Kaiba Series Review

For those of you who don’t yet know about Kaiba, I suggest you read my first impressions post on it, or probably watching it may be a good idea too.

The main character of the story; Kaiba

Engrossing, touching and definitely very disturbing, in words just plain awesome. It’s really been a long time since I’ve watched an anime of Kaiba’s caliber; an anime with a grand plot, engrossing mystery, a really vast setting and with a romance to beat many, many others.

Succeeding in evoking moral contradictions and disgust in me where many other anime have failed, at times the shock and absurdness of it’s worlds depraved state made me hit the pause button to think before continuing it. However, it’s not an anime without hope, and definitely not without love. Definitely a candidate for best anime of the year.

Warp and Kaiba; villain and king

Looking back at when I first picked it up, a long 3 months ago, I have to be honest and say that I wasn’t expecting too much from it. “Just another experimental anime”, or so I thought. However, as the series progressed and transitioned from the first few confusing episodes, I was hooked. The setting of the world of Kaiba was just immense with so many worlds to visit and points of view to consider. From the mass producing body factories of abipa to that underwater ghost town, just awesome. Another thing about Kaiba is it’s obvious delight in making weird objects, of which most we’re really very ingenious and fun to watch, that helped add to it’s alien feel.

Kaiba, Chroniko and Vanilla

The characters of this anime also played a great part in making it a favourite of mine. Don’t be fooled, it’s definitely not their conversations that define who they are, seeing that the main character, Kaiba doesn’t say more than 5 lines per episode from episode 1 – 5. Instead as the old proverb goes, their actions speak louder than their words. Kaiba’s gentleness and persistence in looking for Neiro, Neiro’s confusion, Popo’s ruthlessness, the ever cute, ever helpful hyo-hyo and a host of other characters all played  very very important roles in defining the feel of the series.

The art direction of Kaiba is wonderfully simplistic but yet sureally chaotic as well. It’s definitely hard to explain, but thats why I put pictures in my reviews. My only advice is this; don’t let the character designs turn you off, cause If you do you’re making a very bad decision. Instead of detracting from the story, I’d say the art complements it extremely well, so much so that I can’t think of any other design or style that would work so well with the setting. The background music, with its electrofunk and synthesized tune generally manages to build upon that fearful alien atmosphere Kaiba exudes.

Neiro and Popo; confused lover & lonely schemer

So all in all how would I rate Kaiba? Well, as per my usual rating system of;

Awesome – Best of the best, saved for my favourites
Great – Way above the normal, worth keeping
Good – A few problems here and there but still nice
Average – Baseline level anime, watch if you have the time
Mediocre – Mediocre
Bad – I doubt there would be any of these on my blog since i’d probably have dropped them.

Kaiba scores unsurprisingly, an awesome for its great take on the science fiction genre. As for it’s character attachment factor, I’d give it a 7 since the characters develop the story and not the other way round.

So I hope I managed to do this great series justice with my review. Do give it a try if you haven’t watched it yet. God bless! =)

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3 Responses to “Kaiba Series Review”

  1. Kaiba - Review And Retrospective « Anime Chatter Says:

    […] it out because it looked so weird. But something about the first episode really intrigued me (and others as well), be it the fact it was so different from anything I’d already seen, the music which […]

  2. blissmo Says:

    Nice review! I now need to start watching Genius Party, and 7/10 seems fair enough I suppose. Unfortunately, I still haven’t passed episode 1 of this! ;____;

  3. Concluding Kaiba « Claiming Ground Says:

    […] the show. If you haven’t seen it, there’ll be plenty of other people (how about these four) to argue why you […]

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