My undying love for K: Missing Kings

The countdown is over. We just came back from watching K: Missing Kings. It was worth the wait, the money and the cinema experience.

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Thank you so much, Mom, for agreeing to pay that ridiculous amount for the tickets and for going along with our otaku madness. Thank you for dropping us off on a weekend when the malls are the most crowded and for dropping us off even though the car had a flat tire. I honestly thought we were going to have to walk to the mall haha.

[This post is 2500+ words long so feel free to scroll past if you’re not into anime]

If you haven’t watched it, the trailer for K: Missing Kings is here:

Prepare yourself for spoilers in this post. All the spoilers right below. Do not read if you haven’t watched it. Repeat: Do NOT. It will take the fun and joy out of watching it for the first time.

Here is what I wrote in March about what I hoped would be in K: Missing Kings. Let’s see how many of my dreams came true:

1. PLEASE LET MIKOTO BE IN THE MOVIE! – Check!
2. Let Anna be the new Red King!!! – Check!
3. Morita Masakazu as the new character Mishakuji Yukari?!?! – Check!
4. Can’t wait to see what Angela brings to the table music-wise. – Check!
5. It would be nice if Yata and Kusanagi get a bigger role! – Check!
6. I hate Fushimi for obvious reasons. I do not, however, hate manga Fushimi as he seems like a slightly better person. – By that I meant I hope his role isn’t ridiculously big. Check!
7. Let there be flashbacks so that we can see young Mikoto and Totsuka! – Check!
8. Somebody needs to make Awashima and Kusanagi kiss already. – Aww, no, but they had cute scenes all-round so I’m happy.

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K: Missing Kings Official Poster (which we took pictures with!!)

And now we arrive at my thoughts on K: Missing Kings. Here we go:

The beauty of the opening scenes was just captivating. After the 25-minute long recap of the first season which I thought was unnecessary, K Missing Kings had us from the get-go. It lived up to all the hype that was built up over the past year. You know how some movies just create so much hype that when it’s actually released and people go see it and it’s disappointing and people get crushed? Yeah, that. K did not do that. I fully expected it to go either way – disappointing or pleasantly surprising. It was neither. It was beautiful.

Outside the cinema, I asked Skye, what if it sucks? And she just said, it’s okay, just believe in K. Either way I think it will be satisfying enough for us. Thinking back, it seems kind of cheesy since it’s just a show but K IS NOT JUST A SHOW. -yandere in me rears its head-

We followed Gora, Tsuda Kenjirou, Morita Masakazu, K Anime and angela’s twitter last year so we’ve been keeping up with all the updates. Especially the 100 Days of K Visuals which is a one-picture-per-day countdown. I dunno who their marketing team members are but WELL DONE. The Twitter updates were great and kept us on our toes.

I LOVE that they didn’t waste any time at the start. They just introduced the new characters and kept the ball rolling till the end. There were basically no unnecessary scenes. How is that even possible right? I thought surely there’d be some unnecessary scenes – maybe annoying Fushimi scenes or some Ashinaka Academy scenes – but there were none. If you want to know the plot, Skye is writing that so wait for her post.

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Beautiful Mishakuji Yukari and Yatogami Kuroh

Yukari. What can I say about this beauty? He was just AMAZING. Who knew that he’d be one of those narcissistic beauty boys? He reminded me of Yumichika from Bleach because of his slight(?) obsession with beauty. That beautiful hair though. Love it. Don’t you just love it when pretty boy characters can fight well? Yah, because I do. Mishakuji Yukari, you have my heart. Well, actually Mikoto does but maybe you can share hahahah.

Anna as the new Red King. I was hoping that it would be true and it was. And it was a hundred times better than I imagined. Anna, we are so proud of you. You deserve to be the new Red King. The warmth of your red. The warmth of Mikoto’s red. Your powers. All of it. You read that right. Anna is a girl – a child even – but she is NOT a queen. She is a KING. Girl power all the way.

