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.
**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!
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.)
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! ^_^
Too much style, less to none substance. That is how I see K: Return of Kings.
Continuing from the events roughly after a year that occured in the first season and the movie, K: Return of Kings is a continuation of the series as it exposes the mysteries behind the seven kings and the Dresden Slate that was the cause of it all.
Frankly talking, the story makes sense as all of the questions that were left behind in K is being answered but the narrative itself is very weak. What made K a successful anime was because it literally didn't care about anything. You
heard it right, K had little to no cohesive storyline to begin with. Stuff about Kings ruling the planet and keeping order to an inane teenager going around places to know who he was, where he came from as he remembered nothing about himself and being chased by gangster-like guys didn't make all that sense. But it was what that kept it going for thirteen episodes and made it a very charming show. Even if it had little to no plot whatsoever, K simply was a show that one could enjoy even it wasn't a masterpiece. K: Return of Kings tosses that reputation away. Too much exposition in the middle episodes assisted with a very slow start. Even at that the very first episode was nothing but a pandering to the fans with voluptuos breasts appearing in a way that would be unimaginable in real life.
But still that is what unique about anime, right? Honestly the amount of fanservice in the show and the pandering of Awashima Sera to the fans would top any ecchi or harem shows and bring them to shame. And it didn't stop in the first episode. After K: Return of Kings got underway it immediately shifted gears to a very tranquil mode with demonstration of words joining the game. To my surprise the stupidity of the fanservice did not stop at the first episode, but it kept coming every once in a while totally throwing all the post buildup to a dustbin. It would've been forgivable if just for the pilot episode, as it did bring me back memories of the unique experience of K I got in the first season. But no, GoHands really had to please the closet fans with all their Blu-ray sale accumulation from the first season. However it appearing once in a while really made the whole show mundane and made me lose glamour for the series.
K: Return of Kings has almost the same set of characters as the first season, with the addition of Hisui Nagare who has a main role as the Green King. Almost all other characters remain the same with not a lot of development. Neko the very same annoying mix of Human-Cat hybrid and Kuro who now has his intentions set on protecting the Silver King Shiro, who he was after to kill in the first season. The main disappointing for me was the characteristics of Shiro. He's the same old soft and inane teenager who really doesn't seem like giving a shit even when he's now the one who created this all. The Silver King. The King of Beginnings. He was mostly portrayed as a weak character even if he was the First King compared to Hisui Nagare, who really seemed to have the upper hand against him the entire series. One of the main reasons for failure of for the show was the exclusion of the former Red King, Suoh Mikoto. Mikoto simply was a fiery and striking character right from the start. I know he died at the end of the first season and they had to continue with it, but yet the rivalry between Mikoto and the Munakata Reisi, the Blue King was one that I wanted most. Anna is a pretty good character however not as brilliant as Mikoto. K: Return of Kings mostly focuses around Anna and the OP is dedicated to her characteristics. Talking about the OP, the sound aspect of the show does not really disappoint. The ED of K: Return of Kings was my pick of the season. However I do share the opinion of most people that it should have been the OP and vice-versa.
I've seen people either really hating the franchise and supporting it. If I had to say I'm the one in-between the two. I really liked the first season of K and also the following movie, but K: Return of Kings for me was unnecessary. It did not have to explain all the things bit by bit to position K as a successful anime. It already had its fanbase and even I was on the good side of it. Three years later though they really had to bring it back, and I have to say that after finishing the whole series I'm disappointed.
Watching K: Return of Kings is like running inside walls of a labyrinth, trying to find a way out. The confusion sinks in more and more and by the time you reach exit, it’ll be a relief. No, I don’t mean that the second season of K takes place inside a labyrinth. That would just be plain weird. What I mean is that K: Return of Kings lacks entertainment when it comes to storytelling. Each episode progressively makes the show more and more mind boggling. For a show that makes its big return, it’s also a big disappointment.
As the direct sequel of the movie, K:
Missing Kings, this series also requires knowledge from the original season. Without it, watching the Return of Kings would be a dreadful experience. The first few episodes consists of setup that builds more and more for future events. Anna is now declared as the new Red King. She’s the little girl dressed in a goth loli outfit but has quite a confident personality when it comes to taking up the new role. Kuro also makes his return along with Neko and Shiro by his side as the original trio. Then, there’s new developments like the introduction of the Green Clan. Consisting of members with powerful abilities, they are labeled as the big bad of the season.
The structure of storytelling for the second season feels more like a car assembly. The first parts comes, then the building begins, and finally, we get the test drive. But unlike a car, it can get a bit confusing. First of all, the Green Clan consists of a prominent group of characters with ambiguous motivations. We don’t find out more about them until later on the season. But what’s interesting is that they treat almost everything like a game. What’s more is they use the social media to play out their plans through unpredictable strategies while causing confusion among the communities. In retrospect, the Green Clan is the big question mark fans will have for this season. Who exactly are they? What do they want? What’s their ultimate goal? Plot twists are also integrated into the story that makes them look even more deceptive. Unfortunately, it isn’t very interesting in the end. This is because there’s a lack of character growth and their role in the series seems condensed into more of their actions rather than real purpose.
