K Anime Review: First Season and Movie

K AnimeK anime is about fight, supernatural power, friendship, and betrayal. It has a really good story and concept, but it’s kinda slow pace. The battle animation is also not as bad-ass as the action anime I expected. Yes, it contains dazzling and beautiful artwork, but the execution of the story is not as good as its graphic. I found myself yawning from time to time when I watch this anime.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t hate it because there are some aspects that I don’t like. Especially for someone like me who love beautiful artwork. I just hope this anime has good pace (not too slow) and the fight scenes are smooth and intense, considering this is a typical action and supernatural genre. I have been researching why this anime has such low rating, and I know why.

This K Anime review will include:

  • What is K anime?
  • K anime content review
  • K anime review
  • K: Missing Kings review
  • Overall

I would recommend that people who are choosing an anime excelling in artwork and soundtrack to enjoy this as this is the massive treat but I suggest that you have a bit of to no expectations at all regarding the scenario as you will find yourself seriously disappointed by it at the same time.

About K Anime


K Promotional ArtworkK or also known as Project K is an action supernatural original anime TV series produced by studio GoHands and directed by Shingo Suzuki. The anime was broadcast on MBS and other networks in Japan starting from October 5 to December 28, 2012. The sequel of anime film titled K: Missing Kings was produced by the same studio and was released on July 12, 2014. Another sequel titled K: Return of Kings which also known as K season 2 was aired between October 3 and December 6, 2015.

Several manga adaptations were published by Kodansha and Square Enix. Here’s the K manga list:

Manga Title Written; Illustrated Pubslihed by Magazine
K: Memory of Red GoRA; Yui Kuroe Kodansha Aria
K: Stray Dog Story GoRA; Yui Kuroe Kodansha good! Afternoon
K: Days of Blue GoRA; Yui Kuroe Kodansha Aria
K: The First GoRA; Kimura Rin GFantasy
Gakuen K GoRA; Suzuki Jirou GFantasy
K: Lost small world GoRA; Ookita Yoru Hatsu Kiss
K: Countdown GoRA; Yui Kuroe Kodansha Aria
K: Missing Kings Hideyuki Furuhashi; Haruto Shiota Square Enix Monthly G Fantasy
K: Dream of Green GoRA; Yui Kuroe Kodansha Aria
K: Return of Kings Hideyuki Furuhashi; Haruto Shiota Square Enix Monthly G Fantasy

The visual novel adaptation titled Gakuen K: Wonderful School Days developed by Otomate and published by Idea Factory was released on October 30, 2014 for Playstation Portable and on October 22, 2015 for Playstation Vita.

Viz Media licensed the both season of anime series and movie. The latest Blu-ray was released on March 14, 2017.

K Anime Content Review


K Anime Content ReviewThe first season and film of K anime consist of:

  • Action: 71,4%
  • Supernatural: 71,4%
  • Violence: 14,3%
  • Slice of Life: 35,7%
  • Comedy: 21,4%
  • Drama: 28,6%
  • Mild Ecchi: 21,4%

K anime much focus on action and supernatural abilities. Which means that in almost every fight, there will be a supernatural power. This is mainly because the concept where several Kings of each clan could give different powers. So, whenever you find an action scene, you will also see the supernatural powers. While the violence is pretty low despite it’s full of action. Please note that there is a difference between action and violence. If in action we can see 2 or more people fight each other, while violence is like bullying someone who can not fight at all.

Slice of Life is shown in the first 4 episodes which focus on main protagonist peaceful life in his school with his new friends, Neko and Kurou. There are some comedies here, but not too much. While the drama is shown in the last 3 episodes which center around friendship and betrayal. But there’s no romantic relationship here. The comedy itself mainly focuses on Shirou and Neko’s personality

Please note that there are also mild ecchi in this anime. In the first season, you will see Neko being naked in episode 2 and episode 7. However, it’s a mild one since usually there’s ‘something’ that could block some ‘vital’ spots in her body – but not in the form of ‘heaven-ray’ – like her hair, or other objects. While in the movie you will see some pantyshots.

Overall, K anime is slightly safe for teens or 13-older.

K Anime (First Season) Review


K AnimeSynopsis

“Kings” are persons who’ve been presented with extraordinary supernatural powers and awarded the ability to recruit people into their clans. Protecting the lives and honor of their clansmen is an important part of the Kings’ duties. After a video depicting the heinous murder of a Red Clansman spreads virally, the humble student Isana Yashiro is falsely accused of murder. Now, a manhunt is underway for his head, bringing him into contact with the notorious “Black Dog” Kurou Yatogami—an experienced swordsman and martial artist determined to follow the wishes of his late master, the Seventh King.

