K: Return Of Kings
July 2, 2016
There was a movie prior to this sequel but as usual I didn’t watch it. Therefore I am going in to this second season. K: Return Of Kings partially ‘blind’ and blur since the movie is a prequel to this season and takes place after the events of the first season. I know I will be asking a lot of questions and there will be lots of stuffs that I won’t be understanding so quickly. Plus, most of the things in the first season I have forgotten and I didn’t want to bother to go back reading my previous blog and refresh my memory since I find some of the confusing terms daunting. That itself was a major put off and yet I still had the guts to want to watch the sequel. I only have myself and my laziness to blame if it all doesn’t turn out too well for me.
Episode 1: Knave
Homra and Scepter 4 are facing off. We have a cool fighting scene of each member taking on their counterpart in a fight filled with, uhm, colours? Anyway, back to modern times, Kurou and Neko are still looking for their missing Shiro. Neko receives some bird present but little did she know it is a bomb and it goes boom. Back at Scepter 4’s base, they discuss about Kurou’s whereabouts and the green clan, Jungle seems to be targeting him lately. Furthermore, Jungle’s website seems to be indicating about toying with other coloured clans for points like as though it is one big game. They are using anonymous and masking technology to orchestrate their activities throughout the city. Homra has also stumbled upon this and it gets worse when Jungle hacks the public broadcast to publish a video announcing the end of the other clans and mocking the death of Homra’s king, Mikoto. This riles up Yata as he heads to the source of the broadcast. He meets archrival Fushimi who is also here for the same thing. Their animosity to rip each other’s head out could have become true if not for their clan’s second-in-command to stop this foolishness. Because they’ve got bigger problems. They are surrounded by Jungle who are happy that there are lots of big players in the field that could earn them big points. Like Anna who is now the head of Homra fetching a handsome 100,000 Jungle points! I guess it’s time to show those low level guys where they stand. Neko and Kurou survived the bombing and they are questioning a Jungle member for answers. However they realize he is just a disposable pawn when they notice his superiors cut him off from some super powers and he lost all his Jungle points. They return searching for Shiro. Meanwhile, Sukuna Gojou from Jungle has been observing the developments of everything and although their plan has failed to lure the Silver King out, but he can see Munakata’s Sword of Damocles damaged and that he is running out of time. Lastly, we see Yashiro on a blimp. He decides that it is now the time for him to descend to the ground. Only this time it is voluntary. Hey wait. Did he forget his parachute?!
Episode 2: Kindness
Kurou is invited to see Munakata at Scepter 4’s base. They talk about Jungle who are playing these dangerous games to earn points and move up the ranks. As the Gold King is missing, the Slates are being kept by Munakata for safekeeping. Munakata knows the silver clan does not have a territory and it would troublesome without a base to operate. He offers Scepter 4 as temporary base but Kurou declines. Meanwhile Awashima talks to Gouki Zenjou, the former right hand man to Jin Habari, the previous Blue King. She believes thanks to him, a greater disaster has been averted. She asks about Munakata’s Sword of Damocles. Honestly, the damage is very obvious and others have noticed this. Elsewhere, Neko hangs out at Homra’s base. She didn’t want to go with Kurou to Scepter 4 because she hates that spectacles boss. Anna gives her a bead that allows her to see Shiro albeit not all the time. This proves that they will always be connected. They talk about a few other things but ultimately they too offer their base for the silver clan to operate and until Shiro returns. Similarly, Neko declines because she knows she has a place called home. Meeting up with Kurou, they head to the island school of Ashinaka. It might not be exactly their territory but it is their home, a place they can go back to.
