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K Episode #01 – 13 Anime Review

K represents everything wrong with contemporary anime. A fairly new studio, looking for a hit, decides to hire a group of light novel writers to come together and create a universally appealing property by committee. To this end, they create a self-consciously cool abomination containing almost every overused cliche and generic trope from the last 20 years of anime. Then they finish it off with shameless pandering to both male and female fans and some shiny Photoshop filters that leave everything with a cool blue hue. It’s also one the most fun anime series I had the pleasure of enjoying in 2012. In a way, this makes the show’s logo, two Ks, in black and white, facing each other as in a reflection, utterly fitting. Reaction to the show is divisive. Many dropped the series after the first episode’s onslaught of pretentiousness, nonsensical fantasy elements, and terrible English. Others of us stuck through to the end and are gleefully awaiting the second season. READ MORE...

K Episode #05 Anime Review

With the initial part of the series all about the confusion with Shiro being involved in a murder that he claims he didn’t commit, we’ve had the basics with him trying to prove himself. With Kuro in tow as he wants to make sure the truth is revealed, he’s pretty pleased now having been able to provide some proof that his story holds up. But that discovery that he made, the bloody shirt in his closet, has left him uncertain about himself now. It’s provided the nice wrinkle that makes you wonder more what the truth is, but there’s still also all that time that’s being spent in trying to piece together the way this world works. READ MORE...

K Episode #04 Anime Review

With the first three episodes of the series behind us, we’ve gotten a little bit of an insight into what it is exactly that’s going on. Or at least the tip of the iceberg is what it feels like. Discovering that Shiro was believed to the be the one responsible for the death of Tatara, it explains why people have been chasing him and trying to kill him. Now he’s in the difficult position of trying to make it clear with proof that he’s not the one that they’re after. Things aren’t pointing at him completely, but it’s leaning that way much more than anything else. So now he’s been given some time to try and clear his name, but there’s definitely a lot of pressure since Kuro is making plenty of threats that he’ll kill him if he can’t prove it. And soon. READ MORE...

K Episode #03 Anime Review

While K has been visually appealing over the first two episodes, both in the designs and how its presented with camera shots and flow, it’s been very underwhelming when it comes to story. There’s been bits here and there in the lead-up to the series release that it would take a good six episodes or so for things to start coming into shape and there’s something to admire about shows like that in that they want to trust in an audience that will stick with it and try to suss out the real story. Unfortunately, K hasn’t provided much to really latch onto as the characters are still mostly blank slates and the story is just a series of events happening that don’t feel like they’re really tied together. READ MORE...

K Episode #02 Anime Review

With an opening episode that threw a lot of things at the viewer but without much in the way of cohesion, what sold K at the start here was the beautiful visuals. There’s a certain sense of intrigue that came from it, both in the animation, camera angle choices as well as the character designs but that’s not enough to make a show most times, especially one like this where it wants to bring a lot of things into it with the story. The opening episode definitely hooked me interest when it came to the approach but it didn’t win me over with the characters or give much clue about what the real story will be. READ MORE...

K Episode #01 Anime Review

Part of a dual approach as a new manga series launched in May of this year, K (one of the worst named shows ever to try and search for) is written by GoRA and animated by GoRAxGoHands. The shojo based manga that has come ou tbefore certainly has set a tone in Aria as illustrated by Yui Kuroe and the anime itself definitely wants to set a particular atmosphere and design to it. With thirteen episodes set for the season, it has enough room to maneuver easily and it’s not something that you can plot out completely, if only because of the lack of a long, ongoing manga. And this is a plus as we know what we get here should be fairly complete, even if it does leave things open ended in some ways. READ MORE...