K 02 – A Masterpiece in the Making

By having one of it’s most popular characters defeated by the power of imouto moe, this show is now ten times better than it originally was.

Thank god this show doesn’t take itself seriously. This episode was hilarious. It makes fun of itself but still manages to create entertaining characters. I admire how GoHands and GoRa broke down Kuroh’s dark and mysterious character. That was worth a lot of laughs. Anyone who thinks this show is pretentious is just saying it out of spite. This show is the polar opposite of pretentious. If a show dedicates an episode to a noble swordsman chasing down a highschool boy and a naked cat girl, the last criticism I’d give this show is pretentious. This episode was dumb fun, and talk about subverting expectations.

As for K as an entire series, it’s too early to judge how things will turn out for this show. It has a cast of incredibly charismatic characters and it looks like it knows what to do with them. K may not display the depth of (insert incredibly deep anime here) but for what it’s worth, its been an entertaining ride so far.

Fun fact: Neko’s self introduction: “Wagahai wa Neko de Aru” is a reference to Natsume Soseki’s I Am a Cat.

I Am a Cat (吾輩は猫である Wagahai wa neko de aru?) is a satirical novel written in 1905–1906 by Natsume Sōseki, about Japanese society during the Meiji Period (1868–1912); particularly, the uneasy mix of Western culture and Japanese traditions, and the aping of Western customs.

I’m not an expert in Japanese culture, but does anyone else find this amusing given that HOMRA is heavily inspired by Western culture while Isana Yashiro’s character design, allies (Kuroh and Neko) and dorm room happen to use elements associated with Japanese culture like cherry blossoms, a wagasa (Japanese paper umbrella) and the katana. Scepter4’s imagery is a bit more elusive though so I’m not sure where they fit in this whole scheme.

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5 Comments

  1. I should have been jolted by the abrupt change in tone, but I was too busy laughing.

    Those eyes…

  2. “HOMRA is heavily inspired by Western culture”
    But the members are named after Japanese mystic weapons or treasures (Kusanagi, Totsuka, Yata, etc.). Stop confusing me, anime.

    It really isn’t taking itself very seriously at all, it seems…

    • Stop confusing me, anime.

      There’s a thing called juxtaposition, after all. Really neat observation though!

      It really isn’t taking itself very seriously at all, it seems…
      I’m not sure about you, but I’m fine with that. That’s why we have more ‘serious’ shows like Psycho Pass and Shinsekai Yori.

      • Considering I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch either of those… I’m a bit worried about how Neko will turn out though. That level of “manic pixie” can get annoying fast.

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