Kyousogiga – 01

For this newest version of Kyousogiga – the first having aired last December and the first of five episodes to air this year – we’ll forgo a synopsis, for two reasons. First; was less than ten minutes long. Second; we wouldn’t know where to begin. We’re not that well-versed in Doctor Who lore, we do know that the TARDIS is a vehicle that is small on the outside – a police box – and massively huge on the inside – containing all the amenities a Doctor would need for his travels. This >10min. episode reminded us of the TARDIS: within its tiny dimensions resides an entire universe.

A lot happens in that >10 min. A lot is covered. Could we make any sense of it, beyond the vague notion of a girl growing up strong and striking out in the world in search of her mother? No, but that’s not the point as we see it. The point is to just sit back and enjoy the artistry, the whimsy, the creativity. The point is to experience a lot in a little sliver of time. To see whole worlds and alternate worlds as through a microscope, but only a taste; a small glimpse. For this >10 min. window, we were transported somewhere else: somewhere we hope to learn more of in subsequent episodes.

Rating: 8 (Great)

Kyousogiga ONA

Armed with a magical giant hammer, a girl named Koto and her two brothers roam ‘Mirror Kyoto’ wreaking havoc. They’re searching for a ‘rabbit’ that will get them home. Their temporary guardian Myoe confers with Yase and Kurama, who together form the Assembly of 3. They believe Koto and their ‘mother’ Lady Koto are one and the same.

“I don’t really get it” says one of Koto’s brothers at the end of this frenetic visual feast. Neither do we, but we were surely entertained. With the Fall 2011 season fizzling out, here’s the first taste of something totally new. Sure there’s plenty of works one can list as inspiration, from FLCL to the upcoming Black Rock Shooter. But as a single, original, 26-minute one-shot, Kyousogiga has a style and energy all its own, combining the retro and the psycho.

The ambiguous ending leaves open the possibility of an anime down the road, but for now we’ll stick to what we saw, and also not worry too much about understanding all of it. Suffice it to say lil’ Koto is a bit of a hellraiser with her ludicrously oversized hammer; her brothers are equally bombastic, and Mirror Kyoto is full of psychadelic…stuff that never stops shimmering. Indeed, the ONA hardly ever stops moving, making the few moments that it does all the more powerful. It was a fun, if brief, ride.

Rating: 3.5