In modern Japan, where history has strangely overlapped with reality. There, seven "Kings" with great superpowers existed. Along with their clansman to whom they shared their own power with, the kings each formed clans. Order bound by blue, red flames that cause chaos, irregularities that shine in white, and reforms branched off into green. The Kings, each with their own abilities, now...
With "JUNGLE" once again jumping back into action, the fates of the various Kings are brought together.
Superpower anime has been the main solution to attract many people in order to keep the Anime industry in balance. Since the success of such famous anime like the big three (Naruto, One Piece, and Bleach), there are dozens anime that uses the super power as an appeal and works as a direct jump to make profits. One of them are the K - project franchise, which has been ongoing since 2012. K Return of Kings is the 3rd project that exists in K Franchise. As the series go, K really didn't maximize any potential that it have.
The 1st season started the story while adding the mystery genre into it. While Return of Kings does a different thing, they're trying to build-up its world in this 13 episode. While doing that, the anime throw many flashbacks & scenes to build that, but they didn't succeed the 30% of it.
For about 8 episodes K: Return of Kings brings us an endless "information dump". The blank paper is filled, they fill it with many chit-chat and useless scenes and they just did the same mistakes once again. As the plot drive slowly, K Return of Kings really just wasting the time it has. The story can be described as 'disoriented' and didn't have a clear direction, it just floating in the air with unclear reasons.
As we expected, K strongest power is in the budget. The animation grows very colorful and beautiful. The town settings and the battle scenes are well produced. The character designs have hundreds of bishounen waiting for the fangirl to scream. To adding that, we have some useless fanservice scenes using boobs and many other round things to maintain the enjoyment of the fanboy. Well, those things remind me, "What if K animation similar like Ping Pong?", fortunately, the reality is not like that.
Sound settings are okay, the new Opening & Ending Song are not too bad either. The background music was still great like its prequel. Voice actors did a great thing in doing their job.
Another disappointment we have is there is no in-depth character development. They throw many flashbacks in this little amount of episodes but useless flashbacks indeed (especially the first 8 minutes of episode 1). The main character possibly didn't do as the main character, they just fleshed out by supporting characters, their role was actually minimum in this series. The green king's motive was relatively poor and slightly typical and we have the gray king in return. The problem is they unloaded a number of characters with not the right balance and I should say this "None of the clansmen has a particular role in anything...", they just as useless as ever and just filled the vacancy of the episodes. It's just so blank, useless, and ridiculous.
The useless scenes that occur in the first six episode really bring a bad effect to the enjoyment itself. Actually, the battle scenes are pretty cool and colorful. But it got such an unexpected downfall especially for the story section and character section.read more
**UPDATED** Added a paragraph with my thoughts on the ending.
Honestly, I can't believe the negative reviews!
This anime is a rarity in my opinion. The first season of K was more of a mystery, trying to figure out who Shiro really was, this time it's about keeping the peace. It's focused on all of the groups as a whole rather than individually and explores a goal that all three kings share.
The animation is spectacular and far surpasses AoT, I particularly like the animation in scenes with Misaki on his skateboard, there has clearly been extra care into those types of scenes. There has been no major character development since the characters were probably explored to their full potential in the first season. The show is only three weeks away from its climax and I'm looking forward to it. I hope that this season doesn't have a disappointing finale, since the first season of K had an excellent finale, and as predictable as the show can be at times, it's thoroughly entertaining and I definitely feel like it's one of the best this year.
Okay, so the ending did not disappoint, I appreciated that it was left on a cliff hanger kind of and I appreciate that a lot of loose ends from the past season were tied up. I don't feel like this anime really NEEDS a third season, because everything has already been tied up with a nice neat bow already.
I didn't get the type of ending I wanted, but I'm not disappointed with what we did get either. It's a nice ending. It was built up climatically, and I would've been happier with a darker ending, but the one that we got was nice. That's really all I can describe the end of the show as, "Nice."
The soundtrack is also mind blowing, the soundtrack is actually one of the things that draw you into the show, as it compliments the colour pallet and spectacular animation and action scenes that the anime gives you in pretty much every episode.
I give this show a solid 10/10 so far, I may downgrade the review depending on what happens in the finale though as I definitely feel like a bad finale can let down an entire show. Hopefully it's good!read more
I don't think this anime can be properly appreciated with out watching K: Missing Kings Movie between episodes 1 and 2. Because there are huge bits of info "missing" between the first 2 episodes. The movie isn't a prequel. It fits directly in between episodes 1 and 2 and explains what happens Mikoto and how Anna becomes the new Red King. What happened to the Gold King and the Gold clan members. As well as other pieces of key information related to the events leading up to the 4 episode.
