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: 7.651 (scored by 35245 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
Sequel: K 2nd Season
Characters & Voice Actors
Every so often, we see an anime with relatively high production values consisting of really great artwork and nice animation qualities that easily catch the attention of the viewer. However, above average features of art, animation, and sounds by no means make an anime excellent without a decently structured story line and K is no exception. By combining too many elements to its story line with ultimately sub-par plot progression and flimsy character development, K is an anime that does not capitalize in living up to its apparent potential. Still, it turns out to be a fair watch with some positive features and good qualities despite its flaws.
The story is about a student, Yashiro Isana, who lives a seemingly normal life and attends a high school located on an island right outside of the main city. One day while going on a school errand to purchase supplies, he is attacked by a group of men. Apparently, these men are seeking retribution from the death of one of their clansmen and suspects Yashiro as the murderer. Clueless to the current situation, Yashiro catches a break by luckily escaping these men and inconveniently teams up with a mysterious warrior named Kuroh and a cat-like girl named Neko in order to resolve this situation. With this new formed trio, Yashiro hopes to clear this misunderstanding of the murder and find out the actual truth, but now finds himself in the middle of a psychic gang war.
We are presented with an interesting premise where the main city is discreetly watched over by seven “colored” kings who are in charge of their own clans in which the different colored clans represent being affiliated in a gang. From the onset, we have a general sketch of each character and of the two most significant feuding clans in the series (Red clan and Blue clan). Also, many different elements and dilemmas are presented right away which all eventually ties in altogether. However, even though this is a fascinating way to present the story, K is riddled by a fairly weak and slow plot progression where overly too much elements become incorporated to the plot and gradually becomes very unorganized.
As a consequence, by the end of the series the disorganization of the story line makes the anime feel really rushed with some circumstances left unexplained. In addition, the anime also has a lot of unnecessary fan service at times. From some of the shounen-ai scenes during relatively serious situations to other excessive gratuitous acts, this takes away a lot from substance of the main story. Still, of the many elements in the anime, K does some appealing things such as a few revelations and a few plot twists, but the sheer amount of presented elements without concrete explanations considerably reduces the quality of the story line.
With the diverse cast that is presented, the overall impression regarding the characters is a collection of a mix of positive and negative. As the series progresses, we get a fairly decent look of the relationships and bonds that gradually form with respect to the main trio, but one significant problem is in the aspect of character development. Even though there are some flashbacks and revelations, aside from Yashiro, many things are still left unanswered with respect to his companions. Throughout the anime, we only get a glimpse about Kuroh’s motives and not much more making his character somewhat underdeveloped. Also, it seems that the sole purpose of Neko is to only act purely as a plot device and as a means of fan service with little to no explanation of her besides that.
Nevertheless, some of the interactions between supporting characters each with their differing styles makes some of them appear cool and make parts of the story interesting and enjoyable at times. Throughout the course of the anime, many appealing aspects are shown regarding the rivalry and bonds between the differing clansmen and this serves as a fitting atmosphere in the relations and actions of those characters. However, even though we obtain knowledge of a few supporting characters, they are still underdeveloped for the most part and some other supporting characters are hardly even explained at all. In general, the whole cast has more likeable characters than not, but due to the lack of development, it is difficult to care concerning what happens with most if not all of the cast as they seem too distant to the viewer.
As for the art style and animation, this is one feature where K definitely excels at. The mixture of the brightness combined with many detailed backgrounds make the art a sight to behold towards the viewer as each detailed scene is clever and very well-done. With respect to the animation, it is very smooth with some impressive battle scenes that bring the most out of the bright shades pertaining to each clan’s psychic abilities and powers. In addition, the character designs are nicely done and even though some are more detailed than others, each of the individual designs still really fit in well with the anime and does not pose a problem at all. Overall, if there is one aspect where K does not disappoint and is constantly extravagant throughout, it is in the quality and style of its art and animation.
The sound and voice-overs are also well done, only having very few minor issues. The different types of music genre and beats provide a great tune to the anime for the most part, but one or two pieces are a bit overplayed and a few times a couple tracks seemed out of place regarding the presented scene. As for the character voices, they are very well done and each voice-over is pretty consistent with each of the many differing character personalities. Lastly, the opening theme is somewhat catchy and the ending themes are respectable as well, but not to the point where it is overly memorable after watching the anime.
In spite of all its flaws, K is still a watchable show and is even enjoyable at times as the great visuals and some other aspects that are in the anime can keep the viewer entertained. But with a cleaner plot and better character development, this series could have been much better than it is. So, if you are a fan of action or supernatural type of shows, possibly you should still give this a try since K is a really short series with the material to be appealing to viewers in some ways. However, do not go into watching it with very high expectations because whether the series turns out to be appealing or not, there will still be the ceaseless notion that so many other things could have been done to make K much better than this resulting product.
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
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.
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.
- Kuroh is like Nezumi and Shiro is like Shion;
- Similar plot, where a lot of people want to kill slightly naive but cute guy, which his handsome, brutal, mysterious "bodyguard";
- Shonen-ai overtones.
> Both have a white hair and dark blue hair character that look very similar (shiro- shion nezumi-kuroh)
> Both have action, fighting, and violence
> Both have a character(s) that are being searched for
> Both have shounen-ai like elements :9
Symmetry between the two main characters: Shion : Shiro = Nezumi : Kuroh. Despite No.6 has more shounen-ai undertones, K has suspicious strong relationships and blushing scenes.
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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