Characterization for this season is also really a hit or miss. On a positive note, I think the show has chosen a suitable Red King and in this case would be Anna. She demonstrate her ideals, skills, and responsibility especially in her role against the Green Clan. In addition, she has earned the respect of her allies and is truly a character that is mysterious. The Green Clan also has some members that can be intriguing. Unfortunately, that’s really about it. The antagonists of the series are stereotypical and really lacks characterization. Shiro’s return to the show doesn’t bring anything special to the table. Not to mention, his sidekick Kuro still remains just as cat-like and almost lacks a personality. Her role is pretty much a cheerleader that again lacks any sort of prestige. And because the show has a large cast of characters, it’s really hard to pick out one to truly embrace.
If there’s one thing that is somewhat interesting is some of the morality and philosophical dialogues. While this does spark interest, most of it is masked by the frequent amount of generic content. Relationship dynamics are shortened with frequent mood changes and even the comedy feels dense with the die-hard dialogues. It sometimes feels like the show is mindlessly trying to appeal the audience through the rivalries of the colored clans. While this looks okay on the surface, it still doesn’t do justice for its execution.
On a technical front, the K franchise is a powerhouse. There’s a lot of emphasis put into the animation that is high quality with the setting. GoHands’ budget is put to use with highlighting the architecture backgrounds. The fluid animation also translates to character designs with their stylistic battle uniforms. While there’s lazy body movements at times, the action is mostly consistent with high caliber movements. The show is also known for some bits of fan service. While it doesn’t have the typical onsen or beach episode, there’s quite a decent amount of suggestive camera angles exclusively focused on Seri. It seems the cameras just love her.
Soundtrack is more or less easy to forget or take notice. The OP song is a downgrade from the previous season with the lack of feature with other characters. It seems like they are making Anna the poster girl of the show as she is exclusively focused in the OP song. The lyrics combined with the choreography is sub-par this season as well. The OST seems to have improved in some aspects in particular with the Green Clan’s battle theme. However, when it comes to adapting soundtrack, K is less about what it wants you to hear but more what it wants you to see in the end.
Return of Kings is really an underwhelming return. Storytelling is a weakness in itself combined with its lack of concrete characterization. While there’s an interesting amount of mystery developing for the story at first, its execution and inadequate timings are what keeps the show from excelling. If you’re ready for some porn scenery, coolness, and curiosity about continuity, then this might be a show for you. In retrospect though, K has lost its freshness and became a hollow shell of its former self.
The first thing I could say is that this anime is K. Oh my, what a bad pun. Anyway, moving on to the review, K - Return of Kings is the long-awaited sequel to the original series for the ones who enjoyed the first season, whereas for the viewers who didn't might as well skip it, as it was more of the same. Audiences are presented once again with fantastic animation and sound, in addition to its interesting premise as well as its colourful cast; however, story and character development remain lacking as well.
The story of K - Return of Kings focuses on what the
title suggests: the different kings that remained unknown in the first season, as well as the previous kings and its development, including the silver king and the newly crowned red king. What is more, it explores more on the mysterious "Slates" and its ability, in addition to introducing the mysterious group "JUNGLE" whose objectives are unknown. With that being said, the story remains unpredictable and entertaining, albeit having its share of flaws such as plot holes and the lackluster characters.
Viewers are presented with an expansion on the different kings and the Slates, and thus its powers; however, the explanation on how these work or their precise origin is never revealed to the audience. This was a drawback, as it was one of the aspects of the first season that I personally wanted to see in the sequel. The action scenes presented were varied as well as intriguing due to the unpredictable nature of the anime; however, it had its share of power imbalances, growing or lessening whenever the story required it.
The pacing itself was a bit "chaotic", meaning events were at times either to fast or too slow, yet had its typical K feel to it, which was a positive aspect at a personal level. Another thing that could be mentioned is the fact that it focused much less on the slice of life parts presented in its predecessor. However, there were also quite some scenes that were unnecessary for the story such as flashbacks, or either dwelling too much on certain scenes, characters or themes. Dialogue presented was quite lackluster and basic throughout the anime, repeating lines a bit too much to my liking: it was at times not straightforward.
As for the characters of K - Return of Kings, the cast presented is basically the same as the first season, with the addition of a handful of characters. It could be said that in one case it was doubtful whether the character was male or female because of its behaviour. Character development and the fleshing out of these remain overall very lackluster, to the exception of some. This is the case for Saruhiko for example, in which his motives and past are a bit better explored. What was very lackluster is the fact that some who remained mysterious in the first season remain unexplained, such as Neko: this character just seems to be there for fanservice purposes, besides of being quite annoying at times. This concerns the red king as well, who remains as plain as ever, with absolutely no change in character. The fact that it didn't further explore on the golden king or the silver one either was a shame as well. Nevertheless, the interactions between the various characters were at times interesting.
