Having failed 19 job interviews in one day, Juri Yukawa's dreams of moving out of her parents' home are utterly dashed. Stuck living with her working mother Nobuko, NEET brother Tsubasa, laid-off father Takafumi, and single-parent sister Sanae, the only hope for this family to raise a decent adult is her little nephew Makoto. However, this struggling family's life takes a turn for the worse when Makoto and Tsubasa are violently kidnapped by a mysterious organization and held for ransom. With only 30 minutes to deliver five million yen to the criminals, Juri's grandfather reveals a dangerously powerful secret to her and Takafumi.
By offering blood to her grandfather's mystical stone, the three enter the world of "Stasis," a version of their world where time stops for everyone but the users. Having arrived at their destination, their rescue efforts go awry when they are assailed by a surprising group of people who are somehow able to move around within Stasis. While all hope seems lost, a monstrous giant known only as the Herald appears amidst the chaos, its intent and motivations as cryptic as the very nature of this timeless world.
Newly founded Geno Studio, the replacement to finish bankrupt-hit defunct studio Manglobe's movie project on Genocidal Organ has tasked on this show, along with Golden Kamuy in the next Spring season and posed this as one of 3 new TV anime projects as their start in the industry.
So does this studio have what it takes as they showcase their first wave of anime that graced us? Let's find out.
The story and plot itself is nothing we've seen that stands out, it's just time travel with an object that's regarded as a family heirloom for generations at will, and the organization behind it wants it for
their evil purposes (in part where it's almost similar to last year's Sakurada Reset). Where the line draws itself is through the intense-heavy drama, mysterious secrets to be found along with the psychological mind-bending thoughts that a whole line of family is able to make use of the heirloom as a disguised weapon towards the organization and scatter them before they could steal and take control of it.
So to be blunt, coming from the manga adaptation of the same name, unless you're one of the few people to have watched Genocidal Organ (which I haven't) or you've heard of the manga, the story makes little to no sense at all and I presume hardly anyone understood what the starting few episodes was trying to showcase, and it's only when the action starts that everything becomes full circle, bit by bit. To be fair, the original manga is dialogue-intense, and some compromises were taken in liberty in light of how the anime adaptation was fleshed out.
So onto the characters, the MC being the one girl Juri Yukawa whose life takes a toll when nothing goes her way and meeting her dysfunctional family of weirdos and only when her life is mystified by the family heirloom then she becomes OP, with the help of her grandfather whose memories align with the heirloom, making both characters literally OPed from the start. The only consequences were with the organization known as the Genuine Love Society and the useless family members whose presence hinders the rich development of the Stasis world and the Herald (a giant that feeds on people preying on people who cannot move).
The music is absolutely phenomenal, as if though portraying the darkness and composition of the series as a whole. The OST, handled by sound director Akiko Fujita (Kakegurui, Saekano) is really good and is what makes the series stand out the most for me. Both the OP and ED really sound hype-rock and soothing respectively and is the perfect combination for this type of show.
For now, the series might seem wonky, subtle, and I even admit I haven't grasped much of what it's worth, but here's hoping that this show really will be one of the hidden gems of the Winter season. Watch it if you must and take time to understand the surrounding world that is Kokkoku: Moment by Moment.
A first i was worried that a story about characters moving around in stopped time would be boring, however each episode that has been released has been entertaining enough to make me want to see what happens in the next episode.
I also like how they reveal how certain things work in this world in a relatively natural progression considering the amount of information certain characters have of this supernatural state. Out of all of the shows in this season this show is definitely worth checking out.
Side Note: The promo art makes this show seem like a Steins Gate inspired anime however this story came out
two months before that visual novel.
what if a family of idiots got a magic rock that lets them freeze time??
after 10 episodes i can tell you that nothing exciting happens.
At first it was about a family saving the older and younger brother who were kidnapped, then about freezing time with some magical rock, then about the mafia who kidnapped them, then about the main character getting psychic powers with her grandpa, now its about a big green dude trying to kill them. I have been wasting my time with this confusing nonsense. Nothing in it makes sense and nothing matters.
The visuals are bad. characters look disgusting. like in one scene the main character looks pretty normal then in the next scene she looks like a gross potato. or like a foot or something. you get the point, the art is very ugly.
The op and ed are kind of good. i like the songs and the ed has good fanservice.
At least the people who made it know the show is shit so they put in a bunch of naked anime to get people to come back and watch the next episodes. The story sure wont make people hungry for more.
a family a few villians and a few tree monsters. they are all extremely annoying. the family yells at eachother and that's it.
one of my favorites is Steins Gate so you can imagine how disappointed i was to find how boring this show is. It is a scifi action anime so you would expect it to be exciting. but actually it is really boring. nothing important happens, and its so ugly.
I'm both surprised and not surprised that I'm one of few who seems to love this anime - surprised because it's like few anime that I've seen before, and for the same reason, not surprised.
If you're a fan of David Lynch, surreal, or uncanny-valley sorts of things, I think you might enjoy Kokkoku.
If you're a fan of Junji Ito (from what little I know of his manga), I think you might enjoy Kokkoku.
If you enjoyed Mousou Dairinin (AKA"Shounen Bat") I think you will probably enjoy Kokkoku - in fact, I'm enjoying Kokkoku more than Mousou Dairinin because it has a more cohesive plot happening.
I get a similar feeling watching Kokkoku as I would watching an old episode of the Twilight Zone.
The story I think is generally perfectly engaging, perhaps a touch on the slow side, but, considering the premise (which Kokkoku gets into in the very first episode, but which I won't bring up, just in case people are spoiler sensitive), a bit of a slow story feels appropriate - I think it lends an extra sense of unease to this already surreal-leaning show, which I find appropriate. The speed feels like trying to run in a dream, when your limbs just won't move as fast as you want or need them to - for me, this is again, a strength in a way for the show.
I don't think the plot is at all confusing, so I don't know what others are talking about there - I think the show makes it pretty clear what the underlying premise is once things start moving part-way through the first episode.
The art style is great - a nice combination of dull meets detailed, realistic (Juri's dad is unpleasantly pouchy and middle aged, her brother looks scruffy and like he hasn't left home) meets, well, anime. Stylized where it counts (especially on characters), pretty where it wants to be (environments, primarily).
I also love the sort of sci-fi (for lack of better word) horror that it seems like Kokkoku is bringing into the story, though as the show is getting further, I find myself wanting more of it.
I think the combination of the intro and the outro do a great job of getting to the tone of Kokkoku (and are both great), so if you're curious as to what I mean with "semi-uncanny valley tone", and don't want to give a whole episode a try to get a taste for what the tone is kind of like, I'd give those a try.
I was looking, unsuccessfully, for something to fit my surreal/uncanny/horror/psychological/Junji Ito desires. I've found that so far in Kokkoku. I've now decided that I need to look into its Manga - so I can't speak to how the anime holds up compared to the Manga.