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Kyosogiga episode 1 – Skip the nonsense and watch this

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I didn’t cover a lot of first episodes I watched this season. Mostly because they were all rubbish, but in Kyosogigia’s case it was because the first episode aired was billed as an episode 0. It was the exact same as the web-release thing from a year or so ago and was, even on second viewing, still completely incomprehensible. Absolutely beautiful, but a pile of total nonsense. Thankfully episode 1 came out and wasn’t a heap of impenetrable noise. Turns out it was quite good. How it relates to the 5 episode web anime that came after the original Kyosogiga release I’m afraid I don’t know because I didn’t watch that. But if you’re totally new to all this, skip episode 0 and just watch episode 1 of Kyosogigia.

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The first episode felt like an old Brother’s Grimm fairy tale as told through a modern, faintly British style of storytelling. Not in that it sugar-coats over the gorier details or anything like that, although if this was written by the Brother’s Grimm I’d bet it ended on the rabbit eating all her children or something like that. It was more in that it felt like an old wives tale but with modern people with a sense of humour playing the characters. The rabbit that falls in love with the human is slightly eccentric and batty, with personality and charm rather than an indistinct fair lady. The children don’t frolic mindlessly. They feel like actual children and do things like fight each other and get bopped on the head and probably make fart jokes.

The artstyle lends itself to this style quite well. While not as wild as the episode 0, it still likes to jump about a bit with exaggerated actions and bursts of colour. It still looks cartoony but without ever losing the detail in the artwork or style its trying to achieve. The meshing of the fable style of story with the more personable, cartoony directing and slightly dry character sense of humour means you end up taking the best parts from each style. It has the depth of the fairy tale, the personality of the cartoony, and the characters of a…errr, thing with good characters. Yeah.

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It is rushed though. The first episode feels like a story-setting flashback to the real story when Koto and her magical polka dot hammer appears. In the space of the first episode a kid is ostracised, grows up, gets a girl, starts a family, moves house, gets uncomfortable, kid feels unsettled, and even more stuff all in the space of that 20 minutes. It’s less rushed than it sounds, if only because it sounds like it’s moving at 5 million miles an hour. That’s fine if this really was the setup to the real story. It’s done a really good job of laying the groundwork to a fascinating story and has all the right elements. Just gotta hope it doesn’t turn to nonsense again.

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  1. Amarrez
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    You really should watch those webisodes.

    • NoNotAgain
      Posted October 13, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

      I agree but only so I know whether or not to bother watching them myself.

      • Kiseki
        Posted October 13, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

        You don’t need to since the TV series includes edited/lengthened versions of the web series’ episodes. With its three part episode format it’s probably going to include all of the web series eventually.

  2. Kiseki
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    The 2011 Kyousougiga ONA shouldn’t be considered canon due to various changes, mainly the fox-masked Inari’s character design. If the current theory holds then Inari looking and sounding like Koto would make absolutely no sense. Anyway I still don’t understand it after watching it a bajillion times so we’re good.

    The first part of episode 1 (2013) fleshed out the majority of the episode 5 (2012) with a crucial piece of information left out. It also flashed to parts of episode 4 (2012) which they’ll probably explain later… Episode 2 (2013) is going to include episode 1 (2012). You can tell which parts are from the 2012 series from Koto’s eyes.
    The first story did leave out many other scenes such as Yakishimaru drawing the Choujuu-jinbutsu-giga animals.

    I really adore Matsumoto Rie’s direction! There’s so much attention put into animating small details wawawawawa.

    It’s interesting how far it strayed from the initial Wonderland/Looking Glass inspirations though…

    • Someone Else
      Posted October 13, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

      Well that made it more confusing. Changing the character designs doesn’t really make them not canon. But whatever, it seems the series will eventually explain things like how they did with this episode

      • Kiseki
        Posted October 15, 2013 at 11:53 am | Permalink

        Sorry about that, it’s really quite simple but lol yeah my comment did a poor job.

