Seikaisuru Kado Review

This is review number three hundred and ninety nine. This anime is part of the Spring 2017 lineup, and it’s called Seikaisuru Kado or KADO: The Right Answer. It’s a twelve episode anime about some deep philosophical garbage I don’t really give a f*ck about. Let’s just read on.


A negotiator makes contact with an alien, and he tries to be the bridge between mankind and the strange being. The alien comes in peace though, and he only has one goal in mid: to advance humanity. He believes that it is the right answer.

Taking the Pants Off

Tsuki ga Kirei was an annoying anime to review, because it defied my expectations. Sure, that’s something every anime must achieve but I really want to just sh*t on an original anime. They’re fun to just sh*t on, and I have found bliss ranting about how bad these kind of shows has become. How did we reach this point though? Back in the days, when anime releases are few and far between, original anime is such a foreign thought. Studios were always caught up in scoping the manga landscape to find the next one to adapt. When manga adaptations started to lose its appeal, the industry moved to VN and then LN. So, really, how far have we gone that we’d actually give money and precious resources to produce absolutely awful anime? This kinda reflects the excess that we’ve experienced in anime over the years. Why obtain the license for a complicated LN or a super long manga when you just get half-baked ideas from an over ambitious director or whoever legend from the anime industry. This director worked on Cowboy Bebop, so surely his ideas are a goldmine. Let’s give him five different attempts at an original anime, and let’s see what sticks. Hey, they’re all actually really good in the most subjective of sense. Since the pattern works, let’s just go wild with original anime. Oh my gawd, I actually saw the rise of original anime’s prominence in the anime trends, since I’ve been reviewing for such a long time now. I’m mostly reflecting on the trend of original anime mainly because Kado The Right Answer is just gawd damn awful. Toei Animation has thrown their hats in the ring to deliver one of the most braindead retarded original anime since this one writer thought thirty people in a bus is a good idea. This anime tried to be philosophical, political and deep, but the end result is just a blurb of nonsense that outright exposes how much of a bullsh*t it actually is.

The fun part is that this anime shares the same traits that make O. Screenplay anime awful. We’ll go over them one at a time, because this anime is just remarkably bad. I understand what their initial goal is, but they clearly had no idea how to actually achieve it. This intriguing message about human behavior, existentialism and the idea of a global crisis just kinda falls flat on its face as the anime tries to just mercifully reach its twelfth episode. A lot of original anime actually starts, and ends, with an idea. In Nobunaga the Fool, the main idea is to have Nobunaga in a mecha fighting other prominent historical figures like Julius Caesar. What is its end goal? Nothing, as we witness a ridiculous premise blow up into Nobunaga assaulting the moon riding a dragon. You cannot make this sh*t up. A single idea is often the main purpose, and absolute detriment of an original anime. In M3 The Dark Metal, the premise is about a bunch of kids surviving this weird black hole that invaded the world. What’s the end goal? A love triangle featuring three of the six main casts. Yeah, the rest were just pushed to the aside as we witness this twenty four episode anime cripple itself. Do I have to talk about Mayoiga? Gawd almighty, thirty people on a bus in a harrowing thriller/suspense/horror adventure to a mysterious foggy town. What’s the end goal? Um, funny hallucinations and a man crush gone overboard. For some reason, O. Screenplay just weren’t really properly thought through. They start with an awesome idea, and they never really develop it beyond that. I’m taking a trip down original anime lane mostly because Kado The Right Answer is exactly the same as the horrid shows I mentioned. It starts with a premise of an alien appearing on Earth to make peace with humans. What’s the end goal? They did not make peace with the alien. Yeah, the stuff in between those two points isn’t any good.


