Story: (50/100) As you can guess from the title, I was expecting [K] to be the best anime this season for sure, but I just can't agree with my old self after seeing the whole series. Before you go off on me attempting to prove how my review is crap, just read the whole post first and then post your response. Just about everything this series has was perfect except for the essential and most important piece which was the story or more importantly, how the story proceeded from episode 1 to 13. I loved just about everything about this show including the animation, the music, the fight scenes, each and every character, but there were just too many sidestories to keep me entirely interested. The plot was to prove that Yashiro's was innocent of murdering Totsuka and to stop the Colorless King from causing chaos amongst the other Kings. The only real problem with this series was that there was more time spent on side stories than solving Yashiro's case. There were just pieces in each episode that were entirely unneeded and having unneeded material for a show that's only 13 episodes long can really ruin it. The time spent on these side stories could of probably shaved two or three episodes off of the entire series. Even the part of the series that is actually sticking to the plot is somewhat confusing and doesn't really come toegther until the last two or three episodes. All in all, [K]'s story is a jumbled heap of madness but a visually entertaining heap of maddness.
Animation: (92/100) As stated, GoHands pulls out all the stops when it comes to animation and their art work is just as great if not better than Production I.G and Kyoto Animation. Fluid mvements, shading, camera angles and definitely the lighting are all on point and they look amazing during fight scenes. The best scene in [K] for one to really appreciate GoHands' animation skills is Misaki's skateboarding scene where he is chasing Yashiro. Beautiful!
Music & Sound: (92/100) Mikio Endo, my second favorite composer (second to Hiroyuki Sawano) does an amazing job. [K]'s sundtrack is two CDs and the music is a combination of hip-hop, jazz and a couple of electric synths that create an amazing and unforgettable soundtrack. The character songs match their respective character perfectly and I sugest you go out and buy the OSTs yourself and if not, they're already on Youtube anyway.
Characters: (78/100) The back story behind some of the characters of this show were never explained at all for some reason. For example, the relationship between Reisi and Mikoto as it seems they have a pretty deep history with one-another, another being Anna who is a COMPLETE mystery and how, when and why did Fushimi abandon Homura to become a member of SCEPTER4? Never managed to find an answer to these things and those side stories could of been used to explain these relationships. The rest of the cast however are a pretty unique bunch, each having there own puporse and these puporses end up causing them to cross each other's path. Needless to say, I couldn't imagine [K] without the cast it has. If any of the members from the main and secondary cast were gone, this series would certainly be different in some way, shape or form.
Overall Entertainment: (78/100) Now I'm not attempting to say that this show is crap or anything like that, its pretty far from being crap and I recommend anyone looking for a good action anime to go see [K]. What I'm simply saying is that overall this show didn't really meet the expectations of what was given from the PVs and the massive amount of promotional advertisement shelved out for [K] seems to have went to it's music and animation production. Don't expect a strong and mesmerizing story though.
The anime is only 12 eps long, but even though it's so short, it was done pretty good. This anime got me from the first minute and I really enjoyed watching it. In these 12 episodes, it has a story developement equal to a 100-something anime with plot twists at the right places, illustrated in beatiful visuals and perfect music (I love the opening!). The characters are great too. A few minus points for the story, because some kings and their clans weren't introduced at all and then there's this open end, which leaves everything else to our imagination... I really hope that they make a second season.
Okay, so k Project. . . was pretty good. I look at the length of anime, and often times 12 episodes is not enough to get much done. However K Project was suprisingly good. It covered a full story with plenty of twists for a 12 episode series. The only reason I didnt give this a 10 was because there was a lot of lore that they didnt cover ( 3 whole clans werent included). However they are making a movie called " the lost kings" so hopefull that will cover everything that was not in the series.
I was skeptical about it at first, the first 3 episodes left you with nothing but questions. However it started picking up very quickly. Suddenly things are getting crazy and little bits of information are being let out until. . . bam the tip top of the climax. Truly great story.
Story: Fantastic, gave it a 10 because it earned it. Especially for a 12 episode series it was well done with good pacing.
Animation: Great, I only wish I had watched in better res, but I supposed I should buy the anime to do that. It was worth watching so I will probably buy it after I buy a bunch of others on the chopping block :P
Sound: Sometimes the music did not match the scene. For example combaty music seemed too mellow at times.
Characters: Great characters, especially with the voice actors that were chosen to play the roles. I have yet to see an anime that can build a characters profile in less then about 15 minutes and then make you want to cry when he bites it big. Seriously
Overall: please go watch this one. If you are looking for something nice to watch right now that isnt too long but is pretty satisfying then this one is for you.
This anime oozed style and elegance. If you're looking for a visual enticing series, this is a good one. Great character design, beautiful scenes and pacing. The opening scene in the first episode hooks you right away and the music blends seemlessly with the visual atmosphere while not being distracting or overpowering. Many of the themes had that Yoko Kanno esque feel to them.
Unfortunately, I wish I could continue my praise to the series but the story left you wanting. Don't get me wrong, I was entertained and intrigued throughout but this would have done better as a 26 episode anime with a more fully-fleshed out plot. Instead it felt rushed and you only really got to scratch the surface of what seemed like compelling and deep characters.
Well compelling aside from Neko, I found her to be obnoxious and a tad uneccessary. She's kind of a mary-sue with an unexplained wealth of power that allows her to neatly tidy plot holes or cause conflict where none was needed. Her crashing the helicopter was like the hyjinx of a road runner cartoon.
Its certainly not for those who require all loose strings tied up but overall, I really did enjoy the series and just wish it had been allowed to decant properly. It has a lovely, artistic quality and the captivating characters and casual air give it a cool, abstract vibe I haven't seen much of since of Cowboy Bebop.
Well, having just finished K i thought that i would write this review while it was still fresh in my mind. It was a great experience but it did have a few flaws that were evident as you continued to watch it.
The story was pretty interesting and I think that it would make an interesting universe, however, we are talking specifically about the anime here and not about the K universe. The story did have a few gems in it but it was riddled with inconsistancies and I feel that it didnt cover as much as I would have expected it to cover which leaves you wanting more.
The animation is a-maze-ing! The fight scenes are well executed the character designs are great and not to mention the beautifully crafted landscapes. The powers that the characters use are coloured according to the clan that they belong to which makes for a great differential between the different factions, they also make for a badass display of SUPERPOWERS!!
The OP and ED didnt really strike me as anything special at first but as you watch on you learn to appreciate these things as they suit the anime very well. You feel that as the story developes the OP kind of accounts for it. The anime is accompanied by great compositions that add a different feel to each situation, the fight scenes especially.
Now the characters fell short in my opinion, they lacked a certain glow. There was evidence of development as well but from an anime like this, a lot more could have been done. I thought that a character like Neko wasnt needed and was just there for some form of fanservice. All in all the characters werent amazing but they werent all that bad, they have some fun moments which would probably induce a giggle or two.
I did like this anime but i do question its rewatch value, however, I would recommend it to anyone looking for something light-hearted and comedic but serious at the same time. Plus, the visuals really draw you in.