On April 9, 2021 marks the fifth anniversary of the original emission of the original anime produced by Trigger, Aniplex and Crunchyroll studios, and written by Mari Okada, Kiznaiver. The title and its premise are based on the words "wound / scar (kizu)" and "lazo / connection (kizuna)".
The series featured character designs by Shirow Miwa, as well as the debut as director of Hiroshi Kobayashi, who had previously held as an assistant director at Shingeki No Bahamut (Rage of Bahamut) and episode director in Kill La Kill. The twelve episode series premiered originally in April 2016 and inspired a hand-running adaptation of Roji Karegishi, published between March 2016 and February 2017 in Kadokawa Deringi Maoh magazine.
Synopsis of Kiznaiver
Katsuhira Agata is a quiet and reserved teenager whose feeling of pain has almost vanished. Her friend, Chidori Takashiro, can only vaguely remember the days before Katsuhira experienced this profound change. Now, the cushioned and complacent behavior from him turns Katsuhira into a constant goal of the thugs, who explode it for sums of atrocious money. But his fists only manage to blame, since even emotions are far from reach. However, one day Katsuhira, Chidori and four other teenagers are kidnapped and forced to join the Kizuna system as "Kiznivers" officers. Those who participate are connected through pain: if a member is injured, others will feel the same amount of agony. These individuals must become laboratory rats and scapegoats of an incomplete system designed with world peace. With its literally intertwined destinations, the Kiznaivers must expose each other, or risk failing much more than the Kizuna system.
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