Many American anime lovers will credit Toonami on Cartoon Network as their introduction to the genre. According to Britannica, manga comics were a major influence on anime and helped shape the style from the beginning.
Surprisingly, Osamu Tezuka, a well-known manga artist, launched the first successful anime company, Mushi Productions, in 1961. Since then, the universe has exploded with characters like mighty heroes who can reach unfathomable heights of ability, half-human vampire hunters, exotic animals trapped in spheres, and funny pirates with special talents.
These are just a few of the many anime series available, and the animation style seems to be limited only by the creators’ imaginations.
Toonami, a distinct block of time apart from the regular Cartoon Network and Adult Swim shows, introduced many Americans to anime for the first time. Toonami caters only to anime, whereas Cartoon Network and Adult Swim focus on kid-friendly and adult-oriented content, respectively.
Toonami has taken over the Saturday night anime schedule in recent years, airing both long-running series like “Fena: Pirate Princess” and new original episodes like “Housing Complex C” (but what more do we know about it?).
What Is the Plot of Housing Complex C?
Kimi Shirokado’s story in “Housing Complex C” revolves around her relocation to a public housing complex. The unfortunate residents of “Housing Complex C” in Kurosaki, Japan, eventually find themselves tormented by extraterrestrial apparitions due to what appears to be a paranormal presence in the building. The underlying mystery is whether or not Kimi is to blame for these events, or whether or not she holds the key to fixing them.
At Anime Expo 2022, Maki Terashima-Furuta discussed the new series with Toonami Squad, saying, “It’s a horror show but it’s a miniseries, so there are only four episodes. And my goal, and I’ve been telling Jason this ever since we started producing ‘Uzumaki’ together, is to start a horror anime genre on Adult Swim.”
In the first scene of the season finale of Housing Complex C, Kimi gives Koba Taka’s journal and goes to see Kan hand him a letter. Simultaneously, Koba reads Taka’s journal to learn more about his findings.Once again, Taka is proven wrong about the Kuzululu and Kurosaki people. He asserts that the Kuzululu sacrificed victims in rites to appease their deities. The word Kurokado, he explains, can be interpreted in several different ways. For the residents of Kurosaki, the rainbows above the city act as portals to holy places.
Taka goes off on a tangent on the Kurosaki folk song and its ties to moss, which he discovers are related to the hallowed space it was pointing toward the base of Housing Complex C. Due to its association with rainbows, he affirms that the name Shirokado should replace Kurokado as the proper designation for the land they inhabit. He wonders if the name change was an honest oversight or if a deity was trying to cover up heresy.
The third episode shows Taka erasing Hideo’s sketches and discovering the entrance to the terrifying place Kimi and Yuri discovered in the second episode. According to Taka, writing is a long-lost language. The Shirokado believers’ chosen deities are mentioned in the verses. They have a god that can do anything because he comes via a portal in the rainbow.
Time travel, triggering natural calamities, and resurrecting dead deities are just a few of their talents. He finds out that Iyoyoloki Soyohosu was a god of the sea who worked for the sky god. Taka asserts that Kuzululu and the heirs of his devotees are to blame for the problems plaguing Kurosaki today, including the dumping of dead fish.
Don’t forget that human beings were formerly offered up as sacrifices to this god until the practice was replaced with the offering of dead fish. Because they believe Iyoyoloki Soyohosu’s miracles are evidence of the sea god’s resurrection, they have started leaving behind mangled animal corpses as an act of sacrilege. To give its victim a taste of eternity, Iyoyoloki Soyohosu has turned it into moss, as confirmed by Taka.
Taka veers off-topic to talk about how the year 2000 has persisted in Kurosaki while other places have progressed further into the future. As he prepares to end his life, Taka tells Koba that he has seen Iyoyoloki Soyohosu playing around in Housing Complex C and that he believes Kimi to be the man in question. He says this is because of the royal treatment they’ve given Kimi and how they’ve avoided getting involved with her mother’s business.
As an optical illusion, he assures Koba, her charisma can keep people from seeing through to her true godliness. Kimi only wanted everyone to be friends, Taka assures Koba, contrary to what Koba may have heard from him. To this end, Kimi hid Kurosaki away in the year 2000. But he believes the Koshides are to blame for disturbing her tranquil existence.
Koba is perplexed as he stands at Kimi’s front door. He feels like a complete moron for missing the similarities between her and her mother. Yoshimi arrived in Kurosaki pregnant and shut herself away from the world out of depression, as revealed by Koba. Despite Kimi’s status as a monster deity, Koba is committed to protecting her. Mr. Koshide (Seichi) nevertheless, sneaks up and backstabs Koba.
In the meantime, Kan reads Kimi’s letter, in which she instructs him to read these words if he ever experiences a terrifying event. Kimi assures Kan that his deity will pardon him for getting him embroiled and expresses regret for doing so. Kan breaks into the Koshides’ apartment, where Mrs. Koshide promptly stabs him (Keiko). Seichi finds that Koba was forewarned of their malicious intent.