Meanwhile, the current Red King, Mikoto Suou, faces his own imminent demise as the search for Yashiro narrows. But during Yashiro’s struggle to prove his innocence, a larger conspiracy is unraveling behind the scenes; clouds begin to appear in his memory, and close friends start to question his real existence. What began as a simple murder is now leading towards a full-blown war involving Kings with the very fate of the world at stake.

Story

Let’s start it out with the positive opinion. Elements of fantasy supernatural, sci-fi and mystery are mixed to produce for an extremely appealing bundle. In my view, the first few episodes tend not to really describe much, but they give adequate questions unanswered for making you keep coming back for more. The scenario really picks up in the latter half and overall was purely very fascinating to watch. But, the execution is awful! Here’s the negative one! We get started the first episode with Shiro surprisingly framed for murder. From there on and out, the anime turns into a kind of cat-and-mouse scenario where he gets hunted down. But then, you can find the side episodes and oftentimes flashbacks involving other characters. I’ve got to say that this doesn’t work out right. The pace is also slow and really boring to watch.

Artwork

The art style for K is totally fantastic. GoHands really astounded me this time. The backgrounds are extremely in depth and the setting enables some wonderful shots of the city and the island. Lightning and reflection are done skillfully, even if from time to time it appeared a little too bright. I also love the character designs in K – everyone appears to be excellent and the SCEPTER4 uniforms are a well-known highlight. Furthermore, the OP and ED sequences are remarkably stylized and great to watch, meshing well with the songs picked.

However, the battle animation is really boring to watch. There’s nothing special, just like typical action genre. The fight scenes didn’t give me any vibe or interest at all.

K Artwork

Characters

This is one other drawback. K anime is really lack in character developments. They also has generic characters with the happy-go-lucky protagonist to some additional characters with egoistic speech. From episode two it’s like the characters were just too far away from the original plot, not providing a lot of a story away.

Sound

K comes with wonderful music. There are plenty of wonderful tracks and they’re used well to boost the feelings of the scenes. Some of my very own favorites are the main theme and OP song, which was also found in one of the PVs; and the ED song, performed by Neko’s seiyuu. I’m sure having the character songs play in the background for the next episode previews was a very nice touch. The seiyuu are also top notch.

Score

63/100

K: Missing King Review


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Synopsis

It has been a year since the disappearance of Shiro, the Silver King; Kurou Yatogami and Neko have been persistent in their search but to no end. Their investigation ends up in a run-in with members of the now disbanded Red Clan HOMRA — Kamamoto Rikio and Kushina Anna — being pursued by the Green Clan, who want Anna’s abilities for their own ends.

Now, the members of Scepter 4 are asked next to Kurou and Neko to be able to rescue Anna, the mascot, and only female member of the ruined Red Clan, from the enemy’s clutches and hopefully discover Shiro using the young girl’s abilities. Amongst catastrophe, the group is forced into a power struggle when the Green Clan threatens to overtake the Gold King’s domain.

Story

Almost all aspects got their own improvement in this film, including the story line. This is a sequel of the previous season, the situation where the main character Shiro is missing and the Red Clan’s Kings was dead. The story also acts as the bridge between the first and second season of the anime TV series. You can find new and real villains that bring the story to the next stage! Very exciting!

Artwork

Once again, GoHands made me speechless by providing the anime film with dazzling and beautiful artwork. The character design and background are a top notch. The light and reflection are totally beyond my expectation. The battle scenes and animation are smoother than the previous one. I can see and feel the vibe when they start to draw their swords.

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Characters

However, there’s not much improvement in the characters development. It’s still same like in the previous first season.

Sounds

I have stated it before, the K project is fantastic with sensory input. The reused of music from season 1 extremely set the nostalgia aspect in the exposition scenes. The OST was soft and harmonious, with wonderful orchestral escalations. The effects and voices are as good as the previous season.

Score

79/100

Overall (71/100)


If the season 1 is boring to watch because of the slow pace of horrible characters development and uninteresting fighting scenes, the anime film has improved so much. There’s a slice of life, drama, and action at the same time. So, this anime isn’t for someone who only goes after battle scenes. Overall, I really enjoy to watch the Missing Kings film, but not the season 1.