Moving on the art style of the anime, this quite engaging to the viewer, especially concerning the environment and backgrounds, which applies to the characters as well. However, these are all "bishonen" type of characters, with a flamboyant hairstyle and figure: this applies to the few female characters as well. Which leads me to think the anime is mainly targeted to females, rather than the male demographic; and in case some males are watching, beautiful woman with overly large breasts are stationed there as well. As for the animation quality, this is of very high quality and colourful, as audiences are accustomed of the anime, with great action scenes.
Concerning the sound, this was very befitting of the anime, using a variety of great compositions such as the piano ones. As for the voice actors, these performed their role well, which generally matched with the characters. What however must be mentioned is the fact that the dialogues are repeated a tad too many times, such when Scepter 4 unsheathed their swords.
K - Return of Kings was overall an enjoyable anime, and a sequel that maintained the standards of the first season, yet not improving on its flaws. It was once again a pleasant experience animation and soundtrack wise, as well as the unpredictable story, albeit very flawed. The character designs were a bit of a drawback personally, in addition to some characters that remained unexplored. So do I recommend this sequel? I do for those who enjoyed the first season or the soundtrack and animation; yet for those who didn't, I would stay away from it, as it is basically the same with no improvements made, including a story of lesser quality.
While K's story is not bad, it's a lot of the same stuff we've seen before with a different flavor. We've got some conflicting factions of superpowered individuals based solely in Japan fighting over basically nothing other than the right to exist independently of the other clans. The first season was rife with flashbacks and infodumping in order to catch viewers up with the setting, which put a lot of people off as the plot was rather simple for the amount of info being introduced. Here in season two there is significantly less of that, with most infodumping contained to introducing us to the
major antagonistic force of the series. All in all, Return of Kings is a continuation of the same enjoyable plot we experienced in the first two entries into the series, but again, nothing new or groundbreaking.
If you're watching K, chances are you're here because of the soundtrack or the art style. This series is absolutely gorgeous. The backgrounds are sharp and breathtaking. The cityscapes are vast and alive. The colors are rich and rife with symbolism and suggestion, given how important colors are to the setting and the plot. Even the side characters have enough detail to be the main characters of other anime. No expense was spared on the art here, and it shows. If there is one place K shines, this is it. Just watch the first few minutes of any episode and you'll see what everyone is talking about.
While not as overwhelmingly fantastic as the art style, K's soundtrack is a force to be reckoned with. Among the more notable tracks are Suoh Mikoto's theme, (which is what season one opened with) Kuro Yatagami's theme, which often punctuates his fight sequences or conflict scenes; and Shiro's theme, with its beautiful use of piano to convey a sense of regality accented with gentle demeanor. Every entry into the soundtrack is uniquely charming and carries with it a sense of purpose and vivid imagery.
The characters weigh in just slightly higher than the story. While not nearly as noteworthy as the art or the soundtrack, the cast is diverse and interesting. Our side characters from the first season have moved into the foreground; Mr. Kusanagi has taken a much more active role in HOMRA's activities compared to his leisurely bartending and occasional participation from season one. Fushimi and Yata continue to be at ends with each other, though the events of the movie have brought them closer and more vulnerable to each other than we're used to seeing them. The boys at SCEPTRE 4 are getting a bit more screentime and exploration this season, in response to how well we know HOMRA from season one (and the manga, if you read Memories of Red).
If you take K as it is and experience it in the moment, it is a feast for the senses. The action scenes are beautifully choreographed and intricate without confusing the viewer with unnecessary camera shifts and forced perspective. Every single location is eyecandy with beautiful backgrounds and masterful use of color to draw the eyes to important details. The soundtrack is a labor of love and every piece invokes complex feelings and vivid imagery. K doesn't have the most amazing, unique, or suspenseful story out of anything you've ever watched, and you probably aren't going to be too impressed with the plot or the characters save for a few shining exceptions sprinkled here and there, but if you're capable of sitting back and letting your eyes and ears be taken on a sensory adventure, you absolutely will not be disappointed.
K is an interesting experience in my list. Other anime that make it into my 9's do so with masterful storytelling and intricate characters. Return of Kings makes it into the list by the good graces of its breathtaking visuals and commanding soundtrack. The imagery is sharp, detailed, and complex. The soundtrack is evocative and an absolute delight. Return of Kings slides in to the top of my list unapologetically, recognizing its faults but not being afraid to capitalize on its merits. It's a continuation of everything we loved about the first season (well, ALMOST everything) but done better, and with more style. Treat yourself: check this out as soon as you can.
As bad as the first season will be the simple conclusion for Return of Kings except the absence of Angela's OP.
No story indeed, Please help me to find one.
And the lines are keep repeating because there are too few lines and the plot is too thin.
K is still very beautiful and holds a lot of production value on it's own. The artstyle is distinctive yet pretty, the backgrounds are truly amazing.
No doubt its the best looking anime of the season(Winter 15).
The OP is terrible. They switched Angela out and used the seiyuu of Anna. What a mess. The ending is quite bland but manageable.
are another shining point of the show. Perfect bland with the flow especially the battles. And sounds posh during normal scenes too along with the gorgeous visuals.
