★Writer: Richard K. Moe
Behind The Anime
★Animation Studio – Trigger (Kill la Kill, Little Witch Academia, Space Patrol Luluco)
★Director – Hiroshi Kobayashi (Kimi no Iru Machi (OAV))
★Writer/Series Composition – Mari Okada (Nagi no Asukara, Anohana, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans)
★Character Design – Mai Yoneyama (Kiznaiver)
★Music – Yuki Hayashi (Diabolik Lovers, Death Parade, My Hero Academia)
“The fictional Japanese city named Sugomori City is built on reclaimed land. But as the years go by, the city’s population is decreasing. One day, Sonosaki tells her classmate Katsuhira: “You have been selected to be a Kiznaiver.” The Kizuna System, which allows Katsuhira to share his wounds, connects him to the classmates whose lives and personalities completely differ from his. The Kizuna System is an incomplete system for the implementation of world peace that connects people through wounds. All those who are connected to this system are called Kiznaivers. When one Kiznaiver is wounded, the system divides and transmits the wound among the other Kiznaivers.”. (ANN)
- The concept is original and makes you curious to see how it plays out.
- Why and how the characters are chosen to come together was well thought-out.
- Surprising writing. (E.G. Some of the secrets that the main casts shared with one another, Yuta doesn’t believe in “just” having sex with people instead he believes two people should be in love and mutually want to).
- It is interesting to see the characters share the pain and how they go about protecting one another and using it to their advantage. (E.G. Tenga is usually the tough guy but he sincerely asks Yuta if he is okay because of the pain they felt, The group was looking for another Kiznaiver so Nico began tapping Katsuhira’s head to see if someone in the crowd of people would react to the shared pain).
Directing and Music
- The show has an eccentric and playful style. (E.G. The way the characters carry themselves, The mascot character, “Gomorin”, looks and the wacky appearances it makes).
- The music used throughout the show creates an atmosphere perfect for the show.
- The opening theme “Lay Your Hands On Me” by Boom Boom Satellites and the ending theme “Hajimari no Sokudo” by Sangatsu no Phantasia fit the show perfectly and are wonderful songs.
- The special effects that indicate when pain is distributed amongst the group are grabbing. (E.G. The screen will tear or break for a moment to indicate pain).
- Dynamic camera shots are used and look terrific. (E.G. The camera will zoom from a distance and do a 360 spin on every character in view, There are lots of zoom ins and zoom outs of the character’s faces).
- Moments of distress and craziness are sometimes convincing.
- The plot of the show is interesting but the goal of finding a way to achieve “world peace” is corny and cliche.
- The characters are written to be certain “types” of people but it’s just cliche. (E.G. Katsuhira is the imbecile who has a dull personality and cannot feel pain, Chidori is the good girl who happens to be Katsuhira’s childhood friend and who tends to get jealous when Katsuhira’s is around girls, Maki is a high and mighty person with a dark past, Tenga is the chilled but tough guy).
- The characters are not all that likable.
- Katsuhira’s meeting with Sonozaki in the first episode was abrupt and sudden.
- The story’s premise is different but the script isn’t. (E.G. Katsuhira’s admits
how indifferent he feels about himself and then Chidori comes running to yell at him for being an “idiot”, “idiot”, “idiot”, Katsuhira’s childhood past memories are full of the cliche mindset of “everyone is one” and “we can make it together”, Chidori’s romantic feelings for Katsuhira).
- Touchy moments that are meant to connect the group as one can come off as tacky. (E.G. Katsuhira’s does a leap of faith to prove to a Kiznaiver that they are one, Tenka offers to help Chidori with romance).
- Edgy moments are forced and try hard. (E.G. Maki wants to have sex with someone and tries to force them because she feels crazy).
- The show can be bland and a bit tiresome to watch due to the pacing and character interactions.
★7.5/10★ It Triggered Me To Discontinue.
Reasons For Dropping:
- Has an original concept but follows cliche narratives.
- Tries too hard to be an intimate show.
- Wants to be edgy and serious but at the same time very playful.
- Touchy moments aren’t convincing.
- Unlikeable characters.
- There isn’t much “Trigger” charm.
Here’s the P.V. if you’re interested. I’m not anymore.