Original anime is a practice at directionless storytelling and short sighted storytelling. A directionless story basically just throws a bunch of stuff at you, because it doesn’t really know where it wants to go. A good example of this is Glasslip, where a slice of life shows about five friends and the new guy in town turns into a supernatural story featuring love and then nuclear winter featuring the chickens. There isn’t really a nuclear winter, but since the story has no real direction, I can argue the entire setting of Glasslip is in a post-apocalyptic world where the only animals left are chickens. Go on, prove me wrong. With no real direction, the entire length of the anime now becomes a mind numbing experience of the worst kind. Short sighted storytelling, on the other hand, is mostly having direction on one episode alone. The overall story is never developed, but the individual episodes have their own flashy thing to feature. A good example of this is the glorious Mayoiga. An episode can be about the missing people in the foggy town, but the next episode can be about people arguing if they’ll go into a tunnel, and then another episode can be about character flashbacks where a boy is locked in an attic with a creepy picture of his grandmother, and then it’ll have another random episode where one of the characters goes crazy and starts attacking people. Short Sighted storytelling is a divine tool, because it’s an exercise in lazy writing. A manga editor would berate his employee if this kind of messy short sighted-ness is ever presented to him. It’s okay for an O. Screenplay though, because there is clearly no standard. And now we talk about Kado The Right Answer.

It’s short sighted-ness and lack of direction can be seen in the first two episodes. The anime officially starts with episode “zero”, which was an exclusive for Amazon Prime and Crunchyroll, and episode one is actually the second episode. If you’re going to see this anime, you should start with episode zero. Not that it matters though, because the anime still sucks. Episode zero focuses on a couple of negotiators from the Foreign Ministry taking a little detour to do some negotiation talks for the General Affairs division. The entire episode focuses on this guy named Koujirou Shindou using his bureaucracy powers to save a factory. His solution involves making a “supermetal” that sounds incredibly stupid considering he never really negotiated anything. I love the superfluous titles the characters have though, like the “professors of physics” helping Shindou into saving the little factory. The episode is pretty decent though, as it gives us a little taste of “the toughest negotiator” finally going to do his job in the Foreign Affairs division where talks tend to get incredibly tense. It’s a good setup for an anime, except that’s not what happens. One word: aliens!!!!

Out of f*cking nowhere, Shindou, along with 251 passengers, are caught in a giant cube when their airplane was crushed as it appears out of thin air. Ok then, the toughest negotiator will now apply his trade on a sci-fi level, I can dig that. The problem starts with episode one though, as it devotes its entire twenty two minute run focusing on the military being bewildered with the cube. Oh my gosh, the cube is impenetrable. Let’s send a tank in there and have it fire a round, and then let’s have every minor character react to the moment. Oh look, a helicopter flies so high to see how tall the cube is and they even broadcast their ascend on the news. Shindou is nowhere to be found, but we have a scientist with a childish attitude gush about the cube. Does the size or impenetrable powers ever become important to the overall story? No.

I understand the panic a giant cube will cause, but why are we focusing the entire episode on it? This is odd, considering the previous episode is about the toughest negotiator trying to save a failing factory. How do we go from saving a small business to an alien cube and its impenetrable properties? I don’t need to answer that, because that’s just how original anime works. It’s all about the flashy entrance and the cool premise to draw people in. I smile though, because I know this anime is going to be a train wreck. In two episodes, it displayed how directionless it is. If the show can’t build up a narrative in two episodes, can you really expect things to get better from here? It also displayed its short sighted-ness though, because both episodes focuses on some flashy bullsh*t instead of building up a proper story. Really, we witness how f*cking big the cube is? The anime even tried to sound smart by using the term “fregonics” to explain the cube’s invincible-ness. In the first episode’s entire run though, we never shift the attention to the people inside the airplane, or even to Shindou, because the cube, man. The cube is just that f*cking important.

The rest of the episodes are just insane clusterf*cks as we go from a sci-fi story, to a political story and then suddenly ending up with an existential story. It’s such a beautiful clusterf*ck that just makes me laugh. The directionless aspect of the story becomes apparent when we are introduced to the alien. So, what’s the end goal? He states that he wants “to advance humanity”, and he pull some toys out of his supernatural ass. Just like the cube and how impenetrable it is, a lot of episodes focused on the cool sci-fi toy that the alien is giving to the humans. These toys are so magnanimous and epic that we would dedicate an entire episode on its useless gimmick. When the first toy was presented, I was hoping the anime would explore the alien’s motive some more. Why is he trying to advance humanity? Instead of slowly revealing his motives though, the following episodes just focus on various characters doing something random that’ll affect the direction of the story. From the prime minister of Japan to the childish scientist that gushed over fregonics, the anime would just focus on the moment and whatever happens in it. No foreshadowing, no character arcs, no plot points to unpack and no intrigue to really showcase. When the novelty of one toy has passed, the alien would just give another toy for the humans to gush about. It’s such a retarded storytelling, because nothing is really happening. We’re just watching a bunch of random scenes happen with no real meaning behind it. I remember one episode focused solely on moving the cube from one place to another. Literally the entire episode focused on how the humans are going to move this big cube from one place to another. It featured so much needless things like evacuating people, a convoluted plan of tipping the cube to its sides and a drawn out scene of the cube moving. An episode has nothing but the f*cking cube moving. Good gawd, what is so important with this cube?