Everyone who stays for the show are here for the boys. And they're even better, just freaking resurrect my Mikoto already.
Characters own very strong personalities. Like they're the point of the show.
I found myself constantly skipping scenes especially with Yashiro repeating the same things or random craps. It's quite bad but on the same time Yukari is making me stay for the show, Munakata is shining bright for this season too.
As a conclusion, for fujoshi's or fudanshi's eyes only. No one will come for the story. In some sense quite alike with the Kancolle or the will-be-happening Touken anime, but way better looking.
WARNING: The following review contains some spoilers, please read further at your own risk.
Let me start by taking some of the negative reviews into account. I do not understand what there is not to understand in this anime. What part of it can possibly be so confusing? It’s just plain simple, it expands to all the kings in this sequel, does not involve any mystery which was there in K (Which was the rather “confusing” bit).
- Story 7/10
The story in K: Return of Kings is just an extension to the story in K. It further adds 2 kings and removes 2. Which again sums up
to 5 total Kings. It involves the same deal they’re up with in the movie, which is JUNGLE. (Green Clan + Grey King)
- Art 8/10
- Sound 7/10
Who wouldn't love K franchise’s flashy animation and music? GoHands especially showed off their animation in Episode 1 of this Sequel. The CGI was impressively applied to some surrounding objects (Cars etc.). The composition was done well too, just like in season 1.
Also, I’d also like to mention that increasing Seri and Neko’s “Panty Shot” frequency is a lame way to try to up the ratings :P (Personally, I didn't really care about that)
- Character 6/10
There wasn't much of character development for side characters in the anime (Although the character developing side stories are available in the form of Novels which I don’t know where to find). I would have especially loved if they expanded Gouki Zenjou’s past in the anime, since he looked like an interesting character. They also skimmed through Neko’s past…. which I really wish they showed (By showed I mean animated, not in manga/novel form). They only mentioned that she was involved in the Damocles Down years ago and her real name. (Pardon me, I wrote this review some days after watching the series, so I forgot Neko’s real name). They skipped the part where Adolf L. Weissman had to abandon Shiro’s body and return to his original as well. (PM and correct me if I'm wrong, or was it the same body but grown up?)
- Enjoyment 7/10
Since this sequel focused on dialogue a bit, I would say it got a little boring mid-way. But since I don’t drop any anime, I had to keep going. Otherwise K was a great franchise. (It ended decently)
- Overall 6/10
K: Return of Kings was a bit of a let-down from its prequel, for me. I loved the first season mainly due to its mystery, Shiro’s interesting character and K’s artwork and animation. But still, this was a decent original franchise. In my opinion, K is a little underrated for an original series. I wonder if it mostly gets hate because the animation stands out too much (?)
PS. The Slate was destroyed and they all lost their king powers, so I don’t think there would be another season.
Well that’s it for me. Thanks for reading this review.
K is a beautiful anime, the animation quality is top-notch. The soundtrack is wonderful and amazing. The second season does start off fairly slow, despite being a 13 episode anime, but it does get a lot better as it progresses. There's more focus on fights this time around compared to the first season which the main focus was the mystery. The cast is great but is quite large so don't expect too much development. Overall, the concept is interesting and one of the better animes this season. Definitely check it out if you've seen prequel, and if you haven't already, go check it out. Don't
forget to watch the movie which takes place between Return of Kings and the first season.
This show isn't o-K (ba dum tsss... okay onto the review....)
I usually don't drop anime when it is boring. Despite how boring it is, I still continue because maybe the hype is still there. This anime is an exception. For the first time in my life, I drop an anime that is so boring. I have only watched until 6 episodes and I cannot watch further. Oh, and the 10th episode came out today. Wew. I don't know if I still can catch up.
I have indeed watch the first K, and my overall thought of it is that the story has so much potential, but
it's all wasted because of bland character motivations. Not to mention, almost all of them (if not, all of them) are boring. I am guessing it's because the original only had 13 episodes and they cannot find a way to make character development in limited time (There's a reason why the first Durarara had 24 episodes).
Did I watch the movie? No. After how boring the first one is, I don't bother watching it's movie. The question is, is it a good idea to watch K: Return of Kings without watching the movie?
Well, K: Return of Kings does show a bit of flashbacks, so I can still "connect the dots" on what is going on so far.
Okay, onto the review of this season of K. This time, The "jungle" (Green) are now goofing around, Red and Blue teams up with the help of "Silver King" (I am not going to spoil who Silver King is. Watch Season 1 if you want to know who).
The problems with season 1 can also be found on this season. The characters again have bland motivations and are downright boring. Though, for the build up of the story, this season is quick in building up the battle between Red and Blue VS. Green. Unlike Season 1, the build up was too slow. The story also has no sense of direction.
The animation though, is outstanding. This is where K truly shines. Very well choreographed fights and not to mention, the shadings used throughout the anime are very pleasant to look at. The soundtracks are also great especially that ending theme. The ending theme could be one of my top best ending themes this year. For the opening though, it feels meh. I prefer the first season's OP.
