9 May 2012 | wandereramor
It's hard to write a review of Kaiba. So much of its charm and beauty lies in the animation, the rough drawings and fluid movements of the characters. Madhouse and Masaaki Yuasa have gathered together some of the best animation talent around, and it shows -- the art is consistently strange and beautiful, and stands out in a tradition that's known for a very specific, very standardized art style.
But that's just the surface. Underneath all that Kaiba is provocative, intelligent science fiction that questions the relationships between mind, bodies, and memories. Along the way it touches on love, family, the state and rebellion, providing nuanced portrayals of each. And it has a mythic arc that actually holds up to greater scrutiny.
Tragic and uplifting in equal measure, Kaiba is not just one of the best anime series ever made but one of the best TV shows. It aired in obscurity and has yet to be licensed in the States, but looks for all the world like a big-budget production. It's rare in any medium or industry to see such a personal, idiosyncratic expression made at such great expense, and the show that emerged was every bit as miraculous as the events of its creation.