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Old 2007-03-25, 20:19   Link #1061
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2007 has just begun, many more shows to come.
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Old 2007-03-25, 20:32   Link #1062
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Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora - Last Thoughts

That was fast! Yesterday I watched the RAW, and now today I watched the sub for the final episode.

I cannot believe that three months went in the blink of an eye.

Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora was my first pick-up for this year's anime winter season. My other picks for the season include Venus Versus Virus (which is about to end as well next week), Deltora Quest, and Yes! Pretty Cure 5.

The first time I learned about KyoToSora was at Omniscient's blog. He had posted news about Kaishaku's most recent manga adapted into anime to air on January 2007. At the sole mention of Kaishaku, it quickly triggered on me memories of Kannazuki no Miko. Therefore, I built hype with expectation for KyoToSora within me awaiting the first television broadcast.

While the beginning KyoToSora let me down the other episodes that followed started to fill little by little the gaps regarding the storyline. It all culminates with the revelation of Kuu's identity, and as it just seemed that Kyoshiro and Kuu made peace of heart with each other, Kazuya arrived as I have no idea to have ever imagined and rain shards of cruel reality on Kyoshiro. From there on the plot took off and picked on speed, accelerating the story.

At that point KyoToSora completely grasped and built anxiety upon expectation for what was going to happen at the end of one episode to the next one with only a few remaining.

My verdict is that KyoToSora's episode one cannot compare to that of Kannazuki no Miko, which blasted with a bang. However, from Kazuya's arrival to the last scene at the end, the plot thicken and brought focus to the other, supporting characters as well, making a quick but convincing development and growth for Kyoshiro, Sojiro & Taurette, Himiko x Kaon, and Setsuna.

The ending pales slightly below to that of Kannazuki no Miko, because I think it is predictable how things would follow between chibi-Kuu and Kyoshiro from there on. As for Kannazuki no Miko, it captured the tearful reunion of two lovers who ever first met, but they already knew each other from a past life.

For KyoToSora the world was saved at expense of Kuu making her choice to part ways from her loved one in order to teach Kyoshiro that the world despite the ugliness of people it is beautiful after all.

My interpretation about the theme for this series, and is quite campy and cheesy, is that love shines the form which may or not want to choose.

The series clearly focused on the three main characters:
1. Kyoshiro, who spent a decade of his life emulating and copying a bastard brother.

2. Kuu, a shy girl who viewed herself useless and felt not worthy of being needed by others.

3. Setsuna, the tragic maidservant who could never have the love of the person standing by his side no matter how much struggle she put up with.

Fortunately, the chain of events that happened at the last quarter of the series made each of those three to reevaluate themselves, what they have been doing with their existences, and the meaning of their feelings.

At the end, it is this light of love (I apologize for the corniness of the term ), that enables them to accomplish their wishes whether they were or not what they expected.
1. Kyoshiro, became honest with himself and saw who he truly was. He made his decision to choose the path he picked up to travel in order to grow-up into the adult he wished to be.

2. Kuu, became useful to protect the one person she admitted to love, and the achievement was enough to fill her and to fullfill the reason of her existence.

3. Setsuna, acknowledged that the two lovers were meant for each other. She no longer resented Kuu, as she also felt the embrace of Kuu's love for the world. She makes her choice to join Kyoshiro on his travels, because she came to care for both Kuu and Kyoshiro and wants to see them reunited at last. Once the two lovers meet, she'll part ways in order to travel the world and witness by herself the wonders and beauties that Kuu taught her the planet has.

All in all, this series had a wavering start and not helped much that Kyoshiro remained a blockhead, spoiled, copycat prince for nine straight episodes. Thankfully, although I am regretting to say this, Kazuya arrived to set his orgasmic plan in motion, which made all the other characters involved into his mess to snap out, get a reality check, and grow serious to play their roles for the last arc convincingly and believable.

