Jeez, what an episode this was. Kiznaiver is always a very pretty show, but this episode was gorgeous from start to finish, full of wonderfully dynamic shots and great transitions making use of the show’s equally excellent sound design. The writing was a little more suspect, as always, but even there, the best moments were really worth celebrating. Kiznaiver’s not quite hitting the ceiling it could have shot for, but it’s still offering plenty to love every week.
You can check out my full review at ANN, or my notes below!
Really like this lonely shot of Chidori by the door
The Gomarins really aren’t threatening at all. Just a device to instigate emotional drama
Wonderfully framed scene between Katsuhira and Sonozaki
“How much do you think about me throughout the day?” Such a weirdly earnest Sonozaki question
Tenga getting mad for Chidori’s sake
“I’m going to go get properly hurt”
The counselor offered her own child in the past, apparently
Jeez this scene’s framing and transitions are good
And once again, the sound design is terrific. The transition from Sonozaki dribbling the ball to the muffled voices of the children, the excellent music in the background
Man, the buildup to this embrace is so good
And Katsuhira finally regains his pain, by remembering hers
“They’re inside me. So are you”
The full articulation of finding your feelings in another
They have to find their feelings as a group. That’s the point
Ugh, the “go after her” thing? These lazy beats are such a shame
Hah, and Sonozaki just blurts Nico’s feelings out
“What am I supposed to do when I catch her?” A good question!
They can now hear the voice of Chidori’s feelings
“At this rate, those kids are going to break”
“How could you hold me? You’re so cruel.” Ooh, I really like this
“If you don’t want him, give Tenga-kun to me.” Aw man, this is all great. These petty, selfish, human thoughts
Dang, what a mean climax