Okay y’all, I’ve got a new anime recommendation that I can’t stress seriously enough. It comes with mild yet flashy alien invasion, action-packed international negotiations, sci-fi energy sources, a super exhausted flight attendant crew in a hostage situation, and your friendly neighborhood media frenzy! Do you like Steins;Gate? Do you like the weird, inexplicable dating sim vibes? Have you ever wanted to watch the Japanese government shed tears of blood for days on end in a boardroom environment? Can I interest you in an adorable theoretical physicist equipped with an etch-a-sketch?
May I now introduce you to:
1. Your new beautiful alien overlord, now with 100% less emoting and an unwavering dedication to linguistic accuracy, who may or may not also be future-Jesus:
With zero joking, I need to inform you that that his name is Yaha-kui zaShunina. Folks, you don’t get higher quality alien visitors than this.
2. A protagonist that a) doesn’t suck and a) possesses the holy trinity of dry wit, a moral compass, and superior communication skills:
3. KADO the cube*, who, if this was a dating sim, would definitely be the love interest you wanted to date the most:
(*that’s it, it’s just a cube. It’s 2km to each side, it doesn’t get any sexier)
(**those specks in the second pic are batshit crazy media helicopters, see #9 below)
4. The swooning Junior Colleague, if alien overlords aren’t your thing:
5. A flight crew that just doesn’t quit, despite being told they have to work overtime in a multi-dimensional hostage situation for the next 29 fucking days
6. The afore-mentioned etch-a-sketch physicist, who routinely frightens the military officers so bad they call for backup to disagree with her
6. This cutie negotiator, who I’m pretty sure is actually super fucking ambitious beneath that wide-eyed veneer
7. This other cutie that does shit with military-grade weapons, who I hardcore ship with the crazy physicist
8. High-powered negotiations, which was a genre I never knew I needed until now and includes intense debates about the problems of inaccurate language localizations and translation fuck-ups in high-stress situations
9. And finally, the military and the media circus, now with proper representation and cool behind-the-scenes depictions of what security proceduresreally look like during crisis situations
SO GIVE KADO: The Right Answer A TRY, Y’ALL, IT LOOKS KICKASS AND I WANT MORE OF IT ON YOUR DASH AND MINE
One last note: KADO uses a consistent amount of CGI. If you have been traumatized by CGI in the past (see: the dark side of new sailor moon) I urge you to watch the first 2-3 episodes of KADO before writing it off. Why? Because:
1) the plot and story are so cool I kept watching even after being thrown off initially, and
2) it was actually shockingly easy to get used to the difference in animation
This was because there’s a hell of a lot of geometric detailing in this anime, and the CGI, believe it or not, does a great job in animating it. Facial expressions and body language are also way more detailed because they’re able to alter pre-existing models. This also means the animation is consistently high-quality.
So try it out! The first three episodes (plus prequel, which I highly recommend) are onCrunchyroll with minimal ads. Don’t skip it, ‘cause it looks like it’s gonna continue to be insanely good!