Kiznaiver (キズナイーバー) is a Japanese anime television series produced by Trigger and Aniplex and written by Mari Okada. The anime takes place in the fictional and futuristic Japanese town of Sugomori City, which was built on a reclaimed landfill. Once a booming metropolis in its prime, the city now faces a recent slow and steadily decreasing population. The show’s title is a play on the Japanese words for “wound” (きず kizu), and “bond/emotional connection” (きずな kizuna).

Kiznaiver follows a group of high school students who are chosen for an experimental program which bonds people together by forcing them to share each other’s pain. The series is thematically similar to Trigger’s previous films, which deal with problems attributed to character interaction. A few days before summer vacation, a mysterious and emotionless girl, Noriko Sonozaki, tells her classmate Katsuhira Agata that he has been selected to become a Kiznaiver because he lacks some pain reception. Together, the two experience what is called a kizuna (or connection) bond through pain. This Kizuna system allows Katsuhira to share his pain and connects him to his classmates, whose lives and personalities each differ from his own. It is revealed that his classmates, along with Noriko, are all fellow “Kiznaivers” but are each a part of different rival groups. The ideal goal of the currently incomplete Kizuna System is to create world peace by connecting people’s memories and experiences through wounds. If a single Kiznaiver is wounded, the system distributes the physical pain experienced and the wound itself among other Kiznaivers. This leads to serious implications as Katsuhira’s classmates attempt to shoulder each other’s pain and Noriko assigns them on various missions.

[Jun 01, 2016] Hajimari no Sokudo / Sangatsu no Phantasia
[Jun 08, 2016] Bonus CD 1 – Drama CD
[July 06, 2016] KIZNAIVER Original Soundtrack 01
[Sept 07, 2016] KIZNAIVER Original Soundtrack 02
[Nov 02, 2016] Bonus CD 6 – Drama CD 2

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