Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora revolves around the life of Kuu Shiratori, a seemingly normal high school girl who enjoys her school life in the giant city Academia, which is thought of as a symbol of recovery for humanity since already ten years have passed since the greatest disaster mankind had ever seen, occurred. Kuu has recently been having a recurring dream where a prince meets her and takes her away. One day, while all the students at her school are preparing for the upcoming school festival, the prince, whom she has met several times in her dreams, appears. The prince, Kyoshiro Ayanokoji, requests of her just as he had done in Kuu's dreams, "Let's go... together..."
When I first came across Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora and looked at a couple of screenshots, I decided for myself that I would be staying away from this anime. However, my love for seiyuu as well as my curiousity got the better of me, and I watched it after all. It was not as bad as I expected, and in fact, it was quite good. Not my cup of tea in general, but it did have some great points.
At first, I was pretty excited about the story. As cliche as it sounds, fairytale-like plot just doesn't get old for some people. However, as
time went by, it became more and more complex, and I wasn't sure whether it was changing for the better. The problem here is not with the story itself. It was a well thought out plot, with romance and family conflicts involved. But the elements used to display that plot were simply too much. Angels, mecha, cat girls, magic, science, all mixed into this seemingly simple story, did not improve it at all. Those elements looked more like fan service than anything else. Some stories are best if kept to the level of 'normal', and Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora is one of those stories. I liked the idea of absolute angels, but there was just no need to include every possible fan service element out there to display it.
Putting fan service aside and pretending that I didn't see little girls, giant mechas, and occasional unnecessary nudity all the time throughout Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora, it was indeed a rather nice story. In fact, the two final episodes touched me so greatly that I almost wanted to disregard all the downfalls. But looking back at it, I can't grade an anime based only on the first episode and a beautiful ending.
This is the strongest point of this anime. It has a lot of characters, and most of them are very unique. The main female character did not seem so impressive at first glance, but she developed and matured throughout the anime and became much more admirable. The seemingly invincible "prince" Kyoshiro turned out to have quite a few weaknesses and complexes. By the end of the series, he left me with an impression that he is not the kind that saves the princess, but is instead the kind that needs to be saved. I liked that a lot because perfect heroes are just boring and I can't sympathize with them. Setsuna's eternal loyalty toward Kyoshiro also touched me a lot. She was in my opinion the strongest of the females; after all, not everyone can stay by the side of their beloved person and not give in to selfish desires.
Aside from the three leading ones, the background characters were also quite impressive. They had a purpose and their relationships with each other were well thought out and interesting to observe. I have to admit that to me the most memorable and brightest of them all turned out to be Kyoshiro's older brother, who was also the most shocking one and truly made the series more enjoyable.
The art is very pretty but nothing too outstanding. Character designs are very well done and interesting. The animation is also great. However, once again, it seemed overdone. Extremely bright colors and sparkling scenes. It is definitely a matter of opinion, but personally I found it too hard on the eyes and simply distracting, considering that the story is nowhere near a comedy. It would have gotten full marks if it was not so colorful.
The opening and ending themes are simple, but nice and catchy. They fit perfectly well for this kind of anime. The background music during the battles and during Kuu's talks to her prince is very impressive and greatly increases the dramatic impact. Overall, the soundtrack could have been even better, but in this case it really doesn't need to be. The music choice in this anime is a perfect fit and doesn't need to stand out any more than it does.
The seiyuu work was, of course, outstanding, and I will spare you my unprofessional fangirl comments. I will mention, though, that Kazuya is probably the most impressive role that I heard from Narita Ken so far.
It's the kind of anime that you can only truly appreciate if you look deeper, past all the fan service. Unless, of course, fan service is what you are looking for -- it has plenty ^_~
my last review wasn't so hot but im definatley gonna try harder. also i didnt write any spoilers so for those of you who may be afraid to read all this its fine, i just rant a lot. ;)
STORY: 9 the story started out really weird and a lot of people are really skeptical about it or just give up on it. there was only 12 episode and it wasnt horrible so i continued. i didnt know what was going on, but i learned and slowly after each episode began to love the anime more, i couldnt get enough of it! the
whole anime seemed so magical! im glad i just stuck with it.
ART: 8 the art was good like most animes are. i remember that after watching it though that there were always tons of pictures form the episode i wanted to draw after watching it. so i guess you could say the art was inspiring.
SOUND: 8 it depends where you watch or who uploads it. the original quality is great though so there should be no problems.
CHARACTER: 8 each one has their own personality but i would rather have you find that out for your self. kyoshiro is mysterious and thats all ill say. as for if any annoyed me, not really it may be different for you though.(i hear the cat girl annoyed a few.)
