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Kyosogiga Episode 3: Koto’s Glass Hammer


For being the kind of show where dozens of yakuza thug clones go out of their way to snatch back a scientist’s off-brand PSP from an avaricious avian, Kyosogiga shows a remarkable capability for emotional maturity. It’s surprisingly delicate when exploring the various means with which Lady Koto’s children cope with abandonment, showing the separate ways that they’ve grown up. Whether for laughs or to flesh them out as relatable humans, the characters’ childish traits are paid plenty of sympathetic attention. And of course, lest things get a bit too somber, there’s plenty of Koto bashing shit with her giant glass hammer.

The series does a good job at exploring the various ways that their relationships have settled into a routine. While we haven’t seen much of Yase yet, she still serves as a counterpoint to Myoue, balancing his relaxed demeanor with a never-ending deluge of snark and a childish sadistic streak. The series is smart in conveying the bond between them, drawing substance from their limited, pseudo-antagonistic moments. It really gets across that, despite their near-constant bickering, they have a strong  bond.

Then there’s Kurama, the eldest son, who doesn’t exhibit any real personality shortcomings in this episode. He’s the most collected of the three, managing the affairs of the Mirror Capital, but there’s still a wistfulness that’s easy to pick up on, giving his character just that extra bit of substance to keep from being a mere plot device. His personality may start to show scars of abandonment later like his other siblings, or maybe the possibility of Koto leading to Lady Koto will give him a drive to rediscover his parents. Or hell, the possibility of both certainly isn’t out of the question. This is the kind of series that I think could really handle his character in more than a superficial capacity, provided it takes the effort to do so.


The episode knows that, by itself, an exploration of the three siblings is a recipe for bumming the audience the fuck out; it isn’t really easy to be jovial when portraying children being crushed by their parents’ disappearance. To compensate, the second half is composed of a goofy series of events concerning Shouko, the Mirror Capital’s resident scientist. What I like is how Shouko’s utter childishness is totally endearing, rather than annoying. She isn’t some brat masquerading as a teenager, in the sense that she has the mental capacity of a Key love interest; on the contrary, Shouko is unquestionably brilliant, handling herself and others well. It just makes her tantrums and easily-placated disposition disarming, instead of dreaded. The end result is totally in keeping with the whimsical mood of the Mirror Capital, and her attempt to get her controller back really sells her as a charming personality.

The world’s permanent state of renewal seems to stunt emotional growth, which only comes about under the presence of external forces. As a result, the residents of the Mirror Capital may achieve mental maturity, but there’s not really an impetus for them to aim for the stability of adulthood. I look forward to seeing what else the show might do with this, especially if it keeps up this level of quality. Kyosogiga does a ton of good things, and it can damn well keep them up.

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  1. ex275xx
    Posted October 27, 2013 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    Pretty interesting analysis of the episode. I thought it’s obvious think Kurama has already shown scars of abandonment, for example act of managing the Mirror Capital is a way to distract himself from the abandonment. He’s also withholding secrets from his brothers, (as evidenced by the end of the episode with his secret lab and Shouko’s research on the hammer) perhaps he feels that as the eldest brother, he has to take responsibility for getting their family back together and he never listens to any objection his younger siblings have.

    The Shouko part was already part of the specials, makes me feel like I wasted my time watching them, since the series actually gives them context.

    • Inushinde
      Posted October 31, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

      I feel that it’s equally self-imposed responsibility and his own selfish drive that keep him aloof and disregarding the opinions of his siblings. This is why he’s interesting though, because he’s callous in a sympathetic way. I really enjoy what the series is doing with him.

  2. gedata
    Posted October 28, 2013 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    I hope this won’t be the last time we see an inebriated Shouko.

    • Inushinde
      Posted October 31, 2013 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

      Nor do I. She’s a treasure.

  3. Cobrah
    Posted October 28, 2013 at 1:39 am | Permalink

    I’m really digging how each episode is focusing on a different character, and it seems like next episode is going to be about Yase. Color me excited.

    • Inushinde
      Posted October 31, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

      You had good reason to be.

  4. Nagisa33
    Posted October 28, 2013 at 2:16 am | Permalink

    Kurama looks and acts like an old priest. I don’t like em’ and I think he’s scheming something dastardly. He seems like the baron of 0 fun or would be the most likely to yell, “Kids these days!”

  5. Popka
    Posted October 28, 2013 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    I knew this was a good episode when the giant robot WASN’T my favorite thing about it.

    I recall Mondaiji from earlier this year. The giant robot was its saving grace, for the most part I couldn’t get into the rest of it. I’m glad we got Kyousougiga in the same year; it’s better animated and functions better as an action-comedy series in general, so far. And it even has a giant robot. Things are looking up.

  6. Harry Balzac
    Posted October 29, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    You guys didn’t think for even one second that Kurama was going to make some bad shit go down in a petulant rage at the end of the episode? His whole demeanor was his suppression of his baser instincts, and he couldn’t hold back forever as his parents partied across the multiverse.

    Kurama might be a kindly old gentleman who can work well with others, but his patience isn’t infinite. And it’s so much terrifying when you spend half an episode developing a character and getting the audience into his head, so you know perfectly well what his anxieties are and how he could explode.

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