The story is horrendous, but it also has a lot of needless dialogue. I remember one episode focuses merely on the alien concerned about semantics on what to call his toys, and there was a drawn out explanation to something that can otherwise be summed up as “another dimension”. The explanations to how his toys work were also a headache. The first one is easy enough to follow, but then so much sh*t happened as the show explained the other toys. I don’t think the other toys were ever explained clearly as well, despite the drawn out explanations the anime dedicate to it. The last toy is confusing since the characters can push buttons in it, but it just looks like a giant ball of whateverthefuckIdontcareanymore. The more you listen to the characters, the more you feel insulted. Nothing is really happening, but the anime is trying to trick you that something grand is, indeed, happening. We’re just too dumb to understand it.

The show’s shallow attempt at something smart is completely unraveled though when we see the negotiators do their job. I’ve seen anime about negotiators, and I’d like to direct you to Seiji Kishi’s first directorial work called Yugo The Negotiator. It focuses on the global conflict, the cultural, religious and ethical boundaries, and it features a damn good negotiator just cutting through all the problems to successfully do his job. For a better understanding of how negotiators work, think back to Joker Game. It’s a spy anime, but the Joker Game is described as trying to convince other people to join your side so you can win. The negotiator is basically playing the Joker Game at all times, and losing can mean so much to them. Their country, their lives and the people counting on them would lose should they ever lose their negotiations. In Kado The Right Answer, the negotiators had no such stakes. They didn’t even have the talents of a negotiator. They really just talked, and that’s not really negotiating. Their exchange had no danger, no excitement and no hard boiled complicated matter that requires a negotiator. Is it hard to actually write a good negotiation exchange between the characters? No. The fact that the anime doesn’t know how to do a proper negotiation kinda reveals how inept it is. This means that even its Sci-Fi aspects are inept, and its deep talks of humanity is also pretty gawd damn retarded.

This theme of humanity really insulted me personally, because the anime isn’t really equipped with the right elements to present this. And yet they still go for it as if tackling the deep machinations that make humans human is an easy feat to do. There are some decent ideas like humans being resilient, relating to how castella cakes are fashioned to look like the giant alien cube, and how the UN is evil with how it tries to control the world. Seriously, this anime is just a big ball of stupid. The problem here is that the characters aren’t really human to begin with. If you’re talking about humans being faced with an existential question or simply just presented with a chance to change, there will always be resistance. The anime has no resistance, and there is no conflict in general. While the UN did threaten to destroy Japan if the Sci-fi toys aren’t handed to them, humans aren’t that diplomatic.

Riots, civil unrest, distrust for the government and simply b*tching about change should’ve been a factor when we talk about humans. But, what exactly did the humans in the anime did to help explore the theme of humanity? Well, they were presented with toys and they were all in awe of it. When the alien said it will help the humans, they take the aliens word in face value. In fact, they even want some of the toys for themselves so they can use it immediately. Some of the humans even believed that, yes, we really do need to advance. Humanity needs to advance, and no resistance happens. Whatever bullsh*t the anime presents, the humans will just accept it as it is. Is that really how humans behave? We’re not that one-dimensional, unlike the characters. We are imperfect, and we do not think alike. What is good for some can be bad for others, and people don’t lump themselves as “humanity” in the first place. We’re a part of a country first, before being part of a collective humanity. The anime brushed on this topic for a bit, but it eventually fizzled out because sci-fi toys are a lot cooler to present. It’s like the anime thinks we’re children, and it annoys me.

