Synonyms: K-Project, K -eine weitere Geschichte-
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2012 to Dec 28, 2012
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.701 (scored by 79601 users)
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SynopsisSet in a world where history has taken a slightly different course from the one we're familiar with, K follows the story of a young boy whose life is caught in a psychic war between seven kings.
Ashinaka High School is known for its unique setting: the entire campus is built on an island. Yashiro Isana, aka Shiro, is having lunch with a cat on one of the school rooftops. After his lunch break, Shiro goes on an errand for his classmate Kukuri to prepare for their upcoming school festival, only to be chased by some intimidating-looking men.
Related AnimeAdaptation: K: Memory of Red, K: Stray Dog Story, K Side:Blue, K Side:Red, K Side:Black & White, K: Days of Blue, K: The First, Gakuen K, K: Lost Small World
Sequel: K: Missing Kings
Characters & Voice Actors
Starting from the first few minutes of this series I thought I was in for a real treat; Gorgeous art and what seemed to be bad ass characters that could hopefully back up a potentially good plot. It's a shame to say that though it is not by any means a terrible anime, K left me disappointed.
The story in my opinion had the potential to be good yet was poorly executed. It starts off with what seems to be a conflict between 2 gangs then switches over to a young, easy going high schooler who turns out to be the actual main character. The first 4 episodes halted plot progression. It pretty much turned from a serious series regarding the conflict between 2 gangs into a slice of life comedy with some eechi thrown in as Shiro, Kuro, and Neko go about their life in a school setting.
Things do start to pick up by the 5th episode but by then almost half of the series is already wasted. What happens next is that the main plot actually speeds up in the second half where random equations are thrown into the plot. The main story quickly starts building up, episode by episode then you get a finale that really doesn't feel like anything special.
Definitely the best part of the series. I can't think of any other series from the top of my head that compares to the animation and art style of K.
For the most part it was decent enough. Enjoyed the opening and ending songs. I found that the music used during the episodes seemed a bit repetitive though.
A few characters get development with even flash backs to round them out. However, most are left in the dust. Characters like Anna and the female Lieutenant of the blues are never truly explained or fleshed out. I never really felt any attachment to any of the characters throughout the series which is extremely rare. I just found it odd that a character who is no longer alive in the present story's timeline got more revealed about them than characters who are actually still alive in the present.
Decent show to kill some time even if it's just to marvel at the art and animation as I found myself doing. I may find myself re-watching a few cool action scenes but that's about it. Hopefully the 2 sequels for this series help flesh out the characters and plot a bit more.
Overall K is a show that had potential to be a lot greater than it actually is. it's a good example that beautiful art is not everything and you need proper character development and better ways to reveal the plot of the story to truly stand out from the other thousands of anime out there. read more
K is a series which at first glance seems very interesting. The world that is presented in K, although not entirely unique, is full of potential and led me to think that this could truly be a great show. The soundtrack sounded fairly good on its own, and the animation was spot on. I was pretty excited about this show at first, and i couldn't wait to begin to watch it. However, once I turned on the first episode my excitement slowly diminished until it slowly became disappointment and then ultimately disgust. Even the soundtrack that I had enjoyed before wasn't utilized very well, despite its great stand-alone value. The music was often misplaced, or the choreography didn't quite fit with the music in that specific instance.
The characters themselves were somewhat interesting from the start, but because of the short length of the series and the sheer number of characters, no one individual was really able to undergo very much character development, which in turn undermined what were originally intriguing characters that I initially wanted to become attached to and learn more about. The overarching story and planning for each individual episode were also unsatisfying. Every aspect of this show wastes all of the potential it had at the beginning, with maybe the animation being the only exception. However, tying in with the visuals, many of the camera angles that were used in many of the action scenes seemed very awkward and distracting, to the point where it seemed that they wanted me to pay more attention to the amazing background art than the confrontation that was occurring at the time.
All in all, K is a show with vast amounts of wasted potential, and poor delivery. each aspect of the show is fairly solid in its own right, but when they are put together they don't create a show as interesting as the pieces that it is comprised of. It suffered from having too many characters for such a short show, as well as a general subpar quality that went into the assembling of all the various pieces of the show. read more
Both series have what appears to be a somewhat naive, 'head in the clouds' main character, though both have a hidden side and secrets to be revealed.
The series also have a similar... Atmosphere to them, I guess you'd say. There is just something about both of them. Sends pleasant shivers down your spine.
They also have a variety of viewpoints, both switching from time to time to focus on different characters and aspects of one huge puzzle; though Durarara is more complex than K, with a broader cast of characters as well.
They got the same kind of vibe, being set in a big city and mostly focused on gang shenanigans with some supernatural fun times flerfed throughout.
The same style, type of history and characters.
When I started watching K I thought it was similar to Durarara: similar characters, crowdy town as a background, fights, some supernatural things etc.
Drrr!! Also has underground gangs and the setting is in a city
The plots are really similar, so is the feeling while you watch them :P
First of all: They got the same 'vibe' I can't explain what this vibe is, but when I started watching K, DRRR!! popped up in my head immediately.