I barely enjoyed the anime. I enjoyed it's music and art style, but what truly puts this anime down is it's story and it's characters. I still don't know where the story is going. Lack of character motivation and development especially for the new characters that just entered this season.
Watch it for it's "pleasant to the eye" animation, but don't expect a lot from its story.
I waited long for the sequel of K and I'm very disappointed to see how GoRa and the writers themselves messed the second season of my favorite Anime up.
I set high hopes in 'Return of Kings' but I'm angry, somehow, how the story took it's course.
The show started with a nice flashback but after that - nothing.
I don't want to spoiler because it's unfair for anyone who hasn't seen the second season yet, but in my opinion there would have been many other ways, better ways to let it end.
The biggest bother for me were the repeating scenes (for example scenes with Anna
or Reisi in it) and the OST's from season one, those aspects, and also the lame animated fight scenes ruined the enjoyment for me.
Not even the beautiful art, drawing style, animation were able to make it better.
Most of the fans who supported K waited for this sequel three years, expected a badass and amazing comeback but it was way too predictable. The first season gave high expectations and it also made a path for a very entertaining second season but the plans and actions in RoK were knitted too easy, not a bit thoughtful, there wasn't a bit of mechanic in it.
It's just a 7/10 for me because I know that GoRa usually could've make it better.
My K: Return of Kings review, No Blood, No Bone, No Ash!!!!
Ratings: Story: Good 7.
Art: Fair 6.
Sound: Good 7.
Character: Mediocre 5.
Enjoyment: Good 7.
Overall: Very Good 8.
Ok, so I guess it is safe to say that this series has now been put to an end by authors GoRA ( whoever she/he is) and Furuhashi Hedeyuki, and quite frnakly it has been a good sequel, considering all the flare that this anime has. so:
Well, IMO it deserves a "Good" score since the plot really did played out well, since the story is about Kings who engages each other like a gang. So, the 1st
season is all about them Reds called HOMRA , whom were portrayed as bad guys, here, as the title said..... despite of the wrong grammar (since the one who truly returned is Shiro ) the first king has returned to make things right, because of the chaos being cause by them greens better known as JUNGLE (Welcome to the JUNGLE) , just as the first king returns, he has to set things right by destroying the cause of the kings squabbles in the first place and 'Yes" it was the slates, and this sequel basically gives this series whether in the anime or the manga (Btw I'm yet to go over with ) a good ending.
Ok, so far when it comes to art, IMAO, this anime still has to rely on the fanservice,between Neko and Seri, though, I kinda hate the flashy fashion of Shiro , Anna, Kuro, SCEPTER 4 guys and them JUNGLE big shot, what kept me from givinh this category a lower score was because of Neko and Seri's fanserves and the simplicity of them HOMRA's casual attire. BTW Both Shiro and Kuro look like a couple of pimps and Neko and Seri look like a couple of whores.
The score was for the background theme being played during the action scene, of cousre I also like the seiyu who did Seri's voice, but for Anna to be voice by Yui Horie was just too unfitting since Yui Horie is already in her 30's to even be voicing Anna, it should have done by Bridcutt, Sarah Emi, since she has that childish voice.
Since this is a sequel, it wouldn't be fair to make any additional discussion about them, since they're the same ones from the previous season and the OVA before this was aired, so the ones to be discuss here are them JUNGLE guys, now here's the thing, IMO they're just the quintessential antagonist, and it's nice that only the Grey king and the head Jungle king has to die, and that's that.
Well, I thought that this is gonna be another good versus bad thingy, but with some fanservice and the sequel having a good plot it was all "Good to say the least, especially when we're made to think that somebody from the Blues have turned its coat only for us to discover that it was all the big man's idea, also the ending was nice since it was a happy ending when we see Shirio becoming a grown up Wisemann.
It was a very good ending to the sequel, so season 3????? Maybe, but I'm not counting on it, cu'a it may violate as to how things have ended already.
This was a great anime. I say that but of course there is still room to improve. Such as an improvement on the storyline so that those who couldn't keep up with it can understand it. But mostly that's down to the reviewers who didn't fully understand the story because after watching it myself it all made sense.
The main reason i recommend watching it is the artwork and lovable characters. Have you ever wondered what would happen if you turned beautiful anime fan art into a animation? Well the K series is the answer. K return of kings just shows off with its stunning lighting
and beautiful supernatural chaos without a harem or douchebag main character to go along.
The characters are also loveable with Shiro being the funniest, kindest and friendliest MC I can think off of the top of my head. Neko and Kurou are also great characters along with Fushimi and Mikoto. All of them could make you cry or laugh at the drop of a hat.
I extremely recommend this anime even if it has room to improve you will have a great time watching it. I may be an optimistic reviewer but I guarantee you will enjoy this anime and the other ones in the series.
(You should definetely watch the previous series to catch up on the story, both are equally beautiful and you should e fine tell check them out.)
Well, this is my first review so I decided to write about the second season of this fantastic anime that is K Project.
