K is an anime series produced by GoHands, and was directed by Shingo Suzuki.

By the time I finished watching the first episode, I didn't have any real idea of what was going on. I had to do some research on the Internet in order to better understand the series.

According to what I read, the protagonist of the series is a high school student named Yashiro Isana, and he finds himself caught in a psychic war being waged between seven kings. At the end of the first episode, it's revealed that Yashiro is wanted for a crime that he has absolutely no memory of committing. During the series, he is being hunted by two groups: Homura and Scepter 4. Homura is led by Mikoto Suoh, "The Red King." Scepter 4 is led by Reisi Munakata, "The Blue King."

A standout feature of this anime is its animation. CG is utilized quite a bit in this series, but it's definitely some of the better use of CG that I've seen in a television anime series. Some of the backgrounds almost look like they could be live-action shots, but it's just noticeable enough that it's actually CG. While you can tell that these elements were created through computer graphics, they don't stand out nearly as much from the 2D animation in comparison to many of the anime series that try to combine 2D and CG animation. K has a very unique look to it.

While K may be great to look at, the animation doesn't make up for the fact that the first episode really makes no sense to the viewer. As I watched the first episode, it just felt like the story was rambling; while I understand there was a need to establish some aspects of the series, I felt that too much time was spent focusing on the setting and not enough time was spent on character or plot development. Hopefully the storytelling will improve in future episodes of the series. Unfortunately, at this point in time, I'm really not in a rush to watch more episodes of the series in order to see whether or not this happens.

Visually, there seems to be some hints of nudity, but nothing terribly blatant. However, since Hulu has given K a rating of TV-MA, I can only truly recommend this series to anime viewers who are 18 years of age and older.

Release Year(s)
N.A. Licensor
K132012Shingo SuzukiGoHandsViz Media

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