I should that Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora ranks below to Kannazuki no Miko but absolutely way above than Kagihime. I'll give a grade of 78%
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Old 2007-03-25, 21:14   Link #1063
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KtTnS end was kind sad to me but at the same time confuse that how did kyoshiro and setsuna hair change soo fast when kuu grow up fast ...maybe i need to watch it again but with sub........

knm and kttns was 2 best anime i love soo far not b/c of kaon and himiko but the story was great.

and when i watch kttns it feel like im watch knm again
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Old 2007-03-25, 21:43   Link #1064
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At least everyone lived in the end. I feel bad for Setsuna as she is the only one without anyone, but I ams ure she will find someone for her.
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Old 2007-03-25, 21:48   Link #1065
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maybe in the manga is diff
she may end with kuu
i hope
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Old 2007-03-25, 22:04   Link #1066
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KtTnS end was kind sad to me but at the same time confuse that how did kyoshiro and setsuna hair change soo fast when kuu grow up fast ...maybe i need to watch it again but with sub........

knm and kttns was 2 best anime i love soo far not b/c of kaon and himiko but the story was great.

and when i watch kttns it feel like im watch knm again
Come to think of it on this way.

The last scene at the end of Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora is comparable as to the last scene that happened at the end of Mahoromatic ~Motto Utsukushii~.
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Come to think of it, I forgot to comment about my likeness for the opening song on my last post.

At the beginning, I was reproving of Cross*Heart. The music and the lyrics felt too magical and shoujo -ish for the scope and mood of the series, but it eventually won me over after listening to it for several times.
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Old 2007-03-26, 08:05   Link #1067
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Old 2007-03-26, 08:09   Link #1068
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I absolutely loveed the ending! The most conclusive so far this season! I am going to miss this show so much. Does anyone know if the manga for this already ended?
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Old 2007-03-26, 08:11   Link #1069
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k...i think the only reason i have been watching this is becausee it has real cute girls and the re incarnated Chikane-Himeko pair as Kaon-Himiko. Pretty much of a let down series i would say. I watched this seeing it was by the Kannazuki Guys..but Kannazuki was way better. Sorry to say..but overall i feel the series rates a 6 in my counter
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Old 2007-03-26, 08:20   Link #1070
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*shrug* hey if a shounen show with a shoujo-flavored romance isn't your thing...

But you HAVE to admit the animation was way better.
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Old 2007-03-26, 08:28   Link #1071
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A nice and fitting ending to this anime - The cheeze with a grain of drama and angst

A somewhat happy "happily ever after"
I was hoping that Kazuya would get to suffer more and die though At least i don't have to listen to his orgasmic antics now that he has been thrown in to a vegetable state ... the animation on his wine strings was terrible though.

I am quite interested in how the whole Kyoshiro x Kuu thing would end, considering that she is about 10 years old now, which would make Kyoshiro somewhere around 27 i guess

Neko brat and Soujiro got the best ending i suppose

Poor Setsuna - she is definitely one of those characters you can't help but feel for - nothing ever goes right for her, no matter how nice and admirable she is. I wonder what she will do after she parts ways with Kyoshiro.

Kaon and Himiko... i said it before and I'll say it again - couldn't have cared less about them. Though seeing Himiko without her foot was unexpected... still didn't care though.

Action scenes completely devoid of "action"

Overall - this one surpassed my expectations, and is a nice entry in romance/drama/angst series, with some adventure and action on top.
7/10 (extra bonus points for my extreme liking towards Setsuna)
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Old 2007-03-26, 09:16   Link #1072
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wonder y himiko had to lose her foot though.. did she really lose her foot or did she have to use the crutches cos 1 foot was injured? didnt really see that scene properly...

why did it have to take YEARS for Kyoshiro to find Kuu?? or WHY did she have to b reborn and/or be young! how is THAT supposed to work out? a Pedohile relationship??? than by the time she is old enough to b in a proper relationship he'll b old enough to b her sugar daddy!!!!

argh! but cant complain too much ya.... at least they ended up together in the end! kyoshiro looked so dashing with his long hair and new outfit... it was so sweet when the young Kuu looked at him and just knew he was the one for her! the scene where she ran to him! sweeeeeeeeeeet!
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Old 2007-03-26, 11:45   Link #1073
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I'm happy with that --- its the kind of ending i knew would happen (if you've seen Kannazuki no Miko, then you'll know what i'm on about). It was sweet --- thats just what i wanted. & yay Kazuya didn't die. I wouldn't mind knowing what happens with him, or even how he became that powerful. Though those are matters that are not needed for the series, just something i'd like to know.

