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This show just gets prettier and prettier, doesn’t it? Before you start accusing me of being a mindless fangirl of the bishounen, let me attempt to prove my sanity. I guess I’ll turn it into a mantra – I will not worship K because of its prettiness. I will not judge an anime by its cover. The art is just so darn stunning that everything else tends to fly over my head – K’s done a pretty good job already if it succeeded to that point. It’s too bad that not much of a plot has showed up yet, but then again, we never expected it to, right?
Oh, dear Isana. He’s not the fool that I (and what I had expected of Namikawa Daisuke) had cut him out to be. I like calling him “Isana” more than “Shiro,” if that’s okay with you all. But whatever you want to call him, I was slightly pleased with the fact that he could defend himself with such a trick, unlike a certain character under the same seiyuu. If he isn’t the typical, innocent boy-next-door, then him being a trickster isn’t too much of a bad compromise. So far, I’m rather fond of him – I hope this will be able to stay for the majority of the series. But really, how sweet Isana seems is kind of adorable.
Isn’t it cool how those bombs were shaped like Pokeballs? Aren’t you just dying to know what the purpose of that parasol is?
Again, I have no safe-for-work image of Neko, mostly because she’s been running around naked for the whole time. Yes, you animators, I saw how you lingered on Neko’s…feminine regions before panning up to her face. But besides the fact that she’s pure fanservice, I’m quite fond of her. Usually, I would dismiss a character like her at first glance, but I think the fact that she’s actually a cat has something to do with my opposite opinion. Also, it’s pretty cool how she just instinctively grabbed Isana and ran away from Kuroh – if it’s anything, the cat can really conjure up some hilarious illusions. I’m looking forward to seeing more running-into-walls and giant totoro-cat crossbreeds.
I was a little bit disappointed with how Kuroh ended up giving up his fight so easily. The animators just resolved it by having him cook food at the end – that can only signify one thing, and that is more bromance and shounen-ai to come. I’m hoping Kuroh will come to his senses and start chasing down Isana again – but mostly because we’ll have more of Neko’s antics to crash down on him. Really though, Kuroh, step up your game!
The part about Izumo, Anna, and HOMRA completely slipped my mind. It honestly wasn’t the most interesting part of the episode, and while it really is the only plot-driver as of now, there really isn’t much to be fascinated about. Though I must admit, the way Anna uses those marbles to track down Isana was pretty cool. And of course, skateboard-dude with the baseball bat is awesome as always, not to mention that he’s always accompanied by some intense camera angles. Non-annoying lolis are also quite a plus. At least there isn’t a character I don’t like yet.
Rating: 8/10: I’m prepared to rate K on a different scale than all my other shows, mostly because I am prepared for a lack of plot, but I will forever be captivated by the art. I’m glad to see that Neko’s managed to gain some character development, but Kuroh is going backwards in that sense. While the producers are trying to make a plot with the seven kings and HOMRA, I’m sure we all know that it’s not going to turn out as strongly as we hoped.