Synonyms: K-Project, K -eine weitere Geschichte-
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2012 to Dec 28, 2012
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.681 (scored by 50251 users)
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2 based on the top anime page.
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May 12, 2013
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.
Nov 22, 2013
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.
Dec 4, 2013
Yashiro Isana has lived a relatively ordinary, simple life. He lives in the technologically-advanced Shizume City and attends Ashinaka High School, a notable high school that is located on an island just outside the areas. Yashiro is friendly with everyone. Nothing ever seems wrong about him, except perhaps his habit of forgetting where his school-issued PDA is. However, nothing normal has been happening since the recent murder of Tatara Totsuka, prominent member of the infamous HOMRA. No one knows who exactly killed him but the man responsible bears an uncanny, identical appearance to Yashiro. Seeking vengeance, the Red Clansmen of HOMRA set out to get Yashiro and kill him. Everyone suspects that Yashiro is the murderer. Isana Yashiro was not the person who killed Tatara Totsuka but yet another mysterious character is pulling the strings behind the curtains, a person which is quite dangerous and powerful.
Yeah, I have never been so confused about reviewing an anime, especially one that has a very simple storyline of a high school kid being accused of murdering a well-known clansman from a very dangerous group and for the time being, I actually did like the plotline and I felt like it didn’t feel rushed during that plotline. I didn’t feel like they completely went too quick with that, but I feel like they went too quick about most of the kingdoms and their characters. I felt like we could’ve gotten more stories from the HOMRA group, as most of those characters and their stories did seem interesting, but that phase didn’t last. Scepter 4, I can say less about because it’s mostly 3 members of the group that are more prominent (the others are just members no one gives a shit about) and there’s the fact that one was a former member of HOMRA and has a rivalry with another HOMRA member. I think the biggest problem about the plotline is that there wasn’t enough episodes to fill most info on these characters. Maybe the light novels and manga did that better, but it still doesn’t mean it left me underwhelming.
Characters for the most part, I’m at 50/50 on them.
Let’s start with Shiro, Kuroh, and Neko: Shiro is our main protagonist and he is a trickster for the most part as the show starts and I did felt a little progression when it came to him solving the crime of being framed for murder and he didn’t really get on my nerves. Kuro is the atypical stoic badass with a sword and while most people thought of him as his credibility as one with weaken once he joins Kuro and Neko, to me, he was more of a better character. Yeah, I like my stoic badasses now and then but at least, he does get comedic at a few times and it may seem like breaking character to you, but it’s more of having a personality to me. Neko…..is honestly annoying the whole time, basically she’s very devoted to Shiro and is mostly there for the fan service otaku crowd as she’s a catgirl….not a girl dressed as a cat, a cat that can change into a girl….did I mention she has huge breasts? *gets a slap from random female* Ow.
The HOMRA group is basically some gang archetype characters with some uniqueness in them. Mikoto Suoh aka The Red King is the tough and most powerful leader of the group; Izumo Kusanagi is the one member that keeps everything under control and the level-headed one. Misaka Yata is the passionate, very violent and headstrong member of the team, especially when he really wants to hunt down whoever killed Tatara Totsuka (one of the first members of HOMRA and also the weakest); Rikio Kamamoto as in the blonde-haired guy who wears sunglasses and eats…; and there’s Anna Kushina, the youngest and only female member of the gang…because badasses needs a loli on his side.
Then the Scepter 4 group, as I said, has only 3 members that are more prominent than the rest. Reisi Munakata aka The Blue King is the calm yet elegant character, the polar opposite of The Red King and wants to keep things in order. Seri Awashima is (of course) the lone female member of the group, nicknamed The Heartless Woman (or “Tundra Woman” in the Japanese version) and….well, that’s it. She’s the second-in-command and I found nothing that interesting about her, except that she loves red bean paste so much. However, Saruhiko Fushimi is probably more interesting to me as he was a former member of HOMRA and has a long rivalry with Yata since he left there and he basically didn’t give a shit about leaving them, calling them a childish gang of thugs and gangsters but he seemed more of a regretting asshole of a character throughout.
I could mention the other characters like some of the classmates (Kukuri Yukizome, Shiro’s friend) but they aren’t really that of much importance in the plot, so I’m going to move on.
The animation is quite the visual and shows a lot of their high production value and the art does look gorgeous. The studio behind this is GoHands, and they are relatively a newer studio as the only well-known works I know from them are the Mardock Scramble movies and as of recently, Coppelion, and while it looks beautiful, I wish they tone down some of the blue filter they got. I admit blue is my favorite color (hell, my nickname or my updated nickname is Blue Hybrid) but sometimes it can be irritating at a few times and that also goes to their future projects (i.e. Coppelion).
As for the music, this is one of those times where I like more of the score then the opening and ending themes as they really didn’t feel like they belong in the show. I would say the ending theme to the last episode fits better and this is nothing against the opening theme “KINGS” by Angela as I did like that song, it’s just should’ve been used in a different anime. Now the score does have some appeal as when the first episode began, I was really immersed into the music, preferably to the themes of Mikoto, Yata, and Reisi.
Now for the English dub, which aired on Neon Alley, brought to you by Studiopolis and Viz Media and this is much an all-star cast, despite the show being a non-union dub, and for the most part it is pretty standard in being a good dub. This year, Matthew Mercer still continues to impress me as a voice actor with stuff like Fate/Zero even with schlock with Iron Man: Rise of Technovore, his role as Kuroh was great. Ben Diskin, a voice actor who I first recognize watching Codename: Kids Next Door, has gotten good range over the years and him as Yata is acceptable but the one VA that I really thought was excellent is Todd Haberkorn as Izumo. That smoothness and calm demeanor in his voice made me not even notice he was in the anime and honestly, that move to L.A. has helped in get more diverse roles (with some exception). As for the others, Sam Riegel as Shiro was okay, Patrick Seitz as Reisi is plenty good, Johnny Yong Bosch as Fushimi is what I expected from him. Tara Platt, Carrie Savage, Grant George are well-acted and last while I do not like Neko as a character, I had no problem with Stephanie Sheh voicing her but I will say if I had to choose between her as Kuro in Blue Exorcist or Neko in K, I choose the former.
