Kiznaiver focuses on Katsuhira Agata a poker-faced teenage boy who can’t feel any pain and is often bullied. Even though he feels nothing from getting beaten up, it makes his childhood friend; Chidori Takashiro worried and said that he has changed. One day, Katsuhira, Chidori, and four other teenagers, Niko Niiyama, Honoka Maki, Hajime Tenga, and Tsuguhito Yuta who attend the same class were kidnapped and forced to join an experiment called “Kizuna System”, a project that tries to connect people through pain in order to promote peace. They, now also known as Kiznaiver must complete a mission to be released from the system.
Kiznaiver has a unique concept that, once again, is not very well done in the execution (sorry to say that). The story is actually very potential, but instead of making it more interesting and complex, the production stopped it at 12th episodes and it makes everything seem to be just “all’s well that ends well” and left some things unanswered. The characters are developing, yes. But not in a very special way, rather in a way that you can see in most anime about friendship and another thing is that they were supposed to be unique in each different way, but it ended up the characters are not that unique as well. There are some funny scenes as well but unfortunately they don’t help much. So, I must say that the story is not that interesting as it seems.
The two things that pretty much good of this anime are the arts and musics. The background is designed to be colorful and I think that it is great while the musics are emotional so it helps build the ambience of the anime. Not so impressed by the character design, tho and somehow I was reminded with Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann after looking at some character.
I will recommend this anime if you are looking for something a bit different, but it is best to not have a high expectation. At this level I don’t think that a second season will help because of the way the story ends.
MyAnimeList rating: 7.71
Personal rating: 6.50