Both anime show a simple, naive heroine, that's a bit odd, somehow (wow bad sentence, I'm sorry for my English). Each episode the plots gets deeper and deeper, and you'll start to see connections between the many (yeah, both have a huge cast) characters.
Both of them have the same setting: A big city with different groups of people (Clans and gangs). Sometimes the artstyle and characters look a bit similiar (especially Izumo and Shizuo).
Also, even though there's a main character, there are many viewpoints and different storylines. All the 'little' plots are confusing, untill they get together at the end as one big plot.
So let's say this short: Many characters, in a huge city, rivaling (colored) groups and fantasy.
many different characters involved in the same story, your curiosity grows as the plot gets deeper.. and, of course, you don't understand a thing at the beginning!! K-project seems to be as great as Durarara!! is.
+The atmosphere. It's like so similar.
+That music... something about it... the bgm for the two series give off the same feeling.
+The variety of characters. The second the characters appeared on screen of K... it immediately reminded me of Durarara. They don't even look that much alike...I guess the badass level of some (most) of them... oh right, there's also one character that looks strikingly similar to Shizuo.
+It's about battles between rivaling groups, and yes, brutal murdering is totally ok.
+They both have the separated confusing plots which will end up adding together and making sense.
+This is extra credit for all yaoi fans: EASILY SHIPPABLE CHARACTERS
Both have similar character designs, character interactions and the overall atmosphere of both anime feel the same.
Gang wars, main guy is naive but seems to know something, Set in a big city, dark undertones, similar type of light scenes too
Supernatural elements to the plot, Multiple groups of characters interacting and generally causing mayhem.
Colorfull dinamic drawings,having colorfull gagns and one colorless with joker id and cool acts by the leaders ( btw colorless leaders are really similar ) these are common parts.
K has complicated relationship in characters in Durarara thats much deeper.
Anyway if you liked K you should definetly wath Durarara.
Color coded groups (gangs/clans), both just kind of have a similar vibe taking place in the city.
Both animes have a similar atmosphere/mood and also had many different characters living in a big city that has to do with gangs and supernatural things.
They have basically the same plot and both anime is about gangs competing with each other.
Both are slower paced anime with multiple meandering plots that attempt to come together. In my opinion, Drrrr!! does so successfully, whereas K...not so much.
They both have that supernatural element mixed with the 'streets', the main characters in each anime each fighting for what they believe in.
The idea of having different organizations, and also the artwork is pretty similar.
The casts are both huge and the subplots are so similar. The characters also show a lot of development throughout both series.
Both these animes, feature city life, and gang wars. They are also both fast paced action animes. On a side note, in K the character Izumo, is basically a replica of Shizuo. (in the best ways possible)
Both these series have a similar structure. In every episode, they switch to the perspective of a different character, and in the end everything starts to come together and make sense. Both K and Drrr have to do with rival groups, in the case of Drrr gangs, and in K the Kings and their followers. They also give off similar vibes, both being in a big city and all the mystery throughout both animes.
Both series have a similar atmosphere and setting (both are set in a big city) and both have a large amount of characters and you get to find out about each of them, although Durarara!! has more. There are also gangs involved with both anime. If you liked one, you should definitely check out the other.
'Durarara!!' is what I first thought of when I watched 'K'.
There are a few similar characters, whether it be personality wise, or appearance.
A second thing, is that 'K' is about what I'd think of as gangs although in the anime they are referred to as 'clans'.
Both animes had a similar feel, although 'K' had a lot more to the 'super-powers' side of it than 'Durarara!!'
I would recommend 'K' as although it is short, it has an extremely well developed storyline and heart-wrenching end, and the animations are very well done.
I would also recommend 'Durarara!!' as it is one of the best animes I have come across, with flawless animation, and some of the best characters I have ever found in an anime.
Both series feature two protagonists—one white-haired, the other black-haired—in a sort of guarded-guardian relationship. As well, both white-haired protagonists have more to them than meets the eye. The characters of Karneval and K [Project] interact within alternate realities wherein mystical occurrences are possible.
The two series share the quality of having fantastical aspects in play throughout their progressions. Characters' powers are unique, and there's no shortage of futuristic gadgets and sci-fi elements. In conjunction with this environment are paramount forces and organizations that engage in power struggles as connections between characters are gradually revealed.
Both anime have similar art styles and they both have some super natural elements. Both MC's have similar personalities and style as well.
Similar art: eyes, hair;
The main characters are similar (personality, appearance...);
Both have action and supernatural elements;
Similar universes with groups: HOMRA and SCEPTER4 // Circus.
Mysterious organisations, tons of handsome guys, a slightly similar plot and a decent amount of action - if you happen to like one of these, you'll definitely like the other.
Both are fantasies with similar art styles and feature a weak but kinda adorable main character who makes a strong and unlikely friend and isn't what they seem. I also think it's safe to compare Scepter 4 to Circus....
Opening Theme"KINGS" by angela
Ending Theme#1: "Tsumetai Heya, Hitori (冷たい部屋、一人)" by Mikako Komatsu (eps 2-5, 7-12)
#2: "Circle of Friends" by Tatara Totsuka (Yuki Kaji) (ep 6)
#3: "To be with U!" by angela (ep 13)
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