The plot finally says HI to everyone.
|How are you doing, readers?! We are back with the third installment of K and this time, I made sure you get our review quickly without any delays! (This meant for me to wake up at 7am, DL episode and watch it before going to office but I like you guys so much that I’m willing to do this after all). So, Fosh, how did you find this episode?|
|Well Kyo, last week was all about Neko and Shiro running away from that random samurai! So what will we have to sit through this time? With the crazy world of K you never know what to expect really but that can make things quite interesting and fun! So it is time to kick things off with this episode review~|
// The Hot Seat of Kings – Let’s start things with the seven official kings: Red, Blue, Green, Black, Gold, Silver and Colourless (still at large). Silver King is the first, and from what I could get out of Reishi’s lecutre to Mikoto, he (the silver-haired dude dancing with a masked and bodacious girl in this episode), is the pioneer and mastermind behind channeling the outwardly powers of Kings. I suspect this because his last name is Wiesmann and the power levels are gauged by Weismann level (quoted by Reishi). Now, is he the person who distributed these powers to the seven kings or it was some natural selection process after activation of Sword of Damocles is what we’ll find out as the story progresses. Along with the Golden King, whose power is overreaching, he is literally overlooking Japan from a very high place, monitoring the other five kings.
What I could gather from the conversation was somewhat forewarned by the Golden King (that white-haired oyaji in episode one), for the world nearing destruction. Izumo talked about there not being enough time and Mikoto’s voluntary arrest all points to an event flag soon to happen. This is not the first time that a story is using Sword of Damocles allusion, as Reishi warned that overusing the King powers could cause another crater due to the fall of Damocles; thus, with great power comes greater responsibility (I know, we have heard this phrase so many times before).
// Blue Team Up to No Good – This week jumps back to the events of the first episode with the leader of the blue clan aka Scepter 4 led by Reishi Munakata taking Mikoto Suoh into custody after he simply surrendered without putting up any kind of fight! One thing is certain the leaders of Scepter 4 do not care about what happens to Mikoto’s health because they plan on keeping him heavily sedated with tranquilizers. So what else does this crazy team do? Going into K, I originally thought they assisted the local cops; however that is not the case at all because they have various color themed “codes” that they can use to get special access to private information from the local cops or stop investigations? Like Prussian blue and royal blue!? I think the creators for K wanted to keep everything color themed…if so I wonder if the red clan has some type of red alert status for important missions or warnings?! Anyway Scepter 4 tends to abuse their power by going through all the red tape, which allows them to do whatever the hell they want if they please, but what do you think are they just doing that for the sake of the people or are they blinded by their power? I know they really don’t want Mikoto using his powers anymore because it could spell disaster for everyone but their ways of controlling everything doesn’t seem fair.
// THIS IS HOMRA, BITCHES – Finally, we had the continued discussion between Mikoto and Reisi. What I imagined to be a heated fight to the capture sequence became a voluntary, “please take care of me~” by Mikoto. I have a feeling there’s a big purpose behind getting captured because even if the Red King looks listless and even a bit bored of everything, he has a strong following and pride in whatever he does. The Homra gang to me are the most animated and even if violence is in their blood, they don’t do it purposelessly (like the goons who were harassing that manlady). About Reisi, he has the complete official air around him but is damn rude. He looks like a decent guy (check out that tea ceremony corner in his office), who will use others to his benefit and is a stickler for imposed rule. Is he a closet sadist too? We’ll find out soon enough.
Though, coming to steamy stuff, I love how the group members actually brands themselves in showing their tribal allegiance. That tattoo looks hot; though, not so hot on Fushimi who seemed to have changed parties midway. I have a big WHY for that. He can be a double agent but at least for now he seems to be really after the Homra guys, resolving to violence on his old pals. Along with Izumo and Misaki, he’s another character I really want to know more about like who is he really after? Coming to the Shizuo-lookalike, he doesn’t look like a burly fellow at all but his height makes up for manhandling Misaki and Rikio very well and hilariously so. His Kyoto accent is awesome and damn, give him more screen time, will you, GoHands?! I’m sure, everyone loves the gothic loli of two lines as well. Let’s hope to liven this party some more in next episode.