ENJOYMENT: 10 i loved it. enough said
OVERALL: 9 it is soooooooo good. most likely one of those animes you like or just plain dont. its magical and enticing.( at least for me) if you've seen a lot of shoujo you may not like it as much, but i hope you do. if you didnt like it as much as i did then it would be sad cause it was such a wonderful expirience.for those of you who liked it great, you're not the only one. also i hope whether you like the anime or not you can write a review. i hate being the only one. well i hope this helped ;).
I will admit the first time I watched Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora I actually dropped it a while after the first episode. The story did not draw me in. It came across as a typical romance to me, the whole concept of 'Absolute angels' just looked an excuse to throw some mechs in there, and DEAR GOD did the character of Kuu piss me off in the first episode. I picked it up again sometime later to pass the time and I'm pretty glad I did. Despite the boring high school romance vibe the show gave me after the first episode, the show actually
did go off in a different direction than I expected and better one at that. The show is not all that great though and has a good number of flaws.
If you're familiar with Kaisaku works then I'm pretty sure you'd be able to figure out how the story goes. Of course Kyoshiro has it's own story but it has many of the same cliches. I became gradually more impressed with the story as the show when on. Although some of the main plot twists in the story were predictable I found myself surprisingly caught of guard by some. The concepts of absolute angels were fairly interesting and it gave an appealing backstory to them. The romance however was… well not that great. I didn’t feel anything from the main couple’s relationship. The relationship just felt kinda slapped on and forced. There’s just a series of confusing moments between them in the earlier episodes that made me question if they’d really even be that great of a couple. Plus we can’t for get the oh so exciting and original love triangle.
The story however was decent enough to keep me interested after a few episodes though and if a story can do at least that then thats all I need to finish it till the end.
I’ve never really found TNK’s art that exceptional. Of the anime’s I’ve seen animated by them the best ones would probably be Highschool DxD and this show, Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora. I have to admit the animation has improved greatly from Kaishaku last animated work “Kannazuki no Miko” who’s animation was below par. I enjoyed the artstyle of this show. The bright colors gave it a nice mood and the character designs were nicely done.
The animation was… “meh” I think some of the fight scenes in earlier episodes were beautifully animated and something worth watching. Some of the animation in the less exciting scenes did not have as nice of quality. I noticed more and more of these lower quality scenes show up the closer I got to the end.
To be honest there was nothing noteworthy about the sound. The opening and ending theme weren’t that great of songs. They weren’t terrible of course but nothing worth remembering. There was only one OST that even stood out to me and I do like it but well… it’s only one. The Dub wasn’t bad at all. FUNimation does do a decent job of dubbing after all. I prefer sub personally because Kuu’s voice in the dub just bugs me. It wasn’t bad acting infact the voice actually fit the character as she was rather annoying but hey I’ll get to that in the next section.
I’d have to say the characters had to be both the best and worst part of this show. I personally found Kuu the main girl very annoying and I know she isn’t very liked by other fans. She herself doesn’t even develop much. She does a little bit but not as much as she could have considering her character’s personality. What develops most is her and Kyoshiro’s relationship instead of the actual characters. Kyoshiro actually becomes a different person than he was the beginning but his character is kind of a dull one. He’s a typical pretty boy and shares quite a few traits with a certain character from Kannazuki no Miko. Setsuna was pretty much the only main character I liked and the show wasn’t very kind to her. She comes across as one of the doll like characters, doing whatever she’s told but she does indeed have feelings of her own that become revealed as the story progresses.
And then of course the only notable side characters are Kaon and Himiko as you all know as Chikane and Himeko. The only reason they are noteable is because they are probably the reason why 90% of this shows audience came from. Seeing them again was definitely a treat and their relationship was 10000x better than the main couples in my opinion.
Obviously this part is a bit bias. I did enjoy the show quite a bit after getting a few episodes into it and It kept me interested. I’m glad I watched it to the end even if the show does have it’s flaws.
After averaging all the scores, I give Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora a 6.8/10 (rounded up to a 7) The least I can do is recommend you try the show if you’re into the Mecha, Fantasy and Romance genre’s (Especially if you enjoyed Kaisaku past works) but be well aware of it’s flaws. If the romance and stuff doesn’t sound like something that will interest you’re probably wouldn't like it.
I must admit the series looks adorable from a stand-offish point of view but the storyline left something to be desired. The narration of Shiratori Kuu is very reminiscent of an airhead teen, 'cause frankly... She is one.
But of COURSE she has to be something special. *rolls eyes*
Aside from my obvious disdain for the main character. There were a few decent characters within the series. Setsuna being my favorite, she had more depth to her. If you choose to watch this anime do it to see Setsuna at the very least. Everything else? Not worth your time.
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