Episode 3: Kismet
We see the higher members of Jungle talking among each other. Sukuna, Yukari Mishakuji (Kurou’s brother although not related by blood but under Ichigen’s tutelage), Tenkei “Iwa” Iwafune and the Green King, Nagare Hisui (he must be so dangerous that he needs to be strapped like a mental patient) discuss about if the Silver King is still alive. Seeing how Neko and Kurou have come into contact with the red and blue clan, Nagare wants them removed from the game as soon as possible. Yukari offers to go slay Kurou since it is fate. Iwa wonders why Nagare is rushing into things. Nagare is running out of patience and says if the First King intends to continue with the game, he won’t let his subjects die. Yata is not pleased his bounty is lesser than Fushimi. Maybe that guy can process information? Anna needs to return something Neko left behind. Yata volunteers to do it for her seeing as king she can’t simply walk openly in the streets. She should rely on others sometimes. Okay. So is Yata going to return Neko’s panties? Oh sh*t! At Ashinaka, Yata and Fushimi meet again. I’m sure they love to kill each other had not Sukuna intervene as he is going to kill them for his points. If you think something is wrong when a girl sends Kurou a love letter, it’s because it is. Kurou can tell this is a challenge letter from Yukari to meet at the school’s bridge (by the way, that girl is a Jungle member). Without wasting time, the swordsmen clash blades as Yukari talks about Jungle’s roots that will engulf this world and create a new one. He wants to see what kind of world Nagare will make but too bad Kurou won’t be around to witness that. Kurou supposedly would have died if not for Shiro come crashing down! He survived from that altitude? Oh well, that’s why he is king. Yeah, it took him 2 episodes to arrive… Shiro is not happy Nagare is trying to hurt his family but the mad guy couldn’t be happier for the Silver King to return to the game.
Episode 4: Knot
With Shiro back, Nagare calls his side to withdraw since his strategy to lure him out has worked. This means Sukuna has to stop even though he was going to win easy points against both his adversaries. Kurou and Neko are happy to reunite with their king. Neko is more clingy and emotional while Kurou is just playing tough. Shiro knows what is going on. Otherwise how could you explain his well timed entrance? He thought he could do things behind the scene without getting everyone involved but it seems Jungle outlasted him and drew him out. With Shiro back, his first action is to call for a round table conference with the red and blue clan. More like a rectangular coffee table conference in his small apartment! Jokes aside, everyone knows this is about the green clan. First, Shiro says that Koukujouji the Gold King has died. This is the reason why Jungle has become more active and brazen as there would be no one to stop their ambition. The reason they want Shiro too is because of his knowledge about the Slates. His power is eternal compared to Jungle’s of manipulation. Munakata has no objection in joining forces since it is exhausting enough to just counter the green clan. Anna also agrees to cooperate in Mikoto’s spirit. Later Shiro talks to Munakata as he is the one watching the Slates in Koukujouji’s place. He wants to help but Munakata shoots him down. He will not rely on a man who ran away once. Since Shiro had it coming, there’s nothing Shiro can do.
Episode 5: Ken
The red and blue clan are teaming up to take down those low level dudes of Jungle. Easy as pie. Shiro visits the place where Koukujouji lived to take some important documents. The gold clan then seeks Shiro’s permission to cease active participation in this affair and to solely just the maintain of the current system in accordance to Koukujouji’s orders in which Shiro allows. Munakata sees the Prime Minister so that he could transfer all authority of issuing orders that was exclusive to the gold clan to Scepter 4. Don’t worry, it is for the country’s future. Shiro tells Kusanagi to tell Anna to help keep an eye on Munakata because the signs are on his Sword of Damocles. It might not happen so soon but it is best to be on high alert since he is also unstable. Shiro is thinking alone when Nagare pays him a visit (via his parrot). He is here to offer his proposal to team up so they could further evolve mankind. Koukujouji was powerful enough to keep Strains minimal as well as keeping those Slates which give the kings their power under control. Now that he is gone, Nagare wants to unleash it as an evolution accelerator. Shiro rejects but Nagare will take the Slates by force either way. At first he thought of waiting and letting Munakata tire himself out since that foolish guy thought he could suppress the Slates like Koukujouji. Now the plan has to be changed. Shiro deduces that everything that happened so far (if you remember the events like Totsuka’s murder), Nagare was the big orchestrator from behind just to bring him out. Because he believes Shiro isn’t meant to just watch but to play. Now that Shiro has refused him a second time to team up to release the Slates’ power, then be prepared for there will be war.
Episode 6: Keeper
Nagare is telling his comrades about their plan to seize the Slates now that Koukujouji is no longer around. He miscalculated about Munakata lasting longer than expected in suppressing the Slates that would otherwise automatically start mankind’s evolution. With Shiro’s return and the alliance of the 3 kings, the only way left is to take it by force. I wonder if his comrades are really listening since they are busy doing their own stuff. Similarly, Shiro is having a ‘briefing’ with his alliance and his strategy to take down Jungle. Kusanagi questions Shiro’s ability to lead this operation although everyone here acknowledges him as the Silver King. He is the best person to lead as he knows a way to defeat Nagare. Not because he had personal ties with him. Koukujouji and Nagare once fought. The latter lost. Shiro later heard all the details from his former lieutenant. Right after it ends, the tower is under attack by Yukari and Sukuna. The blue clan fights them first in the first part of the plan in weakening them and to stall for time. Of course they cannot defeat the duo as they head up the tower with traps laid out by Fushimi. Although they breeze through all the traps, they are separated as planned. The silver clan is to fight Yukari while the red clan will take on Sukuna. However during the complexity in separating them, the red clan has to deal with Yukari and Shiro’s clan faces off with Sukuna. Shiro knows well that even the might of the 3 allied kings are no match for Nagare alone who can take out every single one of them in this time. Of course the price to pay for having such awesome power is that he can only use it for a limited time. That is why Yukari and Sukuna are here to clear the path for Nagare to fight. Speaking of him, here he is at the entrance of the tower. I guess he can’t wait for the party to get started and is here early. He powers up like God once his strait jacket comes off. Now Shiro’s words start to make sense.
Episode 7: Kickdown
You thought it is going to be an unfair fight with Homra and Scepter 4 ganging up on Yukari. However with everyone sensing Nagare is on the move, Yukari makes his retreat to grab Sukuna and withdraw from the stage as ordered. Nagare is blazing through all the traps. Yeah, he is so white like a ghost I thought the producers became lazy to colour him. Although it is not enough to stop him, the strategy is to make him use up his strength in his limited time. When Shiro examines the damage Nagare left behind, he is puzzled that he is not conserving his energy and is going faster than expected. Nagare zooms past Homra and Scepter 4. Anna gives chase and I’m sure this dude won’t be listening to a little girl to stop. A chance for Anna to showcase her power. Just when Nagare thought he had broken into the room with Slates, Munakata blocks his move and Nagare completely runs out of power. There is some chatter about Nagare and Neko being the same being because they are not bound by human qualities forced upon them. Munakata notes Nagare is not qualified to fight him because he has no heart which he has lost during the Kagutsu Incident. This is also what gave him his superhuman abilities. His power is what keeps him alive and if he runs out of it, he is no more than a corpse. However Nagare says that it isn’t him whom he will face. It will be his trump card. The person he has cleared the way for. While Scepter 4 and Homra race to reach Anna, a mist engulfs the area and this dude just walks past everyone. Fushimi detects unknown power on par with a king. A fifth Sword of Damocles appears over the tower. As you would have guess, that guy is Iwa who is the Grey King and supposedly believed to have died during the Kagutsu Incident.