FINAL VERDICT: So did I like K? Well, I do to an extent but it’s not exactly I would recommend to most people. Some people may have gotten confused over the entire run and some did get it from the get-go. I’m the in-between guy where I get most of the plot but somehow miss something in the leeway that requires a rewatch (which I did do a few times) and I don’t do that often when reviewing anime. So with K, it’s in the middle of the road for me. read more
Mar 23, 2013
From the first episode we have been given the basic outline of each character, their goals and where each of them stand in terms of ranking. It doesn't help the viewer that episode one starts in the middle of the plot, tracks back and then pushes forward.
It sets up a very clever way of telling the story by throwing all these problems and situations at the viewer in hopes it will make it all clear by episode 13. Depending on how far you read into the plot and the characters motives you may get a completely different answer.
The art of this show is what (in my case) makes it memorable. It sets a brilliant landscape for the show from the city to the wastelands, the technology such as the robots have all been detailed to the millimeter. You can probably watch this show and adore it based on the art alone.
I was sort of conflicted with the OST, while the music was very good it felt like the tracks were played in the wrong moments. The opening theme didn't fit the style of the opening and the main piano piece was very overplayed, it almost felt like one long music video for that one song.
As I've read in some other Project K reviews people say that the characters were too 'under developed' for me this wasn't quite true. From episode one it was like the characters were just to distant from the plot, not giving much of a story away. I'm not sure if this is a result of the makers wanting them to seem more mysterious or setting up something for season 2 but I couldn't feel sad or pained for a character I barely knew.
This isn't a bad anime. I enjoyed it, the art was amazing, the soundtrack was good, characters were likable. I give credit to the producers who were able to squeeze all these different plot points in to just 13 episodes.
I think Project K had to much to live up to before it even aired, with the story telling style of Baccano! and overall plot feel of No.6 this anime is enjoyable and that's all you really need. Not much to think about or keep up with (Unless you're one of those 'deeper meaning' people).
If you can stand the amount of fan service it gives girls to ship him with him then I recommend this show as just a bit of eye candy for people who like quality art with simple-to-follow plot. read more
Mar 20, 2013
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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Mar 20, 2013
Plot: Im not going to bore you all with giving a summary of the plot, as im assuming you have at least some knowledge of the show if you are reading this review. 'K' had so much potential, however like many recent shows airing, the plot was neglected due to the high demand of having pretty visuals and catchy songs that will attract in viewers. The story line wasn't bad at all, it was simply lacking more attention from the creators. I felt as though the entire plot was rushed, resulting in many questions that were left un-answered.
Art & Sound: There's really not much to say about these two components of the show. Both were fantastically done.
Character: The character development was fairly bland and poorly done. I noticed that alot of the main characters didn't have any development or references about their past. I don't know what i was expecting, but it wasn't what i got.
Overall, it was an okay show. Give it a try and if you don't like it in the first few episodes, give it up. Because it doesn't get better as the show goes on. It's one of those shows that you will hate, love, or you will be neutral with it because lets be honest. You all have nothing else to waste your time with. (that's why you are reading this review).
Apr 15, 2013
K story is set in a busy, futuristic city that underneath its grandeur lies supernatural forces and dangerous gangs. Much like Durarara!!, the show has multiple story lines that end up intersecting each other in the end. Now, if this is the first time something like this was done, I would really had enjoyed it much more. But if you are a big fan of Durarara!! like I am, you would be very distracted by how many similarities these two shows have. However, that did not stop me from liking the story of K. From the intense tale of the chase for a murder case suspect to the story of the psychic power wielding gangs, K has a pretty interesting plot. Just like Durarara!! though, there are some points that you might have to read between the lines a little, but for me, that is a lot better than having the plot spoon fed to me by the show.
Art is perhaps K's strongest point. When I was a kid, I always imagined I had awesome psychic powers and I would look like a total badass if it weren't for this thing called reality. But when watching K, I feel like my imaginative world came to life. Intense battle scenes, awesome psychic fields, cool character designs, etc. you name it, K has them all.
If you like Nujabes even a tiny little bit, I think you would like K soundtrack a lot. Filled with suave urban style tracks, K's BGM fits the show's setting like a glove. Of course, it is not Samurai Champloo, but the music does grow on you and on many occasions add to the atmosphere seamlessly, making K a very appealing experience to your senses of sight and sound.
If you're looking for a show where even the side characters make you relate to them so much you could be their best friend, K might seem a bit lacking. However, for the type of anime that it is, it doesn't need to have those kinds of characters. Instead K makes up for this by having several solid leads, while adding in some character archetypes that we all know and love like the Spectacled Badass, the Sadist, the Kindhearted Gang Leader, the Ice Queen, etc. and does that take out any enjoyment? Absolutely not.
Like I mentioned before, K is not an outstanding anime. I've seen others shows that have used the elements that it has before and done it better. However, by combining these aspects together and multiplying that with smooth music and animation, K ends up being a very fun ride at least for me.
Now those of you who are into more serious shows and expect only the best of story and character development might say that this show is not worth its score, and that is entirely understandable. However, for just sheer appeal to the senses, K is still a very enjoyable show. It does not try to be overly serious and it does not need to be. So go grab some popcorn and maybe even a friend, because K is a show worthy of the title King in its category (well, there are better shows of course but I just wanted to make that joke.)
