KADO is going to remain hard to really explain (or really easy if you just list what actually happens in the episode). Firstly, with the exception of the way some of the characters move, which is at times creepy, this show is beautiful.
Throw in some incredibly ambiguous statements that could be interpreted more or less anyway the writers choose later on from zaShunina (who I was going to call an alien but he’s more of a biological interface produced by the cube based on what we saw this episode).
Add the usual science fiction moral about needing to think:
And what we get is an episode where there is a lot of talking, some really interesting concepts kicked around, a few truly great moments (the time negotiation on top of the cube was fantastically handled, actually most of the interactions between Shindo and zaShunina have so far been well done), but from a plot point of view we haven’t really moved yet. At the start of the episode zaShunina announces he wants to talk with the government, at the end of the episode they re-emerge from the cube to talk with the government. Most of the rest of the episode goes back and explains what was happening in the cube after the plane disappeared.
I’m really enjoying this though I can’t help but wonder if the progress of the story will be as interesting as this initial set-up. Meeting an ‘alien’ and establishing communication is infinitely more interesting than sitting around a table actually negotiating so I’m curious as to where the show intends to go next.
KADO: The Right Answer is available on Crunchyroll.
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