What drew me to Kagewani were the genres: mystery, supernatural. Those two things are certainly present. But dear God, what did I just watch?
The backgrounds are rather realistic, while the characters, with their obvious black outlines, stick out like sore thumbs. It’s definitely not an art style that attracts me, but I managed to basically get used to it during the 8 minutes I was watching. The problem is the way the characters move. Dear. God. That is very, very wrong.
If you can overlook that, though, the first episode was actually quite suspenseful and engaging. A group of three guys try to film a fake dinosaur sighting at a lake in a fenced off forest. Great idea, right? Until they find themselves faced with real live monsters, who definitely don’t want to sit back and be filmed. One by one the guys are killed off.
We then see Banba sensei, who I believe is our main character, standing just outside the broken fence. Just as he is turning to leave, a broken camera falls from the sky, landing just outside the fence line. When he moves to pick it up he suddenly clutches his face in pain as the strange marking by his temple starts to move.
And that’s Kagewani episode 1! Although it’s quirky (to put it nicely) I found myself enjoying this one. Just as long as the characters don’t have to move too much.