“Kings” are individuals who have been bestowed with incredible supernatural powers and granted the ability to recruit others into their clans. Protecting the lives and honor of their clansmen is an integral part of the Kings’ duties. After a video depicting the heinous murder of a Red Clansman spreads virally, the unassuming student Yashiro Isana is accused of homicide. Now, a manhunt is underway for his head, bringing him into contact with the infamous “Black Dog” Kurou Yatogami—a skilled swordsman and martial artist determined to follow the wishes of his late master, the Seventh King. Meanwhile, the current Red King, Mikoto Suou, faces his own imminent demise as the search for Yashiro narrows. But during Yashiro’s struggle to prove his innocence, a greater conspiracy is unraveling behind the scenes; clouds begin to appear in his memory, and close friends start to question his very existence. What began as a simple murder is now leading towards a full blown war between Kings with the very fate of the world at stake. – My Anime List
Based on 10 review scores:
Now, it’s worth noting that K is not just a single season anime. There are a plethora of light novels and manga out there, a sequel movie has been released and second season is on the way. When you take that into account, it becomes far easier to forgive the series’ failings in ending the story. With that in mind, K becomes something that, while not perfect, is well worth investing your time in.
With the way this series is, I would not recommend it on its own, but it set a solid base for its second season. A big problem with a lot of this series was that there also was hardly any character development. The final few episodes finally also brought that in. Doable for a series with 26 episodes, but not for one with 13.
Please go watch this one. If you are looking for something nice to watch right now that isnt too long but is pretty satisfying then this one is for you.
The Sushi Times
My Anime List
Get mad all you want, but K gets a pure 10 from me. This anime is not what it looks like at the first glance. It’s not what you think it looks like under it’s shiny package either. It’s a tragic tale of a group of people who share a bond thicker than blood, a bond that will eventually lead them into becoming more human than humanity itself.
I really like the “K” world and am looking forward to the second season.
I wouldn’t put this anime on anyone’s ‘must watch’ list. However, I would encourage everyone to watch the opening credit sequence of the first episode so we can muse together if this show blew all its creative juices and funding on it and then had none left for a coherant and absorbing plot.
Overall, the show never really excels. I am well disposed towards it, without a doubt, but aside from the aesthetics it lacks any spark or fizzle to allow me to really recommend it.
The Nihon Review
One can lament the lost potential of some of the concepts and the visual flair. I do not. Aside from the exorbitant amount of money tossed into the flames, the show is built on top an unremarkable concept populated by unremarkable personalities servicing an unremarkable story sold to the consumer by unremarkable pandering. When stripped of its more blatant fan service, the show is not bad, but it’s disposable piece of pop entertainment that I will forget the second I stop writing about it.