To quote another anime blogger, “SWORDS, GUNS, MAGIC AND SKATEBOARDING. THIS IS ANIME, AND IT COMES STRAIGHT FROM JAPAN, AND IT’S DEFINITELY NOT FOR KIDS.”
I made my end of year list too soon! I foolishly imagined that K had a break around the winter holidays like a few other shows did, and didn’t realize it actually did end before the clock ticked out on 2012! So consider that list I made revised, with K barnstorming in at number three, bumping Aquarion EVOL and Another down a slot each, and kicking
Sapphogear Symphogear straight (???????!!!!!!!) out of the rankings! HOLY HELL, BROS, AND PEOPLE THINK ANIME BLOGGING ISN’T EXCITING STUFF!
Anyway, K. K is, for me, impressive – it was the show I felt the most burning, loathing hatred for before it aired, and now that all is said and done, it is my favorite show of the season. All the promo materials I saw for the show just seemed so aggressively, mind-numbingly generic, so lazy, so thoughtless, from the naked catgirl to the tall, dark, and samurai guy to the ass-and-tits-tastic female soldier that I couldn’t help but feel bile rising in my throat at the prospect of it. But then I watched it… and it was totally generic, a seething mass of different shows mashed together (Durarara!! and Rozen Maiden and any show with dating sim music and Mon Colle Knights and G Gundam and….!), but then it threw in totally deranged shit like depressed sky Nazis with sister complexes, and added a heaping pile of homoeroticism. SO. MUCH. HOMOEROTICISM. And Neko was somehow 400% less obnoxious than expected, and it all morphed into a cutesy “Neko Has Two Daddies” faffing about adventure but then SAD SKY NAZIS IN THE SKY and Mayan calendars and the firebombing of Dresden and holy hell what on earth just happened in this show that I watched?
Put somewhat differently – K was frequently a mess and made little to no sense, but who cares, because it was ridiculous and awesome on the way to the final showdown of ultra-BL:
Dude, that shit is so canon.
Wait, why haven’t I told you what this show is about yet? I haven’t even really told you what happened in it, either! And that would be, well, since, sure, I could tell you what the premise of the show is, but if I attempted to give you a summary… hell, it wouldn’t make any sense anyway! Here is your premise: Yashiro Isana is a totes normal high school boi, and he’s been framed for murder! Also, there are kings that are color-coded, have powers, and have giant sky
dicks swords. They don’t like each other. Anyway, everyone wants Yashiro dead, dead, dead, including Kuro Yatogami, who is pretty much a male Yamato Nadeshiko – he even has cooking skills!!1! But Yashiro somehow persuades him to not kill him (probably because BLove!). And there’s a naked catgirl named Neko (LOL!), but she’s actually a cat who is just taking girl form, as opposed to a girl who is a moron and meows a bunch and has arbitrary ears. She loves rice crackers. Anyway, Yashiro, Kuro, and Neko end up on the run and everyone wishes there was a cutesy OAV called Neko Has Two Daddies (but there isn’t one yet). WaCkInEsS ensues! Also, sad, sister-complex-having, immortal Nazi in the sky. Why? Well, why not! And, oh, yeah, basically every opposing pair of guys has enough homoeroticism to turn the polar ice caps gay (see, bros? its all part of the Gay Plot – melt the ice-caps and kill us all! global warming is a conspiracy by scientists AND the gays!).
Does this sound like enough of a mess? Well, its got really nice and shiny-looking animation, although someone on the staff was huffing color filters and put them on every-fucking-thing, something I don’t mind at all, but which may irritate the hell out of others.
And you know what? Yes, it is a mess. But that’s only a barrier if you decide to take it seriously and actually try to follow along with every ridiculous development that comes down the pike. Bro, you just need to sit back, and let it wash over you. Don’t ask yourself, “But why did an ex-Nazi scientist who was sad about his ‘nee-san dying in the firebombing of Dresden decide to hop onto a zeppelin and fly around the skies of Tokyo for the past seventy-odd years?” Bro, it doesn’t matter – he just did. “But, wait, why did he think giant sky swords could help solve humanity’s problems?” Bro, just let it go. He did. He just did. Because K, the show, needed him to, bro.
“But, why did the subbers decide to not bother translating half the German and about 10% of the Japanese at the end of the show?”
So what is there left to say? There isn’t anything, really, except that if you haven’t watched K, you should really give it a go… especially if you are hot for BL, because, damn, Kuro x Shiro 4ever.
Or, y’know, if you really love dumb anime.