Anyways, a bad story is expected of an O. Screenplay anime but it also has this retarded trope where one of the one-dimensional characters suddenly becomes the forced antagonist of the show. I remember in M3 The Dark Metal, one of the relatively minor character suddenly becomes enraged and jealous. He became the bad guy twenty two episodes in, and that means he has about two episodes to really convince the audience that he is the villain the show deserves. He isn’t. How about Zankyou no Terror? Halfway through, a random character appears and her motive to kill the main characters is so random that she completely ruined the pacing of the show. Is she the villain the anime deserves? No, she isn’t. How about Captain Earth? Remember how the big rivalry between the group of good guys and bad guys eventually turn into a showdown to defeat a computer? Oh my gosh, that was an epic clusterf*ck. And let’s not forget Mayoiga, where the main characters best friend suddenly becomes the final boss despite having no meaningful role throughout the entire series. Yes, he isn’t the villain the anime deserves as well but this is actually the result of the bad storytelling. With no real direction, any random sh*t can happen. The forced villain trope is also present in Kado The Right Answer. The forced villain is pretty obvious though, but the anime never really build up on it. Since character motives are never explained or even given a chance to be questioned by the audience, this sudden reveal is really not that big of a surprise. When the forced villain appeared, I actually just laughed because, of course, this original anime is going down that path. Is the forced villain the one the anime deserves? Oh hell f*cking no, he is not. In fact, having no real conflict or tension for nine episodes, then suddenly having one with only three episodes to go, is just beyond retarded. But O. Screenplay anime just loves pulling this sh*t.

If we have a forced villain, we are obviously going to get a forced ending. I won’t look back on how most original anime ended, because I didn’t really pay attention to a lot of them. All I know is that they suck so bad that it isn’t even worth talking about, and this anime has a horrible ending as well. After nine episodes of just featuring how the alien’s toys work or how the alien cube is awesome, and then two episodes of a forced villain, the final episode featured a showdown. It was the ultimate clash of ideals between a human and an alien, and only one of them will win. Spoiler alert, neither won. Instead, we were treated to a Dues Ex Machina in the form of a love child born between two species. It’s an interspecies Dues Ex Machina, and it’s as funny as it is insulting. Oh my gawd, this anime’s ending is so retarded that I just cannot believe the anime pulled this kind of sh*t out of their ass. I love the twist though, of spending years inside of a second, but it’s still a dumb Dues Ex Machina. It’s also a bad one, because humanity never really had a choice. They follow the alien blindly, and they live the rest of their lives unaware of the existential choice that was just chosen for them. This anime is just insultingly funny.

Enough about the plot structure though, let’s talk about the characters. Yes, the element of a story that demands the audience’s attention for they are the sole key to the beauty of the narrative. They all suck in this anime. I also don’t understand a lot of them, but I think that’s because of the directionless storytelling. The anime opened with Shindou and his weird clingy co-worker that whines a lot. This character is forgotten for a huge chunk of the show, and it’s mainly because the focus shifts to a lot of people. The anime included a Japan Prime Minister character, and it actually feels like the show is trying to brown nose to the government. Oh look at the prime minister, he is such a responsible person to think about the welfare of the people despite the pressure of the UN (because the UN is evil! Japan didn’t walk out of the UN to join the Axis! It’s all a lie!). The anime also presented the US representative in such an aggressive way, and it really makes me think something funny is going on here. This anime also brown nosed Japan’s national broadcasting news network, NHK, with this incredibly glorious lines:

Toei Animation, what the hell? You’re sucking d*ck a bit too hard now. Anyways, the main characters are Shindou and the alien, Yaha-kui zaShunina. I’ll just call him alien, because that’s what I want to call him, but the anime actually had a very convoluted explanation about the alien. He isn’t really an alien but more of a different kind of being. The anime, at some point, even hinted that he is a god but I’ll just stick to alien to keep this review simple. I hate this character, because he comes off as a self-important jag-off. The anime tried to make him a mysterious and omnipotent being, but he just comes off as a massive unlikable character. Despite being unlikeable, he is still one dimensional though. For an alien that doesn’t know much about the world, he sure knows how to use deceit and deception to get what he wants. The anime actually can’t decide if he’s a harmless being trying to understand the custom of the world, or if he is a smart all-seeing creature that came to give humanity all the answers in the world. These are two extreme character traits, so it’s unpleasant to see the alien switch from a curious being to an omnipotent super god. The problem is that he doesn’t really offer anything besides more plot device for the show. We never see him fleshed out, and he never really establishes a connection with any character. He did pull a 180 and suddenly started to fall in love with Shindou at the last minute though. It’s weird, but a lot of characters actually like Shindou for no big reason.