To start, I am going to talk about the story. I think that the way that the story is developed is much better than in the first season, being more complex and introducing us differents new characters. It keeps you waiting for more everytime you end an episode and you are always asking yourself what's going to happen next. About the end of the anime, I feel like they could had finished it in a better way, but they explain everything very well
and they close the story succesfully.
To continue, I need to admit that the art is one of the things that first caught my attention about K. The charachters are beautiful, the backgrounds are incredibles and the fight scenes are amazing. How all the colors mix and suits well, and how the apparence of the characters actually says a lot about them is just fantastic.
The soundtrack, in the other hand, is awsome too. The music fits so well with the atmosphere of each scene and the seiyuus did an amazing work, especially Jun Fukuyama (Misaki Yata), Mamoru Miyano (Saruhiko Fushimi) and Horie Yui (Anna Kushina), whom also sings the opening theme.
And I can't talk about the character's development without mentioning my two favourite characters: Misaki Yata and Saruhiko Fushimi. Everyone who watched the first season knows about their hate relationship and a little bit abour their pasts. But on this season you will see them as you never did before. They change and grown up a lot, and that are the only things I can say without making any spoiler. But if you like this two, you are going to love this season very much. Anna Kushina is other character that had a fantastic development and make you say "WOW" at the end.
To sum up, I think that people are going to enjoy this second season very much (if you enjoyed de first one and the movie, of course), I would say even much than the first one. I already watch it a dozen times and I didn't get bored, speacilly because you always find things that you didn't notice before.
I have a lot of favourite characters in this anime and I'm going to never forget about how this incredible season made me feel.
Hope you find this review helpful and sorry for the mistakes (I'm a spanish native speaker).
Despite having few releases overall, GoHands has produced a few successful series, one of which is the K, or K project series. I first discovered K back in 2013 a year after its release, without any expectation of what I was in for. At the time I was already a fan of one of GoHands’ other releases, Seitokai Yakuindomo, but even without watching K, it was clear that the two releases were of completely different genres.
I immediately became a fan upon watching the first season. So when I discovered that not only was there a movie release one year later, but also a sequel
season on the way, I was ecstatic. Because K is an original work, I was a bit anxious for this season and whether or not it would be a good release, but I had good faith that it would follow. That faith was well placed, because K: Return of Kings certainly did meet my expectations and more.
While no anime will ever have a 100% hit rate with the community, that K is an amazing series is certainly not a pervasive opinion. Strangely enough it seems opinions are often cleaved, with part the community singing its praises, and part convinced it is beautiful icing masking a mediocre cake. I don’t think the series is as good or bad as either would have you believe, but it’s important to note the objectivity. Everyone forms bias in anything they watch. K is somewhat of a controversial anime to review, so it is important that I had established my bias here. Those who enjoy an anime will tend to overlook objective flaws, while those who do not enjoy a series may be overly critical and jaded. Therefore, I think it is good to keep an open mind while reading or writing reviews. As evidence that my view is somewhat grounded, I will begin by listing the flaws of K.
Any scenes and lines that are forced is conducive to flaws in writing. We have all heard the phrase “Show, don’t tell.” While the meaning changes slightly with context, the phrase still holds heavy weight here. In an anime that is plentiful in exposition, it is crucial to balance and execute lines presented by the characters. One of the biggest issues I had with the series were moments when exposition was flat and overbearing, and other moments when it was lacking. These are common flaws, albeit ones that are difficult to work around at times. Not to be misconceived that exposition is bad; it is important for the viewer to understand what is going on, but exposition must be presented cleverly, which K does not always do. In a similar vein, K has issues with pointless and awkward dialogue. K can be a very posed anime, which is a double edged sword. Cool characters saying cool lines while in cool poses is the name of the game, and while they greatly adds to the identity of the anime, scenes like these were sometimes un-tasteful. Lines like “Your opponent is me!” or “It is my duty.” felt like they were cliches pulled from popular shonen anime, which did not quite fit the classy and cool aura. Iwafune in particular was irritating at times; it felt like he had many more lines than necessary to telegraph that he was a “laid back old man” stock character.
Another point that must be addressed is pacing. This is more subjective, and may be perceived as a flaw to some, not others. K moves at a relatively slow place. There are many blocks of dialogue, and exchanges between characters may often seem long and unfruitful. The direction is also paced more slowly. Camera shots are wide and slow, intent on giving the viewer time to absorb the visual and audio. For some this may be a deal breaker, resulting in a boring and drawn out experience, especially considering there is a fair amount of action in this anime. The contrast may be jarring, and it seems like nothing progresses during these scenes. My personal opinion is that contrast allows the viewer time to catch his breath, but more importantly time to understand the relationship between characters on screen. I will elaborate on this in the next section.