Episode 8: Kaput
14 years during the Kagutsu Incident, a large portion of the place was levelled. Iwa is shocked and regretted at the magnitude of destruction all because of the ideals he pursued. He is trying to call out for a survivor, any single survivor. He finds a dead kid under a slab. Looks like he healed him. Hey wait. Doesn’t this look familiar to Kiritsugu’s case in Fate/Stay Night?! Munakata carries on with the explanation of Kagutsu Incident. A king’s death triggered its worst destruction in human history. Among the dead was Seigo Ootori, the Grey King. He never expected him to be alive and Jungle’s mastermind. Iwa refutes that guy is dead and is just a simple man. Munakata fights Iwa in a misty battle. Shiro is reduced into protecting Anna since the cold fog is weakening her. Munakata continues more on Iwa’s history. Once a highly respected king of the grey clan, Cathedral, that incident wiped out his entire clan along with other innocent civilians. The death toll stood at about 700,000! All he tried to do was just prevent Genji Kagutsu, the former Red King from Damocles Down. Both sides clash too in their ideals but eventually Iwa gets the better of weary Munakata and breaks his sword, causing his Sword of Damocles to go even more unstable. It is revealed this fight is just a big distraction because Jungle sent in a helicopter to pull out the Slates from underground. See ‘ya. In the aftermath, the wounded are treated. Shiro is at a loss because he never expected Nagare to have a trump card. But instead of whining and doing nothing, they remain positive they can still do something. Things are going to get a little hotter now. Well, there is no time for Yata-Fushimi argument to blame each other that this alliance failed big time. Because Fushimi confronts Munakata not only to criticize how the kings were so obsessed in the Slates, they couldn’t sense the existence of another. He goes on accusing his boss that he thought with Koukujouji out of the way, no one would stand in his way. He could control the world he saw fit. Munakata thinks Fushimi is the happiest seeing he was the one against this alliance from the start. And happy too that his king lost. Fushimi threatens to quit if he bails now but Munakata dares him. After all, he was used to being a traitor. I guess that does it. He’s gone. Awashima gets a call from Kusanagi if Fushimi is hanging around their place. Nope. So why is everyone especially Yata seemed so shocked to learn he has walked out of Scepter 4? Apparently now Scepter 4 knows how important that guy is because the work is piling up. So nobody does computer processing except him? Speaking of that guy, he joins Jungle.
Episode 9: Kid’s Room
Fushimi sees captured Jungle member in the cell, Douhan Hirasaka. She doesn’t play Jungle’s games for the points but for the money to earn her living. He likes her answer and busts her out. A month after the Slates are stolen, random people are now slowly displaying supernatural powers. The top Jungle guys are discussing the start of their new plan phase. They also note how Douhan has been earning points and recouping her loss quickly. Then there is Fushimi who is also moving up the ranks at lightning pace. They think he is cheating somehow but he is the least of their concerns. Shiro is focusing hard to find a solution. He is thinking of using Resonance Hammer Effect on the Slates. Something about this irreversible effect by unfolding the Sanctum under special conditions. Well, keep working on it. Awashima and Kusanagi disguise as a couple to infiltrate a big party hosted by Jungle Corporation in which Yukari is the CEO. The place is filled with politicians, celebrities and foreign dignitaries. This party is to promote Jungle’s system of human evolution as the way of life. Awashima manages to steal a list of guests so they can get an idea who is under Jungle’s thumb. But the Jungle guards chase them down. Right before they are scot free, the list inside the PDA is destroyed by no other than Fushimi. This act earns him enough points to level him up to the highest rank. Awashima is shocked Fushimi has joined Jungle but that guy has no regrets and escapes via Douhan’s power of walking through solid objects.
Fushimi is taken by Yukari to Jungle’s secret base for top rank members. A deep underground maze that connects many exits in the city. Yukari knows about Fushimi’s sly tactic of hiring Douhan to work for him. That way, the points are doubled and that is how he moved up so fast. Even this is like cheating, Nagare accepts it for he likes people thinking outside the box. Now it’s time to see Yata in his outburst after learning his rival betrayed his own clan. Munakata sounds calmer though. Although he is more concerned in replacing the void Fushimi left. Yeah, lots of people from various department just to fill his shoes. Also, he has hired Zenjou as his bodyguard. Why does Awashima look so shock? Fushimi is being treated to a sushi party. Sukuna is in a bad and jealous mood. He had the record of moving up the ranks of Jungle the fastest till Fushimi broke it. No wonder the foul mood. But Fushimi isn’t here to make friends either. Since this is a game, he wants to see what happens after scoring past the limit. He might see if it would change the way he sees things. So don’t let him down that this sushi party is the goal. Certainly not. Because their real plan starts from here. Fushimi would rather complete any missions Nagare throws at him. He will easily clear them all. It is better than dealing with relationships anyway. He really got straight to the point, didn’t he?
