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: 7.681 (scored by 50306 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
Sequel: K (Movie)
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.
'Set 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'
Where to begin, first we start with the protagonist which is a student that goes by the name of Yashiro Isana, a normal student who attends school at first glance however that is not the case. Yashiro Isana is attacked by a group of suspicious men because Yashiro is suspected of killing one of the groups comrades, however to no memory of Yashiro. This is the catalyst of the following events to come. Story wise we are left confused as the story starts to unfold later on the show and not much explanation is given early on. I can interpret this by the writers trying to replicate that same sense of helplessness and confusion that Yashiro is a victim of. When watching the show progress towards its end you would hope that stories and mysteries will unfold, however this is not the case 2/3 of the show we still do not know the full extent of the story.
This leads on to the criticism of the plot. With the story left to be fully explained towards the end of the series this means that story pacing feels unnatural and rushed towards the end as it feels the show is trying to tie up lose ends with what little screen time they have. I felt as watching the show I didn't care for the story as much because it wouldn't give me time to soak up story. With so many cool concepts for the show the 13 episodes did not do the show justice as there was room for the writer to build upon.
One section of the show that cant be criticised is the Art. Its visually stimulating, the way in which some scenes look almost real with what I can imagine are real life rendered images used as backgrounds for some sequences of the show, its as the anime world invaded reality. The colours of the anime are vibrant and bright which makes for a pleasant watching experience. Character models and attention to detail on characters are of high quality which adds a more authentic touch. Animations where also fairly good as most scenes where carefully planned out from a detailed standpoint. Compared to other shows such as bleach and Naruto that has a bad habit of recycled animation and static character models, K animates the show to a fairly high degree.
The sound of the anime is also noticeably good. Voice acting is great across every character with characters such as Mikito, giving me goosebumps whenever he talks. As for selection of music its fair to say that the music choice they use is some of the best I've heard regardless that there wasn't many music selection as I would have liked there to be, meaning that music was sometimes recycled A lot but that's just me being picky. Overall the sound quality of music and voice actors they did use made the show a bit more pleasurable to watch.
Linking back to the original argument I made under the Story section with the story being to short and rushed this unfortunately carries over to the character development which I find there is generally none of. With Such powerful characters displayed from the very start of the show, its as if it almost intentionally sets up for these characters to develop and show a different side to the very linear personalities. The writer tries to compensate for this by giving us flashback sequences here and there, however this is not enough to fully immerse us with the characters on display. Furthermore some characters who play an integral part in the anime are introduced with no background story making these characters remain a mystery and for viewers to question the purpose of said characters.
For me personally I enjoyed the show at times but was left disappointed by the plot holes and the lack of details that I look for in an anime. The concept of the show was a unique one that I really loved but again was left disappointed on how the plot was lacklustre.The art made me really appreciate the show as at times it felt I was viewing a visual masterpiece with the amazing art direction is was going for. Overall it was a decent way to bide the time.
To conclude I wouldn't recommend this show for any newcomer to anime not to say its a bad show but just because there are many other shows that perfect most categories I covered. However for someone who has seen most mainstream anime I would encourage you to watch it as the Art is some of the best you will see for any show. Finally with a Movie that is a direct sequel to the anime announced for release in 2014 there is still hope that they are able to tie all lose ends and build on characters to leave a lasting memory of the show.
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.
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 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.
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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