Jan 1, 2013
Well, well. That's all cool and stuff, but why don't we show the other side of the coin, too. By the way, I'm a guy, straight and all. K is manly stuff, k. (fakken pun)
Story: 9 Simply put, this story is great. It's not the most original story of all times, but it isn't a complete cliche either, as many would like you to believe.
See, the thing about K is that it sells a really TRAGIC, DARK, DEEP and SOUR story of betrayal, friendship, and sacrifice, in a shiny package so that the general audience would be satisfied with 'hot' bishies, tits and cool animation, while some people, like myself, can still enjoy it for what it really is.
I won't say anything else about the story's content, since you can clearly see it in the series description.
People complain about not knowing what is the sword of Damocles, or where the King's power come from and what not. Those same people give Evangelion a score of 10 even though it's full of randomly chosen cool sounding terms from Bible and what not. Compared to Eva's sea of dead scrolls and Lance of Longinus, K's sword of Damocles is much more relevant to the story and actually serves as a foreshadowing to the show's overly dark culmination.
Do note however, that the pacing in the beginning is rather weak, which is completely understandable considering the character cast and time frame in which the story had to be presented. Pacing improves in the next half of the show, leading to ones of the most epic scenes of this season.
Art: 10 One word, gorgeous.
Sound: 10 Outstanding, fits the mood perfectly, and overly improves the viewer's enjoyment. Not much else to say, except that this series has one of the greatest ED songs in last few years, not counting Fate/Zero's endings, of course.
Look, don't trust people who'll tell you that this show has weak character development or that the characters are generic. Considering that K has only 13 episodes, and it's cast is freakin' huge, the characters are pretty much the soul of this show. Their interactions, personalities, lives and motives, ability to make you both laugh and cry, all that makes them pretty much the most memorable characters I've seen in a long time.
K's characters are not the fanart you see on Pixiv and Zerochan. They may look gorgeous, perfect, flawless and shallow, but actually, they're just flawed, tragic and ultimately human reflections of us all.
Enjoyment: 10 Obviously.
Get mad all you want, but K gets a pure 10 from me. This anime is not what it looks like at the first glance. It's not what you think it looks like under it's shiny package either. It's a tragic tale of a group of people who share a bond thicker than blood, a bond that will eventually lead them into becoming more human than humanity itself.
Dec 29, 2012
Upon viewing K for the first time, it is hard to disagree that it looks beautiful. K perfectly portrays the gorgeous aesthetics of an urban city landscape with tall majestic skyscrapers, bustling pedestrians in every street, and an abundance of detail in every nook and cranny. To add to K's beauty, is the addition of a very refreshing and versatile soundtrack that perfectly captures the emotions of each scene. The music in K includes a large range; from soft melodic piano pieces, to intense electronic beats and mellow hip-hop. The music is implemented in a very sophisticated manner and never feels out of place or repetitive. This wonderful combination of visual and audio appeal reinforces the sense of beauty of K.
Although K looks beautiful, one must be cautious of its beauty. The beautiful appeal of K is only icing on the cake and the actual quality of the cake itself may be a different story. K's biggest drawback would be the attempts to implement a wide cast of characters. Since K revolves around the theme of gang rivalry and leadership, the multiple characters from the different clans carry a large focus within the story and although this can be very exciting, the attempts have gone to waste due to the short time given in the space of thirteen episodes and lack of definition. The many characters are given many scenes such as flash backs or fan-service that attempt to reinforce their personalities and shine them in a likable manner. This is possibly the strongest element about K, but this turns out messy as many characters that are given lots of screen time hold no significance in the story whatsoever, leaving the story to be rushed and full of holes to fit the span of thirteen episodes. K gives side characters a chance to shine, but these efforts leave viewers wondering why these pointless characters are given so much screen time when the time itself could have been used to improve the story.
As stated before, K is extremely comparable to a cake. Too much time and effort was spent on trying to sweeten the cake, but the limited amount of time has left it undercooked. One may think that this cake is a failure, but in absolute truth, it is not. An undercooked cake is not ruined and can still be enjoyed, this is very similar to the essence of K as it all comes down to one's sweet tooth. Although the story of K felt rushed and messy, the character interactions and personalities truly sweetened this anime and the excessive amount of icing on this cake can also add to the appeal. If you're interested in an anime that not only looks and sounds beautiful, but goes in-depth of exploring different character relationships and personalities, this anime is for you. However, if you're looking for an anime with a consistent and well written storyline, you should look elsewhere. read more
Dec 27, 2012
Let us start with a close look at the story. Our hero, Isana Yashiro, goes on an errand one day and is suddenly attacked by a group of men on the streets. It is later revealed that he is blamed for a murder that he does not remember committing. An interesting plot with a decent bit of potential behind it.
Everything is fine until we realize the plot comes to a complete standstill. After many questions and events are raised, we come to the mid-way point of K. That is when it becomes apparent that the anime is not going anywhere. As this dreadful standstill is happening, more and more questions arise every episode. Plot twists are added as an attempt to make everything more bearable, but it just adds to the confusion. To remedy this situation, the creators tried to cram all of the answers in to the last few episodes. The result was a rushed ending with plot holes left floating around everywhere.
To summarize the story, i'd have to say it was a complete mess that was painful to watch. The creators wanted to make the anime more interesting and unique by continuously adding elements to their plot, but they ended up dropping the ball big time.
Characters are supposed to have vibrant characteristics and at least seem somewhat realistic. That is because to get the most enjoyment out of a story, we must be able to connect and feel with the characters. I was not able to do that with anyone in K.
As an attempt to make the characters seem as cool as possible, they were all given silent and complex personalities. We get no insight into what the characters are actually thinking, and the minimal dialog is of little help as well. They are so unnatural and impossible to figure out. Most of them are like emotionless statues that just talk occasionally for the sake of being alive. There is also a severe lack of character growth and development that destroys any chances left of connecting with the characters.The creators tried too hard and ultimately made the characters too complex and just plain uninteresting to watch.
