MyAnimeList Rating: 7,24/10
Genres: Psychological, Supernatural, Drama, Mystery, Seinen
Studios: Geno Studio
Author: Seita Horie
Seiyuus: Chika Anzai, Kazuhiro Yamaji, Asami Seto
I don’t know what I want to expect from this series. Originally, this anime was good in the beginning because it caught my attention in the first episode. There are many questions that arise when I watch this anime and I’m just like why is this happens, who this person is, how it could be and others. However, “Kokkoku” tries to make an intense anime like a thriller or just have some fun. I think this anime is good. But, I hope that this anime should get more attention again in the last season. For those of you who are fond of time-related or ambiguous things, this anime will surely suit you.
Having failed 19 job interviews in one day, Juri Yukawa’s dreams of moving out of her parents’ home are utterly dashed. Stuck living with her working mother Nobuko, NEET brother Tsubasa, laid-off father Takafumi, and single-parent sister Sanae, the only hope for this family to raise a decent adult is her little nephew Makoto. However, this struggling family’s life takes a turn for the worse when Makoto and Tsubasa are violently kidnapped by a mysterious organization and held for ransom. With only 30 minutes to deliver five million yen to the criminals, Juri’s grandfather reveals a dangerously powerful secret to her and Takafumi.
By offering blood to her grandfather’s mystical stone, the three enter the world of “Stasis,” a version of their world where time stops for everyone but the users. Having arrived at their destination, their rescue efforts go awry when they are assailed by a surprising group of people who are somehow able to move around within Stasis. While all hope seems lost, a monstrous giant known only as the Herald appears amidst the chaos, its intent and motivations as cryptic as the very nature of this timeless world.
The essence of the story is really just a matter of a world of time involving things of kinship or drama that are only memorable in the beginning. Until the end, something has happened that involves a world called a silent world emerging just to save her brother and younger brother. This is not the one I’ve seen so often but this is an alternate world that involves a story about good and evil where one story focuses on a family that wants to save their families. This problem looks simple but extended to the end of each episode, which I initially thought it’s had just turned into a variety of unrelated conflicts. If discussing this anime, the initial execution is good by the way. There are just a few problems here. The impressed plot attempts to make the atmosphere of the audience feel tense even worse. Like, a query that adds many different dilemmas. Not to mention, this anime that has been impressed to push the psychological and mysterious genre into chaos, again, with some plots hole that didn’t answer my fundamental question, some dialogue that I consider is pointless, and the reversing character that just upside down. The ending is also, what I think, has a very less settlement like:
“Just like this? There is no more?”
makes me more want to find out or read the manga. I loved one of the dialogues where the main character Yukawa Juri along with other characters gathered to plan how to beat Junji Sagawa. Yukawa Juri said:
“Okay. Let’s get rid of that guy.”
and other characters like don’t care and don’t give a frick so there is a taste of cringe, awkward, and funny at the same time. One character that appears at the beginning of the episode is also not very clear that what the background is. This deus ex machina seems to appear with the cliches way and free the main character with a miracle so that like the director wants to finish this anime as fast as he can. For more detail, let me summarize this. This anime has its own cliches of chasing, being chased, running, teleportation, making the bad guy back to the real world, dialogue, dialogue, more dialogue, a little pointless scene, characters that crossing sides, awkward scene, pointless characters, plot holes, and a compelling settlement to make a happy ending from a dark anime into a charming anime. Don’t forget with some filler from the old tragic past by characters both protagonist and antagonist who don’t produce very relevant information or terms, meaningless.
The visuals and the artwork look’s bleak, made as dark as possible, using a grim background, and the use of colors that mostly use the dark palette. But I think it’s ironic when the artwork and the animation in the opening song are better than the story it was. I was also amazed at the artwork and animation in the memorable pervert ending song compared to the closing animation which was also better than the ending. This is also what makes it mess up again because the director wants to combine the things that taboo with a cliche like a perv thing or something like that. If I want to compare the art and the animation with other anime, maybe “Danganronpa: The Animation” is one of them because this anime also has an animation that seems to show explicitly but not thriving. Even so, the whole aspect of “Danganronpa” is better than this anime. I appreciate the opening song and the ending because it’s nice and catchy to hear. The opening song entitled “Flashback” by MIYAVI vs. KenKen presents the atmosphere that this anime will show an anime that is downhearted and mysterious inside. I also think that the ending song’s “Asayake to Nettaigyo” by Boku no Lyric no Bouyomi looks good although not very memorable but the animation and the concept that makes it melt and crumble. Chika Anzai who fills Juri Yukawa voices I can say it’s decent because she is better than filling the voices of Merry from “Grimgar: Ashes And Illusions” because it seemed closed and narrow. “Kazuhiro Yamaji” is also very nice from all of them. Asami Seto is the same as Chika Anzai. But I appreciate Michiru who has composed the soundtrack and background in this anime because she made the whole action and the intense scenes are better. There are some characters that I don’t really know how it resembles or painless with the presence. Like for example, Tsubasa Yukawa which I think his presence becomes pointless from beginning to end. Not to mention, he became a lost character after the situation that occurred in this anime for those of you who’ve watched it. Takafumi Yukawa is also the same because they are pointless. Although like that, this character sometimes trigger his presence so it’s not made pointless and important in some significant scenes. The main character also I didn’t really pay attention to how it works. However, I just hate the antagonist or “not” from Junji Sagawa who is too subtle. In fact, I can’t say this character is an antagonist. In addition, I also wonder if this anime only has a scene talk, talk, and talk. Just a few parts of the action scene and that goes too far I guess some are pointless and some are not. Likewise with some of the protagonist characters that only once turned into a bad guy.
“Kokkoku” is just good at the beginning for me that having tricked me from the beginning too. I also don’t think too much that this anime is getting a bit of attention and not to mention, not very memorable compared to the mecha anime that trying to be mecha with the toxic fanbase, “DARLING in the FRANXX.” But, it’s still a good anime compared to that mecha thing even though I haven’t watched it at all. The plot is still too soft, forcing it to be a thriller thing although it doesn’t show it too much, pointless as well as meaningless and the ending that I think still depends a bit because the solution is too weak. But, this anime is great if you wanna find something with a complex story but predictable.