K: Missing Kings (anime review)

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Fans of the original anime series K, you will definitely get a kick out of its sequel! K: Missing Kings, the 73-minute feature, is a definite watch, between its brilliant storyline and the minute, but very obvious, fanservice dotted throughout the film. Finally resolving one arm of the major cliffhangers left from the animated series, Missing Kings addresses both the aftermath of Shiro’s (the Silver King) disappearance, and the repercussions of Mikoto Suou’s death (the Red King) on HOMRA–with a heavy emphasis on the latter.

The movie starts with the law-enforcing Blue Clan, Sceptor 4, being alerted to the Gold Clan being attacked by a mysterious elegant and beautiful swordsman, Yukari Mishakuji (voiced by talented voice actor Masakazu Morita). Meanwhile, Kuroh Yatogami and Neko meet with Kukuri–who provides quite a bit of fan service in the 2 minutes she is onscreen–whilst contemplating finally throwing in the towel for their search for Shiro. They suddenly notice that HOMRA’s Anna and an unknown man running as if trying to escape a pursuer. The unknown man turns out to be a pretty boy version of Rikio Kamamoto, who, in a twist of fate, has lost weight in the past year, and the bug extermination-suited pursuer is revealed to be of the Green Clan JUNGLE.

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Yukari Mishakuji

It is then revealed that the Green Clan wants Anna for her ability to scry, thinking she could find the Silver King. However, unfortunately for Kuroh and Neko, Anna seems to have lost her ability ever since her Red King has died, leaving them all in a further conundrum. In the next hour, viewers will learn just who Yukari Mishakuji is, and what happens to Anna, as the Green Clan seems determined to have her.

The movie begins as a typical story, delicately setting up all the mysteries quickly in an efficient and surprisingly fluent manner for the sheer amount of information that’s being loaded onto the viewer. It was solidly paced, revealing key information and backtracked details at just the right moments.

Animation is as brilliant as ever; one aspect K has constantly excelled in is their special effects graphics, along with their brilliant associated musical acts. angela’s “Different Colors” (ending theme) is just as exciting as the scene where Anna’s power returns in a rather beautiful explosive manner.

“Different Colors” by angela, featuring the original TV series K: 

My favorite part of the film was Anna’s tear-wrenching dream sequence at the first climax of the story. (Have your tissues ready.) Even if it was very obvious where the events of the dream was leading, Yui Horie (Anna’s voice actor) delivers such a touching performance, that you can’t help but anticipate the next moments.

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The only part I found particularly jolting is the end where you finally, suddenly find out what Shiro has really been up to this entire time. While yes, Shiro would not have fit in to most of the plot of the movie, merely just throwing him in at the end like that makes it seem almost like a cop out to the viewer. It does make for a great ending scene and conclusion, however. (It’s almost like an epilogue.)

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While it wasn’t the most original plot out there, as you could almost guess that Anna would end up where she is now, Missing Kings has been a very well arranged and solidly written film. Bonuses for good entertainment factor, and of course the fanservice bits that all the males will cheer for.

Rating: 4/5 Atoms

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Catch the movie this Friday, July 18th at various theatres across the  US! And for those attending the Los Angeles premiere, you also get a chance to get your hands on an exclusive movie program booklet (while supplies last), and meet special guests Masakazu Morita and Gou Nakanishi, along with a Q&A session to follow the screening.

Get your tickets here: http://www.elevenarts.net/th_gallery/k-missingkings/

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