Kagerou Project: a guide
carrd by @theinnocenceof

(DM me if you need any clarification, either about the contents of this Carrd or the project itself)


what is kagerou project?


The Kagerou Project (Kagepro for short) is a multimedia project started by Jin (AKA Shizen No Teki-P) in 2012. Starting out as a set of vocaloid concept songs, the project has since evolved to include three albums, a light novel and manga series, and an anime. All of these are parts of a whole story that comes together in the end. At it's core, it follows a group of teenagers dubbed the Mekakushi Dan (Blindfold Gang when translated) who bond over the shared experience of dying as children and coming back to life with mysterious supernatural powers. These powers are referred to as "eye powers", due to their users' eyes glowing red when in use. It's discovered that these powers are connected to an ancient medusa family, and snakes the eldest willed into existence to fulfill various desires throughout her life. One of these snakes, the snake of Clearing Eyes, gains sentience and becomes the main antagonist, attempting to kill off the Mekakushi Dan in order for Marry, a member of the Mekakushi Dan related by blood to the medusa family, to feel enough grief to use her powers to reset the timeline. The main story is concluded, but new content is confirmed to be in the works.


trigger warnings


  • Suicide

  • Loss of family & friends

  • Depression

  • Manipulation

  • Abuse

At it's core, Kagerou Project is a story about healing, moving on, and coming to terms with oneself. These themes are all dealt with in a sensitive manner but do keep these warnings in mind.


list of media


  • Mekakucitydays - Album. Can be found on most streaming services.

  • Mekakucity Records - Album. Can be found on most streaming services.

  • Kagerou Daze - Light novel. Available on most digital storefronts.

  • Kagerou Daze - Manga. Available on most digital storefronts.

  • Mekakucity Actors - Anime. Available on Funimation.

  • Mekakucity Reload - Album. Can be found on most streaming services.

  • Lost Day Hour - Extra manga chapter. not required reading but still worth viewing after finishing everything else. Translation can be found online.

UPCOMING MEDIA

  • Mekakucity Reload - Upcoming new anime, not to be confused with the album. Very little is currently known, possibly cancelled.

  • Kagerou Daze No.9 - Upcoming multimedia spin-off. Premiere was delayed but is confirmed to still be in the works. One song is in circulation.

Downloads for everything listed above are available in the Links section, however, if you want to see the project continue, support Jin through the mentioned official means.


routes


Every major work of Kagepro media follows a different "route", or loop of the story. Each route has effects on the future ones.Route timeline: Manga route 2 -> Route XX (depicted in Losstime Memory music video) -> Music route -> Manga route 1 -> Novel route -> Anime routeDo not attempt to go though Kagepro for the first time in this order. By design, it's meant to be told achronologically.



where to start


Going into Kagepro, the two most important things you need to keep in mind are that every piece of media is just part of a whole, and that it's not a chronological story. You are supposed to piece everything together overtime (this sounds daunting but you'll understand). So long as you go in knowing those two things, there really isn't a wrong place to start. However, I don't recommend starting with Mekakucity Actors (anime). It's the one piece of Kagepro media that assumes you've already experienced at least one other piece. That said, my personal recommendation is to start with the music (don't worry if you don't fully understand the music videos yet), then read the manga, then the light novels, then the anime. Downloads to everything and a playlist with the music in proper story order can be found in the links section.


*Being a project translated not just across languages but also mediums, there are some mistranslations throughout some pieces of Kagerou Project media. Most notably, the light novels incorrectly state the name of characters' eye abilities numerous times. The notes section on the Kagepro wiki's eye abilities page clarifies these particular mistranslations.