Shindou is a weird character. He is bland and boring, but a lot of people praise him despite not doing much. He is also always posed to do things that looks important but doesn’t really impact the show in any manner. Being the “toughest negotiator” is also a tacked on title for him, since we never really see him do any negotiations. I remember how another negotiator would praise his talents though, despite not doing much in the story. In fact, some characters just fall head over heels for him. His clingy co-worker is a good example, but there’s also this negotiator that eventually devolves into a “notice me senpai” character as we see her just blush and gush over Shindou for no apparent reason. She even served as a forced fan service in one episode, but the anime fails to remember that she is the best negotiator in the Foreign Affairs division. Why is she suddenly reduced to a school girl having a high school crush on Shindou? What the hell is happening? This character also did a sudden 180 in the anime, and it was actually a very funny moment. It’s supposed to be a big shocking twist, but it just made me laugh since she’s a forced character in a very directionless anime. There are other notable characters in the show, like the childish scientist and the news reporters but this review has gone on long enough. They all suck anyways, so just watch the show to see how much they truly suck.

I don’t review a lot of Toei Animation works, and it’s mostly because they do long running shows that just goes on forever. I think the last one I reviewed was Tokyo Ghoul, and it’s a good show. A lot of wordpress blogs love that show and I don’t really know why considering I hear the second season sucks. This anime is directed by Kazuya Murata. He did some notable shows like Susei no Gargantia and the FMA movie. I guess he has talent for giving us static camera angles and amazing way of world building, but it doesn’t really make the show special. The script ultimately made a disconnect with his directing talents, and nothing is really improved on by Murata himself. The script is done by Mado Nozaki, and it seems to be his first time doing an anime script. He appears to be a book author before this, but I can’t really track his works down. Judging by his script on this anime alone, he truly sucks at it. There is no nuance, no pace, no conflict, no tension and it’s basically like the writings of a five year old child. Is that too mean? Yes it is, and I hope he never writes for another anime. I don’t expect a novice to be immediately great though, but it also feels like he was just hired to pen the script. It isn’t really truly his own, and that’s actually a bad way to create an anime. How many manga authors hire other people to write their works? This shouldn’t even be an option from the beginning.

This is the first time I’ll ever talk about a producer’s influence in a show, and it’s only because I can’t quite really blame both writer and director for this show. But the producer, Kouichi Noguchi seems to like this whole “humanity needs to advance” theme. His first produced work is a Toei Animation movie called Rakuen Tsuihou: Expelled from Paradise. It has the same ideas as Kado, and some might even be recycled concepts, like the ability for humans to no longer sleep. It’s also about advanced humans, aliens and philosophical garbage about something I don’t think a movie can properly explore. Despite being written by The Urobutcher, the film apparently bombed. It’s odd though that here comes Mr. Producer giving us another Sci-Fi anime similar to his first produced movie. This reminds me of that producer that wanted giant spiders in his movies, and he got his wish when the makers of Wild Wild West shoved a giant spider in its climax. I can’t find an exact youtube clip, but here’s Kevin Smith talking about it ( Kouichi seems to have a vision he wants to share with the world, like an 80 foot giant spider, and he might attempt this again in the near future.

Sight and Sound

The big marketing ploy of this anime is how it blends 2D and 3D animation. Some scenes are done in traditional 2D, which is smartly merged with some 3DCG, and it does look really well done. You can tell a lot of effort is done in the aspect of the animation, but it still really sucks. Don’t get me wrong, I love full CG animation because Ajin gave me a wonderful glimpse of it. The way it adapted the panels into this awesome video game cut scene shows the potential of the animation style. It looks stiff and robotic, but it actually has a unique style of its own. This is explored even better in Arpeggio of the Blue Steel, where every camera movement feels like a video game cutscene. Well, a PS1 video game cutscene but we’re getting there. This anime really tried, but it used the CG in some of the worst places. For example, the cube. F*cking hell, what is so impressive about this cube?! The outside is just bland, the inside looks ugly and it doesn’t look like something an advanced alien creature would even ride in. it’s just a gawd damn cube, but the anime fixates on it a lot. Look at how big and clunky the cube is, and be in awe just like the characters in the show. The stiff CG is not really utilized properly in this anime. Some scenes just looks lifeless, and it’s really highlighted since they just do a lot of talking. This animation style is used for big explosions, people being thrown like a ragdoll and other awesome sh*t like that. Why waste money on expensive CG like this if your characters are just going to stand around and talk? The anime even had this awful scene of the alien’s hand appearing and disappearing, but the animation looks cheap. It’s like someone is resizing an image in photoshop, and he also uses those hands in the most awkward way.

