Posted by psgels on 20 October 2012 with categories: K

K has a lot of characters. I like that, and in fact I’m a big fan of those kinds of series. They are however, a double edged sword: try getting some good development out of all of them, especially with only 13 episodes. The trick will be balancing the development for all of them: focus on a bunch of them and flesh them out really well, and give the guys who aren’t in the foreground presence, rather than making them into characters for the sake of having more characters.

K is trying to achieve that balance, definitely. There are a few key characters here in this story: Suoh and Reishi with his powers on one side and Kurou and Yashiro on the other side. Suoh and Reishi are fleshed out by all the people around them, their subordinates et cetera, while Kurou and Yashiro are fleshed out through their own actions and their chemistry.

Beyond that we have the side characters, most of them are pretty one-dimensional at this point. Think of the cat girl who is always cheerful, or the punk who is always snarky and stuff. For these guys it’s going to be impossible to make all of them three-dimensional, so the trick will be to give all of them presence and make all of them different, and still create impact with all of them. Ideally, at the end of this series I want to have one stand-out moment for all of them. Episode 1 already had that moment for the skating punk guy with its animation. This episode instead made Shirou stand out. I quite liked the climax of this series. Instead of ending with a cliff-hanger or a tense battle, they just end with a silly joke that shows more about his character. Very nice.
Rating: 5/8 (Great)

10 Responses

  1. betawatcher says:

    I… didn’t expect you to praise this haha. From what I’ve seen so far, it would be pretty enjoyable (eye candy basically) for the girls, but I didn’t see how it would attract guys except for that loli and the catgirl. :P

  2. Armpit says:

    You didn’t expect psgels to like this? lol he has extremely feminine taste. Don’t know how anyone who has been on this blog for any amount of time wouldn’t know that…

  3. meow says:

    I don’t know why but this show kinda makes me miss Getbackers. I wonder why.

  4. Armpit says:

    Aww Getbackers. Another show that pains me to think about. I so wanted to see the whole story animated :(

  5. Armpit says:

    You never read the manga? It was good, and quite a bit different from the usual long run shonen series. I usually am not into bromances, but the 2 leads in Getbackers really did interest me a lot.

    • meow says:

      I loved the anime plus it didn’t end badly. I had a feeling it would end pretty much like the anime ended except maybe Pinocchio becoming a real boy in the end. There was a part of me that felt that dragging it all the way to the top might mean something like a rehash of a regular formula. Plus, dammit, I would have loved all the comedy voiced. XD

  6. Armpit says:

    Yea, i actually agree there. For an anime original ending it was actually pretty good. I just wish they could of fully animated the original story because it got insanely fun as it got closer to the end.

    • meow says:

      Haha sounds interesting. XD Maybe they’ll make it happen someday. I mean, they even animated Zetman. That’s one anime I wasn’t expecting to see happen.

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    (Monday, Dec 22. 2014 09:55 AM)
    Or as we Persians call it “Yalda’s Night”.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Dec 22. 2014 09:55 AM)
    Happy winter solstice y’all!
  • Emma
    (Monday, Dec 22. 2014 06:47 AM)
    Though Aidan this is your chance to throw up a full review as a blog post that isn’t for an ongoing series.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Dec 22. 2014 06:37 AM)
    Wait, ha I’ve figured it out, most of his work I couldn’t give a toss enough to get immersed in the plots either. Though yes I got immersed in Saya, which really goes to show that if a story is good enough to me I should be able to be fairer and not be too hard on the characterization.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Dec 22. 2014 06:32 AM)
    Even though his works alienate me with their poor characterization, still still I was able to not care about that issue in Kikokugai and Saya no uta.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Dec 22. 2014 06:24 AM)
    I forgot to say also a few pages back it needed more action scenes also. I could honestly see myself getting distracted from the thinness of it if there were more.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Dec 22. 2014 06:24 AM)
    I wasn’t tying Gargania and Aldnoah. Hell Gargania was a step in the right direction for characters. Problem was that Gen only gave an outline. It Gen can’t write characters then he should leave them to other people and just handle story structure and the plot. It worked pretty damn well for Fate/zero.
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    (Monday, Dec 22. 2014 06:21 AM)
    But I’ve got a feeling Juno might not be so bothered by psycho pass 2 I do recall him saying before it aired he gave off the suggestion wasn’t going to come down hard on Tow.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Dec 22. 2014 06:20 AM)
    *I’d
  • Emma
    (Monday, Dec 22. 2014 06:20 AM)
    I really wish Juno was here, really would right now because I’ love to see him argue for psycho pass 2 and Expelled from paradise.

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