Sunday, May 22, 2016

New Anime Deals With Pain In an All-Too-Real Way

Just a few days ago I was swooning over the awesomeness of Re:Zero. Today I stand before my fellow bloggers as a changed woman.

I have, totally and completely, fallen head over heels for the currently running series Kiznaiver.


The show is like reading a book itself. It's a dystopian fiction, not quite like all the others, and the characters are unbelievably developed and completely relatable. For those of you who aren't that familiar with the anime, here's a short synopsis to give you guys a little background on the series:
Sugomori City is an experimental town where groups of unlikely companions are brought together not only in a literal sense, but in a physical sense as well. Each of these individuals are linked by the common bond of one another's pain, and thanks to the miracle of modern medicine, this link has been distributed evenly to all members, which by the way, are called Kiznaiver's. Through several tests and missions, we learn that the purpose of this experiment is ultimately to unite individuals and promote world peace, but as the plot continues to unfold, one begins to wonder if there is an ulterior motive.  


To say the least, I was surprised to find a show dealt with such hard topics in such a real way, and when episode 6 rolled around, and emotional pain was explored, well I just couldn't pass up writing an article! As someone who's dealt with quite a bit of emotional pain myself, I fully stand by when I say that this episode made some pretty valid points about the invisible scars in our lives.

For one thing, the show identifies emotional pain as a real and serious issue. Even the show's side-character Hisomu (who is addicted to physical pain) admits emotional pain has the exact opposite affect –it repulses him.


But through the physical link that connects the Kiznaivers, we learn that pain (especially that of the emotional kind) brings people together, and sharing it with others is perhaps the best solution to relieve a portion of the burden. Some people aren't as familiar with this process of working through pain, however, as is the case with the series' main character, Agata. For as long as he can remember, Agata hasn't been able to feel pain the same way as others.


The fact that such a prevalent character feels this way says something profound about the human race –that pain (especially emotional) often goes unrecognized, and it leaves people feeling helpless as a result. Thus, the series makes an important point of familiarizing people with the topic and in turn creating awareness.

The series doesn't just educate it's audience, however; it also offers up solutions to help. When another of the series' characters, Maki, is hurting, one of her fellow companion's, Yuta, encourages her to open up and share her pain with others.


Though she fails to take his advice, we learn about her past nonetheless, and as we learn more about her on an emotional level, we learn more about her in general. We are given a premise to define her actions as well as a basis for that of the other characters and our own. Here, the audience is shown that if one knows the extent of another's pain, maybe they won't cause as much harm as they once would've.

This episode taught me a lot about how hurt can be caused and how to avoid it. Who's to say if the Kiznaiver's will be successful in conquering pain and bringing about world peace, but I have the feeling the anime in itself has the potential to change hearts of millions around our world. Thanks to this show, awareness and prevention of emotional harm can be spread in a way that's not only educational, but entertaining as well. I'm sure I don't have to say it again, but this anime is going places, people, so watch out for it!