Sekai Suru Kado

Title:Sekai Suru Kado
Kado: The Right Answer
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Notables: Animation - Toei
Kōjiro Shindō is a highly-skilled negotiator working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As his plane at Haneda airport prepares to take off, a huge mysterious cube appears from the sky. 'It' expands rapidly, and absorbs the passenger plane and its 252 passengers. The cube's name is "Kado". A strange being called Yaha-kui zaShunina appears from within Kado and tries to make contact with humanity. Shindō, who was been absorbed by Kado, ends up taking on the role of mediator between Yaha-kui zaShunina and humanity. The Japanese government sends its own negotiator, Saraka Tsukai.
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12-episode TV anime that premiered on April 7, 2017.
Animated by Toei Animation.
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Unevaluated Stretch [series:3332#628]
(Five episodes watched):

Episode one ends with a cliffhanger in which this Yaha-kui zaShunina person reveals and introduces himself, but does nothing more; up 'til then, all we knew was that a giant cube had descended from the sky, and it had inexplicable physical characteristics. Curiously, the notion that it might be an alien spacecraft wasn't mentioned, even though that seemed pretty obvious to me. The synopsis above tells us a good deal of stuff which won't happen until episode two, if not later. Still, a story about something as momentous as this can't help but pique our interest, and I found myself wanting to know more. But, since the basic premise was still unclear, I couldn't conclude yet whether it would be a show worth watching to the end.

One problem: what is the worst thing that can possibly happen? ZaShunina seems pretty harmless to me; I'm guessing that he is just curious about earth and means no harm. But without something being at risk, it's hard to get excited. It turns out that the central issue will be Wam, which are devices which can generate unlimited, clean energy. ZaShunina wants to give these too-good-to-be-true gifts to humans, but he is uncertain if our political structure is a good way to distribute the benefits. The UN quickly demands that Japan turn them over, which makes some sense, though it should have been done more delicately. Why not allow Japan to keep a few for 'research' (a few would be enough to power the entire country, apparently) while giving up the rest? But the preview of episode five hinted that military action might come about already, which was hard to believe. Are the world's powers so greedy that they immediately fixate on free energy when the first ever alien visitor is standing by? Why not bypass Japan and ask ZaShunina himself to give the Wam to the UN? Would you want to risk ticking off an alien with inestimable powers? He seems to hold all the cards, being from what seems to be a vastly more advanced culture than us. Why doesn't the UN argue that ZaShunina should be negotiating directly with them, not through Japan?

So, the basic conflict is between different countries here on earth, not between humans and ZaShunina. I began to get the feeling that the message behind this show might be that Japan is wiser than the rest of the world combined and would have to save everybody from their own follies. With the story drifting in that direction, and moving at the tepid pace that it was, I became glad to see that the show will not extend beyond twelve episodes. Sure enough, the message I was getting in episode five was that poor Japan was getting beaten up by the rest of the world while it has done nothing wrong, and surely had been chosen by ZaShunina as his landing point since it's the best country there is. It takes a brilliant Japanese girl scientist to figure out the secret behind Wam, after all. This show might be flattering to someone who is Japanese, but it was seeming increasingly implausible to me. Perhaps the basic problem is that it's more about Japan and Shindo than it is about ZaShunina and our first contact with intelligent alien life. Perhaps that's why it never really thrilled me. I don't care all that much how Japan gets treated, since it is a good deal less interesting than ZaShunina himself. My interest petered out and I finally dropped this show from my viewing schedule.

Last updated Tuesday, June 06 2017. Created Monday, April 17 2017.

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