Anime: K – Episode 3 Summary + Review

“Taking people hostage”

(“I don’t have time to be fawned by fangirls all day. I have to iron my uniform.”)

Studio: GoHands

Genre: Urban, Action,  Age: 13+

Released: 28 September 2012 – onwards

From the previous episode, the two men fighting at the beginning of episode 1 are revealed to be Mikoto of HOMRA and Reishi of Scepter 4. The two clans have been fighting, but now that Mikoto has been captured, he is interrogated by Reishi about his powers.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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Reishi is seen speaking with Seri about Code Royal Blue command that should be sent to the Prime-Minister of the country.

(“We can save money by making female uniforms even skimpier. Recession…”)

Members of HOMRA are very tense after their leader surrendered to Scepter 4. Izumo Kusanagi breaks up a fight between two members, and reassures them that Mikoto plans on distracting Scepter 4 with his capture. This leaves HOMRA to scope the city as much as they want without interference.

(“Can you sit quietly, or do I have to break some heads?”)

Kuro is still sat in Shiro’s room. He explains the reasons why he must kill Shiro. Japan is ruled by seven clans of colour, each with their own leader called a King. Kuro was asked to kill Shiro based on the words of his late master, who had the powers of premonition.

(“Sit here while I tell you this long, looong story…”)

Yata (skateboard guy) beats a group of gangsters underground whilst he’s secretly watched by Sarahiko Fushimi.

(“Super-tattoo-magic-gang-powers-ACTIVATE!”)

A scene appears with a man dancing with a dummy, or a lifeless person.

(Nothing odd about this picture. Nothing at all.)

Kuro demands explanations for what kind of creature Neko is. Neko can’t seem, to explain herself, or Shiro’s relationship with her, but is assured about her existence.

(Neko provides eye candy for cat lovers everywhere…)

Shiro manages to stave off his brutal murder by convincing Kuro that he’s not evil. Using the recorder that Kuro carries around with the words of his old master, a saying about not judging people on first impression is quoted.

Kuro takes it as a sign that he mustn’t judge Shiro immediately, and gives him time to prove that Shiro isn’t evil.

(“It also contains over 3000 cheesy songs”)

Overall, there was a lot of information to cover in this episode. The info dumps began and never seemed to end. Even to the last, Kuro is busy explaining details to Shiro, and incidentally the viewer. It’s a shame that it couldn’t have been done in a more animated way.

I sort of understand about the rivalries between the different factions, but is it just me or we didn’t find out why the clans actually fight? What are they fighting over? Just Japan?

Misaki Yata, a.k.a the skateboard guy, seems to get the best scenes. They are insanely flashy and cool. It was a bit subdued from the previous episodes, but the gangster fight was still pretty cool.

I still don’t like the cat-girl Neko and her weird prancing, and she sticks out too much. It’s one of those things that could have been scraped off this series, and maybe no-one would notice because she adds so little to the story.

Well, this series is just getting on its feet, so it may all change.

Rated – 3/5 Info dumps and slower action drag down the story pace.

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