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 76656 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
Art and Animation: 9
I'll start out by writing about the positive aspects of this anime, which is obviously the art and animation quality. Fantastic fluidity to motions. Very active scenes and active bodies. The color usage is bold and nothing to overlook, however, I did start to find the experimental color gradient to be a little bit of an eyesore at times. Yet, at other times it was definitely effective in setting the mood. The characters were cleanly drawn with slim, delicate figures. Smaller details such as clothing design and the cityscape are fun.
The show is similar to Durarara! in that it incorporates a medley of characters in a crowded city with some magical powers sprinkled in. When I saw the plethora of characters, I didn't expect to get a character driven story. And it wasn't. Unlike Durarara!, which was given 24 eps to tell its story, K-Project only got 13. The characters weren't given enough time to truly shine individually, but that is not to say that they weren't able to shine in conjunction with other characters. The relationships between Shiro and Kuroh, Mikoto and Reisi, and Misaki and Fushimi were good enough to add a little complexity to the characters and story. But the number of characters did leave me a bit overwhelmed.
I am not a fan of the soundtrack, OP, or ED. But I can't say the music was bad. It was average for an anime like this.
Now we get to the part that explains why this anime failed. The story, in short, is too messy and poorly developed. Even though it's supposed to be a mystery about Shiro trying to understand his identity and amnesia, I found myself more drawn to the gang war between the red and blue teams. Yet, that part of the story was never fully developed enough and left me in the dark as to why they were fighting so much. Part of the mythology of the anime revolves around the colors and the powers that come with them. I would have liked to get a crash course on the history and involvement of these powers in their reality. When the mystery is revealed, the resolution is unsatisfying. You couldn't get a strong feel as to why the main antagonist is the way he is, because they spent so little time developing him. There are many subplots, which would have been okay, except that this is a 13 episode anime. Most of the subplots were let to ease to an end instead of approached and dealt with properly. This left me feeling a bit bereft and questioning the whole point of building this whole maze of story.
I got bored with it halfway through but kept going because it's not bad enough for me to drop. It took me a while to complete it because I got involved with other animes. Despite the incredible visuals, the poorly written story and flat characters failed to enthuse me. The cluttered storyline and mythology kept me confused most of the time as I was trying to play keep up with all the little subplots and characters.
It's not a bad anime, but it is an example of an anime trying to take on too much at the same time and failing miserably. I would say that maybe if it was given 24 or more episodes, it might have been able to rescue itself. But its biggest flaw was trying to fit a 24 eps story into 13 eps. read more
First review coming up, K?! (pun intended)
At its core, K is a story about finding the identity of a murderer and its implications in an ongoing war between superpowered clans. Elements of sci-fi, fantasy and mystery are combined to make for a very appealing package. In my opinion, the first few episodes don't really explain much, but they leave enough questions unanswered to make you keep coming back for more. I suppose it may be to give the viewer the same feeling that the protagonist Yashiro would get from having his daily life changed so suddenly. However, the story really picks up in the latter half and overall was simply very exciting to watch.
The animation for K is absolutely amazing. GoHands really impressed this time. The backgrounds are highly detailed and the setting allows for some beautiful shots of the city and the island. Reflections and lighting are done expertly, even if at times it looked a little too bright. I also really like the character designs in K - everyone looks great and the SCEPTER4 uniforms are a notable highlight. Additionally, the OP and ED sequences are highly stylised and great to watch, meshing well with the songs chosen.
K has fantastic music - among the best I've heard for a while. There are many great tracks and they are used well to enhance the feelings of the scenes. Some of my personal favourites are the main theme, which was also used in one of the PVs; and the ED song, performed by Neko's seiyuu. I think having the character songs play in the background for the next episode previews was a particularly nice touch. The voice acting was top notch, with plenty of big names such as Sugita Tomokazu and Ono Daisuke, to mention a few. Across the board, they really succeeded in bringing out the characters' personalities and emotions.
The characters in K are one of the main driving forces of the series. Much of the plot revolves around Yashiro, who at first appears to be just another happy-go-lucky high school student thrown into the midst of a gang war he knows nothing about. Kuroh is more tough and composed, and his seriousness is a nice contrast to Yashiro's carefree personality. K also presents us with an interesting dynamic between the Blue and Red Kings - they fight on opposing sides, but seem to be more than just simply enemies. The only possible flaw I found was that Neko's character didn't really get enough elaboration; it almost seemed like she was just included because her powers were needed for the story. The focus moves between the various sides so we get to see events unfold from several perspectives. The characters do develop well throughout the show, with some interesting revelations, though due to the 13-episode length, some may find that not everyone got fully fleshed out. However, the manga prequels make up for this.
K was a very enjoyable series. There weren't as many fight scenes as I would have liked, but every time I did see some action it just looked incredibly cool. Whilst the premise may not be entirely unique, K had more than enough flair, intriguing story and compelling characters to keep me hooked until the very end.
For me, K was an amazing series that just got better and better with every episode I watched. If you like supernatural action with an interesting identity mystery attached - you should definitely watch K.
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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. (Perhaps K will receive more in season 2.)
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.
Both have action and many different characters. Both have kinda the same plot and supernatural
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.
Similar vibe. Our main cast has a bar hangout just like in K. Gangs who possess supernatural powers. Power struggle with other gangs over territory. Lots of characters who are very close. Action packed and add some comedy from time to time. Talented voice actors can be heard in both series. For example Fukuyama Jun and many more.
both are about some teenagers having supernatural power
Similar set-up: there is a crew that hangs out at a bar and a police group that monitors/interacts with them. In both, there are a multitude of interesting characters that have distinct styles and personalities, while some of them have special powesr. The art in both anime are gorgeous and the music selection is pleasant as welll.
However, Hamatora has a bit more comic relief and is focused more-so on a sole group. Overall, both animes suprisingly have not only stylish art, but also an engaging storyline. Time will tell if where Hamataro goes from here! (Also, Anime-Koi subs both anime quite soundly)
The anime have "gangs" or clans, who have special abilities to help the world or destroy them. They all stay in one corner with their team mates and attack, and they are also against another clan.
The animation styles are very similar, both using different color schemes than you usually see. Similar in feeling and both dealing with people with supernatural powers and gangs. Different plots, and different characters make each one different enough to make this recommendation.
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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