K will do nothing more that just disappoint you.
Don't go into this anime expecting a fulfilling experience because honestly it won't give you one.
Rating - 3
They start off strong in the first couple of episodes. Keeping you in the dark and maintaining an aura of mystery. Information was given in bite-sized pieces - enough to keep you going and understand what it was that was going on.
It hid behind the shadows of curiosity, however when the time came to step into the light - K faltered.
After that inital veil of mystery is lifted, K shows it's true self with it's bloated storyline and character
arcs - all underdeveloped and unnecessary, not to mention barely resolved. They introduce so many arcs all at once that it just leaves you confused and distracted, and when they do try to resolve it, it's either so rushed that it will just fly past you or makes no sense whatsoever. The saddest part is that there are some storylines and character arcs that seems promising.
I think the real problem is that they just didn't have enough episodes to work with, not enough to tell and develop this grand story - which is definitely a shame.
Rating - 2
Like the story, the characters are underdeveloped as well.
The series tries to be an ensemble cast, switching from one group of characters to another, which didn't really give them sufficient time to develop and flesh-out each one intricately.
Their sad attempt of character development is just giving them weird quirks, but weird quirks is not equal to character development, they just ended up seeming more outlandish and two-dimmension that they already are.
And no one is given the opportunity to show lovable traits.
I failed to be invested in the characters and in turn failed to care about their issues and problems.
Rating - 10
The only thing that K really has going for it is its art.
The visuals are gorgeous, the character design is quite attractive, the action sequences are very well animated and the color is manipulated well to reflect the mood of the scenes - too bad the sound flushed it down the toilet
and on that subject-
Rating - 1
I was first commending it for not using stock anime background music but K bit my ass and forced me to take back what I said.
I'd rather much have the the stock anime background music than what K offered. On their own they're pretty good, but the problem lies within the integration to scenes.
During an action scene where you'd expect an upbeat tune to keep you riled up and on your toes, K gives you a...ballad?
One would think that it might seem innovative and unique, offering a different experience, but no - it was completely unecessary and served no purpose.
Like I said - the action sequence is animated well, but with the ballad it came with made it seem slow and boring.
There was not enough energy with the bg music, making the whole anime more bland and hollow.
The Seiyuu's performances were forgetable and the same goes for the OP and ED (both of which had atrocious animations).
Rating - 2
Aside from the art and animation, there was nothing I really truly enjoyed with K. There wasn't enough interesting and amusing character interactions to keep me going, no interesting storyline that kept me on the edge of my seat.
I don't know what mindset you should have to enjoy K. Maybe if you have time to kill and want to appreciate some gorgeous visuals then sure - be my guest. But like I said before, there is nothing fullfilling about this anime.
Rating - 3
K was something that seemed so promising with it's interesting concept and batch of characters, but it just failed to deliver.
It's rushed, the pacing is awful, the atmosphere is nonexistent and the characters are all underdeveloped..
There is no pay-off to the build-up - which frustrated me most and the world building and principles isn't established as well as it could've been.
However I mostly blame all these to the limited ammount of episodes they had to work with. I feel that with more on their belt they could've told the story better - but what can you do this is what you get.
Here's to a chance that perhaps Return of Kings will be better.