In order to save her brother and nephew who have been kidnapped by a mysterious religious group known as the Genuine Love Society, Juri and her family cast a spell using a stone hidden by her grandfather to enter the world of stopped time known as Stasis. However, when they infiltrate the kidnapper's base, they're met by other people who can also move about freely. With grotesque creatures lurking about, will they be able to escape the parallel world and return to their normal lives?!
No, it's not paused. The show just does that sometimes. Kokkoku is a failed concept. That's the gist of this review. You know all those old sonic games that they rushed to get out and piled on some gimmicky concept to get it done in time for the new hardware to come out as a launch title, and then released something ignored by quality control and what looked like something still in the beta stage? Turn that into an anime, replace sonic characters with dull nobodies, make that gimmick stasis, and you have kokkoku. Geno studio is a new group that was formed by old Manglobe members, so I had high hopes for it, but its first release was not impressive, unfortunately. Kokkoku is a concept that isn't refined at all. We've seen the idea of stopping time show up in many anime, movies, video games, ect. So all they had to do was fully explore its capabilities in that concept in an entertainingly animated way, bringing new ideas to the table and making the concept of stasis a fitting one, maybe make it dark with some matching mood and music, make it kinda steins;gate-y. They didn't. Instead, it's more like "Time stopping for dummies" with the most boring writing possible. Instead of treating stasis like a cool sci-fi concept that can be dealt with in any number of ways and opens up possibilities for any number of events to take place in a single second, they treat it like a college lecture on fucking physics, and the most boring people ever are your teachers. All the things you want to know about the show are on the backseat for all the stuff you don't care about. We spend line after line of boring dialogue trying to figure out exactly where these guardian things are coming from, what they are, how to avoid them, why we can stop time, why we can stop time, who we have to go save, why we have to save them, what's the villain doing now, what's this shiny rock that can stop time, what's my ancestry that led me to posess this goddamn rock. We don't learn: The extent of this time stopping, how much of the world is affected, how can it affect your mind, what are the jellyfish things, why time stopping exists in the first place, or how it can be used to create interesting situations. There's villains and heroes. The villains have vague missions and turn out more anticlimactic than an abandoned mento coke bottle. Really there's only one, but i say villains counting the good-for-nothing characters that go absolutely nowhere that sorta kinda almost allign themselves with the big bad until they die at his hand. He's kind of a douche. We only learn why through a bit of out of place backsplaining so the only thing you need to know about him is he wants time all to himself and is willing to kill as many of MC in particular's closest relatives to get it. MC is a boring girl with not a whole lot of personality, defining features, or realistic attributes, which is disappointing considering she's tied for most likable along with her grandpa. Enough about the characters (said the writers of kokkoku, rubber mallet in one hand script in the other), let's focus now on the animation. If K-Project was soapy, shiny dishwater, this was dirty, unrefined dishwater in the animation, presentation, and atmosphere department. The "action" that's almost nonexistant takes a lot out of it, everything moving so janky like going off-model would be the end of the fucking world and using as little frames as budget will allow to get there. They also put a bad blur on certain things, and the guardians are all CGI. This anime just looks trite. The only thing that looks cool is the way things are frozen in midair most of the time. BUT IT SOUNDS AWESOME. The Opening is one of my favorite openings of all time. In fact if creators just looked at the opening and listened to the soundtrack and tried to make an anime just based off that, I don't doubt it would have come out pretty decently. The soundtrack is like it came out of a much better anime. The ending gets this anime just slightly above a score of bad. It explores a much-needed theme in a decent way but it ends up with a pretty anticlimactic payoff and the resolution of the story-wide problem is lame. It just isn't worth it. Geno studio, let's hope you get it right next time.
Huh? If you don't like drama or sci fi stay away. If dialog isn't your thing go watch dragon ball z. There is nothing wrong with this show. The characters may be somewhat simple but they follow through, it all makes sense and their actions have impact. The story has a concise and satisfying end and the mystery... Man it starts out inexplicable but the progression is top notch. You understand every concept eventually. That's superb story telling. I don't know why this isn't rated higher. It's a short but enjoyable ride through a single millisecond of time.
This feels like another anime that starts off interesting with a cool concept and a lot of potential and then the splendor of the cool concept wears off after a couple of episodes and drags on from the middle to the end. Story - What seems like an average family has one of their own get kidnapped and they are charged a ransom that they can't afford with only 30 minutes to get the money. The grandfather reveals a spell that can put the entire world into stasis where time is completely frozen. It doesn't take long to find out that knowledge of stasis and a stone that enables it was what the kidnappers were truly after and the kidnap was just used as bait. The concept was cool at first, but the anime left me with a lot of unanswered questions. Some of the main characters have unique powers outside of being able to cast the stasis spell and why they have these powers is never explained. How the people in the Genuine Love Society who were the antagonists of the anime were immune to the effects of the stasis spell were also never explained. Animation - This was where the anime really shined for me. The way dynamic action of a world frozen in time looks really cool. You will see things like a dog suspended in midair while it is running, a window that has just been shattered and the pieces are floating and various facial expressions permanently etched on people's faces all look awesome. Other then that, there were some cool fight scenes that brought some much needed excitement to an anime that is otherwise boring. Sound - I have seen people saying amazing things about the OP song, but its just not my thing. When a Japanese singer tries to sing an OP in a mix and match of English and Japanese it just sounds awkward to me. It did have a catchy melody though. The ED also felt like it wasn't bad, but not memorable either. None of the background music particularly stood out, so I guess that means it was immersive, but I'm not going to give music top marks when it was unnoticiable. In general I felt like the voice acting was where the sound failed. Maybe it was the characters themselves having no life to begin with, but the voice acting didn't do any favors to bring out the best in the characters. Characters- Almost all of the characters felt completely lifeless. Blank slates that said whatever needed to be said or did whatever they needed to do for the story, but none of their actions really felt like they were based on any particular character traits. There is one exception, a minor character who was motivated by greed. While he did his best to appear like he was doing everything for the good of the family, he was acually willing to sacrifice others for his own personal gain. I actually liked this guy. Overall- A few enjoyable moments, a cool concept, and good animation save this series from being unbearable, but I really don't feel like I would recommend it to anyone.
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