This is the final episode of Kyousougiga, so obviously there are HUGE SPOILERS!
Back in the space between worlds, Inari and Lady Koto have a small heart-to-heart. Inari reveals that he always felt a lack of purpose, so he wants nothing more than to end his existence. Meanwhile, Yakushimaru and Koto (the younger) manage to save Mirror Kyoto with the prayer beads. Afterwards, they get drawn into a strange realm and basically meet God, Inari’s father.
God says that Yakushimaru and Koto will inherit Inari’s soul and become the new gods in place of their father, as Yakushimaru now holds the beads of life while Koto holds the beads/hammer of destruction. However, that means that Inari’s existence will be erased from the world. Since Koto and Yakushimaru both do not want this, they decide to postpone their talk with “grandpa” in order to seek out Inari.
Thus, Koto and Yakushimaru manage to find Inari and Lady Koto thanks to Koto’s hammer. Koto then proceeds to literally beat the sense into Inari, berating him for being so selfish all the time. Even God makes an appearance here. He agrees to let Koto and Yakushimaru inherit Inari’s powers, but Inari will continue living, because being there for his family is good enough. Thus, this story ends on a happy note.
I was somewhat nervous about how Kyousougiga would end, since there would only be one episode to wrap everything up. While the final episode did seem slightly rushed in some parts, I couldn’t have asked for a better resolution to the story.
Before I talk about anything else, let me get this out of the way: the animation was simply beautiful. The colors, scenes, and angles were all so visually interesting to look at. In this episode, the opening and ending songs were used during key scenes, and they fit perfectly. Everything just meshed together so well, it was amazing.
Babbling aside, the Kyousougiga’s story was also amazing. I’ll talk more about it in the next section (where I will talk about the series as a whole), but I’ll just say here that this final episode managed to be funny, touching, and inspirational all at the same time.
Out of five for this episode:
Kyousougiga was a series that I was interested in from the very first ONA short, way back in 2011. I was excited to hear in 2012 that they were releasing five ONA shorts, but I still wanted a full series. And then 2013 came around and that wish came true. And boy has this been the series I was expecting and so much more.
I’ve ranted enough about the animation in all these reviews already, so I’ll put that aside and talk about something much more important than just animation—the story. Kyousougiga’s story manages to be both complex and simple at the same time. It starts out rather confusing, by throwing us into this mysterious new world without much background behind it. And after a few episodes, you realize that there are a lot of “players” in the story, all with different goals and motivations. But in the end, it’s really just a story (as God himself put it) of a family’s “birth and re-birth.”
Technically, when you boil it down, the story is basically a large family spat. A father behaves irresponsibly, and causes his family a lot of grief. But at the same time, it almost feels unfair to label Kyousougiga as such, because the story seems so much deeper than that. Even so, the main moral of the story still concerns family—which is why even when the world is about to end, the conflict seems so real and relatable to us. A family is still a family even if there is fighting; and a family is still a family even when the people who make it up are rather strange and un-related.
Of course, story alone wouldn’t be enough to make a truly great series. The characters in Kyousougiga are also wonderful. There are quite a lot of characters, and not all of them get the chance in the spotlight. But of the ones that do, we are given a lot of insight into what makes them tick. They all feel like real people instead of just character archetypes, which is what tends to happen in a lot of less well-written anime. And Inari… oh boy, Inari. While I still feel ambivalent about his character, the last episode did make me understand his motivations a bit more. Inari is probably the most complex character in Kyousougiga, and his story is just as important as Koto’s and Yakushimaru’s even if he seems to stay in the background for most of the series until the end.
Overall, this is honestly one of the best anime I’ve seen. I would highly recommend it to anyone, as it has all sorts of things going for it: action, comedy, drama, complex storylines, gorgeous animation… The first few episodes might start of a bit slow and confusing, but for anyone who has the patience to stick around, it is an anime you won’t regret watching.
Out of five for the series as a whole: