CREATED BY: Shingo Suzuki
NO. OF EPISODES: 13 Episodes
GENRE: Action, Supernatural, Urban fantasy
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 seems wrong about him, except perhaps his habit of forgetting where his schoolissued 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.
Ah K, I finally was able to finish you. This series has been on my radar for a while, mainly due to the numerous AMVs that my friends keep making and sending my way. Anyway, K is an interesting action thriller that explores a world where the division of kings is absolute and is an interpretation of modern day gang violence. There is plenty of chaos and action for the average anime fan, with colorful and well-animated fight scenes, particularly between HIMURA and SPECTRE FOUR, led by the red and blue kings respectively. Just make sure you pay attention to the first 3 or 4 episodes to get the gist of where their powers come from and some major plot details, or you will get lost.
Despite how cool K looks on the topmost layer, K is an intriguing mess. Like I mentioned above, the main story and plot is very damn confusing if you don’t focus. First off, I am actually bummed that they did not include all of the kings in the first season, as I would have liked to see all of their different duties and how they fit into the plot. Also, while I enjoyed the facets of the red and blue kings that we were able to see, I would have enjoyed knowing more about Gold and Silver as well, despite them being more of background characters this time around. Even interesting and complex characters couldn’t help a convoluted mess of a plot, just making it more complex. Bring on the complexity!
• Strong characters.
• Top shelf animation.
• Intriguing thriller.
• Substantial amount of action.
• Complex plot.
• Need to see more Kings.
• Show more variety of powers.
SCORE: 8.2 / 10
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