January 4, 2013

Anime Review: K

Just what is K? I have no idea. And you will too until you watch the final two episodes of the series. Until then, it's better to sit back, relax, and enjoy the show (and not think too hard at what is happening on screen).


Set in a world where history has taken a slightly different course from the one we're familiar with, K follows the story of a young boy whose life is caught in a psychic war between seven kings.

Ashinaka High School is known for its unique setting: the entire campus is built on an island. Yashiro Isana, aka Shiro, is having lunch with a cat on one of the school rooftops. After his lunch break, Shiro goes on an errand for his classmate Kukuri to prepare for their upcoming school festival, only to be chased by some intimidating-looking men.


Even now I still don't know how to explain this anime properly. Along the way, I got confused a lot and what was happening and why it was happening. That said, this anime one of those types of anime that keeps you in the dark to reveal the whole truth at the end. Some people may like this mystery element whilst others hate being kept uninformed at what is happening throughout the story. That said, all I can explain that will not spoil the story is that the anime is about rival gangs fighting each other with specific powers. In this case, it's red vs blue. You also got a few other mysterious characters which are in neither gang but somehow gets involved in this turf war. Of course, the story isn't as simple as that. The main character has lost his memory and is accused of murdering someone from one of the gangs. As they chase him around, more truths are unveiled and the whole plot twist happens. It is all quite exciting and entertaining to wait and find out what exactly happened that night where he was assumed to have murdered someone.

The art was quite good and reflect the mysterious world quite well. The appealing opening and ending music videos were also captivating. The whole environment shouted "special" and "unique" in a way that differs to most anime of similar genre. I quite liked the character designs; they were quite appealing. The background and sceneries were highly detailed.

The opening and ending songs were appropriate to the anime. The voice acting was also quite accurately portrayed by the characters. Really though, it is pretty much all standard voice acting here. Nothing to complain about. The background music was quite good and seamlessly integrated itself into each scene nicely. There were also plenty of intriguing sound effects to accompany the action on screen.

I can't really explain in detail about the characters as it will ruin the story for you (if you haven't watched it already). However, all I can say that all is not what they seem. There are plenty of characters in the anime that are quite mysterious and you only get to know about them towards the end of the series. At first though, it is hard to discern whether a characters is good or bad. In the end, all gets revealed.

Overall, it was an exciting and entertaining anime to watch. You must be into mysterious anime to actually enjoy this anime fully. Treat it like Durarara! where you know nothing until the very end.


ART: 9