C’mon, who f*cking reads like this?

The anime is so lazy that it doesn’t want to animate the movement of his coat when he does raise his arms. It’s really awful to watch. A lot of basic movements also look off. The characters move softly during certain scenes, so it just doesn’t look right. When a character goes to drink from a beer can, the can never feel like it’s touching their mouth. I’m really not surprised though. Toei is known for short cutting a lot of their animation, but to do that in this expensive animation style is just dumbfounding. The fight scene at the end looks decent though, so I’ll give them points for that. In terms of a visual spectacle for a Sci-Fi anime though, this show really lacks vision and the proper animation to really deliver. The stiff CG also ruined the character designs.

The concept art is done by a mangaka known as Ako Arisaka. You can actually see the author’s design during the ED sequence of the anime, and they look stunning. They remind of Guilty Crown’s design, especially with the bright color palette Ako uses. The alien’s design is pretty impressive, but even someone like Shindou, who only has a suit on, has so much detail to him. It’s impressive, and I really want to see these characters in a video game or something. The concept art is just pretty awesome. The design is decently adapted into the stiff CG, but you can tell a lot of details aren’t animated on the characters. It’s a lazy exercise, and the design just looks lifeless and robotic throughout the show. The design’s impressive style can only really be presented by the animation, and it didn’t happen here. Ako’s design just looks awkward for the stiff animation, but the concept art still looks good. I checked out his manga as well, and the guy (or girl, I don’t know his gender. Her?) is talented. His shounen work, Magudala de nemure, is amazing. His designs are clean, but the details are so prominent. The visuals remind me of a really well done Magi, and I hope his works get an adaptation in the future.

The anime’s OP is Tabiji” by Saraka Tsukai starring Mao Ichimichi. It’s a weird song with an even weirder vibe. The song is about existentialism, and how one person wonders why he exists in this world. It’s a hard song to like, even with Mao’s impressive voice. She seems to be a prominent voice actress doing anime and video games, but also doing some live action work. There are some impressive voices in this anime, as I believe the narrator is also a big deal or something. Anyways, it’s an OK song but not really a big standout for me. The OP sequence is a big metaphor for life, but this review is already long and it doesn’t really look impressive to me. It spoiled Saraka’s role, but I mostly notice the characters not moving in the sequence. No doubt it’s another example of Toei’s lazy animation. Really? They just stand there?

The anime’s ED is “Eien no Kotae” by HARUCA. It’s pretty much the same as the OP, with an existential theme and a long dragging music that just sounds boring. Haruca’s voice also sounds like Mao in an unintentional way, and it’s funny how both songs sound the same. I bet the same people wrote it, specifically for this anime, but they never really thought about the song itself, just the lyrics of it. The lyrics are nice though, but it just sounds boring when put to song. The ED sequence features Ako’s concept art, and no movement as well. Ako’s visuals are pretty amazing though, but it looks like an afterthought of an ED sequence. Have you seen the effort A-1 Pictures put in Eromanga-sensei’s ED? My gosh, Toei, it’s like you don’t even care.

Overall Score

4/10 “It’s a directionless clusterf*ck with no impressive feat to it, despite trying to sound smart throughout its run time.”

It’s a bad original anime, but I’ve honestly seen worst. At its absolute awfulness, the anime is just boring and uninteresting. It attempted to sound smart and philosophical, but it couldn’t even put effort into properly animating the alien’s arm so think about that. At its best, the anime is an uninteresting look at how to do a Sci-Fi story, as it constantly relies on a stupid gimmick to keep its plot moving. The ending is insulting, and the cube is not that interesting despite what the anime shows you. It’s directionless, the characters are land and the content is shallow. It is not worth your time. I do not recommend it.

