A boat beneath a sunny sky,
Lingering onward dreamily
In an evening of July –
Children three that nestle near,
eager eye and willing ear,
Pleased a simple tale to hear –
Long has paled that sunny sky:
Echoes fade and memories die.
Autumn frosts have slain July.
Ever drifting down a stream –
Lingering in the golden gleam –
Life, what is it but a dream?
(Carroll, as qtd. in Kyousogiga)
Any fan of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There will recognize this version of Lewis Carroll’s poem and understand that what he or she is about to experience will no doubt be an adventure to boggle the senses. Kyousogiga definitely does not disappoint, as it takes the ideas of Wonderland and all its colorful characters and re-imagines them in a style reminiscent of FLCL…and maybe a little bit of Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon‘s beginning. Granted, I don’t even like FLCL (I’ve only seen it once, back as a beginner to anime), and I’ve only seen one episode of Horizon, but I know for sure that I took to Kyousogiga 10 times better than I did to either of them. This could be due to a large number of reasons, such as art style, setting, and literary influence, but overall I enjoyed every second of my romp through Mirror Kyoto.