Episode 10: Keystone
Sukuna is still jealous over Fushimi beating his personal score. Fushimi doesn’t give a damn so Sukuna challenges him to a match wagering their points. They are stopped by Yukari who tells them to act more responsibly at this important time since the Slates will be blooming soon. Awashima is not pleased to learn that the Prime Minister has fired Munakata to take responsibility for that tower incident. Making it worse is how the Slates were guarded perfectly under Koukujouji but in less than 2 months under Munakata, it was stolen. Now Scepter 4 is in disarray since their king has been fired although they are to await further orders from the government. Rumours surfaced that it is most likely the government is siding with Jungle as many were at that party. Anna returns to her base to inform that she has just concluded her visit to Shiro. They have decided to destroy the Slates. Although she loves her clan, if it becomes the source of hurting the one she loves, she doesn’t mind losing her power. She has also called Munakata over to discuss about this. Munakata views the Slates as important since it was what shaped the nation today and has deep roots to it. But they can’t be thinking about this now. Anna also notes his failing wellbeing so Munakata notes the irony last year he was trying to do the same reasoning to Mikoto but it was futile. However Anna says he and Mikoto are different. Flashback to that awesome fight between Scepter 4 and Homra but with more focus on Munakata vs Mikoto. Especially about their clashing ideas of order and being reckless, the responsibility to use their power responsibly, blah, blah, blah. Munakata views the alliance as no longer valid as he has been fired and cannot assist them. But he is still the Blue King, right? I’m not sure if Shiro’s plan to destroy the Slates consists of many pages or they are just duds and the real plan is just this single draft page. Anyway, as the most dangerous method, he views it as the only way and Nagare won’t be expecting it as he believes the Slates are indestructible. Of course, Shiro says his plan involves him coming back alive so don’t worry. Shiro also takes this moment to give them a small shiny badge. Since their clan has no symbol or name, he thought now it’s the perfect time to do so. He gives Kurou the honour to name their clan. He looks around trying to find something that their clan is best described. Noticing they always love rice, he calls it Hakumaitou (White Rice Party). After explaining the benefits of white rice, I guess they can’t argue with that. Suddenly Shiro and Anna start to feel pain. The Slates are starting to be liberated.
Episode 11: Kali-yuga
Nagare and his pals are narrating about the super powers everyone will have now and be on par with kings. Like Fushimi gives a damn. The power outbreak is starting to get rampant. It is happening at Ashinaka too. Kukuri is freaking out at her own powers but luckily Shiro calms her down. Then they task her to inform others to use their powers for good and to protect others. The power outbreak is also happening worldwide. The Prime Minister is panicking he didn’t sign up for this (I’m sure all politicians only listen to what they want, right?) and even regrets firing Munakata! No balls! Munakata and Zenjou are heading towards Jungle’s base. It isn’t hard to find since the Slates are firing up beams now and then. But first he has to face a wave of Jungle small fries. This will be easy, right? Awashima can’t stand doing nothing so she resigns from Scepter 4 so that she could continue to serve by Munakata’s side. She passes the command to the next alphabetical order guy. He in turn gives the order to go defeat Jungle and protect civilians. This means Awashima is under their protection, right? Yeah. Loopholes. Nagare knows Fushimi is trying to invite Munakata into their secret base. Even if Munakata is king, he cannot get inside if the gates are not opened. Fushimi will become a traitor once he opens the gate. He finds his personality of free will befitting to Jungle instead of Homra or Scepter 4. So what will it be? I suppose Fushimi is going to stay true to his betraying colours and opens the gate. There’s your answer. Now that he is no longer a clansman, Sukuna is more than happy to kill him. Iwa is going to face off with Munakata in round 2. But a giant blimp crashes through. This has nothing to do with Munakata being a decoy. Anyhow, their rematch is still on the cards.
