Rest assured. I have no idea what the fuck is going on.
You have to hand it to this show, it’s not easy to handle so many characters along with a fairly convoluted plot but K makes the ride so entertaining that I find it hard to worry about where it’s heading. I’ve also come to the realization that people think I’m serious when I say K is DEEP. Nope. Not serious at all. There’s a difference between DEEP and being a combination of vague and complex. DEEP is a term better suited for series like Un-Go and Penguindrum. K is more of a show that just wants you to try and figure out how things fall into place– a mystery if you’d like to call it that. It could turn DEEP in the second half but for now it’s all about being an entertaining anime. I’m a sucker for K, it can’t be helped!
The Sword of Damocles
Pandering to his king, Damocles exclaimed that, as a great man of power and authority surrounded by magnificence, Dionysius was truly extremely fortunate. Dionysius then offered to switch places with Damocles, so that Damocles could taste that very fortune first hand. Damocles quickly and eagerly accepted the king’s proposal. Damocles sat down in the king’s throne surrounded by every luxury, but Dionysius arranged that a huge sword should hang above the throne, held at the pommel only by a single hair of a horse’s tail. Damocles finally begged the tyrant that he be allowed to depart, because he no longer wanted to be so fortunate. [source]
The Sword of Damocles is a Greek anecdote that has been constantly referenced in pop culture. To sum it up, it’s about how the great man lives in constant fear and uncertainty despite how fortunate he may seem. This season, K uses it as a motif to represent a character’s kingship. Giant swords are suspended mid air, hovering over the country of Japan. Munakata and Mikoto’s conversation reveal that a weakening King must step down so as to avoid an incident like the Katsugu crater. He is also warns that if Mikoto were to continue drawing power from the Dresden Slates, Munakata would have to kill him.
An interesting implication made here is that all Kings draw power from the Dresden Slates, Dresden being a city in Germany that was severely destroyed during WWII. It’s also revealed that the unit that measures a King’s power is named after the Silver King, Adolf K. Weissman (lulz, not very subtle) who is obviously German.
The show makes a number of visual clues, and the eroding sword we see in the above screenshot clearly depicts Mikoto’s declining powers.
There’s still more to be divulged about the nature of this whole “King” business, but it should come as no surprise that the prime minister himself is a mere pawn. That says a lot about what kind of influence these people have over Japan.
Birds of a Feather
But enough about the gushing. The belief is that the King and his clansmen tend to share similar traits or personalities. Kuroh associates HOMRA with violence but they also share fiercely close bonds, I’ll assume that Scepter 4 represents level headedness or something like that. Another WHATTA TWEEST moment in the show is that Saruhiko was a former member of HOMRA who betrayed the clan. His methods are nothing like what Scepter4 would do, choosing to work on his own and even ambushing HOMRA in a warehouse.
This is a direct contradiction to Kuroh’s statement. Manga readers who picked up K ~Memory of Red~ should realize that this has also been discussed in regards to Tatara being in HOMRA, he’s nothing like the other HOMRA members, he’s usually calm and is mentioned to have no fighting ability. One has to wonder if this this will turn into a future plot point.
An easy connection to make in this series is the one between Weissman and Yashiro and this episode spent a few seconds confirming that. We see Weissman dancing with a human sized doll wearing a fox mask while images of Shiro appear beneath them. The show isn’t giving Weissman a lot of screentime, but with the two appearances he’s made, Weissman gives off an ominous aura.
In Japanese mythology, fox spirits possess shapeshifting abilities. I wonder if Weissman has a similar ability, that or the human sized doll is actually a golem. Note that Weissman has merely uttered a single line in three episodes, and yet with the use of visuals the series is able to properly convey a number of things.
This scene is fucking fabulous. I just finished of Rose of Versailles so this scene is now doubly fabulous. The way this show plays around with light and shadow is fantastic. I’m well aware that K tends to abuse the lens flare, the show’s aesthetic runs on excess and I doubt GoHands is going to change that soon. But its these techniques that make me curious with the other projects they’ll do in the future. There’s so much thought put into how certain scenes are framed or how shadows are placed that I’d love to see how the groundwork is done.
Two episodes were spent where blue is used as the predominant hue. However, when we visit the HOMRA headquarters, we see the color red takeover. The light that seeps through the windows are considerably much warmer as well.
The architecture in this series is also worth looking at. It’s fun to look at a show that combines the influences of the old and the new, the east and the west.
(Image above is courtesy of an /a/ anon) The Kagutsu crater is positioned parallel to Shiro’s school and is actually 1000 kilometres is radius. If someone like the Red King were to fall, one can only assume that it might twice the size given how HOMRA has some control in Tokyo. Big holes in Tokyo for everyone!
I don’t remember people being this afraid of the gay since No.6. I have no idea why these people still watch anime. I have no idea why Homra isn’t even trying to figure out which school Shiro is from and it really worries me that they’re stealing chocolate bars.
They’re not the brightest bunch. Oh and I thought this is a pretty neat observation: Ana pointed out that a number of HOMRA members are named after mythological Japanese weapons. I know I spent a lot of time talking about the little details, but to end this post, have a hilariously devoted Kuroh talking about his master. His loyalty really suits the title ‘Black Dog’, a perfect foil for the more playful Neko.