K — First Impressions

Administrative Note: At the moment, I should be in a plane somewhere over the ocean. I’ll be travelling out of the country for the next week, and won’t have time to watch anime. I’ve scheduled some posts for while I’m gone, but I won’t be able to watch any new shows (except ones like this one that I watched last night). I’ll be back next Sunday and will try to catch up then.

Wow, this was gorgeous. Even more impressive is the soundtrack. The soundtrack was amazing, the best I’ve heard for a long time.

But seriously, this show just oozes style. It’s beautiful.

My only concern is, I remember saying the same thing about the first episode of Guilty Crown.

I’m optimistic though. The characters are more interesting than Ouma Shuu and Iori (not that that’s a very high standard, mind).

And the setting is intriguing as well. We have gangs and soldiers roving around a city and blasting each other with magic. Our main character is apparently a diabolical king. I have no idea what’s going on.

My biggest fear is that they’ll put the biggest focus on relationships and feelings to neglect the sci-fi and fantasy components, like with No. 6. Hopefully that won’t be the case.

8 thoughts on “K — First Impressions

  1. Screenwriting 101 tells me that you don’t throw around lots of terms without explaining them. The actual story is fairly creative and the cast are all a million times more distinct and engaging then the human planks in GC. There are alot of cracks when you look past the pretty paint job. Can I say that it is going to be bad?

    No.

    I don’t even want to. But, after Guilty crown was a such a catastrophic failure, K needs to be watched with skeptical eyes. If it manages to surprise me by not collapsing behind it’s own ambition? Good for it! If does? I don’t want to be surprised.

    1. I think that sometimes, particularly in a first episode, throwing around terms without explaining them can be effective. It gives you that “what the hell is going on?” feeling and makes you curious to see the rest. I’d rather see a bit of confusion at first then have to witness the cast literally *explain* every piece of terminology through narration.

      Otherwise, I completely agree. I’m skeptical, but hopeful.

  2. GC was beautiful to look at, but it didn’t take a brain stem to realize something was off in the first episode. By episode 2, you’d have realized the problem: the people don’t act like people. This simple fact is like a bat signal for what kind of story we should have expected

  3. This looks even better than Guilty Crown. That, and the characters all appear pretty likable. As for the plot, it’s still too early to tell if it’s going to come together or not. I’ll give it a few more episodes to get its act together. Even if it does end up like GC, I’m sure it’ll still be beautiful to watch it go.

  4. Good point re the soundtrack, Draggle! I rewatched most of the ep. and I can only agree! For me, this was the best thing to say about it, though. It wasn’t outright bad at all but it just tried to be too cool for my taste and I’m not a friend of all these filters, either. Admittedly they put a lot of work into the animation of some scenes so I’ll give it a fair chance!

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