Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Plot: The anime’s setting is a fictional Japanese city named Sugomori City. One day, Noriko Sonosaki tells her classmate Katsuhira Agata, “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. Sugomori City is built on reclaimed land, but as the years go by, the city’s population is decreasing. The story is set in this town where Katsuhira and the others live.
Impression: Kiznaiver showcases a pretty original storyline, something you probably haven’t seen before. Although the plot is far more futuristic, the main concept feels a lot like “Kokoro Connect.” Trigger, the production house for this anime, is also relatively new. But they already have a few anime that have stood out to the viewers. “Kill la Kill” and “Little Witch Academia” are two of their finest works. With an original series this time, we just have to see if this will become their third hit.
Three episodes are already out when I’m writing this. But that helps actually, since the anime is somewhat a bit confusing at times. The show presents us with our protagonist Katsuhira Agata, who seems like a weird person when you start to watch the anime. Because, he can’t feel pain, has no real interest in himself or others for that matter, and his moods hardly fluctuate. But when you keep watching, you will realize that he is not at all the weirdest character of all. The participants of the Kizuna system, Kiznaivers, all have different personalities. Referred to as the modern seven deadly sins, they are, “Imbecile”, “Cunning Normal”, “Annoyingly Self-righteous”, “High-and-mighty”, “Eccentric Headcase”, “Musclehead Thug” and finally, “Immoral.” For these guys to survive, they must complete the missions they are assigned to, and survive the summer vacation to be free of the Kizuna system. Honestly, the anime is exciting and a bit funny also. As the concept suggests, this anime explores how people would react if they could better understand each other, in this case, through wounds. Their first mission being that they have to reveal their biggest secret to each other. There are only 6 members in the first two episodes, but in the third episode, the 7th member is introduced. The origin of the Kizuna system still remains a mystery at this point and only basic things have been made clear. But the unique personalities of each Kiznaiver makes this anime really interesting and fun to watch as well. At this point, we know the real fun is going to begin in the summer, so the anime is only going to get more and more exciting.
The plot of this anime is really unique in the sense that there is only one other anime anywhere near it. So that is a huge plus point we can’t disregard. The art style was okay and a bit more than average. And I didn’t feel discontent with it either. The ending song was average, but the opening song really caught my eyes. Trigger did a good job making that. It’s already in my list of favorite anime of this season. So I have my fingers crossed that Trigger doesn’t mess it up later on.
The anime shows great potential. It is an original anime, so there’s lots of ground to work on. If the anime keeps progressing at this rate, I am certain it will be in the top five of this season at least. So with that in mind, I’ll have to give these 3 episodes, a score of 7.5 out of 10.
Here is the promotional video for Kiznaiver:
Here are some screenshots from Kiznaiver: