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[Reviews of good (?) Anime] 1: Kaiba
Wonderful, a new range. There's a reason to be excited. And that's probably the only allowed emotion here.
The whole thing is a very simple concept. I'll go through this list and then review the finished anime. Very nice. I get to watch series that are well-reputed and you will find out whether these are really worthwhile. Because you shouldn't waste your time. Of course, the evaluation will be as critical as possible so that not every series gets 10 points. That would really be of no use to anyone and would completely oppose the meaning of this series. Furthermore, it would be very useful, not to say indispensable, that some wishes are expressed here. However, this only applies to series that I have not already seen. These include: Akira, Baccano, Black Lagoon, Claymore, FLCL, The girl who lept through the time, TTGL, Howl's Moving Castle, Katanagatari, Monster, NGE, Paprika, Perfect Blue, Samurai Champloo, Lain, Spirited Away, NHK and 5 wallpapers per second. The average value below these should be around 7 points.
The anime chosen to be reviewed here today is Kaiba.
"It is now possible to store memory data, so that the death of your body is not actually" death ". As memories are stored in databanks, they can be "transferred" to new bodies. Because so-called "memory trading" now occurs, it is now possible to steal memories and illegally alter them.
Society has fallen apart as authority has become lost and stagnant.
One day, a man awakens in a ruined room. His name is Kaiba. He has no memories, but he does have a pendant with a picture of an unknown woman inside.
In the skies are roiling clouds and electrical storms, impossible to pass without losing one’s memories; above them lies the elusive realm of the rich and powerful, who barter others ‘bodies and memories for their own enjoyment and longevity. Below lies a troubled and dangerous world where good bodies are hard to come by and real money is scarce.
After suddenly being attacked, Kaiba escapes into space, and during his travels meets all sorts of people and regains his memories. Throughout it, he continues to be troubled by the world's problems, as well as his own existence. And what of the woman in the pendant, Neiro? " (Source: MAL)
In short, the protagonist wakes up with no memories and an image of a woman. He travels through different worlds to regain his memory until the story comes up, but more on that later. First of all, I would like to deal with the technical aspect.
Kaiba looks quite extraordinary, as you can see from the cover picture. The people and other living beings are depicted in a simplified drawing style that is not reminiscent of typical anime, but rather of western comics. The big hands and feet, childlike proportions and simplified forms should be mentioned. Most clearly, however, what will catch the eye is what is rounded, which is also reflected in the landscape and thus creates a harmonious impression. The buildings are mostly in earth colors, but if the context demands it, a modern city with advertising is also well represented. However, openings remain rounded throughout, as is furniture and technology
The drawing style is really helped by the pretty good animation, and that's a commendable point. Apart from the appearance, the animation has also approached the western cartoons. Unfortunately, it is only approximate, because at one point there is a lot of savings (only show speakers from behind, frozen background, slideshow, etc.) However, if there is animation, then also correctly. An estimated 15% of the time appear relatively stiff, even if it varies in each episode. The music is the second aspect that helps create the atmosphere of the anime, which is undoubtedly one of its strengths. Without the atmosphere and the strange design of the world, Kaiba would lose much of its original charm. I would almost give the music the highest priority. I like both opening and ending very much. Both are sung in English. The difficult to decipher lyrics are a completely different matter, but of the variants that I have read, it seems to me to be just a typical song with love and other typical motifs that just halfway fits the series. Whatever. Regardless of the lyrics, the melody is a nice spherical and the clear voice of the singer fits well. The associated design of the operating room also appeals to me. In connection with the text it makes sense (warmth and love -> holding hands), even if it is sometimes quite banal, just as you can see in the example. Rhythmic problems cannot be recognized. The OST has some nice tracks that support the atmosphere again, but the overall picture is much worse, as there are only a few songs that have been changed over and over and that don't sound half as nice regardless of the series. The main purpose, however, is to accentuate the series appropriately and that was well done. The round shapes fit in well with the equally simple music.
But enough praise now. Let's summarize again:
The animation is very good, but only partially, Kaiba knows how to impress with its round, simple shapes and the music sounds nice, even if it is a bit monotonous. Everything fits together well and the end result is a beautiful setting that, as already mentioned, has charm and atmosphere.
