With almost a 3 year wait, between the time that Kill la Kill had aired until now, for Trigger’s latest smash hit title I can happily say that that wait is finally over. Today we had finally been given the chance to watch the very first episode of Studio Trigger’s latest masterpiece. Kiznaiver is the story of six individuals who represent the folly of man in the modern(ish) era. Nothing about them all particularly stands out yet to, Noriko Sonozaki, they represent the ideal candidates for the Kizuna program. These candidates are taken at seemingly random but they all represent typical stigma. From the bullheaded ape, the prideful and stuck up to the downright odd and weird. Each character has their own personality and are the polar opposite of most of the individuals in the group. They would frankly never meet. However, thanks to Sonozaki bringing, Katsuhira Agata, into the fold her plans to move the Kizuna system forward have commenced. Each of the characters, Katsuhira Agata, Chidori Takashiro, Hajime Tenga, Nico Niyama, Tsuguhito Yuta and Honoka Maki now share a bond, an unprecedented one in which they all will share the burden of each others pain. They will pave the way for a world without strife, without violence. Because in a world where we all share and understand each others pain, would we not seek to better ourselves further? How they got this bond is unknown, we do know that they had surgery and that they were injected with some sort of bio-engineered substance. It could be alien for all we know… or life-fibers. From hence forth however they are now known as, Kiznaivers.
This is what Kiznaiver’s first episode is in the vaguest of nutshells. Why am I so vague with our introduction? Because frankly this anime is one that will need to be experienced. Trigger has quite frankly hit gold. Stumbled upon the lost treasure of the famed pirate, Blackbeard, more like. Trigger has always had a way with their storytelling, even though the studio name may be new, their crew is seasoned. From the folks that brought us Gurren Lagann, to the ones responsible for Little Witch Academia, Trigger Studio is a powerful animation house with a drive and passion to bring us the best that they can possibly bring. Kiznaiver is no exception to the standard, if not one the pushes that standard even further. The animation is solid. It’s vibrant and it is dark. Trigger doesn’t develop for a younger audience they develop for an audience that appreciates a story, a meaning and a bond. I cannot express how personal this anime may become for myself and others around the world. The idea behind the plot is just so engrossing that I am feverishly awaiting to see what episode two is going to be like. Every character stands out and every character’s personality is reflected in their own quirky motions and ways. From the opening to the ending I was thoroughly impressed with the quality, as well as the polish. Then again, this is Trigger Studio we are talking about here and I have yet to see them disappoint me.. Nico Niyama is going to be a favorite I feel. Here or Sonozaki. I like both of their characters immensely and I am dying to know more about them..
The plot of the anime itself is going to be a fun one to explore and to extrapolate. We know that this anime is going to follow bonds and bonds are going to be an essential part to the anime. What we do not know yet is how this is going to affect the rest of the populace around them. I am sure we can expect to see a few unfriendly faces pop up who seek to use and abuse this system. Whether for personal gain or to just watch the world burn. Sometimes the best intentions, breed the worst motivations. I feel however we are going to see some interesting perspectives develop from this, ‘bonded system’ and we could see a potential for a lot of strife from this group of connected people. However I feel like we are going to be learning quite a bit about Sonozaki and her relation with Agata in future episodes.
Now the music, THE MUSIC. Dear god, I cannot express how impressed and how blown away I am by the opening, the background songs and general composition. I knew Kill la Kill was good but it never felt this amazing or this stunning. I think I have a new bias in the music as well as the anime world itself… However while I would love to share the music for the opening with you, Sony has been on a spree with getting videos pulled down off YouTube and all I frankly have to say is, BRING THAT SONG OVER TO THE STATES. If you want to look up the opening it is a wonderful song called, Lay Your Hands on Me by BOOM BOOM Satellites. I can only hope that we get the opening song brought over here soon, seeing as the band is already on the American iTunes store. Maybe we might also see a general composition release too! I should really look into this…
Kiznaiver can be enjoyed by the always amazing site, Crunchyroll. While I doubt it will pop up elsewhere, it is very possible other sites may be trying to get streaming rights, after the very successful debut of the first episode. I can pleasantly state that I feel this anime is going to be the one, everyone is talking about this Spring. I told you that this one is going to make it big! Have you seen the first episode? If so feel free to share your thoughts down in the comment section below or on our Twitter page! If you have yet to watch the anime, please do!
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