Hello, and welcome to the newest edition of that article series where I tell you what you’re missing and should be watching for currently airing anime. This week is Kado: The Right Answer, or Seikaisuru Kado, a show about a negotiator working with a trans-dimensional being bearing gifts of incomprehensible power for a selfish race like humanity.
If that sounds interesting, take a look down below the break!
CGI has been used to both great and terrible effect in anime. Luckily, Kado: The Right Answer manages to do it right in a way that surprises me at the seamless shift from that CGI to traditional animation.
It certainly takes some getting used to when you start the anime out, since the CGI doesn’t occur until the end of the episode, but once you get passed that you’ll find that the 3D in this show is rather well done compared to most anime that I’ve seen using the same style.
But the CGI is far from the most interesting part about this show, as the story manages to be incredibly enthralling the moment you meet Shindou-san, the main character of the show.
Though a brilliant man with the uncanny ability to find the best possible solution that causes both sides to end in a net positive, Shindou is one of those people who throws you off because of the genuineness of his personality and strange way of thinking.
It’s thanks to this odd feature of his that he’s such a capable negotiator, and this is incredibly important when meeting with a being that transcends your dimension and doesn’t understand the risks inherent in giving humanity such gifts as infinite power and the ability to forgo sleep.
And this is the main crux of the show, though the first episode is entirely devoted to introducing Shindou as a negotiator with much lower stakes in an effort to humanize and develop him so you can take the insane turn the show takes at the end of the pilot. After being sucked into the cube called Kado, Shindou meets Yaha-kui zaShunina, the trans-dimensional being I mentioned earlier.
Though the first meeting between the two results in severe pain as Yaha-kui zaShunina attempts to communicate in the only way he knows how through overloading Shindou’s brain with information, Yaha-kui zaShunina quickly makes a human body in order to quicken the transfer of information without destroying Shindou’s mind.
From here on, the plot is about how Yaha-kui zaShunina shares his trans-dimensional energy and knowledge in order to uplift humanity and the political and world fallout that results from these gifts being brought to a world full of very real people.
This show is a conflict of opinions in the best way, as not only do the main characters disagree with one another a lot, since that’s really their job, but also the world leaders and people in general find themselves on opposing sides with no real correct side being shown as the only side to fall on.
There are positives and negatives to each side, as this anime has no interest in keeping morality the boring black and white that most shows tend toward. And when Kado: The Right Answer introduces its very realistic issues, the resolution to these are so far very well thought out and smartly executed.
I won’t go into specifics, but suffice to say that public knowledge is an important role in everything Yaha-kui zaShunina tries to accomplish.
It’s hard to put into words why this show is so fascinating, but the interplay between humanity’s very real flaws and the extremely wise, but misunderstanding, nature of Yaha-kui zaShunina is compelling in a very strange way.
In fact, I would describe this anime as strange if I had to pick one word, because Yaha-kui zaShunina is so close to being human that his lack of regular human emotion and concept of greed is poignantly contrasted with Shindou’s previously perceived lack of human connection; in other words, though Shindou seems weirdly inhuman and off in the first episode, when he’s compared to Yaha-kui zaShunina, you can tell how human he actually is.
This dynamic is also one of the reasons that Shindou is so perfect for being the bridge between Yaha-kui zaShunina and humanity, since he can empathize and understand both the reasonable logic of this inhuman visitor as well as the unreasonable emotional capacity of humanity, and this is further contrasted with both Shindou’s sidekick Hanamori and the new character introduced later, Tsukai.
From Yaha-kui zaShunina down to the common human, all of these characters are varying degrees of the balance between logic and emotion, and the close but not quite nature of these characters allows them to connect with each other and connect through each other to each end of the line in a way that’s startlingly meshes with the message of the show: Kokoro.
Translated, Kokoro is the Japanese word for heart, but it’s not just the physical heart that the word refers to. It’s the emotional, physical, logical, illogical contradictions that make up the core of humanity’s positive tendencies toward family, friendships, loyalty, and togetherness.
Understanding the word is difficult from words alone, but if you’ve ever felt the beat of two or more souls harmonizing together in a way that stirs the connection you feel with the people around you, you know what I’m talking about. For everyone else, go watch Kokoro Connect.
In the end, though, this anime is about talking and connecting, so don’t go in expecting action or even much mystery. There’s obviously going to be some conflict and the mystique of Yaha-kui zaShunina is ever present, this isn’t your traditional shounen or action oriented piece of media.
Despite this, if you find the what ifs of aliens or trans-dimensional beings coming to uplift humanity fascinating, or the examination of the connection between people of different upbringings and philosophies, Kado: The Right Answer is the show for you.
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Talk to you again soon.