Kado: The Right Answer

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Kado: The Right Answer
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正解するカド
(Seikai Suru Kado)
Anime television series
Directed by Kazuya Murata
Produced by Kōichi Noguchi
Written by Mado Nozaki
Music by Taro Iwashiro
Studio Toei Animation
Licensed by
Original network Tokyo MX, MBS, BS Fuji, AT-X
Original run April 7, 2017 June 30, 2017
Episodes 12 + EP0 (List of episodes)
Original net animation
Kado: Beyond Information
Studio Toei Animation
Released May 22, 2018
Runtime 120 minutes
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Kado: The Right Answer (Japanese: 正解するカド, Hepburn: Seikai Suru Kado) is a Japanese CG animation television series produced by Toei Animation.[1] The series first aired in April 2017[2] and ended in June 2017. The episode zero, which tells the event before Shindō and Hanamori taking off on the plane, was exclusively distributed via Amazon Prime Video in Japan and Crunchyroll.

Plot[edit]

On a plane bound for their business trip, Kōjirō Shindō and his co-worker Shun Hanamori witness the sudden appearance of the Kado, a cube of 2km length, out of thin air landing and enveloping their plane. All 252 passengers including Shindō, Hanamori, and the flight crew members are admitted intact into the cube and they encounter a strange being within. This being assumes the form of a human man, identifying himself as Yaha-kui zaShunina, and he wishes to "advance the world."

Characters[edit]

Main Characters[edit]

Kōjirō Shindō (真道 幸路朗, Shindō Kōjirō)
Voiced by: Hiroaki Miura[3] (Japanese); Ian Mead Moore (English)[4]
A highly skilled negotiator working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is the only person involuntarily induced with a sense of the anisotropic because he was the first person to exit the Kado when at that time, information about humanity had not been fully processed by the Kado. After meeting Yaha-kui zaShunina, he resigned from his current position and became the negotiator for the anisotropic. He treats Yaha-kui zaShunina as a normal human and is open to the devices zaShunina has introduced to humanity but is later convinced otherwise by Saraka.
Yaha-kui zaShunina (ヤハクィザシュニナ)
Voiced by: Takuma Terashima[3] (Japanese); Jason Liebrecht (English)[4]
A being from a separate Spacetime known as the "anisotropic" whose intention is to accelerate the evolution of humanity. He chose to enter Japan due to the strong feeling of the Japanese that they are superior to other countries. He progressively introduces four devices to humanity: Kado (a cube with powerful computing capabilities), Wam (a pair of spheres containing infinite energy), Sansa (a cross-sectioned brain which induces a sense of the anisotropic when looked at), and Nanomis-hein (a fragmented sphere which can alter mass, inertia and gravity). While not posing a threat initially, zaShunina later reveals his true forceful nature in achieving his goals.
Saraka Tsukai (徭 沙羅花, Tsukai Saraka)
Voiced by: M.A.O[3] (Japanese); Mikaela Krantz (English)[4]
The International Negotiator for the Ministry acting on behalf of the Japanese government delegation. Whilst not against the anisotropic itself, she disapproves of the devices Yaha-kui zaShunina introduces as they impact "humanity's dignity" and urged Shindō to reassess Yaha-kui zaShunina's purpose. She is later revealed to be an anisotropic being herself and the administrator of the universe humanity resides within.

Government of Japan[edit]

Shun Hanamori (花森 瞬, Hanamori Shun)
Voiced by: Sōma Saitō[3] (Japanese); Kyle Igneczi (English)[4]
Shindō's co-worker. He became the negotiator from the Japanese government to the anisotropic after Shindō passed up the offer and gave it to him.
Kōzō Inuzuka (犬束 構造, Inuzuka Kōzō)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Naka[3] (Japanese); Mark Stoddard (English)[4]
Prime Minister of Japan.
Shūhei Asano (浅野 修平, Asano Shūhei)
Voiced by: Kenji Akabane[3] (Japanese); Clay Wheeler (English)[4]
Assistant Secretary for National Public Safety Commission. He went to the same university as Shindō.
Ritsu Natsume (夏目 律, Natsume Ritsu)
Voiced by: Shizuka Itō[3] (Japanese); Kristy Sims (English)[4]
Cabinet Secretariat of National Security Agency information team. She went to the same university as Shindō and Asano. She is in love with Shindō, but realises that she "isn't capable enough to handle him" so she steps back.

Science Council of Japan[edit]

Kanata Shinawa (品輪 彼方, Shinawa Kanata)
Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya[3] (Japanese); Tabitha Ray (English)[4]
A genius researcher and lead scientist tasked to study the anisotropic. She is one of few people that is capable of creating her own Wam, due to her childlike mind.

