If one has kept up with the repetitive 100 visual effort, as well as the various preview videos, then one has essentially already seen the K-Project’s first episode – an incredibly straightforward escapade for the familiar.
The K-Project is exceptional in one respect, and that would be delivering something astounding on each frontier of animation individually. There’s no reason to complain regarding this – yet do keep it in mind, all the songs and sights of the K-Project seen prior to this first episode’s premiere are evidently all from the first episode, even nearly all 100 key visuals.
And as such, an aspect which should have been readily anticipated by any acquainted with the pre-release material is that the visuals do indeed prove spectacular within the animation’s pilot episode – and likewise, the music as well. The aesthetics themselves are lovely, with magnificent character designs – albeit with movement only fluid on occasion. The motion transitioning between certain aspects of animation is one point of concern – although for a greater reason.
Exquisite as the series may appear on its face, it still has a few troubling items to its name unfortunately – the turning between scenes feels very abrupt within certain segments, specifically those which employ camera shifting. As masterful as the visuals may generally look, a few scenes seem disjointed when the camera begins panning around – different components onscreen will hover around at varied speed. Thanks to the fantastic artwork, depth does exist – although the assorted forms still appear awkward in their respective space.
Now into the story, it’s captivating – yet not necessarily as it’s thrilling so much as all simply looks difficult to keep one’s eyes off. All which one could have possibly speculated about the series holds true within this first episode – the tale isn’t beyond what the imagination was able to figure save for the introduction of a few new specifics.
Homra’s fireblazers are apparently looking for someone – yet it’s no rescue mission, they’re out to kill. Homra’s target incidentally happens to be the white-haired kid – and perhaps the detail most divergent from expectation is how this kid turns out to be outgoing at school, as well as in general. That facet doesn’t aide him against Homra in any way however – although in either case, Homra seemingly fail to get very far this episode.
Shifting attention to another matter, the white-haired kid takes care of Neko, as was learned forever ago in the pre-release material – and Neko is evidently at times a cat, and at others, a bare-skinned bishoujo that no one else can see floating around.
That said, the remainder of the day for the white-haired kid gets interrupted as he’s hounded after by Homra till eventually being saved by the long-haired feminine fellow. An intercession of the past occurs, and a character who looks identical to the white-haired kid killed someone, thereby likely explaining why Homra are out to obliterate some white-haired kid – at which point, the episode concludes.
It goes without saying that the K-Project still has more to show – yet this first episode was simply not too splendid when considering the combined positives and negatives. Nothing was developed very well within this installment at all – leaving us with little more learned than what the key visuals and PVs told us, and it also certainly isn’t favorable that the leading characters are not likable either.
White-haired kid has a personality more so detestable than one could have imagined – he’s annoyingly exuberant, and whilst it may initially have been something to joke about, he does indeed seem to have an interest in his own gender more than one may prefer. Not to mention, his new friend looks rather feminine for a male character.
Although regardless of any of that, they both still have personalities unlikable – particularly as the K-Project is apparently one of those series where the protagonist characters are immune to pain and misfortune, and neither character has been established in any way that one would come to appreciate them. Both characters remain fairly blank at this point, and the first impressions they’ve made aren’t too impressive.
Perhaps it was result of the extensive marketing, yet this premiere wasn’t much anything – it didn’t go in any direction, rather, it seemed as if the series simply inched forward slightly more from where the preview material left it. In other words, this felt more so as if an extended PV than a series debut – and as to whether that’s something to be worried over, it remains to be seen till later on.