At this point, Seichi had moved Koba’s body to a quiet area. As soon as Kimi opens the door, Seichi makes his way over to her. He intends to kill her in the name of his deity. Yuri grabs her dad by the throat and orders Kimi to get the hell out of there. Keiko and Kan are having a quarrel in the meantime. In the end, Kan is victorious, and he immediately begins looking for Kimi. The two men, Yuri and Keichi, trick Kan after he happens across them by accident.
Yuri abandons her dad with Kan in favor of pursuing Kimi. Upon Keiko’s arrival, Seichi inquires as to the condition of her arm. Mr. Koshide encourages her to pay back the favor Kan allegedly owes her when she is hurt.
When Keiko explains that Kan’s strength prevents her from killing him, Seichi berates her. In the world their god has created, he claims she will perish immediately. Using Taka’s relic, Kan sends a sonic wave that temporarily paralyzes Keiko and Seichi.
To prevent Yuri from killing Kimi, he knocks them out. Kan, Kimi, and Yuri reenact the opening episode’s chase. Yuri uses the stairwell as a barrier between Kan and Kimi. Kimi realizes, upon seeing Yuri’s gleeful grin, that she is every bit as cunning as her parents were.
While en route to an unspecified destination, Yuri preaches to Kimi about how much her father loves their deity. Yuri is relieved that she can finally kill Kimi and abandon her charitable facade. Yuri traps Kimi in an unfamiliar space. Kimi crushes Yuri by pouring her mother’s pregnancy over her head. Kimi’s mom turning into moss doesn’t make any sense to Yuri.
Yuri demands to know the source of Kimi’s composure, threatening to drag her parents here to torment them. Kimi scares Yuri by conjuring his parents’ severed limbs and throwing them to the ground. Kimi spins a vortex on the ceiling, releasing her parents’ organs and blood on Yuri below.
As Yuri shakes, Kimi transports her to a magical world and explains why she despises humans. Kimi has loved her interactions with humans and her knowledge of them, but she has yet to understand their propensity for violence. Yuri doesn’t understand, but Kimi elaborates. She explains to Yuri that the fish people wanted to gain superpowers and bring back one of Kimi’s offspring to life.
On the other hand, Kimi was disgusted by how dense the Shirokado and the people of House C were. She can’t hold it against them too much, though, because they’re all just such simpletons. Kimi doesn’t hold it against Yuri’s family that they killed a petty deity. Contrarily, she is not fond of how their god has come to consider Kurosaki to be its own.
Kimi warns Yuri that despite Seichi’s usage of a ceremonial knife, he should not expect any favor from Kimi’s offspring. Kimi admits she turned the remains into moss mounds so that no one would feel sad. She had no intention of fooling anyone into thinking her children would soon be back.
So naturally, she has nothing but hatred for the Koshide clan for destroying her peace. Kimi delayed putting her ideas into motion because she was interested in the Koshide family’s future intentions. But all that did was make it clear to her that they were simply interested in killing for the excitement of it. Yuri doesn’t realize Kimi is a god at first.
When she learns the truth, she is completely shocked. To show her respect for Kimi, Yuri kneels down and promises her undying devotion. Yuri suddenly gags and vomits moss, much to Kimi’s amusement.
She assures Yuri that time is of no concern to her. Kimi admits that she has been keeping tabs on humanity for eons, evaluating its potential for eternal life. She thinks that after 20,000 years, most people aren’t cut out for eternity because they’re the ones who bring down their own societies.
Kimi’s punishment for Yuri is to turn back the clock and erase her from history. Kimi decides that the world as she knows it must come to an end now. Meanwhile, Kan prays to his god for a blessing as he looks up at the rainbow above Housing Complex C. Awakening after Kimi’s rainbow has engulfed Kurosaki, Kan finds that Housing Complex C seems changed.
A “Welcome to Shirosaki” sign he discovers indicates that Kimi has altered the local environment. A Tsunami warning arrives in Kan’s inbox. Kimi finishes the episode by making bubbles on top of a deserted apartment building in “The Dark God Kimi Remakes All of Kurosaki.”
Kimi was appalled by the years of religious, political, and military strife that had ravaged the land and divided its people to the point where human sacrifice had become commonplace; the Koshides, however, welcomed this violence once more.
That’s why it’s so shocking when, after Kan knocks out Kimi in the sacred cave, Yuri turns on her and admits she only wants to kill her for herself. Kimi laughs as her faith in Yuri is shaken; she finds his risky bet hilarious. Kimi then throws Yuri’s parents into a portal.
While she basks in her triumph, however, she leaves little trace of her sacrifices to save blood and guts. Yuri now knows who Kimi really is, but the dark deity doesn’t seem to care that he’s been sworn to him. She also reduces Yuri to a pulp before deciding to abandon the whole project.
The soil is regenerated, The Matrix-style, and she renames Kurosaki as Shirosaki, alluding to the fact that the traditional Kurokado gates should have been called the Shirokado gates. It’s a shame the locals gave the wrong names to these ritual objects; they were white and full of optimism, not black and full of sorrow. Kimi sees this process as a way to put things back to as they were originally intended to be.