Pass Das Ding und Schau mir Beugen; K Episode 3

illegenes: Nun, das war diese Episode interessant.

(This article is best listen to with your Quad City DJs remix of choice. Or you could try today’s recommendation!)

Finally! Cue a massive amount of information dropped into our brains: K finally goes for obvious rather than just messing around. It’s nice to have a change of script and direction (though everything is still blue) rather than the show actually, well, just messing around. Ironically, I enjoyed this episode far less than I did with the first two episodes. Sure, having Mikoto and and Reishi’s relationship looked into or the refreshing touch of Shiro regaining conviction and determining to prove his innocence was nice, but doing exposition dumps are always tricky, and I felt like a lot of the terms used in this episodes kind of flew over my head.

Meanwhile, we do get a little information on how the system of magic works. K adds a bit of Harry Potter to the mix as we find out that the Prime Minister is actually controlled by the head figure of the King System. There are also various gangs that are somehow coded by color and they’re all competing for some reason or the other – that is, until, the Colorless King’s death changes everything and our protagonist Shiro is the main culprit. We also learn that Reishi, who is the Blue King, used to be in the Red Clan but turned traitor. Obviously the chase between blue and red is more than just a simple police enforcement or investigation – there’s some personal vendetta going on here, and it looks like Reishi and Mikoto have some serious unfinished business to sort out.

Not to mention we have mysterious English aristocracy couple dancing around on pictures of Shiro. Because that’s not creepy at all, right?

What I’m personally more interested in is how these clans work. SCEPTER 4 (The Blue Clan) obviously enforces a deadpan and serious attitude when it comes to work. HOMRA is pretty easy going and laid back. I’m supposing the other Color groups – whatever they may be – also have their certain trademark quirks, but what’s more important is the dynamic of the Clans, which is sort of explained in this episode. As Kuroh points out, it seems like a “King” – somehow appointed by either fate or a previous King – has the ability to claim people as his ‘Servants’. If this is true, it certainly applies to Mikoto’s group, who is undoubtedly faithful to him to the point where Misaki even gets into a fight because he believes Mikoto is innocent. Likewise, Reishi and his suboordinates seem to also share a ‘close’ bond, though in a different sense – by duty and order, not by friendship and trust. Shiro is the biggest jigsaw piece to this puzzle then, as his very existence is a dilemma. How is he the Colorless King? Who appointed him, if it was not the previous Colorless King himself? If the Colorless King did choose Shiro, why did he choose him out of all people? And how on earth are these abilities developed? If Shiro is a King, shouldn’t he have the ability of seeing the future like his predecessor? Since society has no problems with these people with abilities, why do they still operate somewhat in secret? What are the Seven Clans’ image to the public? K has yet to answer the more fundamental questions, but I think these will be revealed over time.

On the other hand, Shiro and  Kuroh’s relationship still seems funny enough to me to hold my interest. Shiro is obviously an individual who has more to him than meets the eye, while Kuroh’s deep relationship with the previous Colorless head has potential to establish some solid character depth. Then again, this is K we’re talking about here, so my expectations are pretty low, but who’s to say it can’t happen? The way the two play off each other is great, leading to some comedy gold moments (I’ll kill you after we eat breakfast) and it proves to me that K is more than aware of the kind of mood it’s making. This, combined with the rather dull execution of the plot and setting made K this week an easier trip to hike through than I thought, but I still prefer the laid back episodes to serious ones like this. It’s that area where K defines itself best; fun, ridiculous and downright earnest in its silly jokes. Hopefully this side will be shown again, as next week Shiro and Kuroh come back into the main picture instead of taking a back seat to some cliche details, but how can we really tell? K’s greatest weakness and strength is that none of us can really expect what’s coming next, but I’d rather take that over some overused, heavily predictable plot about pretty sparkly bishounen. I mean, uh. Yeah.

wendeego: Today’s post is brought to you by Ichigen Miwa, the former Colorless King. May you profit from his words of wisdom, peon of the unenlightened masses!!!

The most important tool in your arsenal is exposition, exposition, exposition. Never forget!

Lewis Sachar’s “Holes” was never about yellow-spotted lizards. It was about Japanese psychics blowing faux-nuclear craters in major population centers! Just like “Akira.”

Life is a puzzle, put together piece by piece while dramatic music plays in the background. Oh, did that just blow your mind? Things will never be the same!

There is a small but not insignificant difference between Prussian Blue…

…and Royal Blue. If you do not understand this degree of difference, than you will never become a true king.

You can tell everything about a character from what team color they play for. Red gang are VIOLENT. Blue gang are COOL. If you’re named after a color yourself, your middle name might as well be UNMEI

Never mince words. Mincing words is for unconfident losers bereft of loyalty. By the way, Kuroh, you must strive to improve your cooking. Excelsior!

When exposition does not work, use metaphor. When metaphor does not work, use exposition. THIS IS THE TRUE PHILOSOPHY OF THE COLORLESS KING.

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