Episode 12: Knuckle Bump
When Munakata left Homra’s base, he caught Yata eavesdropping from outside. He apologizes to him if Fushimi dies. It seems Fushimi’s current position was because of Munakata’s orders prior to that tower mission. If it failed, he was to infiltrate Jungle’s central command as his reputation as a traitor made him the only one who could pull this off. Hakumaitou and Homra are riding the blimp. The plan is for Homra to clear the levels enough for Hakumaitou to reach the Slates at the very bottom level. And so that’s where they crash in. Zenjou stands aside while he watches Munakata fight Iwa. His role is to slay Munakata if his powers go out of hand. Munakata could have lost had not his faithful Scepter 4 come to his aid. Their unit has also been trying to regain order around the country by subduing those abusing their newfound powers. And so with the power of loyal clansman, Munakata is able to dodge all of Iwa’s bullets, get up close to him and slay him once and for all. Piece of cake. Fushimi could have met the same fate had not Yata come to his rescue. The best friends-cum-best rivals somewhat reconcile. You know, they argue but it’s their way of communicating. Yata admits himself as stupid because he couldn’t have guessed all this and Fushimi should have just worded in a way he could understand. How could he? It was top secret mission. So I suppose they acknowledge each other and then cooperate and fight how they used to against Sukuna and win. Yata had to go secure his level as part of Homra’s plan for the final party so Fushimi escapes with Douhan. Meanwhile, the much anticipated final fight between Kurou and Yukari is just about to begin.
Episode 13: Kings
Shiro and Neko reach Nagare who explains a little about Neko as Miyabi. She is one of the few survivors of Damocles Down. It was also when Nagare awakened as a king and Neko gaining powers as a Strain. She was forced to manipulate her own memories and lived as a cat. Though the Slates robbed them of everything, it also gave them everything. Huh? To support Shiro’s statement that humans don’t need the Slates, Neko says all she wants is to eat good food with the people she loves. Nagare is disappointed with their answer so it’s time to get serious and face off. Once Nagare and Shiro’s Sword of Damocles pop up, this is the signal for Anna and Homra to summon all their powers to make clear a path. That’s burning the entire floors to where the Slates is? We take a detour to finish Kurou and Yukari’s fight. Kurou gets the better of him with some beautiful move but spares his life. Shiro mentions his goal of destroying the Slates via Damocles Down. There is a brief technical explanation about it but all I understand is that the Slates and Damocles Down will eliminate each other under the right condition. Shiro begins his move as Nagare swiftly tries to kill him first. Because it takes time for Shiro’s move to be effective, if Nagare can eliminate him, his Sword of Damocles will disappear. Kurou is there in time to block Nagare’s move. Game over. Awashima is so relieved that Munakata survives this incident. He teases her he wanted to see if she had to guts to cut him down. Then she gets back at him by punching his face! OMG! Awashima doing this?! With the Slates gone, Nagare dies. It was the Slates that kept him alive after all. Explosions are heard throughout the place. If this is Iwa’s idea of evacuating everybody so he could die with Nagare, it was just plain weird. And as you would know, without the Slates means everybody loses their power. This means Shiro as the Silver King will also be gone because remember, this body originally belongs to a student of Ashinaka he borrowed. Kurou and Neko are sad he has to depart but he promises they will meet again. Yeah, they ‘lost’ their king again. The end montage shows Yukari and Sukuna hanging out together (with Nagare’s parrot), Yata and Fushimi on friendly terms, Homra still being Homra and Scepter 4 still keeping the peace. Lastly, Neko has transferred to Ashinaka as a student and there is this rumour that a hot new teacher from Germany will be teaching there too. Folks, meet Shiro, his actual form and body.
Power To The People
Hey. It wasn’t that bad. The ending might not be much but with everything over, what is left to tell? Everybody goes on to live their normal lives. Just without all that power. The first few episodes were confusing to me as expected since I did say I did not watch the movie. I was trying to guess what was what and who was who seeing there is a handful of new characters (though they appeared in the movie). However as I go along, I realized this second season just boils down to one simple plot: Baddie wants to steal and release Slates to give every Tom, Dick and Harry equal power as part of his dream to make mankind evolve and our heroes have to prevent that otherwise chaos would be the new law and order. Yeah. That is about it. If you don’t remember the past history and some of the terms, it is okay. You can still get by.