Side note, I sh*t on original anime constantly in this review, but there are some really good ones out there. Off the top of my head, there is Tiger and Bunny, Psycho Pass, Hanasaku Iroha, Ano Hana and Code Geass. They aren’t all bad, even though I enjoy mentioning O. Screenplay’s awfulness, so it’s also fair to give nods to the ones that did make it work. So good job.

11 thoughts on “Seikaisuru Kado Review

  1. Man, this was an amazing read. Even though it’s supposed to be a review, I think I laughed through most of it. I need to take a note to read these when I’m sleepy, as coincidentally, I was on the verge of taking a nap and instead opened this page. Result: I’m feeling freaking refreshed, though hungry.

    But that aside, to be honest I personally enjoyed the show overall, even so, I couldn’t help but burst out laughing every time its (many) shortcomings were highlighted. Meaning, I totally acknowledge and agree about them, yet I can say I enjoyed it. I think I’m a sucker for everything that sounds smart, even if I actually notice it’s not really philosophical or intellectual at all, I mean, I was wondering for most of the time “where is the negotiation” too.

    I remember nodding most of the time while watching it, but not actually understanding a thing. If you have in mind the “logical thinking” guy from Oregairu S2, I think I was making his same gestures, as if to say “yes, exactly, yes, indeed, sore aru, indeed, of course, obviously” while thinking “What the fudge are they talking about? Scrap it, let’s just nod”. Yeah, it felt exactly like when I bullshit myself through the gazing eyes of a teacher during an oral test. Funny thing is, I find them nodding at my words even though I know it was made up bullshit. Well, to be fair, what I say is never really crazy or absurd, but things taken from textbooks said in a very incoherent way at most.

    Returning to Kado, the ending was disappointing, I liked the idea of not having to sleep anymore though. I think I wanted to say something, or rather several things about some points, but I’ve forgetten them all by the time I finished reading. Oh, well. Ah, wait. I think one surfaced again:

    This reminds me of that producer that wanted giant spiders in his movies, and he got his wish when the makers of Wild Wild West shoved a giant spider in its climax.

    And in turn, this reminded me of Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, where there was an editor who forced mangakas to draw tanuki in their serializations.

    …fudge. I’m sleepy again, and it’s freaking 5 PM here. Lovely how my biological clock follow how I behave: total chaos.

    • lol, thank you for reading this long post. and I can’t believe you liked this anime. I’m not complaining, since I’m too much of a cynic to see anything on its bright side haha

      you mean when we talk in our comment chains, it’s past midnight in my place and just breaking sunrise on your place. that’s insane.

      I haven’t seen Oregairu 2 yet, and I’m in no hurry since I didn’t like the first one. 😛
      I hear its good though.

      I love how awful the ending is considering the girl had sex, got pregnant, and gave birth as part of their master plan to defeat the alien. what in the f?!!!!

      realizing how much impact producers have in some anime kinda clears up a few baffling anime as well, since some directors are amazing but the anime is still inept. I bet Super Sonico is constantly overhauled by the producers too.

      lol, I remember those tanukis. I actually love the tanuki and the idiot editor though haha.

      • Whelp, I’m usually biased towards Anime, as I start with the though of “it’s 2D, so it’s better than most of my life”. As a matter of fact, I believe I have many high scored series in my MAL, though that’ s also because I’m used to the school system (though I recognize that using 7 as average is too wrong). Then again, it simply may be different in taste.

        Sometimes it’s sunrise, other times before midnight. It’s usually when I finally sit down (I have a standing desk, so when I’m home I’m never sitting) on my bed that I get in the mood to write. Either way, it’s almost always during a time I’m definitely not supposed to do that.

        Well, Oregairu’s 2nd season was done by another studio, thus quite different and not only art-wise, from the first. I really like it because it was one of my first show and I can totally relate with Hachiman’s line of thinking. I’m a sucker for Anime with loners as MC.

        The ending left me perplexed mostly because it seemed to me as if it suddenly shifted tone somehow. Though I’m pondering why did daughter-sama shows up and defeat the bad white haired alien only after Shindo… err, fails with his plan (should I avoid heavy spoilers?)

