L-R: Kamamoto; Anna; Kusanagi; Mikoto; Totsuka; Yata; Bandou
Following up from part 1 of my review of K Project…
Characters: 10/10. My favorite characters are the members of HOMRA but if I have to be specific which I will, I have to say I LOVE Kuroh, Mikoto, Totsuka, Yata, Kusanagi, Anna, Shiro and Neko. Why I love Kuroh: his love and respect for his master/adopted father Ichigen-sama reminds me of Misao + Aoshi (from Ruroken) and Kondou + Souji’s (from Hakuouki) relationship. Other reasons why I love Kuroh: he’s much more mature than his age which is why he makes so much sense and is so responsible; he’s a wonderful homemaker (check out those meals he made for Shiro); he looks like the younger version of Hijikata from Hakuouki; his shoes; his clothes; his embarrassed look when he sees Neko’s ‘indecency’; his principles.
Mikoto. Who woulda thought that I would adore Mikoto? His personality is one of a kind. He is portrayed as bored and indifferent and you might think, what a dull character but your assessment is incorrect because if you read the novel and manga, you’ll see why he is the way he is. Also, he’s got quite a few more lines in the manga and novel, and his better side really shines through. You can tell by the way he treats Anna that both of them have a beautiful relationship. Other reasons why Mikoto is awesome: he.is.so.badass; that shock of red hair; the way he secretly wants to be bffs with Munakata.
Totsuka. Everyone loves an easygoing guy with a good general disposition. In K Project, Totsuka is everyone’s friend. He’s unkind to no one, is passionately curious and has a way of making everyone feel better about tight situations or bad days. He has known Kusanagi and Mikoto since their school days and Mikoto is affectionately nicknamed King by him. His story is beautiful and sad and [spoiler ahead] I wish they didn’t kill him off.
Yata is quick-tempered but loyal, impatient but sweet, and always ready to engage in a fight with Fushimi. Kusanagi who is best friends with Mikoto and Totsuka is another favorite of mine. An interesting man with a Kyoto dialect who is cultured, knowledgeable and generally good-natured unless someone messes with his beloved Bar Homra. Anna, the only girl and youngest member of Homra and a Strain, has a personality similar to Mikoto’s which is why both of them get along so well. You can read the story of how she joined them in the novel K: Red Side.
Oh, then there’s Shiro, the main character of K, who is one of the softest and most easygoing guys I’ve ever seen in an anime. His personality may seem similar to Totsuka’s but there are differences here and there so I wouldn’t say that they’re the same. I love Shiro’s parasol, his cute hairstyle and the way he rolls up his pants. Neko is adorable. I’m not a cat person but I think Neko in cat form is so freaking cute.
While I’m not too fond of the Blue Clansmen, I do find Munakata interesting and Akiyama adorable. Who’s your favorite character?!
I don’t think K Project has been labeled as an anime with bishie* characters but to me, they’re all bishies! <3
Sound: 10/10. Brilliant. Just absolutely brilliant. On par with Rurouni Kenshin’s soundtracks. They even included some rapping that suits Homra’s ‘gang’ theme perfectly. I’m just sad that they’re slowly taking down the songs off Youtube. Why?! Why do you do this? Sure, Youtube, deprive people of what good music actually sounds like.
The instrumental music is perfectly composed and the character image songs could not fit the characters better. I don’t know how accurate the Japanese to English lyrics translations are but if they are accurate then I applaud the lyric artists. Each character’s personality is reflected in the song and if character depth is your thing like it is mine, you’ll definitely want to look up the lyrics. My favorite character songs: Circle of Friends by Kaji Yuuki, Wild Crow by Fukuyama Jun and Tale of the Black Dog by Daisuke Ono.
I’ve grown to love the opening theme – Kings by Angela – even though in the beginning I used to skip it. I thought it was a bit too loud and rocker-ish but now I actually enjoy it. The ending theme is not really my cup of tea so I can’t say much about it.