Although the storytelling in K was horrid, the visuals and music were of the highest grade. The BGMs had a nice ring to them, and the surreal backgrounds had my eyes glued to the screen for every second of every episode. Character animations and fight scenes were extremely detailed to the point where i have nothing but praise for them.Since it would be annoying to listen to me ramble on about the art, i will just leave it at that. All you need to know is that i thought it was very good.
While my eyes and ears were indeed very entertained with K, my brain was moaning from boredom and distress for a significant portion of the time. My enjoyment was greatly derailed by the plot and characters. Good art and music was the only thing that kept me going.
In the end, i have no choice really but to condemn this anime. It was simply uninteresting and poorly done. Perhaps they focused too much on how it looked and totally forgot to write a story until the last minute. Either way, i would only recommend watching this if you are very curious about it. read more
Dec 29, 2012
For those of you who don't know how to appreciate a good anime please don't write crappy reviews when you look only at a tree and not the entire forest
Nov 1, 2012
The story can be described as all flash, little substance. We, as viewers, are forced to absorb the ongoing shenanigans that goes on in the world of “K”. 13 episodes is clearly not enough to comprehend what truly goes on with the story. The ironic thing is, “K” tries very hard to be deep and clever. The title says it all…”K”… Wow! The ambiguity of a single letter title is so mysterious! Every episode title also starts with the letter “K”! Once again, all flash, little substance.
Certain characters in “K” are extremely flawed. Neko is the centerpiece to the diverse character cast in this show. She appears to be obsolete, as her true purpose is to provide mankind’s two favorite things: kitties and titties (yes, pun intended). There is actually a website designated for these two specific things, so do some googling if you adore Neko. Kuroh, who appeared to be awesome initially, went on a downward spiral due to his association with Neko and Yashiro. Don’t get me wrong. All the characters are incredibly unique, but true character development and backstories are non-existent thus far, and 13 episodes will not compensate for such lacking details.
I feel that a 5 is quite justifiable for this show. I actually put stock on the production qualities when it comes to rating a show. “K” has great animation which cannot be overlooked. The lineup of voice actors are stacked with popular voices, which improves the enjoyment of this show. A 5 by no means, is a bad score, but this show could have been much better with a better story.
Jun 3, 2013
Okay, the 1st episode was alright, it kinda have that "wow, i can expect more" later kinda feeling?
However, I was wrong, this story is taking forever and the fight between 7 kings are down to 2 kings? red and blue, while the colorless and silver king is only introduced in ep 11? I am not sure, there are not much character development either.
However, the art is nice, so if you have time to spare and have nothing to watch, this show can be watched. But I wouldn't put it in the high priority level~ read more
Mar 19, 2013
"Man this looks promising!"
And so the first episode started off with an amazing instrumental hip hop track, some cool looking dudes and a cute loli... and this weird blue filter...
Well after a couple of episodes full of nonsense later I found myself baffled how anyone could even understand what this show was about.
Well needless to say, this show made as much sense as a monocycle riding monkey on a plane.
Let's just get to it.
First the good:
This show looks damn fucking amazing it would have earned a 9/10 but that damn ugly blue filter ruined it for me to be honest.
I mean look at it it's fluid as hell, the fighting scenes are fabulous. I was impressed. The only thing it kinda felt short was sometimes when they used boring stills ineffective and some background looked okay but not great (but sometimes they also did).
Another gripe I had with the character designs. I like if they are individualized but they were a bit too Bi-Shounen for me.
The other great thing about this show was the great OST. A mixture of instrumental Hip hop and Electronica. Really cool and my first favorite OST of the season (others came to that list later).
The Voiceactors were okay but because the characters were so poor and 1dimensional they couldn't shine and non stood out.
The opening was horrendous and the ending forgettable.
Now to the bad Parts:
That this convoluted piece of garbage even got 3/10 is a miracle.
But I have my reasons for that.
Besides the ending the plot made no sense. had no sense of pacing, was complex for complexity sake and even in the end wasn't clear. I would say the premise was okay but since it never really got explained it was just a huge mess.
At least because of the nonsensical story it never felt as if there was anything that wasn't important or like a filler, and some battles where cool so the episodes could be exciting and here and there was a cliffhanger or WOW effect but still in light of a stupid plot felt short.
Maybe it's me and I just didn't "get it", but then it was the animes fault. I "got" Lain, and if this crap is deeper than Lain I think I kill myself.
At least everyone seemed to have a reasonable motivation for what they did.
But else there was no development, nor did any character make sense. Everything felt artificial.
Likable was only the cute Loli for being a cute Loli. Yeah that's it.
If you have no Idea what I mean by this, go to my Profile, check "new rating system" and read about Value. I think it's a very good point to make for every show.
But I will include it's parts for this review
Rewatchability - only to see if it makes more sense. But please no thanks not again.
Sentimental - It was a particular bad anime with the most messy plot I've ever seen. It sure stands out to me. It was also the first really nonsensical anime I've ever seen. I give creds for that.
Historical - Non this show will be forgotten, didn't do anything groundbreaking or influential. At least I hope it doesn't influence other shows to be this bad.
I did enjoy it for the music and amazing animations.
And I hoped it would become clear.
But after finishing it, it only was this really bad anime that I finished with wasted animation and soundtrack.
Conclusion : BAD do not watch, of just for the fighting scenes but I have some gifs for that if you'd like to seem them. read more
Dec 28, 2012
1st Review and a Long One
*Please take the time to read/skim through it. Don’t just judge by the score I give the anime! If you hate my review, please explain why.
The autumn season of 2012 was an entertaining one. The season brought new light and a breath of fresh air to the anime industry. Of all the anime there is to talk about, K is one of the most talks about anime to date. It might be though to the fact that the PVs carry ton of promise for the project bringing in huge amounts of hype and a start of a new fandom. Sadly, K collapse under its own weight with ton of criticism toward its poor story and plot progression. Creating a huge divide among the anime community with one side being the haters while the other side the fans. I’m categorized under the fans but K indeed has flaws that should be taking account.
