Anime of Tomorrow
K Ep. 1
Autumn 2012 (13 episodes) (more info)
You can go ahead and accuse me of having a short attention span if you happened to watch more and reach a different conclusion, but I’ve learned to trust my instincts when it comes to series that cannot encapsulate the heart of the story in the first episode. Yes, K looks really nice—the tall and skinny character designs and pretty boys are reminiscent of Clamp (even though this isn’t a Clamp work). It’s ok to leave some details up in the air to reveal later, but I need more than K has offered so far in order to get invested. I don’t like being left hanging to such a degree that I’m confused or simply left in the mood, “So that’s it, huh?”
There’s certainly an interesting mystery as to why the main character Yashiro is being hunted by multiple parties and yet doesn’t seem to know why, but the pie that is K has too much icing and not enough filling. It really lollygags on plot development in its first episode compensating— unsuccessfully—by filling itself with overly dramatic fights and chases that would make a Final Fantasy fan proud. And while that may be enough for some, I’ve seen enough of K to let it go here.