Wow, when her sword appeared in the sky. Such a powerful moment. What I love about Anna is her determination to not be a burden to others just because she’s a kid. She wants to be able to protect the others the same way they protect her. Thinking back, her words ‘I want to protect everyone’ carry so much meaning behind them because I think she wanted to protect Mikoto but didn’t know how to.

I also love that they showed her insecurities about herself and about becoming the new Red King. She was shown to be a stony kid in the first season with not many emotions or reactions and I think people got the wrong idea about her but hopefully they’ll see in this show that she’s more human than that.

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Munakata Reisi confronts Suoh Mikoto in season 1

Munakata made fewer appearances than I thought but every scene that he was in made so much sense. Especially near the ending when the Scepter 4 members saluted Anna as a welcoming of the new Red King and Munakata stood at the end, just waiting. And when Anna went up to him… it was the most awkward yet moving scene.

Like, there’s Munakata – the man who killed Mikoto to stop Mikoto’s Sword of Damocles from falling and creating a huge crater; he didn’t want to kill Mikoto but he had no choice if he wanted to protect the city and its people; he saw Mikoto as a friend even though they had clashing personalities; he wanted to save Mikoto but couldn’t get through to him.

Then there’s Anna – she loved Mikoto so incredibly much but knew that he was reaching his limit and she also knew that Mikoto wanted Munakata to be the one to kill him and there she is, standing in front of the man who killed Mikoto. Her conflict is clear – while she cannot be grateful for Munakata killing Mikoto, she is also not angry at Munakata for fulfilling Mikoto’s wishes.

Complicated. But Anna handled it like a champ. I’m glad that the Red and Blue Clan are on friendly terms with each other now.

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Clockwise from extreme right: Kusanagi Izumo, Yata Misaki, Kamamoto Rikio, Kushina Anna, Suoh Mikoto, Totsuka Tatara

I didn’t even think it was possible to bring in Mikoto and Totsuka without the story becoming ludicrous but Gora really blew me away with what they pulled off. It was just one of the rawest and most beautiful scenes in the show. I cried. I cannot even imagine a more appropriate scene in which Mikoto and Totsuka appear. They even had lines!!! And the scene just reflected the core of the Red Clan – the Red King, Mikoto; his serene and easygoing right-hand man, Totsuka, who balances his violent powers; and Anna, the princess that they love and care so much for.

Which is why I can say this: even though Mikoto and Totsuka had barely a few lines, it’s enough. It’s enough for me. I’m happy with how they left things with Mikoto and Totsuka. Wishful thinking though: it would be wonderful if somehow Mikoto and Totsuka could come back or maybe have more scenes in season 3 (maybe in Anna’s dreams again).

Kusanagi is also part of that core that I mentioned above but his purpose was shown in other scenes. He’s the wise and collected one – the one who reigns in Mikoto and Totsuka when they get out of hand. The other who has a steady head on his shoulders and doesn’t give in to whimsical desires or raging fits of anger (except where his bar is involved). I felt a bit sad for him after listening to the drama CD because HOMRA started out with the three of them (him, Mikoto and Totsuka) and now the only remaining founder is himself. How does he feel about that? His friends ‘abandoned’ him, you could say. Surely he must be hurting inside. But Kusanagi isn’t one to openly show his sadness and distress. I wish they showed some of his inner thoughts about Mikoto and Totsuka being gone.

I thought he closed the bar and left to go ‘find himself’ or something like that but yeah, we should have guessed that being Kusanagi, he would only want to move forwards and do what he had to do. He went to Germany! To Germany! What the heck? Haha, I thought that was a bit radical and independent of Kusanagi to go alone to dig up info about the Dresdan Slate. Ugh, Kusaji is the best. So cool and collected and charming. No wonder Seri likes him so much. ;] Can I ever get tired of listening to his Kyoto dialect?

