K Episode 13 – Horrible Times to Get a Boner (Final Episode)

#1 – When you’re hugging a naked alternate version of yourself from behind.

Summary:

Munakata and Mikoto continue their fight while everyone retreats. Munakata admits that on a personal level, he just wants to save Mikoto.

Yata, Fushimi and Kuro also fight when Yata feels a sensation coming from his Homra mark. Fushimi checks up on him in the most gay way possible and figures that it has to do with Mikoto’s condition.

Flashback to when Yata and Fushimi first met Mikoto.

Yata gets pissed off at his game and throws Fushimi’s bottle. Mikoto, who happened to pass by catches it and melts it. Soon after, Kusanagi invites them to join Homra.

That fat guy whose name I never got picks both boys up and takes them out of the island.

Shiro meets up with Kuro and tells him that all that’s left is Kukuri.

Before moving out, Kuro gets on his knees and pledges to be Shiro’s clansman.

The two then go to find Kukuri who is still crazy.

Kukuri tries to run away but Kuro subdues her and draws his sword at her.

Kukuri begs for her life but then switches to possessing Shiro.

It turns out, it was a ploy all along and Shiro was ready to trap the Colorless King in his body.

Shiro tells Kuro to get Kukuri to safety while he stops Munakta and Mikoto. He reassures Kuro that he’ll succeed as the Immortal King.

Back at the evacuation point, Kukuri’s friends notice she’s missing but reassure themselves that she’s safe with “that guy”.

Yata angrily (like when is he never angry?) asks Kusanagi why they’re not with Mikoto. Kusanagi knocks him on the head and points out that everyone, especially Anna, is making a big sacrifice by staying out of his fight.

Shiro shows up to stop the fight.

He gives Mikoto a chance at Totsuka’s killer and he takes it.

His attack causes a massive explosion that creates a giant crater on the island.

Kukuri recovers and starts crying because she can’t remember Shiro completely.

Mikoto and Munakata survive the blast.

Suddenly, Mikoto’s Sword of Damocles starts falling from the sky.

Munakta kills Mikoto causing his Sword to disappear.

Miktoo mouths something but there’s no sound.

Anna feels Mikoto’s presence fading and cries his name out loud.

Scepter 4 rejoices as Munakata comes out alive.

Neko finds Shiro’s umbrella and promises to return it to him. Kuro affirms her promise remember that Shiro is the Immortal King.

Members of Homra do their “No Blood” chant in honor of Mikoto.

Their marks, including Fushimi’s, fade and their Red powers fade into the sky. Oh look! A black dog with a sword and a white kitten with an umbrella!

Thoughts:

Well that’s it for K, for now at least. I’ll be blunt, and this is probably going to anger you more than it’s going to enlighten you, but I think that when it comes down to it, K the anime is actually a failed marketing gimmick. It had a good look to it and the music was very urban and very fresh but everything else seems to fall flat for me. Let’s start with the obvious here. There’s a random naked catgirl and a lady with half her ass peeping out her skirt in this anime full of sexy men. In the first place, fanservice is never a good incentive for me. Most of the time, I just brush it off and make jokes about it but it can get in the way sometimes. That’s not really the case with K. The fanservice is passable as it doesn’t take too much time on it. I’m just wondering who thought it would be a good idea to put obviously oversexualized females with oversexualized males. I can imagine one guy is criticizing how the guys are too handsome to realistically be gangsters in the middle of a war. On the other side, some feminazi is probably bashing how Neko and Seri are sluts and how Kukuri gives a way too many panty shots. It’s really confusing. I mentioned this in my second episode review and I think I still stand on the same opinion. K would do a better job catering to a male audience by showing off action instead of asses. Instead, the action is pretty unremarkable (especially since Sword Art Online, a good role model for action anime, was showing at the same time). Now I liked the first episode. It was flashy and it gave me a good impression of the plot. Like any other anime, K toned down a bit after the first but at least the plot was still there and as the show went on, the plot seemed more and more promising. The problem is, K never really got to the same level as it got in the first episode until this final episode and by half the season done, I started getting worried that the plot is getting too big for it. I felt that this was a 24 episode plot put into a 13 episode anime. There were a lot of things going on aside from Shiro. There was the clan war, Totsuka’s murder, Weismann’s past, the relationship between Mikoto and Munakata, Yata and Fushimi, Kusanagi and Seri and a lot of other things. The problem is that K the anime is a tie in to a manga being released simultaneously with the show. Totsuka is a good example of this. His story is better told and further explained in the manga, but if you didn’t read the manga, Totsuka would have come off as a severely underdeveloped character in the anime, which is bad considering how prominently featured he is. His scenes would have had very little impact to someone who didn’t read the manga and those non-readers would be wondering why this side character got a whole episode dedicated to him. Of course, there’s all the other subplots such as Munakata and Mikoto, Fushimi and Yata, and Seri and Kusanagi. Those details were hinted at but never fully explored in the anime. Why? So you have a reason to read the manga! What does that make K the anime? A 13 episode commercial telling you to read the manga. Shouldn’t the story of the anime be able to stand on its own without the manga? Well that’s not what happened here. Because of this little marketing strategy, K the anime ended up having a story that is confusing and incomplete. At the very least, it managed to conclude its main conflict. The main conflict being Shiro and his identity as Totsuka’s killer and the true Silver King. The last episode also hinted at the possibility of a second season with Shiro being the Immortal King and all. What might happen in the second season though is still a mystery. (Herp. Maybe the manga would give a clue). Hopefully, a second season would make K’s story clearer and more conclusive. Final verdict: K is a decent anime if you’re willing to consult other media (the manga), if not, and you really like to think on your anime, then K might leave you feeling cheated out of a complete story.

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