There is only one reason why people who watched the first season would catch this sequel (and the movie of course). It is to see gorgeous people fight. With style. That is right, people. It is one of the only few things why you would put up with the silly drama and the so called simple plot. I won’t say that the fights are truly amazing that your eyes would be popping out at every clash of the blade (or whatever weapons the fighters used), but it is amusing enough to see how ‘beautiful’ the entire fight is. Uh huh. Those handsome hunks are already good looking, enough to make fujoshi girls go straight or even worsen their fujoshi tendencies. Then you see them engage in melee combat with lots of beautifully executed choreograph and with some effects. Cool + Cool = Freaking cooooooool!!!!!
But this is the reason why I came back for the second season: The awesome soundtrack. Yes. This is one anime where a big majority of the soundtrack is beautifully crafted. I am glad that they play familiar tunes used in season one but as I searched around if there were any new soundtracks for the second season, I couldn’t find any at the point of this blog. Because I am sure that there are some that I have not heard of. Later I found that some of the soundtrack from the movie was used. Oh well, if the original soundtracks are good enough, might as well use it to bring back some nostalgic factor. However there is one complaint that I have for the soundtracks: It doesn’t match certain scenes. Because most of them have that cool jazzy and techno feel, sometimes when they are played during drama and talking moments, it is quite jarring. I am not saying that the music is bad but the scene in which it was played makes it sound unfitting. I believe that such songs too aren’t the battle music type and when played during fight scenes, it just raises some more eyebrows that they aren’t suitable. It just feels odd.
Unlike last season, the opening theme this time is sung by Yui Horie who didn’t have any singing role then, which is odd because she is quite a famous singer-cum-seiyuu and if she is voicing at least a strong supporting character, she would sure to have a singing role. I suppose this season makes up for it. However this season’s Asymmetry isn’t to my liking and personally I think this would be one of the few anime songs of Yui Horie that I don’t really like. I think it might be my hardware but I don’t really think so because the dramatic music is louder than her voice. At least the ending theme is better but still not appealing enough for me. The rock based Solution by CustomiZ graces the end of every episode. Except for the final episode in which Angela sings Kizuna.
While the seiyuus from the first season make their recurring appearance, new ones of course come into the fray. Notably Rie Kugimiya as Sukuna. She wasn’t in her tsundere role but I managed to recognize her. But the most surprising once has got to be Masaku Morita as Yukari. For those who have watched Bleach and remember how the main character Ichigo sounded like, you’ll be in for a surprise because you wouldn’t recognize him here. You know how Ichigo has always been a hot head and screaming with his teenage voice, right? Well, Yukari is such an effeminate guy you can’t even tell if it is him. Not that I would notice it either but to hear him in a different role is quite shocking and refreshing. But he hasn’t been landing in many roles ever since Bleach ended. Then there are Kazuyuki Okitsu as Nagare (Andre in Prison School), Houchu Ohtsuka as Iwa (Shiro in Arakawa Under The Bridge), Kenjirou Tsuda as Zenjou (Sadaharu in Prince Of Tennis) and Kaori Nazuka as Douhan (Chelsea in Akame Ga Kill).
The other unique thing about this series and probably would have annoyed some of you is the colouring hue. Remember how odd it was to have uneven colour shadings throughout the entire series? This season is no different and goes all the way. This time we have uneven hues of green seeing Jungle has become the main antagonist. This type of colouring isn’t going to bother you since you will be mostly focused on the hot looking guys. Yeah, everybody looks hot. Even middle aged guys like Iwa and teenage boys like Sukuna, every damn guy look so hot that it would turn straight guys gay. Haha! Sorry, I’m still straight. In addition to bishonen guys, we have girly guys like Yukari so there is something for everybody in the looks department.
