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Kyousogiga TV – 05

November 9, 2013

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This week the focus was on the third sibling – Myoue, and I would imagine this is the last of the episodes looking at the past and that the rest of the series will focus on the present and future.

I find Myoue interesting.  He’s the only one of the siblings who is human, and since he was adopted by Lady Koto & the original Myoue, he’s the only one of the three with memories of a life away from their manufactured family unit.  Myoue’s original family died in a fire and he committed suicide in despair, only to be rescued and adopted by Myoue MK1 & Lady Koto.  This unique background sets him apart from Kurama and Yase who only have memories of their parents and life together – by contrast Myoue has this whole other section of his life that is unique to him.

[Anime-Koi] Kyousougiga - 05 [h264-720p][A7F1D9E8].mkv_snapshot_22.43_[2013.11.09_12.24.46]Kurama and Yase do know that Myoue hides things from them, saying “he doesn’t want us to see how miserable he is” – they both accept that and don’t try to pry, knowing that Myoue is somewhat different to themselves.  I enjoyed the way Kurama compared Myoue’s waiting for their parents return to the story of Hachiko, complete with recurring train imagery throughout the episode.  Having Koto be the one to come out of the station towards the end of the episode felt symbolic – Myoue’s waiting will soon be over.

Myoue does value his siblings, that much is obvious, and he clearly relates to Koto’s feelings about her “brothers” A & Un – she says they are her cherished family even if they aren’t human.  The ties of family go beyond blood in Kyousogiga, what is important is the feelings attached to them.  Although saying that, I found it interesting that when Myoue MK1 was passing on his prayer beads & name to present day Myoue before he left, there was DNA imagery and the beads looked to be formed of droplets of blood.  Myoue has always been slightly different to his siblings, but physically receiving something so intimate as their father’s name and some of his powers sets him apart once again.  Myoue is styled as the youngest of three siblings, but he was with their parents longest, as Yase and Kurama were created afterwards to complete the family unit.

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I liked the way the parting words of Myoue Mk1 tied into Koto’s talk with Myoue about A & Un – “I will return with a beginning and ending”, “They have the best names; Beginning and Ending!” – once again tying Koto to the siblings parents (also is that Lady Koto’s mirror that Koto dropped?).  It will be interesting to see how Myoue and Koto work together in future considering Koto seems to really trigger strong reactions out of Myoue.

I don’t know what the timeline of Kyousogiga is, but I’d imagine a very long time has passed since Myoue was adopted up until the present time, just judging by the advances in technology.  For someone human who had expectations of a normal life-span, this indefinite stretch of time and lack of death in the Mirror Capital must be extremely difficult to endure.  As such I’m not too surprised by Myoue’s request that Koto kill him once his Mother is found.  As touched on last week, only things destroyed by Koto’s hammer remain broken in the Mirror Capital – Koto is probably the only person who can put an end to his life for good.

So once again an excellent episode – I was really impressed with the imagery and the music.  I hadn’t really paid much heed to the music before, but this show really does show excellent use of music.  It isn’t a stand alone score, but just like the colour palate and direction, the music is used to brilliant effect to support and enhance the viewing experience.  I continue to find new things to love about Kyousogiga – what a great show.

 

5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 9, 2013 6:41 pm

    I’m glad that every season seems to have at least one anime that’s thought provoking. Kyousogiga (2013 Fall), Uchouten Kazoku (2013 Summer), Psycho Pass (2012 winter-2013 spring), Shinsekai Yori (2012 winter-2013 spring).

    First three episodes of Kamisama Inai no Nichibiyou were pretty good too. Now if only we get something along the lines of Martian Successor Nadesico or Infinite Ryvius, I’d be completely satisfied.

    • November 12, 2013 4:30 pm

      I usually consider it a pretty good season if I have at least 1 show I’m quite invested in – this season I have three, Kyousogiga, Samurai Flamenco & Kill la Kill – plus a number of others I’m enjoying……definitely a great season.

      I don’t think my heart could take another Infinite Ryvius any time soon – that show was painful….brilliant, but painful!

  2. November 12, 2013 2:06 am

    I really love this series so much. I’m shocked with all the positive reviews, gorgeous visuals and direction it would be everywhere. Perhaps it is a bit too sensitive and intellectual? Certainly has a FLCL vibe.

    Like you I am rather curious about the DNA transfer of the Myoue prayer beads and title. I think it might actually be something more than just the power of the prayer beads – I think it may have added Myoue1’s genetics into Myoue2 too thus actually making him a “son” of sorts biologically. Yakishimaru when young has notably darker brown hair before the transfer and to me it looks like after he was turned into the second Myoue and grew up his hair seems to have turned much lighter color and resembles Myoue 1’s more. That would mean the Young Koto, if she is indeed Myoue1/Inari and Lady Koto’s only truly biological child that she would truly be his biological half-sister in a way?

    • November 12, 2013 4:40 pm

      it does seem like everyone that got on board with Kyousogiga is really liking it – hopefully more people pick it up when it finishes. Great show, love how it manages to blend thoughtful character study with fun upbeat energy.

      I definitely think the DNA imagery meant something quite important – Myoue was certainly gifting his adopted son with more than just his role as a monk and name. I’m not entirely sure if that was actually creating biological ties, since the series seems fairly set on the idea of the bonds we create being just as important as blood ties, but it wouldn’t surprise me if that was the case.

  3. November 18, 2013 7:57 pm

    BTW I’ve been thinking hard about that pomegranate scene and done some light research on it. Apparently it could symbolize several different things: Ambition, Death, Prosperity etc.
    I believe this ties in with Myoue’s wish to reach a conclusion to both his life and their quest. And that scene when Koto takes a bite with a sincere smile kind of makes my heart ache. This series has done so much bittersweet moments that I’ve been getting accustomed to seeing things from the “negative”/sad light.

    Both of them were abandoned. And both of them cling to the original Myoue as their sole source of light. Now that they’ve got each other, the gears started to turn again, which is probably why Myoue felt like it was time to pass on.

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