And back to K territory.
Yeah, I remember watching this as it was simulcast in the Fall 2015 season and me covering it on Time of the Season and to be honest, I barely remember watching this season of K because it’s been so long since I watched it and watching it in its original Japanese language never helped anything and also better shows like One Punch Man, Iron-Blooded Orphans, AOT Jr. High were taking up my time and Return of Kings didn’t keep much of my attention, even after the show was over.
Then again, it was around the time that Neon Alley was dying a slow and unnoticeable death so that contributed to that.
Like I said before, having re-watching the series and the follow-up movie, my feelings about the show have changed a bit to me still enjoying the show for what flaws it has. Now let’s see what this season has stored for us.
In modern Japan there are seven “Kings” who share power with their fellow clansmen. The Blue King Reishi Munakata, the leader of the Blue Clan “Scepter 4,” held great responsibilities on his back. The tower that Gold King Daikaku Kokujōji supervised called the “Dresden Slate” was still on his mind, and he felt a great burden by killing the previous Red King, Mikoto Suoh. On the other hand, the former Red Clan “HOMRA” clansman Anna Kushina experienced the attacks from the Green Clan “Jungle” and awakened as the next Red King. By doing this, she bound her comrades through a strong bond once again. Finally, White Clan members Neko and Kuroh believe that the White King Yashiro is still alive, and seek his whereabouts. However, it was not just them searching for the White King. With “Jungle” once again jumping back into action, the fates of the various Kings are brought together.
Yeah, going back to watching this 3-4 years later…. this isn’t too shabby and maybe watching this with the English dub help getting me more into the show. Partly what I liked about the K series is the whole thing with these gangs and the urban fantasy element.
The main thing with this season is bonds.
The bonds among either the members of the clans or how the other Color clans communicate with each other since that one clan JUNGLE aka the Green Clan from the Missing Kings movie is attacking all of them recently, like it’s some type of game and there is some tension within them like with now Anna Kushina, the little gothic girl who is now the new Red King after Mikoto’s death, is leading HOMRA and speaking of Anna, her character probably has the largest progression of the series as she’s now the leader. Yeah, you noticed that she’s still for the moe factor but she steps up not only in the leader factor but she does gets in the action as well.
The Blue King is guarding that Dresden Slate and the Greens certainly want their hands on that. With Scepter 4’s part of this, it’s…. a step up from the first season but the Blue Clan is probably my least favorite clan in the series. Sure, they’re more by-the-book and have a smooth style to them but I never felt much heart from them. OK, maybe from Reisi and Seri but that’s it. Oh, and Fushimi? Look, re-watching the first season made me get annoyed by him and his attitude and it still happens here, especially when he’s taunting Yata about that diss video Jungle made at them. I mean, for real, Fushimi needed a bitch-slap….. for 2/3 of the 2nd season. I admit one moment made me say “I KNEW IT!! I’m slapping you!!” but I wouldn’t want to give too much away.
Now with the Silver Clan aka Kuroh, Neko and Yashiro/Adolf aka The Silver King, I admit I liked the return of these guys and again, I admit that Neko annoyed me but here, I actually like her presence a lot more and we do get something about her regarding the slate and what JUNGLE knows about her but that’s about it.
Oh and since I mentioned annoying and JUNGLE, one of these fuckers just irks me from beginning to end and that’s Sukuna Gojo. Man, I kept hoping someone kicks his little smug ass because he needed it and most of the main people in JUNGLE didn’t have much to them. The other guy, Yukari (you saw him in Missing Kings) is less annoying than Sukuna and he’s basically Kuroh’s foil and all that and that’s it. Oh, and the king Nagare’s plan of getting the Slate sounds like some typical villainy shit and the motivation behind it seems mostly blah for the part.
Once again for the animation while GoHands have some good art work, the animation is….. OK, it’s alright with some good fight scenes but man, it looks so dated today from the wonky CG camera angles to the over usage of the blue filter or any other weird filters they use. I get the style a lot and GoHands strive in style, but it doesn’t always save them. *points at Hand Shakers and W’z*. Also I noticed that in the first episode of this, the fight between the Reds and the Blues….. they were from the first opening sequence of the first series. How cheap is that? Oh and for a show that has a lot of dudes, there is a lot of crotch shots coming from Seri and yeah, you know she got some tig ‘ol bitties (Just noticin’, that’s all. …… *punch*…… Ow.)
For audio….. I was into this score less than previous entries or maybe the sound had less of the elements that I liked in the first series. The opening song “Asymmetry” by Yui Horie is very pretty sounding and the ending song “Kai” by customiZ is actually an exciting way to end an episode with its rock-enthused sound and the way it begins does sound excellent.
The English dub is still solid all around with the returning cast with some new meat in there, the notable one being Amanda C. Miller aka Sailor Jupiter aka Boruto (yeah, I checked out Boruto. It’s a’ight.) and she plays Sukuna…. yeah, that annoying kid and she plays the role very well. Hell, I think it’s the second time I watched a show where she portrays a boy character where I want to slap the shit out of him.
FINAL VERDICT: K: Return of Kings is a slight improvement over the first season in terms of progressing the story and a little bit of the characters and their insight but everything else tend to stay the same in technical fronts and I would say that I’d probably watch this on a bored day or something if Neon Alley was still running since it isn’t, well, I’d probably get it, digitally that is.
Overall, I return the King’s favor with a rating of…..
K: RETURN OF KINGS is available on DVD & Blu-ray via Viz Media. Streaming-wise, it’s on Hulu, both sub and dub.
I’m MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid and I wonder if it’s going to be another 4 years until that movie series comes to a legal service.
K: RETURN OF KINGS – animated by GoHANDS / licensed by VIZ MEDIA