Kokkoku

Title:Kokkoku
刻刻
Overall:Unevaluated
Keywords: , , , , , ,
Notables: ANZAI Chika
Animation - Geno Studio
SETO Asami
After her brother and nephew are kidnapped by a gang of punks, Juri Yukawa is desperate since her family isn't particularly wealthy. But her grandfather may just have an unconventional way out of the problem: he possesses an artifact which can somehow bring time itself to a halt for everyone except themselves! But he warns her not to give in to the temptations that inevitably accompany the use of this thing--and, it turns out, they aren't the only ones who can do this.

12 episodes
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Unevaluated Stretch [series:3476#628]
(Four episodes watched):

This is a show which managed to pique my interest, even though I usually don't care for horror. Juri, who is seeking employment but hasn't had much luck, comes from a rundown family with several unemployed relatives, which makes her and them unlikely but interesting heroes. I need to know more about this bizarre mystery and the terrifying implications it has. There's no guarantee that episode two, which will presumably be obliged to offer some sort of explanation for this time halting magic, will continue to be interesting. The adversaries Juri comes up against might always be absurd and/or stereotypical. But I liked this show enough to watch episode two.

I couldn't help feeling that this whole business of stones and the time warping effect they have was confusing and frustrating. Whereas episode one created some interesting characters, afterwards I largely lost track of what was going on as a bunch of punks pursue Juri and her grandfather, and a latent power within her is revealed. But character development seemed to have largely been suspended, and instead we get a fight-for-your-life scramble which moves from one melee to the next. And what is going on? Why do objects which can make time stand still exist? Why is it possible to eat food which is frozen in time? Why do strange, hideous creatures seem to defend those who are frozen from those who are not? What do these religious fanatics really want? I just didn't know if making sense of all this would be worth the time and trouble that it would demand. After four episodes I just couldn't get into this show and decided to quit.

Last updated Friday, October 05 2018. Created Saturday, January 13 2018.

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