Kamamoto as Anna’s protector brought heart-warming scenes. Haha, thin Kamamoto is not too bad. I thought I would hate him because honestly, roly poly Kamamoto is adorable so why change him into summer Kamamoto? His relationship with Yata was lovely as ever. About Yata – it was heartbreaking to listen to the drama CD in which Kusanagi announced that he was closing the bar and leaving on a trip, HOMRA was disbanding, Anna was going to stay with Kamamoto and Yata being angry at everyone for leaving. The way Yata expressed himself in the drama CD was emotional and quite the opposite of how Kusanagi reacted. Without Yata, I don’t think HOMRA would be the same. I’m glad they gave him a bigger role and made him go after Anna. Love Yata and his pride.

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Yatogami Kuroh and Neko

Kuroh. was. great. Kuroh is the star of the show, I think. Well, actually, I can’t decide because everyone’s role was equally important. But Kuroh fighting Yukari was important. Kuroh facing the guy that he once looked up to as his ‘older brother’, Kuroh facing the student who dared to point his sword at Ichigen-sama, Kuroh standing up for his new king and his beliefs, Kuroh wielding Ichigen-sama’s sword (Kotowari), Kuroh with his long flowing black hair, KUROH JUST AHSAKLFHDSFJSDLGJD!!!!! Stop, I love you, Kuroh.

Neko was surprisingly pleasant to watch. I didn’t quite like her in the prequel but she has won me over after watching Missing Kings. She was hilarious and I actually enjoy her interactions with Kuroh. Also, her protectiveness towards Anna <3.

Sorry but I may be the only one who is glad that Fushimi got fewer lines. He wasn’t nearly as annoying as he was in the first season but I still prefer to see less of him.

Moving on to the Green Clan, did the Green Clan’s ninja, Douhan, look like Alex from Kuroko no Basuke or what?!! I didn’t think that Yukari would be in the Green Clan or that he’d be that villainous. I honestly thought he’d come fight Kuroh but eventually join forces with Kuroh (no idea what inspired that thought). Surprise, surprise. And the parrot was an interesting twist… I thought it was Yukari’s pet.

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TsudaKen (in pink), Komatsu Mikako, Sato Satomi, Horie Yui (in red), FukuJun, Namikawa Daisuke (in white), OnoD, Sakupyon (in red), angela (consisting of Atsuko and Katsu)

The music was A class. I mean, just when you think nothing can top the first season’s OST, we are introduced to even more amazing music. All the piano scores and sweet tracks… Anna’s song = tears of joy. Angela’s new song Different Colors is as refreshing as we expected it to be. They need to continue being the official K band.

Where do I even begin with the voice acting? Like Skye said in her K review, the seiyuus are the voice and soul of the characters. Morita Masakazu as Mishakuji Yukari was PERFECT. Sakurai Takahiro as Kusanagi Izumo just gets better. As with Fukuyama Jun as Yata Misaki who seems to really embody Yata’s personality. I may or may not be crying right now. Even if I’m not, know that I’m crying inside. Horie Yui, I LOVE you! You are the perfect Anna.

Also, Ono Daisuke deserves a paragraph of his own for his amazing voice. He voices Yatogami Kuroh and holy mackerel, he is PERFECT. That voice. I love it. I want to meet him one day and tell him that he has a beautiful voice.

And obviously you know I love Tsuda Kenjirou. I’ll just name the rest of the case because they deserve the credit: Tomokazu Sugita as Munakata Reisi, Sawashiro Miyuki as Awashima Seri, Miyano Mamoru as Fushimi Saruhiko, Nakamura Yuuichi as Kamamoto Rikio, Komatsu Mikako as Neko, Namikawa Daisuke as Isana Yashiro, Kaji Yuki as Totsuka Tatara.

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This is the sketch of the bridge to the Ashinaka Academy in season 1. It is already so gorgeously detailed. Can you imagine what the second season’s art looks like?

