I’ve always gone by the mantra of ‘all good things know when to end’; this especially applies to anime. The hugely popular shows we Western weebs love will never die though, because despite the fact that no matter how bad an episode can be, we can rely on the notion that the show will be back the next week. I can only take the likes of Naruto, One Piece and Pokemon as such examples.
Nisio Isin began his Monogatari books back in 2007. I can be labelled as biased here, as I got hooked on the adaptation from day one. His amazing and unique character design along with token wordplay has made him a well-praised light novelist. It’s only now when we get an English translation of Kizumonogatari, to be released just before Christmas this year…just in time for the Kizumonogatari movie trilogy next year. He has chosen to end the series to concentrate on new material. Material like the recent Okitegami Kyouko no Bibouroku, which has received not only a manga adaptation but a live-action one too. And it’s the live-action one that has seriously caught my attention…
…for various reasons.
- Both the stark visuals and distinctive piano score used in the show mirror what we expect in the Monogatari shows (which can be seen as a plus, to get fans into new Nisio Isin material).
- It brings the notion that Nisio Isin’s characters can be real people, regardless of their quirks.
- I haven’t watched any J-drama show in a long time, so I figure starting on one based on a novel by an author I love would be a great way to get back into it.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the story, Kyouko Okitegami is a private detective who enjoys solving abnormal mysteries. Her only setback is that she forgets everything the previous day; something culprits can use to their advantage. It makes fascinating and comical story-telling, in addition to the moe-glasses appeal. Also, if you look at it one way, the novel shows how a woman with such a major setback in life can overcome life and solve the unsolvable; misogyny in Japan is defeated once again.
Now as I type this, Nisio Isin and SHAFT might well be in talks for an anime adaptation; I’m crossing my fingers that they are. Even though it won’t have the same impact as Monogatari (and could potentially thus put the fans off a little), Nisio Isin’s well-written characters and deep storytelling, mixed with the distinct artwork we all know could make an adaptation of Okitegami a success.
We already know that the likes of Koyomi Araragi and new Monogatari character Ougi Oshino can solve the unsolvable and can make good rapport and give great screen time. So someone as intelligent and moe as Kyouko Okitegami will be someone we can learn to like quickly. But compared to Koyomi and Ougi, characters we have now gotten used to, will Kyouko be someone we can quickly warm to? That’s only something we can answer if SHAFT decide to do an adaptation, of course.
Opinions? I like the idea of an adaptation, but would we want to see another SHAFT detective story? Of course I’m not ruling out the idea that another studio could do it; I mean White Fox were responsible for the adaptation of Katanagatari. But seeing someone like Kyoto Animation do something like Okitegami Kyouko no Bibouroku would be something (is that sarcasm?). I mean it’s not like they haven’t not touched on detective stories; Hyouka was a runaway success (which will, most likely, never make it to the West)…but eh…