All in all K is a project underworked. For GoRa’s 1st anime project, I found it be a massive success. And I will explain why:
Story: (+/-) [1 MAL POINT]
The story at the beginning: Tatura is murder in an incident putting Yashiro, the main protagonist, into a chaotic battle between the Kings and clans regarding who killed Tatura.
The story is indeed the biggest problem of K by far. It is important to note that K’s story is not action oriented given by the few scenes of action nor is it a mystery because you’re not meant to solve it. K’s story is a mix of different elements but these elements is what makes its story collapse.
If you ever seen an anime produce by Nakanishi Go, you might be able to pin out the problems the plot has. K suffers from poor plot progression. The anime wants to explore all the different elements but sadly with only 13 episodes it isn’t possible. The 1st 3 episodes focus on explaining the world of K. Episodes 4-9 focus on the bonds and tensions between characters. Last 4 focus on brining all characters together for the big finale.
Asking little questions is the key to enjoying K or then your negatives will ruin your positives. If questions do arise, then don’t be afraid to ask the community has ton of excellent theories is quite accurate.
Yet, the plot manages to be quite interesting at times. The story is filled with interesting moments and twists that you sometimes wonder if the story is the main focus. And it isn’t! The main focus is in the characters.
Characters: (+/-) [1 MAL POINT]
There is lot of things to say about K and its huge cast of characters. I don’t hate any of the characters. They all perform their roles masterfully with their voice actors truly capturing the personality of the characters. So why did I give it only 1 MAL point? Not all of the characters are given the proper screen time they deserve.
The main trio [Yashiro, Neko, & Kuroh] represent the power to have close bonds with each other. Mikoto and Reishi are the Kings with huge hearts toward their clan who journey a solitary road. And there is Yata and Fushimi two close friends/rivals that can never be separated by faith [no yaoi here]. K is all about bonds but what about the other characters?
There are more obvious bonds within K but the screen time is given more to these parings more than anything else. I personally wanted to see more of Ana as she manages to be the most questionable character regarding what she means to Mikoto.
What ever happen to Izumo? Given a role of a typical leader!
The classmates were interesting and wish they had more time on screen.
Rikio!!!! He means something to Yata but what? The poor old Gold King….. not even given the proper time to be on screen for being the Gold King.
Hopefully these problems will be fixed for the next season because these bonds were unique to K making the characters memorable in their own right.
Art: (+) [2 MAL POINTS]
The biggest positive of K is its Art, and that is something we all can agree with. Animation quality of K can just not be described with words. It’s just plain beautiful to look at. GoHands really knows how to bring quality to the next level.
Following a similar art style that can be found in the Mardock Scramble series, K uses a smart blend of gradients to bring out the colors of the characters and the setting. It even helps create a realistic shine on objects that shine depending on the lighting. Ton of detail is pack in every frame with the brief scenes of CG being forgiven as this is animation at its best. With only one major screw up being with the Bell Tower Explosion scene [rather not explain as it was horrific to watch]. Action scenes are well drawn out fill with the flashing colors of the physic powers even though they are quite short.
K broke new ground in the anime industry showing how TV animation can reach the quality of the movies. Setting the bar high to what future TV animation can look like.
Sound: (+) [2 MAL Points]
Soundtrack of K….. memorable!!!! For Endo Mikio’s 1st time in the anime industry, he manages to capture the urban feel of the city and emotions of the characters. You know a soundtrack is going to be excellent when the 1st track, title “Suoh Mikoto”, comes blazing in with the beat and intensity of the pain to describe Mikoto’s character. This helps creates stage for K when the opening credits were done rolling as we enter the world that is K. And there are more tracks I wish I could describe but in the end their no real way to describe the emotions and feelings you get from each track.
For the OP and ED songs, they do their job well but aren’t as memorable as the soundtrack. Then again my taste of music is quite different when it comes to OP and ED so sadly I can't go in depth.
Enjoyment: (+) [2 MAL POINTS]
K is an anime that isn’t meant to be taken seriously. The fun of K comes from the bonds of characters within the beautiful world that is the anime. I personally had a blast with the anime. Even though it has flaws, K manages to not be an utter failure of this season. In fact my memories of K will stay in tack as K’s charms can appeal to anyone.
Either it is for the animation, soundtrack, characters, or the story, K has something for everyone. For the 1st project of GoRa, it is a massive success that can be use to make the project better than it was before. I’m looking forward to what GoRa can bring to the table in the anime industry with its future K relating projects. If you’re someone like me who is going to watch the 2nd season, I recommend reading the manga prequels and watching K in a new positive light.
Now I will but my review to a close to the most memorable anime of the year for me. Enjoyment of the anime is different for everyone. I'm here saying that you should watch it but of course this anime will not appeal to everyone.
Thank you for reading my review!
Dec 2, 2013
Okay, I must admit that I came into “K” with low expectations. It hadn’t gotten noticeably good ratings before and wasn’t very popular when it came out because of all the fuss over other premiering anime shows at that same time such as “Magi” and “Bakuman” which received excellent reviews and recognition; therefore it was hard for “K” to stand out from their shadows. Also, my sister (17 YO) had previously watched the anime not a few months ago, telling me that it wasn’t worth watching. I decided to challenge this statement and witness the anime for myself, for I saw it on my recommendations list b/c of its reported similarity to one of my personal favorites, “Durarara,” and read the plot summary for myself that was provided by . Surprisingly enough, I decided to add it to my “Plan to Watch” List, coming back to it not a few days ago.