// Samurai is an Otaku Nerd – I thought Kuroh was always a full time serious badass samurai! What the hell happened to him? Last week he was chased after Neko and Shiro and then he cooked them lunch? I am starting to think that he doesn’t take his job seriously, but if I had to chase some troll kid and a naked catgirl around town that caused me to smack into a wall I would be kind of messed up too. Anyway maybe he is more of a light-hearted character with a few comedic qualities to him like his reaction to showing off that oddball tape recorder of his? I guess it is filled with lots of random prerecorded messages from a Master Ichigen who I can only assume is his old master seen on preview? (Kyo insert the dude is voiced by Show Hayami, who recently voiced Tohsaka Tokiomi in Fate/Zero). I died laughing with his facial reactions…wow…I don’t think I will ever be able to take Kuroh seriously now! I wonder what other nerdy secrets that he has kept from the world along with his secret cooking skills?!
//Extra COOL Stuff
Well that was sooooo much better than last week, even though this episode felt like it was bombing us with all this random information all over the place! Like the brief discussion between Kuroh and Shiro on the whole talk of color kings and colorless kings? I wonder if K was inspired by Durarara? I know my mind jumped straight to that after the mention of “colorless” but I am curious to learn about the other clans because Saruhiko Fushimi mentioned something about the Greens? Speaking of Saruhiko for a moment what is going on with that character, it looks like he used to belong to the red clan because of his tattoo but I guess he switched sides; however I loved that he is voiced by Mamoru Miyano. It is strange to hear him play an evil-ish character…I wanted him to say “it’s a pinch!” before he killed those random dudes! Damn why wasn’t Takuto the main villain of Star Driver? Just kidding! Oh and how could I forget my Reishi Munakata as Sugita Tomokazu?! He is voicing a serious role this time which is working quite well, but I admit I really miss his crazy Gintoki voice.
So, we still didn’t get any information on Neko, but I think Kuroh is onto something about her origin after he made that comment about her being a strain? I wonder if just being really close to Shiro for a long time grants people or other living things special powers? If so it kind of reminds me of Ichigo from Bleach who gave powers to Chad and Orihime just by being near them. Other than that the story seems to be picking up and I was happy to learn a bit more about the Blue Clan, but the whole color code thing kind of made me face-palm! Then again it actually works quite well, but I will just wait for the loli-girl on team red to yell something like code crimson or red alert!
FINALLY! An episode that I actually enjoyed. As I mentioned in the comments of previous episode, I’ve stopped taking this story seriously and that made me see all the good things like awesome background details to seiyuu cast pitching in for the cleaning robots voice-overs (Tomokazu Sugita, FukuJun and Yuuichi Nakamura identified) and the detailed presentation. The music does seem off at times but somehow gels well with the whole clansman/tribal feel during the group bonding and fight scenes. This time I can say, GoRA showed some of the plot, which was the hook I was waiting for. I know not every anime I watch can be filled with deep plots and meaning but some purpose is always good. Also, seeing the characters grow, you can finally identify who are the loyalists, betrayers and neutrals going with the flow. I know the writers don’t want to unload all information in one episode so the glimpse of promise was enough for me. So, the conversation between Mikoto and Reishi, the team effect of Blue and Red gang along with Kuroh’s detail on seven kings did help this time.
Leaving behind the shounen ai vibes between Shiro and Kuroh, let’s end things on our mysterious trio of delusional teenager, Samurai and Neko, who have bonded well under the spell of a well-cooked lunch. Hopefully, they’ll make headway in finding some clues about the video and who they respectively are. I was right about Kuroh being Katsura’s spawn, just look at the flashback video with heavy and almost reverent dependence on sensei; I’m sure everyone wants to know how he became a vassal. Also, there’s a hint with ‘Neko being Shiro’s and Shiro being Neko’s’ line; Neko is Shiro’s guardian familiar right now but there has to be more to this like her power coming from another source altogether? Let’s see what gets boiling next episode and yeah, please show some more Homra footage; I like this band of scruffy guys.
The crazy trio attends school and takes part in a school festival with action happening all around them.