Well, what do I have to complain about then? Then I ask, what haven't I talked about? Right, the story and the characters. After all, they make up a large part, and you can certainly imagine that the prints (for people who know my MAL account inside and out) come from this corner.
When I asked myself which aspect to deal with first, it struck me that in theory there is only one. Namely the story. Kaiba has a story, but no cast that even remotely arouses interest. Every single person is either a copy, a cliché or has no personality at all. But for now on the more pleasant topic. More pleasant? Well, not really. Fractal comparisons are never comfortable. Kaiba lets the protagonist Warp travel through different worlds or over different planets, with the first episodes being episodic. Each world offers a new subject that is treated as Warp tries to find his memories. This is not an extremely new concept and it depends on the execution. And if that is not good, even the most beautiful world cannot save everything. There's an episode in the first half that I really like because it's unpredictable and also really deals with more "adult" topics. Kaiba is widely praised for not being a children's series, but rather profound and critical. But that's just not the case. The dull, obvious morality couldn't be more childish. Would you like an example? To refer to the oh so heartwarming episode about two old people and the foolish youth would probably be unjustified, as it is a negative exception. Without spoiling too much, I want to briefly outline a specific episode. Everyone on a planet cares about looks and gets new bodies whenever it suits them. The old bodies are disposed of even though they would be functional, and food is then made from the material, for example. Well, has the morale been achieved? That's exactly what I mean by incredibly flat.
Sure, Kaiba may try social criticism or slightly philosophical aspects, but raised like that, it's just incredibly one-sided and nothing you haven't seen before. But I can't refer to more because there's not much more to the series. Warp himself as the protagonist is very empty. That only seems logical when you consider the lack of memories. However, this can be attributed to the anime's producers, and they should have made the protagonist more interesting or staged its emptiness more. So much for the first half. There are no parallels to Fractale here, apart from the fact that Kaiba considers itself to be very significant. That doesn't exactly make the anime more appealing to me.
Now on to the so-called "story part". I don't even want to summarize these, because on the one hand it spoils and on the other hand it is not necessary. The sudden change came as little surprise to me as I was already informed through reviews. However, I didn't know how bad it was going to be. What follows is an act that could not be partially clichéd. Even in the first half I was bothered by the lack of personality, but now it's going to be even more fatal. It is not possible for me to empathize with the cast, the whole story, the betrayal involved, explains everything, but leaves the viewer very dissatisfied because it seems so unimportant, boring and almost ridiculous. Just the love affair and a few moments were still acceptable. The rest is ... solid, but not good. There are no really big plotholes, but there isn't much that can be credited to the second part of the anime. Tension? Unavailable. Drama? Not either. This part is as average as can be average. And meanwhile it still takes itself incredibly seriously.
Of course, it was on a worse level in Fractale, but the problems are similar.
A good idea for the world, a bad protagonist and a story that can't shine. What Fractale “Nessa is a plush bunny” is for Kaiba “Everyone betrays and kills everyone”. I can accept an unimaginative story if it is an action anime, a poetry series or something similar. But not in an anime like Kaiba, who doesn't know where he's going, just like Fractale. It would have been better to stick with the flow of the first few episodes and weave in the plot gently, but that's just poorly written and not matching. Fortunately, the end calms you down a bit. It's also a bit confused, but in the situation it seems appropriate and the viewer can finish the anime without worries.
Kaiba is actually quite confusing. Not that it is intellectually very demanding, but it provides very little information and often changes location, making it seem more complicated than it is.
CONCLUSION: Kaiba is an anime with good requirements, which are presented in the world, the atmosphere and the concept of the transfer of memories. However, the topics are dealt with extremely superficially and the execution of the story is amateurish. The two halves of the anime don't blend well into each other. Unfortunately, the cast wasn't too successful either, which is why the conversations are nothing special. The anime may seem complex, but this is an illusion created by the structure. Kaiba comes close to a second fractal, only that it's a little better. The topics that Kaiba tries to deal with are by no means as mature as they have often been mentioned, but could make a change from conventional anime. You notice: the bar is not particularly high.
I would not recommend Kaiba, unless the atmosphere etc. is enough. In any case, you should listen to the music. Overall, Kaiba gets 6/10.
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