I decided to watch the first episode. It didn’t have a very strong start, which may also contribute to its lack of popularity and good reviews, but I didn’t let that phase me and continued to watch the show. I realized after about 5 episodes in, the show captivated me and I couldn’t stop watching it. Even after the weakness and confusing nature of the first few episodes, it soon proved to have great development, both in character and plot. Eventually, when I reached the end, I witnessed one of the greatest finales, in my opinion, in anime history. Please sit and read quietly while I explain this well-deserved 10 that this anime happened to receive.
The best way to describe this anime is a focus on many different viewpoints of different anime characters that somehow creatively make up one giant, amazing, unexpected puzzle that is finished at the very end of this anime. The main protagonist is a seemingly normal high school boy named Isana Yashiro, or “Shiro” that somehow gets involved with a murder case that took place on the rooftop of a bar. The murder victim unfortunately was one of a psychic clan known as “HOMRA” led by the violent short-fused red king, Suoh Mikoto. Unfortunately for him, the killer (who was captured on video) looks a lot like Shiro even though he doesn’t remember doing such a thing. With the help of his “guardian” Yatogami Kuroh, and “Neko” (I have yet to find her significance to the story), they try to get to the bottom of this framing without starting a psychic war between the seven kings. A well thought out plot, yes? There are indeed a lot of elements to the plot, and that’s why the beginning seemed so confusing and weak at first. And Indeed, the anime is very similar to DRRR. Some of the characters look similar to those in DRRR, also, the colored clan idea is a very similar, personalized element to the use of Color gangs in DRRR. Also, I find that both protagonists have very unusual and unexpected secrets that are revealed later on, which I won’t give away. The fact that all of the elements are summed up perfectly and fit together like a puzzle really adds to the plot. On many occasions, I experienced an “Oh my Gosh, That makes sense!” Moment in my head. I loved that. There were just certain occasions, especially at the beginning, when it seemed like all of the detail and elements ended up confusing and overwhelming me, leading to discomfort in some plot areas. Also, many good points were also brought up with the fact that there are noticeable holes in the plot and a lot of excess information was left out. I noticed this of course. On many occasions I would've like to learn a little more about the Silver, Blue and Red Kings; I would've also desired a little more history behind the Sources of their power, the 7 Swords of Damocles. This was obviously an issue mainly because of the span of the anime. If it lasted for 26 episodes instead of 13, I believe that K would earn 10 points in Story. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case, instead the story gets a 7
This seems very opinioned, I’m sorry. But I love color. I love the idea behind color and their hidden meanings and themes. I believe that all of the colors incorporated in the plot and art style really added to the deeper meaning beneath the surface. Red marked the “Violent” clan. Blue marked the “Reasonable and Cool” Clan, and Gold and Silver marked the “Top Dog Clans” that were most powerful. These colors that were incorporated in the characters and hidden themes really added to the complex tones of all the elements in the story. The complexity and character of each little color, from personality, to mood, to comparison, (such as black and white) had a great impact. Also, I found the fight scenes, especially with use of the mix of psychic abilities, quite pretty and well designed. There was great movement and perfect camera angles in the action scenes of the anime and that was a really great aspect of the anime that just boosted the whole watching experience.
when dealing with sound of an anime, people just look at the anime openings and endings; and while in K, both were very nice, the real highlights in sound for the anime were definitely the Character Themes and transitional OST tracks. All of the themes for each character fit them so well that it’s uncanny. You can listen to a theme song and have the ability to guess which character it fits they are made so well. Also, the OST tracks, you can tell that a lot of work went into making them just right for each scene. There are songs, such as my favorite, “Requiem of Red” that add so much emotion to the perfect scene to an already awesome ending. One of the best. Sound also refers to the voice acting, and I must say, I watched subbed and the casting was amazing. My favorite voice of course was the slurred heavy voice of Mikoto Suoh, played by Tsura Kenjirou. It wasn’t just him though, the other voice actors fit so well, whether their virtue was innocence, or pride, or cockiness. Everything worked.
If there was to be a main flaw with this anime, it would have to be with the characters. Don’t get me wrong, I fell in love with almost every single character in the anime, even with the ones I was supposed to hate, haha. It just seemed like every single character had their own personal piece of the puzzle and specific role to play, if it was to add to the pride theme of the anime, or to the comic relief, or to the innocence theme, all of the characters had a role that fit the plot perfectly. I just felt that there were some superfluous characters that I had trouble trying to find their main role, such as Neko. She is cat and has psychic abilities, yes; and she DOES help Shiro and Kuroh on many occasions, but I feel that her role was mainly fanservice and gaining views and that just took away from the anime itself. There are many other characters that I feel this confliction with as well even though many of the characters’ designs and personalities really clicked with me.
If you find me, and ask me what my favorite anime I’ve ever watched is, I would most definitely say “K.” And this is why: There are so many elements and themes that really captivate you as you continue to journey through this anime. From characters to plot, to sound, I guarantee you will enjoy this anime. If you dropped it after a few episodes, Pick it up and watch it again, because you will be missing out on a lot. Everything fit together in this show and I loved how it all worked out in the end.
I highly suggest you watch this, and I guarantee that you will enjoy it. Unfortunately this anime hasn’t gotten the publicity it deserves and that’s because people aren’t expecting it to be great. That’s how I was. But if you take the time to watch around 6-7 episodes, I guarantee you won’t regret it. You’re missing way too much if you skip out on this anime. Give it a chance. There are some plot holes that take away from the anime, but overall I liked it and of you average all of my scores, they come out as a 9, even though I would've loved to give it a 10 :)
Dec 5, 2012
ANYWAYS, I just finished up episode 8 of this series, went straight from 1-8 although I probably shouldn't have. So i'm pretty hooked.
Trying to go no spoiler here:
The story is alright it has plenty of generic points but, if you abstract things you know, everything has generic points, doesn't mean they are the same thing. It seems out main antagonist has lost his memory about a important event and he's trying to find out what happened. People have special powers and the origin of which has already been revealed.
