With this season of anime coming to a close, it’s time for me to give my final thoughts on what I watched this season. I went over the shows I planned to watch at the start of the season in THIS POST, so feel free to give that a read if you want to know what i’ll be writing about. Just pull Cerberus off the list, and replace it with Re:Zero.
MY RATING: 10/10
Kiznaiver is yet another beautiful thing given to us by TRIGGER, and although I do feel satisfied with how it ended, i’m terribly sad in having to force myself to accept that it’s over. This show gave me so much to love, and I was always excited when I got to see these characters again. It sucks that it was only 12 episodes, and it’s always hard for me see something I enjoy so much just become a fond memory.
I jumped into this show after Crunchyroll hyped the hell out of it, and it jumped into my top list pretty damn quick. The opening sequence trapped my attention with the hypnotic combination of it’s animations and “Lay Your Hands On Me” playing in the background. The ending song was as soothing as it was beautiful, and the feelings it presented to me somehow put a small grin on my face, and simultaneously made my eyes dampen just a little. The story, I feel, accurately shows the difficulties of forming meaningful bonds with others, and does it in a way that feels believable and honest. I had thought for a long time that Chidori was just a selfish brat, but when she finally came to understand that she was acting in such a way and truly grew as a person, it made me love her character in the fact that she understood – and was tormented by – her flaws.
Each of the characters has flaws that you can find in real people. None of them feels fake or identified by a single trait or trope, but rather they feel like true, fleshed out human beings that you can identify with on multiple levels. Chidori’s immature actions in some (many) scenes could be expected of any teenage girl thrust into such a confusing and emotional situation, and I would like to believe Yuta’s change in personality to be realistic of a playboy his age; maturing and really understanding himself for the first time after finally finding someone he truly cares for and wants to keep safe from harm. All of their personalities differ so much, but they have some wonderful chemistry with their interactions. Nico being Mako 2.0 (watch Kill La Kill if you don’t know who i’m talking about. Like, now.), I love her to death, and the way they animated her crazy movements, and her ridiculously strange dialogue are what make this a true TRIGGER show for me. If I get character merchandise of anyone from this show, it will be Nico.
The way everything plays out throughout the story, everyone involved experiences many things; falling in love, finding happiness in others, experiencing mind-breaking emotional torment… But through all of it they manage to allow themselves to grow as people through these experiences, and in the very end you see and really feel just how much they have all matured and how strong their bonds have become. I am happy with how the characters relationships worked out; I actually feel Chidori and Tenga make for a good pairing, Honoka finally showing interest in returning Yuta’s affections was heartwarming (and the way she did it gave me a good laugh), Nico’s acceptance of the love triangle she was in cemented her as my favorite character, Hisomu is still the all-time-best-bro, and Sonozaki’s comment at the very end about Katsuhira pushing her down was very unexpected, but Chidori’s reaction was both predictable and kind of adorable.
All in all, this show was satisfying right to the end, providing me with enough emotion and meaningful plot for me to recommend it alongside my other all-time favorites. I’m gonna miss these guys, but i’ll be sure to re-watch it now and again – and probably buy some merch to keep in my collection if I can find the money – so that it never fades from my memory.