If you haven’t guessed from my previous reviews of Kokkoku, I am not enjoying this sci-fi mystery all that much. But, like time itself, this anime just keeps on going, week after week…
Takafumi pretends that Makoto’s newly awakened Herald-controlling powers are his own and Team Yukawa decides to move forward with their plan to attack Sagawa head on.
X-ray vision: Sagawa can now see the Spectors inside everyone in the Stasis world. Whenever he uses the ability, it looks similar to x-ray printouts; black backgrounds with vague character outlines, the most prominent features being the Spectors’ essence flowing through the host’s veins.
Bring on the gore: After a few blood-free episodes, Kokkoku is bringing back the gore with some good old fashion cannibalism. Is it really cannibalism if it’s a Herald eating another Herald?
Social Commentary: If you squint really hard and stand on one leg you can almost see a bit of genuine social commentary in this week’s episode. Sagawa gives a gripping speech about the nature of ‘faith’ and Juri comments on the thin line between religious fanaticism and insanity… It comes completely out of left field, but really, it’s more than I expected from this show…
Flashback: As if to add insult to injury, we are blessed with an out-of-place flashback that delves into the past of the villain, Sagawa of all people. Normally, I’d be happy to have a bit of exposition, but this literally came with no setup whatsoever… it just happened…
WTF Ending: Kokkoku has a habit of ending episodes abruptly, in the middle of a thought, in the middle of an action, hell in the middle of a sentence. After 23 minutes of absolutely nothing, something big will start happening and the episode will just end and run the credits roll. But possibly the most frustrating part of all of this is that the following week’s episode doesn’t even pick up where the previous one left off!
Themes & Trivia
Just go with it: Takafumi is continuing to pass off Makoto’s Herald controlling powers as his own in hopes of gaining more prestige among the members of Team Yukawa. Even when Makoto uses his powers in plain view of the others, surprisingly, NO ONE SEES IT!
Chidori: So, Juri uses a special electrical attack that looks an awful lot like the Chidori attack from Naruto. Blue electricity surrounds her hands and there’s even a shounen-esque power up scream that goes along with it.
Hulking Out: In order to escape, Sagawa increases his muscle mass in a way that is reminiscent of Bruce Banner’s transformation into the Incredible Hulk in the Marvel superhero comics of the same name.
Deal with the devil: Sagawa offers to help Juri and the others escape the Stasis world, by teaching them how to control the Spectors within their bodies. But, given the way things turned out for him, it’s unclear whether this is a trick or a gift.
Every week, I pray that this will be the week that there won’t be a ‘next week on Kokkoku’ segment after the credits, and every week I am disappointed. What can I say that I haven’t already?! This anime just isn’t coming together at all, I am not seeing how any of the previous episodes are connecting to any semblance of an overarching plot and the characters… aside from Grandpa and Makoto, I don’t really care much what happens to them. I found myself secretly wishing that Sagawa would kill them all and put everyone out of their misery.
Side note, I actually stopped reading the comments on Amazon about the series and out of the twenty reviews, only two commenters hated the series, the eighteen other ‘good’ reviews conveniently covered the first five or so episodes… funny how that happened… *sigh*
The best part of Kokkoku is the f*cking end credits because they signify the beginning of six blissful days without another episode!
How Many More Times…
*Inhales* This is quite possibly the messiest episode to date. In fact, I don’t think any of this was planned out, unless it was, and Kokkoku is just the product of poor execution by an ambitious new animation studio. I gave up on this series a long time ago, so there’s nothing left to lose… Let’s see how this clusterfuck ends and we can all forget this mess even happened.
What did you think of this week’s episode of Kokkoku? Did you think Episode 10 was better or worse? Let us know in the comment section! And don’t forget to check the rest of the Winter 2018 anime reviews on MANGA.TOKYO!