Poetry in Motion
Every now and then I am happy to receive a positive surprise. Last week when I reviewed Kyousougiga‘s pre-first episode I walked in only expecting a show with a good art-style, nothing more, yet I came out with one of my early favorite shows of that week. Thankfully, the first episode is not only even better, it’s one of the best episodes of any show this season so far.
The first episode of Kyousougiga introduces us to the family living in the Mirror Capital. It tells the story of how the head monk came to get a family and how their life works. Not much focus is put on Koto, the main character, in this first episode as it’s all about set-up and back-story. But it works really well as a result, by having last week’s episode show us all the characters in action and have this episode properly set things up for those characters so when we do finally meet them, it’s like a glorious reunion.
I can’t do a review of this episode without talking about how well-written this show is too. It’s incredibly funny and clever while retaining a unique sense of weirdness and quirky edge to it. This is a show that is secure with itself, it doesn’t need to rely on fan-service or superficial qualities to be good, it can survive on writing and characters alone. That’s not to say the presentation of the show is bad, quite the contrary, but even if it was then this show would have had some of the best writing of the season so far.
I don’t want to touch too much on the story and characters as I would be spoiling too much, so let’s talk about the presentation instead. The art-style for Kyousougiga is one of the show’s strongest points as it sports not only a very unique look, but it’s utilized in a way that stands out without being obnoxious. The animation is top-notch as well, Toei clearly has put a lot of money into this series and it shows. I don’t have a single complaint about the visuals.
So I am happy to also say that the music is great as well. Between this and Outbreak Company I don’t think there’s been a single time where I’ve seriously felt the need to go to twitter just to mention how great the background score is.
The composer here is Go Shiina who have done a lot of music for Namco Bandai games, including The iDOLM@STER and Tales of Legendia. The vocal stuff is good as well, but was not featured enough this week for me to comment on.
I could go on and praise this episode some more, but I think I’ll just leave it here. You owe it to yourself to check out this episode of Kyousougiga as it absolutely could be one of the best shows this season if the quality keeps up. It’s simply that good.