Kiznaiver is the result of a pairing between Crunchyroll and Trigger. If you don’t recall who Trigger are, they’re the deranged minds that brought to us the glories of Kill la Kill. And they even brought the creepy twin-tailed girl back, but made her less evil… well, maybe. Given that, there are two things we can be sure of: Kiznaiver will be crazy, and its art style will be very unique.
“To think that someone would still call me eccentric!”
Kiznaiver is about a group of High School students who are – against their will – bound together and forced to endure each other’s pain, among other strong sensations. They find out that this has, apparently, been orchestrated by one of their classmates, Sonozaki Noriko. Noriko claims that the bond that has been forced upon them is an experiment to help bring about world peace by fostering connections through shared pain and suffering. A lofty goal, a strange method, and a weird premise: how much of any of these can we trust?
Subaru is your average homebody gamer. One day, he goes shopping and on his way home he suddenly finds himself in another world, with nothing except his clothes, his mostly-inoperable phone, and his groceries – which primarily consist of some potato chips. Taking everything in stride, he treats things like a video game and sets out to try to find the event that will lead to his, to him, inevitable glory. Of course, things don’t exactly go that way, as the world seems to not know he exists. In his first half hour, he is shooed away from a store for being broke, mugged, and nearly killed…. but he also meets a beautiful half-Elven girl…
This review will contain some very minor spoilers to the show’s overall concept, as well as the show’s first episode. There will be no spoilers for specific events beyond the first episode.
When I reviewed the first season of The Asterisk War, I commented on the show’s unique art style but somewhat lackluster character visuals, and cliché characters. I also commented that the show’s action and soundtrack had me very excited to see more.
Now, I don’t often do second season reviews – it takes either something truly spectacular or a drastic change of pace to get me to do a second season review. So which are we dealing with here? Is Asterisk War that much better than the first season that I just had to talk about it?? Or did it change something fundamental about the formula…?
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