People complain about anime being slow. In Kokkoku, the middle ten episodes covered well under a second.
It was an interesting concept— people able to live between slices of time. It was a cool idea and I thought it seemed interesting at first.
Sadly, I don’t think Kokkoku really managed to deliver. It’s a show which wants to entice your curiosity about the world it’s set in— but Kokkoku never managed to do this for me. Part of it, perhaps, is that the show never has much foreshadowing. Things show up without any hints and you just have to accept them. This is particularly true of the ending, which was spectacularly dumb and had two parts in particular that came out of absolutely nowhere without any hint or much of an explanation even. It wasn’t so stupid that it was enjoyable, either— for most of the time you feel like you can take the show seriously, and then these dumb twists are especially jarring.
I did like how it followed the entire family— you rarely see such an intergenerational anime like this. It had interesting characters (especially liked the stupid sociopathic dad) and lots of betrayals. It was an interesting villain as well— I especially liked the dumbass reason he did all this for.
The best parts of the show, by far, were the OP and ED. Sadly they had nothing to do with the rest of the anime.
- Storytelling – C – Needed more foreshadowing.
- Voice – C – Cool world, not the coolest style.
- Characters – C – I thought they were interesting enough, but nothing amazing.
- Attention Grab – B – Kept my interest, for the most part.
- Production – C – Not the greatest animation I felt. But not terrible.
- Overall – C
Recommendations – Boku dake ga Inai Machi, Shin Sekai Yori, Ghost Hound