Plot: The city of Sugomori is a giant sandbox for the experimental Kizuna system -- built to create peace by linking people through their pain.

Katsuhira, a teen who is unable to feel pain and only has spotty memories of his past, is selected by a mysterious girl to be a Kiznaiver, one of the subjects of the Kizuna experiment. Linked to six of his classmates, Katsuhira has to learn how to face their feelings, as well as his own. (B+)

Characters: B

Artwork & Animation: A-

Voice Acting: A-

Music: B

Objectionable Content: suggestive themes, blood, profanity

Other: Kiznaiver has a split personality. On the one hand, you have an intriguing psychological sci-fi and on the other... a campy thing that doesn't know what to do with itself (complete with strange and creepy mascot characters). The first few episodes are especially off-putting and even mean-spirited. But farther into the series, it finally settles with its more psychological side and has a fairly satisfying ending.

Overall Score: B+

Recommendation: 2/5

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