Anyway, i'm very happy with this series. It didn't disappoint from the first episode until the end.
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Old 2007-03-26, 12:05   Link #1074
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Poor Setsuna - she is definitely one of those characters you can't help but feel for - nothing ever goes right for her, no matter how nice and admirable she is. I wonder what she will do after she parts ways with Kyoshiro.
I would compare Setsuna to Haji from Blood+, however, the decisive differences between those two is that Haji successfully managed (if it weren't for Kai) to confess his love to Saya at the last episode.

While Setsuna could not, but Kyoshiro at the end acknowledged her feelings to him but could not reply them back because he already loves Kuu, however, he was willing to take responsibility for dragging her into his mess and consented her to punish him.
Setsuna, instead, chose to make him company on his quest to find Kuu. After they find chibi-Kuu I would like to speculate that Setsuna started a journey of her own visiting every place around the world.
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Old 2007-03-26, 13:44   Link #1075
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why did it have to take YEARS for Kyoshiro to find Kuu?? or WHY did she have to b reborn and/or be young! how is THAT supposed to work out? a Pedohile relationship??? than by the time she is old enough to b in a proper relationship he'll b old enough to b her sugar daddy!!!!
Because if she would have been reborn right away Setsuna and Kyoshira would have took her in care, making them father and mother of Kuu. This would cause several problems for them:

a) Kyoshiro x Setsuna.
K: I am sorry Setsuna, I love this 1-year old baby more than you and we will be together once she is older.
S: But I look very adorable and can cook good and bloody hell at least I have similar age like you! (dont worry about my grammar -_-)
K: But I already have fallen into love with Kuu, even if you look better. :S

b1) Father/Mother
How could Kyoshiro love his daughter ...? And with Setsuna as mother shouldnt they be together...?
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Old 2007-03-26, 13:55   Link #1076
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Eh, the age is not that odd. Many countries have thirty-forty year olds with 10-13 type things. Just means he will die first and she gets his fortune .


And Setsuna, like I said, will go on her own journey to find her love. But I will guess they keep in contact through letters or something. Semi-happy ending considering everyone but Set got their love. But that just means that he was not her love and she needs to find him.
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Old 2007-03-26, 14:22   Link #1077
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I just wanna see more of future Kyoshiro & Setsuna.
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Old 2007-03-26, 16:06   Link #1078
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^ yea i want that too...out of all the girls setsuna definatly gets the top spot on my list just for her tragic story...the poor girl didnt even have a chance no matter how hard she tried but still she tried...it doesnt matter to her than kyoshiro doesnt love her but the fact of being next to him is just enough...now that takes a true heart of gold to do :3 ~ problem is that she did say that she will leave him after finding kuu...*sigh*
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Old 2007-03-26, 16:29   Link #1079
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^ yea i want that too...out of all the girls setsuna definatly gets the top spot on my list just for her tragic story...the poor girl didnt even have a chance no matter how hard she tried but still she tried...it doesnt matter to her than kyoshiro doesnt love her but the fact of being next to him is just enough...now that takes a true heart of gold to do :3 ~ problem is that she did say that she will leave him after finding kuu...*sigh*
We need lots and lots of avatars and gifs for Setsuna from the last episode.

And I do give both my thanks and congratulations to Ayako for their work in subbing Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora.
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Old 2007-03-26, 16:51   Link #1080
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I have to ask here. How much do you think kuu remember her previous life? If she can remember all things there is no problem. But if she only know kyoshiro is the prince in her dream, and don't remember anything else, it would be a big issue. Kuu's personality may change this time since she is no longer a empty flesh wihout soul as she was in her previous life. If this is the case, they must start from the very beginning, and may not end up together.

I know this speculation can not happen since it is set against the emotion author want to beat into to us. But I just cann't help to think this way. I don't have special hatred to kuu, but I can't endure to see kyoshiro well off. It is not a tragedy to kuu that she can't end up with kyoshiro. She has been reborn, it is her new life so it is not necessary repeat the love from her previous life, she can have new one. I hope kyoshiro search for ten years only find kuu is a new person who is no longer in love with him(AA can change as much as human do ). And I will never give him Setsuna(he doesn't deserves). Make a bad end for kyoshiro.
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