        Yeah, I remember watching Tales of Zestiria the X from Ufotable, to suddenly have 2 episodes as advertising for the soon to be released game (at the time) Tales of Berseria thrown in the middle of the show… I have no idea why, but I can bet my carrots it was a producers’ idea. Funnily enough, I liked those two episodes’ MC more than Zestiria’s…

        Heh, agreed. Gekkan Shoujo was such a comical manga to read, that when I first started it (when I had to use public library’s slow but free wi-fi) I laughed so much I got shut up by the obviiously old woman librarian (is it a law of the universe to have old women as librarians?)

        • so as long as it’s 2D, you’ll generally like it, huh? may I direct you to some choice hentai then, XD you gotta atleast try some Tony Taka shows, since his design is considered art.

          that’s odd. why did they switch stuydio? i guess I’ll know soon enough when I watch the show. The first season did most of the work though, so it feels unfair that another studio is reaping the efforts of the first season. i’m not a fan of that practice.

          spoil it, lol. and yeah, it was weird. shindo needed to die, I guess for an emotional impact? I understand where the show is going, but I seriously could’ve written it better. you could’ve written it better, I believe.
          wouldn’t it be cool to see daughter-sama in other anime now though, since she is basically a god that can travel dimensions. she’ll be like that pizza car in every pixar movie.

          I recently learned about how producers impact a show, and it;’s kinda nice to point blame at someone other than the director or the writer huh? haha.
          and there is actually a demand for librarians in my country. some schools have 1 or 2 people taking librarian courses, mainly because no one is applying for them. it’s really unusual.
          and gekkan shoujoi nozaki is awesome. i remember the manga being as good as the show, but i bet its even better.

  2. I actually really liked the anime. As talky anime about political intrigue is kinda my guilty pleasure. I really didn’t like the animation in this one. Switching from 2D to 3D in anime just never works for me. But the ideas and concept’s behind some of the things in this anime were actually kinda interesting to me. The cube for example, a giant inter-fractal-dimensional spaceship seems like such a crazy idea. I mean it’s just a cube. But it’s also a means of travel. And the visual design behind it is kinda crazy. Here I’ll leave you a short video about it. Anyway as far as everything else I totally agree with you. The anime for me at least, did have some intresting idea’s, but it’s execution didn’t seem like the best of it all. I liked how the msyetery part about it was handled. Like other show’s like most recently The Dome, which is a mystery show about a dome who falls on a town, where did it come from, what does it do? (It’s a S.K.novel). Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that the mystery of that show was long winded and we never got any real answers as writers would just circle around the plot. While in Kado, the answers were given straight out in each episode. One answer after another, about the alien and about the ship, about the survivors. It’s plot point’s were being clearly defiened and explained. Yet that creates a problem right? Like how are we gonna have more mystery if we just solved it? So the writers had to build on top of it. Leading to what you said. Anyway, I’m not trying to pick a fight or anything. Sorry about the long comment. It’s just I came into your blog and saw that you had written about this anime, seeing I saw it, I said, I might as well read your review. Anyway, keep up the good work man. 😀

    • the video was interesting, thank you. it’s still just a cube though. it didn’t travel to space. it just appeared out of nowhere, rolled on the round for a couple of scenes and just looked big. it also didn’t really need CG to do that. traditional animation could’ve done so much more with the cube. i just don’t understand the this basic cube’s applea, I guess.

      I dunno about mystery. I mean there are obvious questions to be answered, like where did he come form and why is he here, but its never setup as a mystery. the anime also answered one question in one episode mainly because they didn’t really know how to tie everything together. it could’ve been better, especially with the sci fi elements, but the anime just didn’t handle it properly.

      but there is no problem. if people like the anime, it’s not an issue. we are fee to like what we like,. 🙂

  3. I liked the first two thirds of the anime, despite the problems it encountered. It was different enough to be novel and seemed to be moving in an interesting enough direction and I quite liked the look of it. However, that ending is pretty dreadful and your point about the villain appearing out of nowhere not just in this but in all the other examples is well made. Captain Earth was particularly horrendous in that suddenly the bad guys they’d spent most the season trying to convince us to hate and be afraid of join forces with the good guys, only not really, and then we were supposed to care when they were getting overwhelmed.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this.

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