Posted by psgels on 6 November 2012 with categories: K

This was one of those annoying episodes of which you won’t know whether it was good or not until the series ends. Annoying to review, I mean, not to watch, mind you.

But yeah, in terms of plot, nothing concrete really happens: people search for someone, they don’t find him. People fight, they retreat. People prepare for something, but that is left for the next episode. A cliff-hanger promises a lot of intrigue… yet not in this episode.

No, this was all about character building. Fleshing out the cast and making the audience more familiar with them, in particular the skateboard guy and his companion, along with Saruhiko (who is not Reishi by the way, a mistake I made at first). Highlight was the gorgeously animated fight scene between these guys.

But yeah, this build-up is nice and all, but it’s pointless if you ain’t gonna use it, and shows like this tend to forget that, getting so much caught up in their build-up that they forget to deliver. this show has the luxury of being anime original, so not bound on any kind of original source material whatsoever, so in theory it can really do as it pleases. Now make use of that!
Rating: 4/8 (Nice)

9 Responses

  1. HunterWulf says:

    Like it was mentioned a lot .. plot starts really going full speed in ep6 (next episode) .. all episodes before that are of course are just meant for establishing the characters, their basic relations and the world they exhibit .. now that we have all the pieces i think the pacing will really speed up and many revelations will be made about many things … the colored kings, the role of the colorless king, who really runs the city and what are those big floating swords from ep1, who is Neko and whether Shiro is the white king or not and if he is why he doesn’t seem to remember that.

    Also .. interesting to see that Saruhiko (the guy who betrayed Homura gang) guy actually can use powers belonging to two different kings (almost opposing ones), i thought the kings need to .. hmmm .. like give permission or allow for their subordinate to use their power .. but it seems it’s something beyond even the kings control .. that IMO made Saruhiko the most interesting character this episode .. he knew exactly how to tick off Yata (who obviously seems the simple minded/hot headed but honest and loyal type) and surely seems to have a rush from fighting .. not sure though if his defection to the Blue guys was just to gain more powers to use for fighting or he has bigger motives.

    Even more interesting is how Shiro suddenly doesn’t seem to exist inside the school just because he left the place .. he isn’t in the records and this girl from his class doesn’t even seem to know who he is (and she didn’t seem like she is lying) .. could this have something to do with Shiro’s colorless king latent power (which we don’t know about yet) .. IMO he probably never lost his PDA .. because he never had one to begin with and was NEVER a student in this school.

    • kero says:

      yeah it really gives off that idea that he’s some how worked a hypnosis trick of sorts on ppl

      • HunterWulf says:

        That would be interesting becasue it means he also used that Hypnosis power on himself to appear as an innocent student to trick and mislead everyone … as far as i know there is only one person who pulled a similar trick before successfully ***spoilers in case you didn’t -somehow- watch or read Death Note till now*** .. yeah .. Yagami Light did use a similar trick before when he wiped out his own memory so that all his actions would appear innocent .. but he was confident that he will come in contact with the Death note again and fully regain his memories. **spoilers end***

        Wonder what Shiro might have been thinking if that’s the trick he pulled off here XD

        • kero says:

          it doesn’t completely fit, i mean the bloodied clothes were left in the wardrobe.. it might be an uncontrollable jekyll and hyde thing? oh he has these powers that he uses unconsciously. Maybe some sort of self protection mechanism?

          a lot of wild speculation here!

    • Kamen Grinder says:

      Yeah, we really needed another episode to tell us that Yata is an idiot. Now that we know that Yata is an idiot, the story can proceed. Yata!

  2. Bunny says:

    I don’t see why we have to wait for plot, I mean if you have one, show us! I can’t believe I have wasted my time with so far because I swear nothing has happened that changed anything. I mean for two of the episodes they did all this stuff only for at the end to say “I was lying” and go back to square one. WTF! If k has a direction it sure has a funny way of showing us. Just pathetic!

  3. Entrav says:

    No need for story, just more FIGHTING SCENES.

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  • Masky
    (Friday, Nov 27. 2015 08:03 AM)
    @Bam: Yeah, but simulating reality applies to certain types of games. Judging EVERY game by how realistic it is is silly xD
  • Bam
    (Friday, Nov 27. 2015 02:36 AM)
    @Masky: lots of game designers aspire for realism. Now this can be done for cosmetic purposes like face textures and lighting, practical with physic engines and movement, or contextual like believable character reactions and dialogue. Now some games thrive in being ridiculous and fantastic, but some want to create a realistic setting to further the emotional impact. Nothing wrong with that.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Nov 27. 2015 02:32 AM)
    @ratsgnoF: and happy Thanksgiving to you as well.
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:43 PM)
    Anyway seriously though, I’d say it does actually make sense in context xD Since none of monsters are actually that threatening.
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:42 PM)
    .-. I have no words, mainly because whenever anyone uses word “Realism” in context of video game, I want to say rude words xD
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:40 PM)
    I think he gave it a passing glance and felt it wasn’t his thing, I remember he also felt that he thought the idea of sparing the monsters wasn’t believable or realistic given that he felt if you were realistically placed in that situation yourself, the real thing to do would be to fight back out of fear.
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:37 PM)
    Did he actually play the game though? I mean, did he actually discover it himself or did he just heard the spoilers?
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:35 PM)
    I had a talk with a friend about undertale and he wasn’t a fan, he prefers other types of rpgs, the choice element also made him uncomfortable and that he felt the game was too punishing.
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:34 PM)
    @Kaiser: Puzzle elements, outside of sparing everyone, seem to be mainly just parodying video game puzzles. Like, only place where you actually have to solve actual puzzles is in Hotland, before that pretty much every puzzle is automatically solved, really easy or has some silly twist to it. Like the puzzle you can skip by pressing a switch in tree trunk. Can’t say I’m too fond of puzzles either, but I liked how game was making fun of them
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:32 PM)
    Speaking of awful sense of humor and things that dorks like, just wanted to say that turns out I was right about Jitsu wa watashi wa in that main couple does get together before chapter 100(forgot what exactly, some where in 80-90 range I think). But they are such huge dorks that they do everything ridiculously slowly because they are that embarrassed, so they have had like just one date(in chapter 100). Not that I expect anyone to remember what the heck I’m talking about xD

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