Character development in this season feels weaker this time since it is focusing on the battles. But even if there was, the main ones go to Scepter 4 and Jungle. Especially with the final arc at hand, it brings side supporting characters, Yata and Fushimi to the fore by reconciling their past that they can still be friends despite serving different kings. Even some of the henchmen from both clans have their fair share of screen time but I don’t even bother to remember them except I noticed that their names go in alphabetical order. I suppose with Shiro and his clansmen having their fair share from last season, it is only fair that the rest of the other great characters to have their turn to be thrust into the spotlight. Even when Shiro is taking charge of that tower mission, his team’s presence seems lacking since Scepter 4 and Homra are mainly seen on the offensive front against Jungle’s top executives.
Because of all the cool characters, I guess some of the dead ones can’t stay dead. Get what I mean? They reappear in flashbacks. Because with such a cool guy like Mikoto and his untimely death at the end of the first season, I am sure that many fans of his wouldn’t be happy if this guy doesn’t at least make a single appearance in this season. That is why you have that cool face off between Scepter 4 and Homra right at the start. Totsuka isn’t bad looking either and makes his limited flashback appearance though that was mostly protecting Anna. So as long as you are good looking and a hit with fans, you are sure guaranteed for a little cameo. Because if you are like that villain Colourless King, nobody cares or remembers you and thus the reason why he won’t be appearing here.
Newer ones that appeared in this season had potential but feel wasted. Like that Zenjou guy whose only role was supposed to cut down Munakata if he ever goes berserk but thankfully that never happened because you can’t have hot hunks dying one by one. Therefore Zenjou’s existence and role is questionable in the sense that you wonder why the need for another character when Munakata could have just ordered Awashima to do that (unless he had no confidence she would cut down his own captain). Or maybe they just needed to add another handsome guy to the cast. Then there is Iwa who is interesting as the former Grey King but too bad his life was cut short at the end of this season. Looking at how everything has ended by the end of this season, perhaps if the producers find there is good response for this series, they might make prequel sequels like the Kagutsu Incident and tell more about the grey clan. Douhan’s entire short cameo was just to be Fushimi’s backup to escape from Jungle. They could have just used a random unknown but it will make us ask who the heck this person is for this convenience and thus my theory in why Douhan’s character was created for this sole purpose. Silly but yeah.
The most useless character I would say goes to Neko. This season she has been nothing but pretty much be freaking annoying in the most possible way. I’m sure whatever drama about her has been resolved in the first season and since she is part of the greatest colour clan, she needs to have some screen time. Thank goodness they are limited. But still annoying nevertheless. I don’t see her doing anything really special or worthy but complaining about everything else and sucking up to Shiro. Even if the final episode is supposed to be her redeeming point when she tells off Nagare, I don’t think it was because it was like her entire role for this season was just for this last bit which didn’t really amount to anything much. If you want to think of her as the mascot of fanservice, please not that she doesn’t walk around naked this season. Because when you think of busty female fanservice, the role goes to Awashima, whose purpose and existence this season is just exactly for that. The way I see her fight, the way she poses in her fight, the way she sexily moves in her fight, all boils down to one freaking conclusion that it is purely for fanservice. I mean, who the heck goes into battle with a mini skirt?! I know it is her uniform but really? So short that at certain angles you can sometimes you can see her panties. Yeow! I’ll take strict lady any time over annoying cat woman.
One thing I missed about the series are those little cleaning machines that spout the catchphrases “You’re too kind” and “Judgement!”. Darn. Because the setting doesn’t take place in school anymore, it is somewhat sad to miss those funny little drones. It is also just sad that the colour kings are limited to just 7. I wished there would be more because it would be more fun, don’t you think? Because it made me think if the other colours weren’t popular like brown, purple and orange. I can understand there isn’t any yellow because of gold but I wonder why they had to repeat silver and grey since they are almost similar. And if there was colourless, why the heck isn’t one of a rainbow or every colour? But that is only my fantasy if I care to dream more about it someday.
Overall, not a bad sequel since I managed to get by without remembering all that confusing terms in the first season. Beautiful people +Beautiful soundtrack + Beautiful fights = Enough to cover up for its shortcomings. With the story over, it is unlikely there will be another season unless like I have said, do prequels and tell stories of the past. That way they can bring back hot dead guys like Mikoto who is probably one of the fan favourites. Otherwise we can konclude this kolour khronicle. Kthxbye.