monk, immersing himself in the pleasures of love, and all that. It might be confusing that he looks like the "original" Myoue, though. And lets not forget Mother Koto. She is insanely beautiful and emanates motherly love. Talking about Inari might spoil some of the plot, but I will say that my opinion of him changed, at least when the TV series aired because there was more continuation to the story which developed him into something else. But as far as the ONA goes, hes a loving father whose sole job is to raise Koto. A and Un, Koto's little lackeys, are like comedic relief. Last but not least is Shouko, an absurd gamer girl who has tonnes of gadgets and gizmos that control Mirror Kyoto. When I say "gamer girl" I dont mean the stereotypical girl who does things for attention, not that the stereotypes true. She is insanely dedicated to her job.
Kyousougiga 2012 was the first run of Kyousougiga that I've watched. That being said, it holds a spot in my heart. I was actually on a good dose of MDMA when i watched it the first time, but rewatching it still gives me that feeling of unconditional happiness. So if you don't do drugs then I guess Kyousougiga is one of the next best things.