Imagine an existence
where memories can be traded in order to experience the memories of
others. This is the reality of Kaiba but unfortunately for our
protagonist, he has no memories and is suffering from a form of amnesia. The only
memory that he has which may or may not be his, is the picture of a girl
that is contained in his pendant.
His goal is to find this mysterious
girl as he travels through this universe of memories in order to find
his love. This science fiction anime romance is the tale of Kaiba, a
creature who is not only trying to find his purpose in this universe but
also this mysterious girl that plagues his existence.
As we follow his story,
he will encounter many different beings in his search and as the series
progresses, the viewer is given little insights into their relationship
that is actually rather cute. Unfortunately in this realm where precious
memories can be traded, money is the precursor to all evil and in order
to trade or "buy" memories, money is required and those with the most
money have the most power. This adds to a catalyst to the story,
especially with some of the action sequences.
Another twist to this series is that these human-like creatures can also
swap bodies with each other that creates a very surreal extesentialist
experience and everything is definitely not black and white in this
series, especially with its "colourful" and strange animation.
Did I mention that Kaiba is also not in his own body!
only ace up his sleeve is that he can enter other peoples memories and his
journey to find his love will get him involved with all elements of
people in this series from those in power to those with none. For me, Kaiba is like
vigilante with amnesia but even though he does not
remember, his morals are still intact. It's a fascinating series.
Video & Audio
The animation in Kaiba
is definitely not mainstream and is quite out there from its strange
colourful characters to psychedelic effects. The creators however have
used some great animation techniques or special effects to enhance the
story such as the characters going into each others memories or bodies
that really stand out.
For me, Kaiba is like a children's series on some
form of illegal drug but it actually suits the premise well. Video
quality is good, although the colours do look a little washed out at
times. Sound on the other hand supports Dolby Digital 2.0 for the
Japanese track with English subtitles. Music is done by Kiyoshi Yoshida
(The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) and his tunes add a very magical like
soothing soundtrack to this sometimes complex story.
Give these facts, Kaiba is not really a children's series and there's
quite a bit of mature content thrown into the mix such as the epic
battles laced through the series, adult themes and even sexual
references. Director Masaaki Yuasa (The Tatami Galaxy) has done a
marvellous job at creating a very engaging and non-mainstream anime