Kiznaiver #01 — “Isn’t My Setting Totally Clever?”

April 9th, 2016


No, Okada, not really. Don't be so pleased with yourself.


Oh hey, Okada angst show is full of angst and just like her other show this season, is twenty minutes spent on exposition and character introduction with absolutely no indication of what the rest of the show is going to be. I'm shocked. Shocked, I say. Especially by the stark, oppressive, apocalyptic dream world that the protagonist keeps dreaming about. She must have shares in Apocalyptic Dream Worlds Inc, and is on the board of Angst Unlimited, and probably investing heavily in Nonsensical Manic Pixie Characters Ltd.

But it could be forgivable if the characters and their interactions are good, right? Pfft. Our protagonist is a sad sack who the world picks on because he's a sad sack. He's resigned to his fate of being bullied and beat up because he has the personality of a sack of dirt. He literally exists only to suffer because he supposedly can't feel pain. Dream Girl exists only to provide a nonstop exposition, mostly about how the world is full of strife, angst, and pain, and after that, to explain the nonsensical "now your angst and pain is split evenly between you, for… uh… we'll have to get to that next episode."

And that's it. Episode over. See how clever Okada is? See it!? This will surely make for some kind of compelling story and characters… someday. Not this week, but we wouldn't be having prophetic apocalyptic dreams if it wasn't, obviously. This episode was not about the characters. The protagonist has none. It was solely about explaining the setting and posturing over how 'deep' the writing is, and I know pretty much the same about both as I did a month ago from glancing at the premise blurb and staff list.

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5 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Fadeway says:

    I’d be hyped about the story they promise they’ll deliver at some later episode one season from now. But then I saw “Trigger” in the opening credits. This is gonna be like KlK, endless promising that interesting stuff is coming and when/if the story finally arrives it actually sucks.

  • v1cious says:

    Say what you will about the show, but you can’t deny it has the best opening so far this year.

  • algorithm says:

    After wacthing the promo last week, it became painfully obvious that their priorities are all in the wrong places.

  • wey says:

    it´s so depressing.