The art is fantastic, absolutely fantastic. Crisp at many times often with sort of way-ward colory splashy overlays which I find very appealing to my senses.
Sound nothing to complain about.
The characters are super generic (again in abstract terms). We got the happy-go-lucky protagonist, his clueless female friend, aloof ally, etc. What really keeps me going is that so far I haven't really seen an antagonist per se... (avoiding spoilers here!)
It's pretty conflicting to note who is and who is not the antagonist especially if you read the manga back story; so as far as characters go I think that's a pretty neat thing.
Enjoyment 8, it's appealing to me.
My overall is my enjoyment, so again 8.
Dec 28, 2012
K Project might be the biggest letdown of an anime I've seen all year. It has some of the best OSTs I've heard in a series this year. The animation is gorgeous and the art direction in the first episode had a setup for a series that was going to be epic. So what the hell happened? To put it bluntly, how did such a captivating series become such an epic pile of crap?
Simply put, the story was all over the place and it all begins with the setup. The plot resolves Isana Yashiro who is falsely accused of killing a clansman of the Red King. He is hunted down by Yatogami Kuroh, the servant of the former Colorless King, HOMRA, the clansman of the Red King and SCEPTER4, the clansman of the Blue King. Isana is befriended by Yatogami in the process as well as a strange girl/cat named Neko, who we find out is a Strain. Together, they try and solve the mystery behind Yashiro's mistaken identity for a killer who claims to be the Colorless King, as well as find out his connection to the Silver King. Everybody got that? Good...because I sure as hell didn't. For one, who or what are the Kings? The series briefly describes them as seven people with special powers. When they release their power, an object appears in the sky called the Sword of Damocles. So what the hell is the Sword of Damocles? Gooooood question...because the series doesn't explain that either.
There's a clash between the Red and Blue clans during the early stages of this series because Munakata Reishi, the Blue King feels that another disaster will befall them because Mikoto Suoh's (The Red King) Sword of Damocles is in rough shape due to overusing his power. We get very little explanation or back story about the dangers of a king maintaining their Sword of Damocles so it is just another minor plot point that falls to the wayside due to poor development.
I found the ONLY thing this story did well in both explanation and in storytelling was the reveal of Adolph K. Weismann, the Silver King. Weismann was just about the only character that got any sort of development, albeit still not enough in the grand scheme of things. We learn that the Silver King is also known as the Immortal King...yet, we don't get an explanation as to WHY he's immortal. Or at the very least, the series doesn't do a very good job of explaining that detail. We also find out that there are 7 Kings in total, but it's unexplained who these Kings are, where they came from, and why they have these powers as well as why they can pass their powers down to clansman.
That leads me to my next point, this story just didn't develop it's characters...any of them. Apparently according to the plot, we should be invested in the battle between the Reds and the Blues. The conflict between Suoh and Munakata. Okay, can you at least tell us WHY? There are times when I wonder, is this story about Yashiro, or is it about Suoh? Or how about Yatogami Kuroh? We learn that he was a servant for the former Colorless King, Ichigen Miwa. And? That's it...for being the what would become best friend of the lead character for this series, we learn next to nothing about him...and don't get me started on this mess that is Yashiro's character. The explanation and back story behind his character is so fragmented and confusing that even when the series is completely said and done, I still don't know ANYTHING about his character.
Ultimately, it felt like the producers tried to tackle way too many issues in a 13 episode series. What it resulted in was a lot unresolved plot points and loosely knitted character development that fell apart at the seams because there were far too many characters to even try and develop. GoHands should've realized (and I use this analogy a lot) that sometimes, less is more. Give us a narrowed down, detailed look at each set of characters or clans. Give us a better explanation/back story to who or what the Kings are. This series MIGHT have worked in a 26 episode set...and I say that loosely. They still might not have been able to tie up all the loose ends in 26 episodes. All-in-all, considering the production budget behind this series, there was a lot to be desired by the time it was all said and done. read more
Jan 10, 2013
Lets put the story aside for a while, and talk about the concept. The concept for Project K is arguably fresh and creative. I won't call it particularly innovative but it does wonderfully so combine elements of sci-fi and fantasy. Seven Kings and their vassals endorsed by that special power, street gangs, military-like organizations and a high school and an inevitable evil mastermind behind all the events. It's a bit of everything and I suppose that's why it is non-standard. With proper attention to each and every bit of that we would have probably received a truly memorable anime. And here's where Project K fails hard. Being only 13 episodes long it does nothing to process those ingredients into an edible dish. We never as much learn about the origin of power that is inherent to kings or how they received it. Is it magic? Is it science and technology? Who are other kings? What is factual peculiarity of their power? What is the story behind the crater thing? etc. Same pretty much goes to every other plotline and character.
Plot itself is somewhat messy. We've got a mysterious murder and gangs who are going after the culprit who is in turn the main protagonist who suffers from amnesia who later discovers kings/vassals/magic and the actual murderer. Seems like a very action packed anime huh? Well it isn't. Good 2/3 of it we are having character interactions and chases which have very little to do with actual plot and hence the very gist of it is unveiled during final eps. Such uneven pacing keeps you hooked only during very first and very last episodes, becoming rather annoying in the middle. Most plotlines go nowhere and a lot of things are left unexplained, such as who's Neko, where's slate, past of certain characters. It just doesn't fall in place. That being said, amnesia is an awful plot-device.
Art. Now art is one of the few strong points that K has. Animation is smooth and beautiful featuring great camera angles and spectacular special effects. The art itself imitates a cross-processed film which makes it look bright and optimistic, easy on the eye. The character design is hit and miss. Some are nicely designed with a distinguished look, the others are your typical janes and joes you'd find in any anime. Overall, it's a visual eye-candy although the quality declines towards the end of series.
