Lessons from Kado

Beware the scorned anime watcher…

Meta context: This is originally from May 2018, which is why this post doesn’t address Beyond Information. I do prefer that over some of the plot points discussed in this post, but I do believe the movie came far too late for it to be effective on the long-term impressions people had of the series.

The reason I’m posting this post now is because it’s interesting to look back on and recognise I’ve only remembered the extremely good things and the extremely bad ones…(Basically, I had no other posts to put out between real life, School Days, Fate/Stay Winter etc., so I had to do something with what I had left.)

Part of the reason I’ve talked about Seikaisuru Kado (Kado: the Right Answer) so much in the past is because it’s so dang thought provoking. However, I chose to read spoilers early on because I was in love with the show. Up until that point, I always had one show every simulcasting season I would back without a second thought once that show had established itself to me.

So when it came to a certain turning point (people who’ve already seen the show will identify that point as roughly episode 9), it started churning out two kinds of thoughts I’d never had before: “How will they go from here?” and “Why are people suddenly badmouthing Kado?”

In my few years of watching simulcast anime, I’d been so picky I never let a bad show through my week-to-week filter because I kept my number of shows small.

However, Kado was an absolute game-changer on that front – my way of selecting top simulcasts means I let in shows that start well, but what about if the same shows ended horribly?

I would have poured my obsessive love into a show that wouldn’t have deserved it, that’s what.

The problem is, Kado is an extremely interesting show at first. However, I believe I’ve expounded on those positives enough, so let’s talk about why its ending didn’t work.

I believe Scott once said something along the lines of “Kado’s writing is extremely tricky to balance without losing that neutral stance that makes it so enticing and philosophical in the first place”. It was almost as if the person responsible for the plot went at episode 9, “I don’t have enough material to finish the story. Let me weld together a stereotypical shonen plot with what I have of Kado.”

Furthermore, at the point where Saraka is introduced as an anisotropic being, it doesn’t seem plausible because there was no foreshadowing of it, unlike the foreshadowing done for everything before it. Speaking of foreshadowing, the negotiations that were indicated by Shindo’s job title and episode 0 – which made negotiations with steel workers seem appealing and extremely human – were not included. Well, they were included, but only to make a gladiator-style outfit for Shindo to show off his upper body with. (My tastes lie more towards zaShunina by the way, thank you very much.)

Then there’s the Yukika plot in the last few episodes. Where do I begin with that?

In order for Yukika to be conceived, Shindo and Saraka had to get together and those two did not show any chemistry together.

Basically, what could’ve been a great ending was ruined by taking the wrong turns in the right places. I apologise if you came here looking for good things about Kado, but even though I’m still generally in favour of the show, I just can’t forgive the ending.

So do you think I’m being too harsh on the final 3 episodes of Kado? Was it a victim of being severely truncated, or was it something else?

3 thoughts on “Lessons from Kado

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  1. It’s so strange looking at a post I wrote a long time ago like that, because I haven’t looked it in a while and I’ve really changed since then in some ways I think. Also weird to see that I wrote that before the quality of the series changed greatly. Don’t know what to say about that really.

    But yeah, poor show. It could have been a classic.

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