Kyousougiga 09

Kyousougiga 09: Unless you have power

Oto. The expectations of a parent for their children can be a terrifying thing. Especially when your dad is God. I always have a problem with fate and turning out exactly like someone else wants you to. I don’t like it. You can’t tell me what to do!

Pon. I guess, now that we know everything there is to know, it’s time to address the Kotaku review, which calls the show “convoluted”:

… [F]inding out about each character’s past and goals—and the history of the setting in general—is part of the fun of any anime. However, Kyousougiga goes too far in this regard, piling needless reveal upon needless reveal—overloading the audience with twists and revelations that in turn make previous twists and revelations moot.

It honestly is so bad that, after the final episode, there is an extra episode where the voice actors summarize and explain exactly what happened over the course of the anime. Frankly, if you feel you need to spend thirty minutes to explain what happened in your anime, there is a fundamental flaw with the presentation that should have been addressed much earlier on.

Oto. Let me just do this for my own sake. Convoluted: extremely complex and difficult to follow. Nah, not so much. There was a point where I was like, “Whaaaa-,” but if I had been paying attention to what God was saying to Koto when he flat out explained everything, I would have gotten it sooner.

Pon. Yeah, I disagree with basically every complaint in that quote up there. There are no revelations that overturn other revelations, and I say that as someone who knew what was coming. I’m not trying to pick on that review specifically; the Crunchyroll comments have no shortage of people calling this show “pretentious” in the sense of “something I didn’t understand.”

Oto. Yeah. The show never voids any of its revelations with new twists and shit. It’s just explaining everything from back to front. You learn a little bit at a time until they reveal the ultimate goal. I don’t really have much to say about that. I just completely disagree with this guy. Nothing felt extraneous. It all tied together from my point of view. I will be fair. I did feel like the plot hits a little abruptly. I said that in the last episode. But that’s just because I had gotten so into the show talking about the characters’ personal problems that Dad showing up and the world falling apart felt a little jarring. I was never confused about what was going on, though.

Pon. I don’t even think the cosmology is more complicated than it needs to be. The stuff with the shrine is relevant insofar as it’s more family business to sort out. It’s no more complicated than Greek myth or whatever. What we have here is just a pantheon-of-deities-getting-on-each-other’s-nerves story. It’s pretty simple. The dad is the god of creation and destruction, which are two words for the same moment, and he divides the creative and destructive aspects between Yakushimaru and Koto, which means they have to work together or nothing gets done. Shit’s going wrong because the creative and destructive impulses have been divorced when they’re supposed to be parts of one process. Hence all that taijitu imagery, right? The red/blue and white/black contrasts? That’s why that stuff was in the show from the first episode. I wouldn’t think that someone with a little exposure to myth and fantasy would have trouble with this, or would even need to watch that recap episode, which I didn’t do. I’m pretty quick to recommend Kyousougiga.

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