The art… THE ART… Stunning. My favorite scenes were of Yata’s room in the bar (it was inside the bar, right?). Bar HOMRA just gets better. The animation is one of the BEST I’ve seen. So much attention to detail, so many shades and colors, so many subtleties that add to the beauty of the scenes. The characters’ movements and the action scenes were so fluid, you would not believe it.

I especially love the revamped look of the Swords of Damocles. If I told you that MOST of the scenery is inspired by real places, would you believe me? Honestly I was shocked when I saw that the buildings and streets and views are all real places or inspired by real places. Animated, the real places look amazing!! Don’t believe me? Watch the trailer.

Why I love K Project so much can be summarized into one phrase – character-driven story. I can’t even decide who my favorite character is because they are all connected in some ways and their unique bonds are what form the base of the story.

All in all, things added up. Things made sense. All the elements -characters, story, art, music – combined to create a masterpiece. Some unanswered questions were answered but new questions arose with this new movie so that can only lead me to wonder if season 3 is in the works. I mean, dammit there were so many hints of more to come – Yukari saying ‘we’ll meet again’ to Kuroh, the mysteriousness surrounding the Green King who did not appear in the show, Kusanagi’s findings from Germany, Shiro’s words at the ending, Munakata at the special cut scene after the credits with his mysterious ‘the burden of slaying a king… I’ll accept it’.

When I walked out of the cinema, I was brimming with emotions. So many waves of emotions that I didn’t think I could put into words but here they are… some of them, at least. I’m still supercharged with a myriad of emotions towards K: Missing Kings. Now I’m just waiting for people to upload all the gifs and songs so that I can swim in all the loveliness that is K Project.tumblr_mifi364CyZ1r4hwp4o1_500

I applaud you, Gora and GoHands. You have outdone yourself and reignited my undying love for K Project. K Project is one of the reasons why anime has become such a big part of my identity. Not even a bunch of screaming hooligans can ruin the joy of being one of the first few to watch K Missing Kings.

My rating of K Missing Kings: 10/10. My rating of K Project (which I stand corrected): 10/10.

Kizuna, once again.

Raine
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Part 2: My love for K Project

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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?

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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.

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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!

zr1

*Bishie is short for bishoujo (good-looking women) or bishounen (good-looking men).

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Part 1: My love for K Project

k11-1Kusanagi; Mikoto; Kamamoto; Yata; Anna; Kuroh; Shiro; Neko; Awashima; Fushimi; Munakata

I’m here with another review and this one is about K Project. Skye and I just finished watching K Project last week or so and we’re re-watching it because it’s just that good.

Where do I begin? So many good things I want to say at the same time. This is usually what happens when I fall in love with good shows or books. My thoughts are muddled and the best I come up with while a billion thoughts race by is ASDFDKLSG or BEST SHOW EVER.

But I want to do K Project justice so I’ll try my best to write cohesive sentences. If you missed my previous reviews, just check out the anime category.

Story: 9.5/10. No, really. I know we’re just talking about the anime here but I enjoyed the story so much in the beginning that I went to look up the mangas and light novels. After I was done with both mangas and light novels, my love for the show bumped up 5 notches. If you take the time to read the mangas and novels, let me assure you that will not feel the way that other people feel when they rated the show based on the anime only. I feel like the plot holes in the anime’s story are justified because everything comes together after you gather the stories from the reading material and anime.

But if you seriously want me to rate it based on the anime, from a viewpoint of someone who didn’t read the mangas or novels, I would probably give it a 7. And here is why: because not everything is explained in 13 episodes and you may feel like things are left hanging or characters are not developed enough. Well. Read, folks, read.

Before I started watching the show, I read a review on MyAnimeList saying that K was one of those animes that looks promising but doesn’t actually deliver. There was also another review that said it was the bomb. I’m not one to believe bad reviews quickly but I’d be lying if I said that didn’t lower my expectations. I don’t know about you but when I first saw the title I was skeptical. K. Seriously. How vague can you get? I mean I get that Rurouni Kenshin or Special A or Full Metal Panic doesn’t tell me anything either but at least there’s something solid, know what I’m saying? Yeah, seeing a lone alphabet definitely made me raise my eyebrows. Later on I found out that the alternate title is K Project.

