The whole production is done solely by studio Go Hands, which has good budgets to produce wonders. They did a good job with Mardock Scramble, which was otherwise a weaker and more fan servishy Ghost in the Shell. In a similar way K seems to be a weaker and more fan servishy Durarara, which sadly means that the staff can’t create something on their own and aim to cater the fans instead of being serious about it.
Artwork and animation are superb for a tv series format, as there are a million details in each scene, while the characters move very fluently while running or fighting. There is a skater with a bat in particular that stands out for the interesting choreography of his attack pattern. There are also a lot of visual effects in the form of superpowers, which are made to look as epic as possible, with weird shapes in the energy attacks and elaborate explosions.
The music is a combination of rap, techno, and pop, it has a nice ring to it but otherwise feels unimpressive as a BGM. You are too busy looking at all the stuff that are moving around to care for some monotonic beat that is heard somewhere. Voice acting is ok in terms of execution but the dialogues are very choppy and unrealistic, like reading a comic book or a videogame. And the Engrish are horrible, lol. Hire native speakers damn you!
Story and characters… ok aside from lots of bravado and anime fetishes, there is barely any depth or characterization. You get lolis and bishonens, and naked cat girls, dressed as trendy hooligans or magical police officers, running around and blowing up stuff, the end. And yes, you also get a high school yet again with aloof girls and girly boys. The producers are trying to throw in a fetish for every possible viewer, a thing which takes away depth considerably. Also the plot was mostly unnecessary running around and blowing things up just for the sake of mindless fun. There is very little to wonder what is going on, despite the weird mystery they try to have at first. It’s just a simplistic turf war amongst crazy teenagers with superpowers, ok? They all have an area and try to expand to others. Plus they are simply color-coded like they did in Accel World, so don’t expect any more depth than that. Or to make any sense for the same reason; in the second episode someone is about to kill another guy, but then a naked girl appears, he feels embarrassed, and decides to befriend the guy he was about to kill with a sandwich he was carrying all this time. DERP!
It’s just yet another guilty pleasure title, with the difference being it has ten times the budget of your typical harem.
And now for some excused scorings.
ART SECTION: 9/10
General Artwork 2/2 (looks nice)
Character Figures 1/2 (erotic stereotypes)
Backgrounds 2/2 (very detailed)
Animation 2/2 (smooth)
Visual Effects 2/2 (lots of cool lights)
SOUND SECTION: 6/10
Voice Acting 1/3 (shallow dialogues)
Music Themes 3/4 (not great but fitting with the feeling of the series)
Sound Effects 2/3 (ok I guess)
STORY SECTION: 3/10
Premise 1/2 (simple, despite being mysterious)
Pacing 1/2 (loose)
Complexity 1/2 (not much)
Plausibility 0/2 (none)
Conclusion 0/2 (none)
CHARACTER SECTION: 4/10
Presence 1/2 (generic)
Personality 2/2 (cheesy but well founded)
Backdrop 1/2 (generic and simplistic but it’s there)
Development 0/2 (practically none)
Catharsis 0/2 (none)
VALUE SECTION: 2/10
Historical Value 0/3 (none)
Rewatchability 1/3 (low because of too little plot)
Memorability 1/4 (nice visuals but completely mediocre and forgettable)
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 1/10
Art 1/1 (looks great)
Sound 0/2 (sounds meh)
Story 0/3 (random crap)
Characters 0/4 (erotic stereotypes)