Others[edit]

Takumi Gonno (言野 匠, Gonno Takumi)
Voiced by: Takuya Kirimoto[3] (Japanese); Christopher Bevins (English)[4]
A reporter from NNK who becomes interested with the anisotropic. After the video he reported on got billions of views, he got recruited by the CEO of SETTEN, Adam Ward.
Adam Ward (アダム・ワード, Adamu Wādo)
Voiced by: Jin Horikawa (Japanese); John Burgmeier (English)[4]
The CEO of the world's largest internet services, SETTEN who takes interest in Kado and personally hires Gonno to report directly inside the Kado.
Yukika Shindō (真道 ユキカ, Shindō Yukika)
Voiced by: Yu Serizawa (Japanese); Jill Harris (English)[4]
Yukika is Shindō and Saraka's 16-year-old daughter. By using Nanomis-hein, they shifted the relative time up to 16 years later and during that time, Hanamori raised Yukika. Yukika is said to be "Shindō and Saraka's trump card" to go against zaShunina because she was born from a human and an anisotropic being.

Media[edit]

Anime[edit]

In their presentation at Second Quarter 2016's financial result, Toei Animation confirmed that they are producing an original anime project titled Seikai Suru Kado. The official website for the anime went online at the end of August. Mado Nozaki wrote the series, with Kazuya Murata directing the anime, and illustrator Ako Arisaka doing the original character designs. Kōichi Noguchi produced the series.[1] The anime aired from April to June 2017, on Tokyo MX, MBS, BS Fuji, and AT-X with online streaming via Amazon Prime Video[2] M.A.O performed the opening theme "Tabiuta" (旅詩, lit. "Travel Poem") under her character name Saraka Tsukai, and HARUCA for the ending theme titled "Eien no Kotae" (永遠のこたえ, lit. "Eternity's Answer"). Takaya Kamikawa narrates the story at the beginning of each episode.[5] Crunchyroll holds the right for online streaming.[6] Funimation has licensed the series in North America.[7]

Episode list[edit]

No. Title[a] Original air date
0 "Ninovo"
(ニノヴォ) 
April 6, 2017
Shindō is a negotiator with the Japanese government, highly renowned for his skill and dedication to the job. Just before he is scheduled to go on a month long break, he is given the task of buying out a plating factory to convert to a multi-use building. The terms of the buyout are excellent, and the owner of the factory is very interested - but there is more to the deal that meets the eye, and Shindō goes the extra mile to ensure that both parties to the negotiation get what they really want. 
1 "Yaha-kui zaShunina"
(ヤハクィザシュニナ) 
April 7, 2017
On July 25, 2017, a huge mysterious cube appears above Haneda International Airport, swallowing a plane full of passengers which were preparing for takeoff. The Japanese government is confused and in high alarm because of the unprecedented situation. The fate of the passengers, including the negotiator of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kōjirō Shindō, who happened to be part of this flight, remains uncertain, as suddenly an alien-like person, who seems to be in control of the cube, reveals himself in front of humanity. 
2 "Novo"
(ノヴォ) 
April 14, 2017
3 "Wam"
"Wamu" (ワム) 
April 21, 2017
4 "Rotowa"
(ロトワ) 
April 28, 2017
5 "Nanoka"
(ナノカ) 
May 5, 2017
6 "Tetrok"
"Tetoroku" (テトロク) 
May 12, 2017
6.5 "Ekwari"
"Ekuwari" (エクワリ) 
May 19, 2017
Recap of episodes 1-6. 
7 "Sansa"
(サンサ) 
May 26, 2017
8 "Talnel"
"Taruneru" (タルネル) 
June 2, 2017
9 "Nanomis-hein"
"Nanomisuhain" (ナノミスハイン) 
June 9, 2017
10 "Towanosakiwa'"
(トワノサキワ') 
June 16, 2017
11 "Wanoraru"
(ワノラル) 
June 23, 2017
12 "Yukika"
(ユキカ) 
June 30, 2017

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation was launched on March 22, 2017 in Kodansha's Morning Two magazine. Mutsumi Okuhashi illustrates the manga while Mado Nozaki has been credited for the original work.[8]

A spin-off manga titled Seikai Suru Kado: Aoi Haru to Railgun (正解するカド 青い春とレールガン, lit. Kado - The Right Answer: Blue Spring and Railgun) was launched on North Star Pictures' Web Comic Zenyon website on April 29, 2017. Kōki Ochiai draws the manga. The story takes place after episode 5 and follows a group of high school students whose lives are radically changed with the arrival of Kado and the infinite energy source, Wam.[9]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Toei Makes Original Anime "Kado" - Correct Answer for…". Anime News Network. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Toei Unveils Kado: The Right Answer TV CG Anime's 'Trailer 01.1' & April Premiere". Anime News Network. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Takaya Kamikawa Joins Cast of Kado: The Right Answer Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "English Cast Spring Simuldubs 2017 - Kado: The Right Answer". Funimation. April 25, 2016. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Kado: The Right Answer Anime's 2nd Trailer Previews Opening Song". Anime News Network. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  6. ^ "Crunchyroll to Simulcast "KADO: The Right Answer" Anime UPDATED". Crunchyroll. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  7. ^ "Funimation Announces English Dubs for 8 More Simulcast Titles, Brave Witches (Updated)". Anime News Network. Retrieved 1 May 2017. 
  8. ^ "Kado: The Right Answer Anime Gets Manga in March". Anime News Network. February 21, 2017. Retrieved May 6, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Kado: The Right Answer Anime Inspires Spinoff Manga". Anime News Network. May 6, 2017. Retrieved May 6, 2017. 

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