And here’s the thing: the music is so good that we even listen to Fushimi’s song even though he is our least favorite character. He’s hateful, his voice is annoying and he should have way less screen time but his character song is not that bad. If I could, I would review the music but I don’t think I would do it justice since my knowledge of music and tempo and whatnot is kinda limited, haha.
Moving on to the voice acting. You want me to mention a few of the voice actors? Sure, why not? Daisuke Ono as Kuroh – amazing. You may know him as Erwin Smith from Shingeki No Kyojin, Sato from Working! or Shizuo from Durarara!. Fukuyama Jun as Yata – amazing. Omgah, I love Fukuyama Jun *_* You may know him as Takishima Kei from Special A, Lawrence from Spice and Wolf or Kimihiro from xxxHolic. Kaji Yuuki as Totsuka – amazing. Also Eren Jaeger from Attack on Titan or Alibaba from Magi.
Tsuda Kenjirou as Mikoto. We only know him as Kazama from Hakuouki. We really didn’t like him as Kazama and kind of booed the idea of him voicing one of the characters in K Project but after watching K, we humbly retract our misjudgment. His voice suits Mikoto’s indifference better than the ‘romantic villain’ in Hakuouki. Who knows, we might stumble upon another character in another show voiced by Tsuda-san and like it?
L-R: Kuroh; Shiro; Neko
Art: 10/10. Have you even seen their artbook? Ridiculously detailed and the imagination is first class. What I like about their official art is that it’s similar to the anime art, unlike Hakuouki’s official art. I wonder how much time the creators put into creating the bridge and high school island. Okay, what about Bar Homra’s design?! You can’t get better than that. Rhetoric statement so please don’t go listing down every other show with gorgeous art.
The clothes suit each character and everyone has a unique hairstyle (except maybe for Munakata and Fushimi’s similar hairstyle). Check Mikoto’s hair out, y’all. And look at Kuroh with all that long black hair like Hijikata. Um, yeah, that’s swagger right there.
Overall: 9.5/10. Would it be cheesy of me to put 9.8/10? Probably, so yeah we’ll leave it at 9.5. I would definitely watch K Project again and it is now one of my favorite animes yet. It’s not an airy show with little gist or a ridiculous plot. I think what makes this show a winner for me is that it’s character-driven rather than plot-driven. I am constantly fascinated by people and their personalities and if you’re like that too, I’m quite sure you’ll enjoy K Project.
Bonus: Please watch the radio dramas after you’re done with the anime. They are hilarious and give you more insight into each character’s life. My favorite is Stuck featuring Fushimi, Anna and Mikoto. I’ve watched it 5 times now.
Personally, I loved the manga and the novel and I am so glad I read both. To fully appreciate K and its blend of characters, you should read the manga and novel. I didn’t read the Blue Clan’s story but maybe I will. Yes, I read the translated versions. If the translators of the novel are reading this, you should know that I appreciate your hard work and amazing effort to share K’s story with the rest of us who can’t read Japanese. Also, if I’m not asking for too much, would someone please send me the link of the K Project seiyuu event on May 26 this year?! With subtitles, thank you!
Oh, there’s supposedly a movie sequel coming out next year [cue freak-out moment and squeals of joy]! PLEASE let it be true and please bring all the characters back (if you read the spoiler above, you’ll know who I mean). I would love to say that I expect it to be kickass but you know how sequels can disappoint so let’s just leave it at this.
Anyway, I think I’ve written enough. Okay, I don’t think I have but I don’t want to bore you to tears with all my anime-lovin’. I hope my review is thorough enough. Let me know what you think of K Project in the comments. If you agree that K Project is awesome, tell me which part of my post you agree with most. If you think it sucks, why? If you’ve never watched, just look at the pictures and pick one character you think you would like and let me know. That would be interesting, right?
Thanks for reading!
*Bishie is short for bishoujo (good-looking women) or bishounen (good-looking men).