        In this case changing the character design most likely changed the character into an different person entirely. Plus, there were some lines from the 2011 ONA that just don’t work within the context of the the 2012 ONAs.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 14, 2013 at 10:31 am | Permalink

      Good lord. Yup, guess I’m sticking with the TV series then

  3. K. Robert M.
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Not sure if you realized this, but the Myoue who starts a family has red eyes and is never shown as a kid, except when he wears the Kitsune mask (we think) and is talking to little Koto at the very beginning of this episode. The Myoue who grows up is Yakushimaru, the first Myoue’s youngest son, with dark eyes, a different voice, and as of this episode hasn’t raised a family.

    Yeah, but otherwise I agree that this is a really good episode. This show needs more attention!

    • Wodes
      Posted October 13, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

      I thought it was especially sad (and telling) when he has to become a sort of big-brother figure for his previous childhood sweetheart because of the nature of the world he lives in.

  4. Adamar
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    I know you never watched the webseries, but the final episode basically did explain the origins of the mirror capital, although more obliquely.

    Call me a hipster, but it was nice when there was a little more mystique.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 14, 2013 at 10:32 am | Permalink


  5. Erif
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    I actually really enjoyed the recap episode, so I wouldn’t skip it entirely. It only gets incomprehensible at the end, IMO, and you can decipher the main plot points rather easily: Kids are looking for a rabbit god so they can go home, while causing chaos in the process; three god-like siblings are looking for their mother, and believe her existence lies somehow in Koto. It’s also beautiful to watch, and I think it’s cool watching the outcome in relation to the starting point.

  6. Someone Else
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    The kids sure did act naturally (And lol at let’s make babies) and somehow the romance seems cliche but was pretty acceptable. The presentation was great!

    Also Scamp, I think you can blog this instead of meganebu

    • Scamp
      Posted October 14, 2013 at 10:33 am | Permalink

      But Meeeeganebuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu~~!

  7. Jeevas
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    I’m not sure how time works in the mirrored city. That one boy said no one ever dies or be born and said they stayed as children but then they grow up?

    By the way, are you going to cover Yozakura Quartet? It has pretty similar theme with Kyousogiga but not really.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 14, 2013 at 10:34 am | Permalink

      I saw the first episode but thought it was terrible. Like really super disappointing. Was going to write a first impressions but never got around to it and now I can’t be arsed anymore.

      • Fifteenth
        Posted October 14, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

        Now, I want to read your first impressions more than ever. I wonder why I didn’t found it as bad as you made it to be, but it’s probably because I marathoned the manga and earlier arc OVA right before I watched it.

    • Kotobuki
      Posted October 15, 2013 at 10:38 am | Permalink

      Exactly my thoughts. For the middle son, it’s okay since apparently he’s real (if I’m not mistaken), whereas the other two siblings were drawings, so it’s a wonder why they grew old.

      • Kiseki
        Posted October 15, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

        Perhaps the children were given special treatment after their parents left? Since children wouldn’t be capable of governing the capital…? You have to wonder how technology advanced in Mirror Kyoto too…

        Centuries have past and Kurama is clearly old as balls, Yase’s a demon so she can age differently, and Myoue keeps the appearance of his father with that DNA of his.

  8. Cobrah
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    I think this has potential to be a great series, and it’s by far my favorite show from this season. I was ready for nonsense after watching episode 0, but I’m afraid episode 1 is going to make me fall in love.

  9. Posted October 13, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Love love loved this first episode. Whimsical, well-directed, and Myoe’s feelings about Wonderland are very easy to relate to. If it keeps up, this’ll be my surprise favorite of the season.

  10. Posted October 13, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    If it wasn’t rushed it wouldn’t be awesome. That’s why this is awesome.

  11. Amarrez
    Posted October 15, 2013 at 12:16 am | Permalink
  12. Posted October 20, 2013 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    I enjoyed it for several reasons, and I guess this series are gonna be the best part of all for unveiling some stuff. However, I’m afraid to tell you that the webisodes, mainly the episode 00, are essential for the brilliance of the show. Don’t know if you all are aware that Kyousogiga is deeply inspired by Alice in Wonderland. The Mirror Capital is all about Thourgh the Looking-Glass. The storytelling and the nonsense are the bond between Alice and the anime. I actually made a post about all of it, though it’s in portuguese.

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