I love everything about this series so far. It's exciting to watch, the fight scenes are some of the best I've seen in a while, most of the characters are already pretty powerful so not a whole lot of room for growth, but we're talking about a series with 7 kings and their vassals so they have to be OP from the start because there are only 13 episodes and the 1 hour long insert movie so some things need to already be understood about the story line. Lengthy character development should be left for series exceeding more than 20 episodes. There just isn't enough time to explain every single little detail in a shorter series.
*edit* So with the series wrapping up it's final episode I have to say I enjoyed it very much. For those of you that haven't watched it yet but are interested in doing so, you should know that K is part of a larger project so get the full experience watching the Missing Kings movie is a must. Even though the movie is a year older than Return of Kings it's not a fucking prequel but an insert for Return of Kings.
I recommend watching the movie after the first episode of Return of Kings. Then the second episode as it was probably intended. For whatever reason it was produced this way, the movie takes place after the first episode and before the second of Return of Kings. Explaining most of the gaps in the story between eps. 1 and 2. Also there are a few manga that go with the events of the entire K project.
"K - Countdown" is a must read it takes place after the events in the movie and contains the information and character viewpoints after Mikoto's death. (8 chapters)
"K - Stray Dog Story" - Kuro's story (5 chapters)
"K - Days of Blue" - Scepter 4's story (10 chapters)
"K - Memory of Red" Homra's story (15 chapters)
"K - The First" Shiro and the Gold Kings story (16 chapters)
I highly recommend watching this anime it's so good. So far 9/10 overall from me. Thank you for reading! Enjoy the show! ^_^ read more
To all the people who says this show is just too mysterious with it's plot and you can't understand it, therefore giving it a bad score, ohmygoodness, if you just paid a LITTLE more attention like maybe reading the story and actually TRY to understand it, then you'll get it.
Now first i'll say the cons, this show woulve got a 10 from me if some scenes were better, here's some parts: 1: If Nagare died first from losing power from the slates, how does the girl bring Fushimi back up the surface, she woulve lost the power way before that. 2: How the heck did Adolf find his original body at the end. 3: How did Yukari not dodge Kuro's slash, it seemed like it was coming at turtle speed. 4: What did Zenjo do for the entire episode? he was just standing there, for two episodes.
Now let's move on to the pros. 1: DID you see the artstyle during the middle of 11? Suoh's jacket looks soo fresh it's like you never seen a good jacket in your entire life. 2: The battle scenes, they made the fight between Kuro and Yukari's sword actually have different sounds each time it clashes, such small details means something. 3: The story wasn't so bad, in the end, things did end up good, everyone was safe,(except you know, Nagare and Tenkei) and it didn't end badly. 4: Even though I listed less Pros then Cons, the Cons are small things.
For any of you who still bitch about "what and where did the Sword of Damocles come from, I'll tell you what it means, It came from a passge from Cicero. A tyrant that seemed welathy and powerful to the public had a adsentatores (court flatterers) called Damocles compliment him one day about his power and wealth, so the tyrant said would you like to try out my life? Damocles accepted, and as he was enjoying his life, he notices a sharp sword dangled on the ceiling above his head by a horse hair, the tyrant explained that this was life as ruler was like. NOW K TOOK THIS, and it means that each of the kings, they have their responsiblities as kings, their Sword of Damocles falls means their death, when Suoh died, so will his Sword of Damocles and the burden it had, causing explosions. That's also why killing a king adds huge burden to your Sword of Damocles and when your burden exceeds ur limits, if will fall ending your life too. THAT'S WHY KINGS ARE JUST ONE PERSON, if everyone is kings, the burdens of everyone's Sword of Damocles can be chaotic. And this is where the Sword of Damocles came from.
This show was fantastic, the animation and good soundtracts (espacially you Suoh Mikoto's theme song *wink wink*), the character development isn't that bad either, the main characters all got a time and some screentime to shine. heck even the gold clansman got a scene! There's humor added time to time. And just coolness, added to almost all the characters, so calm for some, and others (talking about you Yata) shows some kind of emotion through someway or other.
Overall, I give K a 9/10 Clouve gaved a 10 if wasn't for those Cons up there. (season 3's not coming, don't wish for it, story's over lol if you want more, imagine it, and add Suoh.)read more
In this week's K: Return of Kings, JUNGLE is on the move to create more chaos in the city. This time, a special place from the first season is revisited and a battle ensues among the clans. Did you know important clan members can have 4,000 Jungle Points?