The Underrated: Kaiba — The Esoteric Theme Anime

kaiba-animeProbably the most underestimated anime against the big giants Shonen Jump animes is Kaiba. Maybe this anime doesn’t have the virtue of a good graphic for an excellent anime. However, don’t judge the book by its cover, this anime offers you a strong plot and reality theme with esoteric visualization.

Set in a future world where clone and memory transfer is available, the world has collapse into 2 parts which is separated by clouds. This cloud was made to secure the upper world who lives in luxury. Any people in the bottom part who tries to get passed to the upper world will be brainwashed and forgot all his memory.

The bottom part of the world is  filled with unfortunate people who lives in a slum. The first episode is started with a scene of a kid in a some kind of a void room. He seems to not remember who he was. All he know that he has a pendant containing a picture of a girl and a hole in the middle of his body.

The scene continue to go on as our main hero adventures to find who he is. This anime is very splendid in constructing the story plot. A lot of reality issues such as cloning and memory modification are wrapped up in an interesting yet esoteric way. However, this anime is not for you who are searching for a lite watching. Believe me, most of the episodes will be very very depressing and deep. It is good for a deep thinking watching.

Rating Factor: (Genre — Slice of Life, Esoteric Visual)
Graphics : 3/10.0
Story : 9.5/10.0
Music/OST : 8.5/10.0

Episode List – Status Completed

2008-04-10
1.
The Name is Warp
Na ha waapu
名はワープ
2008-04-17
2.
Stowaways
Mikkou
密航
2008-04-24
3.
Chroniko’s Boots
Kuro Niko no nagagutsu
クロニコのながぐつ
2008-05-01
4.
The Crone’s Memory Room
Baasan no kioku no heya
ばあさんの記憶の部屋
2008-05-08
5.
Abipa, The Utopian Planet
Akogare no hoshi abipa
憧れの星アビパ
2008-05-15
6.
A Muscular Woman
Kinnikushitsu na onna
筋肉質な女
2008-05-22
7.
The Man Who Doesn’t Stay in Memories
Kioku ni nokora nai otoko
記憶に残らない男
2008-06-12
8.
Disguise
Bakenokawa
化けの皮
2008-06-19
9.
Attack Warp!
Waapu wo ute!
ワープを討て!
2008-07-10
10.
Kaiba
カイバ
2008-07-17
11.
Mawaru fan
まわるファン
. A)
Revolving Fan
2008-07-24
12.
Minna kumo no naka
みんな雲の中
. A)
Everyone in the Clouds
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3 responses to “The Underrated: Kaiba — The Esoteric Theme Anime

  1. Might wanna reconsider the art score, as the artwork for this anime won a prize at the Japanese Media Arts Festival. You know, just saying.

  2. It’s tricky actually since this is an esoteric anime. Therefore, the graphic is a little bit abstract. I put the graphic low since I judge it based on other well-drawn anime such as Kanon or Air. However, from art perspective, you can say that Kaiba has a unique graphic quality.

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