Sound. Another strong point. The soundtrack is crispy with some lovely piano arrangements, if a little repetitive. I have nothing much to say about OP and ED, they are both quite decent, but not the kind of songs that would stuck in your head.
Characters are poorly fleshed out and present nothing original. We have typical personality-less school mob. We have an odd main hero who acts somewhat like Haru from Tsuritama. We have Neko who is in a sense a cardboard copy of Shiro (Deadman Wonderland), and we have Kuro (a lovechild of Kanda x Sebastian). In fact we have a ton of characters which are implied to have had interesting ties to each other in the past and present, but sadly it is never fully unfolded in the anime. It's not to say that characters are annoying or boring from the start, not at all. What I imply is, with the length of anime, it just seems unreasonable to put such a crowd in and toss hints about their complex history. If it was 26 eps long, that would be fine. Alas, it is not.
Overall, it's easy to watch. Project K is that kind of anime that is perfectly watchable if you turn your brain off and just relax. It's not the best anime ever, nor it is the worst one. If you are looking for something other than just swords and mecha, this is probably a good choice. read more
Dec 27, 2012
Let's start by asking ourselves...what is “K”?
Well, K is an original series that began airing in the Fall of 2012. It's animated by the studio GoHands and directed by Shingo Suzuki. He is also responsible for some of the character designs for the series. The series apparently also has manga adaptations with a prequel known as K: Memory of Red. Well, anyways, the series is quite mysterious...
For instance, what the hell does “K” actually stand for?
Some of the titles of the episodes suggest things such as “Knight”, “Kitten”, “Kill”, “Key”, Karma”, etc. I often wonder why it's like this. Sure the titles might give off some hints. Example: episode 2 titled Kitten is dedicated to Neko-chan who is..a cat or kitten. However, most of them are rather vague and leaves it to the viewers' imaginations.
Seriously, what the hell. Are the directors serious here? No, that's not even a serious question because the story of K is a joke, one that's not entertaining at all. We begin the first episode with Shiro apparently framed for murder. From there on and out, the series becomes a sort of cat-and-mouse scenario where he gets hunted down. But then, there are the side episodes and occasionally flash backs involving other characters. I have to say that this does NOT work out right. It's like trying to cook a dish without the proper ingredients.
Think of it this way. You want to make a pizza. You have the dough, the ingredients, the oven, etc. Then, when the time comes to make it, the pizza turns into shit because it's mixed in the wrong way. K is no different to be honest.
Oh but that's not all. K also tries too damn hard. It resorts to using some plot twists and thriller like sequences but it doesn't work. Why? The series' scriptwriting is just awful. The plot is revealed but what is the main purpose of it? I almost feel like nothing when I'm watching this series. It's slow with a capital S. S for shit in the storyline department.
Almost, all the characters in my opinion lacks something or has qualities that are cliched, generic, and not done right. Let's take a look at our three main protagonists starting with the kid who has been on the run from the very beginning:
*Yashiro "Shiro" Isana – he is the happy and outgoing guy of the series. He often makes jokes but at the same time is quite respectable to his peers and classmates. There is a big secret about this character but we don't find that out till nearly the very end.
*Kuroh "Black Dog, Kuro" Yatogami – this guy even has a side story dedicated to him. Talk about being on the spotlight! But anyways, Kuroh is pretty much the opposite of Shiro. A few words that can describe him are “quiet, mysterious, haughty, caring, loyal, and courageous”. Yet at the same time, he lacks a personality. Seriously, he doesn't have much of a personality at all except when he interacts with the two main protagonists.
*Neko – Oh who am I kidding here, this is probably one of the reason why more than 80% of the demographic are watching the series. Neko is a very energetic young girl with a curious personality like a cat. Curiosity killed the cat? Neko actually brings that expression to reality in a few times when she acts before she thinks. She's got a million dollar body but a 2-cent brain. She doesn't like to wear clothes and often times or not, clings onto her beloved “Shiro” as she likes to call him.
The rest of the characters seems to play roles only in action rather than in the actual story, the one that moves ridiculously slow. The Red King and Blue King clashes in the latter half of the series but once again, it's cliched with the usual egoistic talk and dragged monotone speeches. The righteousness from the Blue King also seems ironic since he wishes to protect the students yet his group is responsible for the danger of their lives in the first place.
Alright, I admit it. The artwork of the series is amazing. It's like you're in a dream where everything is colorful and presented in a way that is at cinema level. The blue aura backgrounds and the characters' outfit designs makes them look like bosses and gives off that cool feeling which is one of the positives of the series. It is no doubt that the artwork and visuals represents the highlight of the series. Pretty cool designs I'd say even though some of the clothing doesn't look too original. Yes, I'm looking at you, Full Metal Alchemist and Tegami Bachi.
Although not up to the art standards, the soundtrack of the series is well presented. Some of the OST are pleasant to listen to whether it's a dramatic, action, or emotional scene. The opening song , "King”, by angela is also well performed where it depicts a montage of the main as well as the supporting characters.
The ending song though is just a slap in the face. We see..well, mostly Neko wearing almost nothing as she doesn't like to wear clothes making suggestive poses. It's just pure fan-service and nothing more. Once again, it tries to use its visuals to do the talking rather than expressing.
Overall, this series deserves a “5”. The story is so damn slow and the characters give generic a whole new meaning. Luckily, the soundtrack and artwork makes up for this. Yet, at many stances, I feel that K isn't doing a right job of progressing its episodes. Although the plot eventually reveals itself, it shouldn't make an excuse to make the audience wait. Now, I'm not saying this series is the worst garbage ever created. If you enjoyed the series, then do what makes you happy. However, K did not live up to its expectations. At first, I thought I was watching some good bullshit from K but that doesn't seem to be the case now. K is just bullshit and I can't recommend this to anyone.