One of the biggest complaints I see about the K series is its lack of a coherent story, that pretty animation and a nice soundtrack cannot cover such flaws. I do agree that animation and soundtrack are rarely as important as core elements such as plot or characters, but I do not think this is a justified argument. The opinion that the story is sloppily written is a misconception, and what is most likely causing the cleave in opinion towards this anime. Starting with the basics of storytelling, it is difficult to establish a protagonist in Return of Kings. In the beginning of the first season, the story was clearly centered around Shiro, but the story quickly evolves into something much greater than himself. Return of Kings still lists Shiro as the main, but Shiro is not nearly as pivotal or involved as in the first season. There does not seem to be a clear protagonist here. The way K is written leads to a development of a large percentage of it’s characters instead of focusing on one. This is a difficult line to tread, since having an obvious protagonist is often what anchors viewers in a series so that they may have someone to follow or relate to. This worked in the first season, because Shiro’s crisis was an opportunity for him to lead us into the world of kings as he uncovered the truth to his identity. It was a smooth and ingenious way for us to learn about a world in which history had taken a different route, one in which there existed kings. The first season was just that: an introduction. As we transition into the current season, we already understand the meta of kings and how they function in society. If Shiro’s main purpose as the protagonist of season one was to introduce us to this world, there is no reason in particular for him to be the main focus of the current season. The events that occur caused by the antagonist organization JUNGLE involve all three kings, silver, red, and blue, and their respective groups. You could argue that the kings themselves are the mains in the story, but this isn’t necessarily true either. Yata’s development and impact as a character hold arguably as much weight as Anna, despite him being third in command at HOMRA, and her being the red king. Each character holds his own importance in his role and relationships with others, which is what makes K unique in it’s character presentation. This brings me to the next point.
The biggest driving factor of K, and the reason why it holds as an objectively good anime despite its unconventional composition, is the underlying core concepts and ideas that the anime explores. Every anime has some level of purpose to it. For the common single protagonist, linear plot presentation, the purpose is to tell the story of a character on an adventure. Understanding the purpose of an anime is crucial to interpret its message. In this case, it is quickly clear that the purpose of K is not to tell the story of a single character. K is about kings. This may seem obvious, as kings are a central focus in the anime, and the title itself, “K,” is a clear allusion to the term “king”. The ultimate purpose is slightly different: To explore the concept of influence and relationships of a king. There are many anime with similar premises of a select few powerful characters that often fight or clash. K takes this idea to the next level by exploring how different people with different ideals implement their given power in order to shape the world in a way they see fit. This is most obviously exemplified in the character foil pair of the red and blue kings. The third king’s ideal was to create a clan that would support each other like a family, built on values such as honor and trust. The fourth king’s ideal, on the other hand, was to use his clan to maintain justice and order in the world, much like a police force. It is inevitable that these two forces would clash often, as their respective priorities are at odds with each other. The result is a world much different from the one we know, a world in which power sets those apart from others. More than conflict between men with supernatural abilities, the theme is one of diplomacy and politics, pressure leading to conflict. The power they possess gives them freedom to change the world and the lives of others, but it also binds them. Towards the end of his life, Suou allowed himself to be captured by Munakata because he was not confident in his ability to keep his powers under control anymore. Suou may no longer live freely. The only way he may relax is when under the supervision of another king. The power of the kings also affects relationships far beyond the kings themselves. The different philosophies of each clan is also reflected in the relationships between clansmen and their king, and between clans as well. Fushimi is a well developed character that greatly contributes to this end. Yata constantly refers to Fushimi as a traitor, and they often fight throughout the series. However, when the cards are on the table, Fushimi does not fail to help his old comrade. Even so he never seeks thanks, and never skips an opportunity to criticize or provoke Yata. The result is a character with unique relationship with HOMRA, in that he always remains faithful, yet feels like he does not belong with them. Another prime example is Kusanagi, second in command of the red clan, and his relationship with Awashima, second in command of the blue clan. In addition to serving conflicting groups, they are clear character foils. Despite all of this, it is heavily implied that their personal relationship is a positive one, and that they have some sort of history together. These are just two of the more clear examples presented in the anime, showing that overall, the conceptual execution of how the power of a king affects the personal and political relationships of those around it was very thorough. This is all further aided by the direction, which in previous mention, allows us time to comprehend dialogue and understand the subtext of every interaction between characters.
Now that I have covered the bulk of my analysis, I will briefly comment on the more superficial aspects; the animation and the musical score. To reiterate what was commonly said about the K series, pretty animation and good music does not a solid anime make. I have already established that I don’t believe the fundamentals underlying the anime are as flawed as some are led to believe. Then I may state how the animation and music ties in as an auxiliary force. K is one of the few anime for which I am completely in love with the animation and music. It is true that K’s animation and music standalone are already noteworthy, but I believe they go above and beyond because they complement the essence of the series and establish aura effectively. The subtle yet vibrant hues and delicate lines work in perfect harmony with the unique piano based soundtrack. This all augments both the characters’ design and acting, which can be summed up in a word: cool. Even after deeper analysis, it is undeniable that K wanted to establish a certain theme of cool male characters with supernatural powers, to which it certainly succeeded. Although it is arguably superficial, establishing aura in an anime can be very difficult, as it requires synchronization between animation and musical style, voice acting, and even plot. For K to have established such a unique and strong aura as an original series was an incredible creative feat, one to which I will certainly not overlook or downplay.