I might have a good idea what K stands for now though. I think it stands for Kings. If the opening theme title is any hint, that is. A fitting title, I’d say. It would be funny if K actually meant Kuroh or Kusanagi, right? But wait, you don’t know who they are yet. I’ll get there soon enough.

The show uses an interesting concept about 7 color kings existing in the world. Here’s the plot summary from K’s Wikia page which I think sums up the show accurately:

Yashiro Isana has lived a relatively ordinary, simple life. He lives in the technology-advanced Shizume City and attends Ashinaka High School, a notable high school that is located on an island just outside the areas. Yashiro is friendly with everyone. Nothing ever seems wrong about him, except perhaps his habit of forgetting where his school’s PDA is. However, nothing normal has been happening since the recent murder of Tatara Totsuka, prominent member of the infamous HOMRA. No one knows who exactly killed him but the man responsible bears an uncanny, identical appearance to Yashiro. Seeking vengeance, the Red Clansmen of HOMRA set out to get Yashiro and kill him. Everyone suspects that Yashiro is the murderer. But whether the guilt is his is not clear.

Okay, after reading this, you’re intrigued and you just might want to start watching K. Right? πŸ˜‰ If you’re still not convinced yet, let me persuade you with my way of words. No, I’m kidding. You can decide for yourself. I believe in people reading good and bad reviews of stuff then making their own decisions based on the things they read.

But for me, K Project delivers. I don’t know what expectations people had for it before watching but mine went along the lines of, okay I may or may not like it but what the heck there’s Jun Fukuyama in it and his character looks adorable so I’ll just watch it. Like most of the good animes we’ve watched, the only complaint I have is that there are too few episodes! 13 episodes and that’s it? No. Just no.

Every episode ending might not necessarily leave you wanting to click on to the next episode but during the lapses between each episode, you will find yourself turning certain parts inside your head and wondering why this or that happened or why someone said this or that. There are not-so-straightforward parts that really make you wonder. Also, the relationships are something to look forward to. The variety of characters and their multi-faceted personalities makes up a huge part of K. The storyline is original and the show is set in a slightly more technologically advanced Japan.

[Spoiler alert!]: Why? Why did they have to kill off Totsuka and Mikoto? They were the essence of HOMRA and characters with such depth. Not to mention the bond between them was one of a kind and would have made for more interesting parts in the sequel. Couldn’t they have made Mikoto lose his powers or injured instead of having Munakata stab him before his Sword of Damocles fell? Mikoto’s parts were just beginning to get epic and they had to kill him off. Sigh.

Wait, I haven’t mentioned the moral values? So the main themes of K are loyalty, friendship, trust, respect and justice. Also values like: stand by your principles, you don’t have to be related by blood to be family, don’t do anything rash and control yourself (Mikoto!). Not much romance here unless you count Seri and Kusanagi’s secret crush on each other (may or may not be true, depends on how you view them but hey, you could always pretend that they are right?) and Fushimi’s obvious crush on Yata (haha!).

K does have a more serious storyline compared to shows like Full Metal Panic! and Rurouni Kenshin and I heard from Skye that the manga is considered seinen which is for older readers. But never fear, there are some comedic parts – usually Shiro’s – that balance out the show nicely.

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Whoa. Cohesive sentences, alright. How’s that for a review? πŸ˜€ I wrote 2000+ words but I’ll be breaking it up into two posts because I don’t think anyone wants to see a seemingly endless chunk of text on their feed, right?

Wait for part 2. That’s where the other good stuff is. πŸ˜‰

By the way, how do you feel about the format of this review compared to my review on Full Metal Panic? Would you prefer if I listed what I love vs. what I didn’t instead of elaborating based on points like storyline and characters?

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