While I first intended this post to be about how the finale of the second season of Railgun was perfect, making a mediocre second to something that resembles the energy from the first season, but then the final episode of Kyosougiga came and blew me away, hence the change in topic.I can’t say I fully understand what happened the series, with the boundary between humans, gods, beings created by the original Myoue, non-humans, being so blurry. However, there are so many stuff that can be taken from the show, mostly relating to family. With the final episode, we see are shown a father that, because of his own struggles, has placed faith to his children, but is too shy to convey that point to them; and that with the help of love from his wife and his children have come to a solution to his issues. Even in the earlier episode, we are seen how the three children deal with the leaving of their parents. With all combined, the show a really well rounded and heart-warming tale of how each family member are dependent on each other, even if they are bickering and fighting with each other at times. I’d say that Kyousougiga ended being ahe best anime about family, better than any other shows that I have watched this year, including Tamayura more aggressive or Uchouten Kazoku .
Another strength of the show is its references to reality. Despite being fully a fantasy, the show modeled the main setting, mirror Kyoto, on the real Kyoto, remodelling specific historic buildings faithfully in the show. By using the history and/or meaning behind buildings or sections of the building, the show added depth to several scenes (according to episode 5.5). Finally, the anime is filled with homages to Chōjū-jinbutsu-giga, the paintings which the anime borrows the name from. From the original Myoue’s ability, to create living being from painting, similar to how animals are made humans, or became more lively, in the paintings, to the appearance of the rabbit, frog and the monkey, the three animals that are most prominent on the paintings, from time to time. Needless to say, I really enjoyed episode 5.5.
Clocking around in only 10 episodes, the show is 2-3 episode short of the usual 1 cour anime, with extra time filled with recaps or live visit to Kyoto. The results is that there are hardly any filler, with each part either adding to the over plot, adding depth to the character or just bringing out a message. While final episode might be a bit too quick, bring order to the whole mess that accumulated from the rest of the show, making the initial end-of-world issue seem a bit too inconsequential. But heck, I’m not complaining much, since it was filled with dozens of heart-warming scenes.
And really, Kugimiya Rie’s performance of Koto was excellent.
Easily one of the best shows this year.