The K series has garnered opinions black and white throughout the anime community, with some claiming it is the greatest thing to happen to modern anime, and others passing it off as superficial with flawed fundamentals. Although I greatly enjoyed this series, I don’t believe K rests on either end of the spectrum objectively. While it is true that some fundamentals such as dialogue are not as good as they could be, K looks at a common scenario in depth with an original perspective, which ultimately holds great value in the world of anime. I rate this anime highly because I believe it’s contributions outweigh its flaws.
I firmly believe that you do not need a reason to like an anime. Conversely, if you did not like this anime, there is nothing I can do about that, and I have no reason to deny your opinions, but I hope that with this review I can open a new perspective to both those who enjoyed, and did not enjoy the K series.
So this season of K does most of the things that the previous season did. I loved the previous season of K. So why didn't I like this season nearly as much??
Well there are 3 reasons:
1) The HUGE addition to Fan-Service. The first season had it and it was enjoyable. it added to the atmosphere and made some moments quite humorous. However, in Return of Kings, you can be in the middle of watching the most intense fight scene ever and suddenly you have breasts jiggling in your face. I'm talk about Dead or Alive Extreme Beach Volleyball level of jiggle physics
2) The animators tried
too hard. Like, the first season was perfectly fine and I still praise its animation. However, there were lots of moments in this season where things felt disjointed and forced animation-wise.
3) Nothing really happens. Sure you have a major conflict and the opening sequence is a joy to watch, but for a majority of the season, it's just...boring. The end really redeemed it, but still, the show didn't provide as well as it could have.
That being said, the season was still K. Beautiful style, great music, fun characters, cool concept. It just was not executed nearly as well as with the first season. In my honest opinion, Return of Kings in one word is unnecessary. They really should have just ended the show at the last episode of season one and been done with it. Season two, while still enjoyable to anyone who watched the first season, is a slight let down. However, I still very much enjoy this show and recommend you watch it if you have seen the first season. You have nothing to lose
first things first, if you don't want to read the rest of this review, and if you thought S1 had an awful plot, I suggest you give S2 another shot because I really found it a ton better than before. In every aspect.
A rare gem- even more surprising considering how awful season one of K was. I'll be the first to admit that I didn't enjoy the first season one one whit despite the brilliant animation because of how awfully vague the storyline was. I went into S2 expecting something similar, and despite being lured in yet again by the animation quality, I was fully
prepared to drop the series midway through, and pleasantly surprised to find myself sticking it out to the end- and enjoying it, even.
first, to state the obvious, the animation was superb- a lot of k's budget goes toward it, I think, so naturally it was top-notch. The art has always been awfully, almost trademark-pretty as well. I'm minorly ashamed to note that I can't remember if the bgm is identical to that of s1 (which shows how little an impression it had on me...) but anyways here it was used superbly and had a major effect on me. A++.
the thing that put a lot of people off after the first season (myself included) was the sloppy plot- there were plot holes the size of texas and a lot of things went unexplained. At the end of S1 all I was still ????. In this season while some of those loopholes still exist (we still know next to nothing about adolf's past, for example), major ones have been patched up and they explain things A LOT MORE making it possible to easily follow the story's core plotline. We've got character development from a lot of characters from s1- Munekata, his lieutenant, Anna- and especially lovely to see was the development in Yata and Fushim's friendship. While the villains remained mostly predictable and cliche, it was still heartwarming to see their relations with each other (which parallel Shiro's little family unit somewhat), revel in their tragic backstories, and (spoiler!) Nagare's revelation at the very end tied everything up very neatly, leaving no doubt as to what the story's underlying message was. While Munekata being spared death and Shiro's return to his original body was somewhat anticlimatic, I'm kind of a sucker for happy endings and am pleased that generally all's well that ends well!
I don't think there will be a season 3 of k considering the events of this season which kind of eradicates.. the premise.. of the whole show (now that's a bomb I'm refusing to drop; you'll have to watch to find out for yourself), but season 2 really redeemed the entire K franchise from the train wreck of S1 (I didn't watch the movie) in my opinion, and I really do believe this makes K the dark horse that emerged one of the winners of the season, and wholeheartedly recommend it.
Personally, I really enjoyed this series. Here are the following reasons why.
First, the second season of this series enlightens on the backstory and for so long of a mysterious plot that seemed to not be all that visible in the first season. The second season especially shows that the first season was never meant to be a standalone.
Second, with each passing episode, most especially during the events of episode 5, in the second season more clarity to the events that transpired over in the first season is shined upon and made me appreciate the first season even more because with that new information unveiled, I
am able to make more sense of the plot and mystery that once overshadowed the entire series.
Third, that "shadowyness" (made up word :P) and mysterious plot and motivation was a driving force for me to continue watching the series and sate my curiosity in reaching the climatic ending.
In my conclusion, the SOUNDTRACK WAS AMAZING! In all seriousness, give the series a chance. Even if the story may seem vague and the characters somewhat flat, the soundtrack is just perfect mesmerizing music to your ears. :D