Originally Posted by Tom Yum Goong
Innovative? What is so innovative about it?
New Kill la Kill episode is just like the new Kyoukai no Kanata episode. A build-up for something even more awesome :)
A lot of things
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It plays on personality type changes like reality is AND on the idea of 'who is a person'.
Let me explain the first one first on personality type realism.
Most anime give you a character with a set type of personality. That's the base. Then they add the features of sadness, happiness, anger etc. It's like 'create an anime character' game or something. Koko and Chinami are some examples where Golden Time expresses a difference within this. Kaga Koko is EXTREMELY annoying. Almost every time I see her, I'm thinking of jumping on board the HMS Linda. The way she overplays every interaction is one of the main things. On the surface, she is very fake. She is THAT girl that nobody likes. However, as we have seen in many episodes with her. That is one of her coping mechanisms. We don't truly know what it is yet, but Koko has an underlying problem that the comedic romantic comedy brings up every 4 minutes, but at the same time masking it. She wants a purpose in life, she wants to make herself feel good, she wants only the things that are planned, and that make others feel like she is good. A lot of evidence has been provided with this already. This type of realistic personality type that is masked(BUT shown constantly) with the romantic comedy is very innovative. It's not new, but Golden Time uses it as one of the biggest sub focuses that go unnoticed. We know its a big focus due to those tender scenes we witnessed a few episodes back with her reality breakup on Yana, her friendship and then relationship with Banri.
The other type of thing Golden Time uses is almost the type of nature vs nurture idea. The same feel but not the same logic. What I mean is that it plays on the idea of what makes a person and what love really is. There would be NO reason at all to have the ghost banri and the past (well crafted) flashbacks all of which are high quality if this wasn't the case. The anime is giving two f MC's to chose from yes. This is not new, but it now uses the idea of love, changing love, and personality as a way to bring up issues in the real world. Anime can't be 100% real. It makes up for its inability(time constraints, money to produce etc) to have fully realistic events through its usage of chracters and its executions. A real world idea thus would be on relationships and breakups. It's an awkward thought really. You love a person, and then you breakup and love another. Golden Time uses this idea of changing love, and the nurturing of a person's personality in its show. It's not 100% analogous to reality but enough. You may have a hard time following this one so to sum it all up. Golden Time tries to define love through a character's personality. The ghost banri, and the high quality production and backstory flashbacks, along with how much time it devots to character development of both sides equally(now) is proof enough. (Kimi ga Nozomu Eien is one of the only other series that uses an idea similar to this)
I would love it if people read this and let me know. Didn't watch Golden Time? Read it. Am watching it right now? If you are at episode 6 at least, then read it, it has no new spoilers past episode 6.
It's not new, but its execution of it is quite innovative. And it's doing it quite well as well.