K – 01
OP: 「KINGS」 by angela
Oho, it looks like I’ve found my anime fix to fill the void left behind by Kuroko no Basuke in K, an original anime from studio GoHands. To describe this premiere as a visual feast would be putting it very mildly – the sheer detail put into even the most mundane of scenes is nothing short of stunning: people milling about! Nameless students chit-chatting! Cats spinning around before settling down! One of the scenes looked vaguely CGI’d, but the blending was so well done to the point it was difficult to tell.
Now that the requisite praising of the animation is out of the way, shall we hack this apart?
First, the premise:
So, the final verdict: the wild card is still a wild card. There’s certainly enough to keep interests piqued and draw in the audience for a second or third viewing, but whether the mystery is just a facade for a shaky storyline or a foreshadowing for something truly decent and interactive is too early to tell.
Thankfully K seems to care about what kinds of characters they’re serving to their audience, so my verdict is: I would watch this for the cast alone.
The technical aspects:
Verdict? Good stuff. Now let’s see if it was just a fluke.
God-tier. Visually orgasmic. A feast for the eyes.
Verdict: splendid. Traditional animation with a dash of realism. Keep it up, GoHands. Much emphasis on keep it up.
Verdict: shiny as a Tiffany’s jewelry store.
Watch this premiere, folks. It’s shiny, it’s high-budget, and it sounds and looks good. Not everything is completely rosy of course (plot, keeping up the god-tier animation), but hey, it’s highly unlikely there will be a first episode that tops this one in terms of production values this season. The latter episodes might falter, but that’s something everyone can complain about later – after all, three-episode rule, right?
- Lol. I guess Sakurai is the only one on cast that can speak Engrish or something? Not that I really mind because it’s Sakurai, but Engrish is still Engrish.
- And it seems like the studio blew all their money and didn’t have money to hire extras – heard Sakurai twice in the episode. Digimon all over again?
- Cue the “That’s what she said!” jokes