K – 08

Shiro contacts Munakata and asks him to investigate “the man in the airship”, having remembered being thrown from it. The man is none other than the first and Silver King, but Munakata agrees to comply if Shiro, Kuroh and Neko all turn themselves in without a fuss. Munakata noticed that the normally unwavering routes of the Silver King’s airship Himmelreich suddenly changed when Tatara Totsuka was murdered. Munakata launches a fleet of choppers, one of which Shiro & Co. commandeer, but as they near the Himmelreich, it self-destructs.

The one person who may be able to tell Shiro who he really is and what really happened with him is Adolf K. Weismann, who just happens to be the first and most powerful king, clearly not someone to trifle with. Even Munakata seems doubtful he’ll be able to peacefully bring the guy in for questioning. SCEPTRE-4 may be enforcers of the law, but Weismann IS the law, and answers to no one. He’s also a bit of a weirdo and a recluse, flying over the city for decades in a really odd but cool-looking airship, with a dead (or unconscious) woman with a fox mask as his companion.

This same ship, such a fixture over the city’s skies, is unceremoniously blow’d up when Munakata’s choppers approach it. The explosion attracts the attention of Kukuri, for some reason. Shiro’s only good lead to his past would seem to have slipped through his fingers, and now he, Kuroh and Neko have the assault of SCEPTRE-4 officers and the theft of a helicopter to answer for. The only information they gained was that this Weismann dude is the one who calls the shots, and isn’t a man who has audiences forced upon him.


Rating: 7 (Very Good)

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K – 03

Blue King Munakata Reishi takes Red King Suoh Mikoto into custody, worried that his power could cause a calamity that would threaten Japan. Suoh goes quietly, but his friend Kusanagi Izumo knows he has a plan. Munakata also orders the city put under martial law for two weeks while he investigates the murder of Tatara Totsuka, who was a member of HOMRA and the reason they’re hungry for revenge. Kuroh has a long meal with Shiro and Neko, after which he vows to kill Shiro, but Shiro convinces him to let him prove his innocence.

Suoh, let’s get straight to the point. Your Weismann level is pushing the limit. If the Sword of Damocles should fall, we’ll have a repeat of the Kagutsu crater. If you insist on drawing more power from the Dresden Slates, I will have to kill you.

Now that right there is some dense proper-noun-laden dialogue right there. It’s what shows that take place in the future where people have supernatural powers are wont to say. But this anime pokes fun at it by having Suoh tell Reishi he has no idea what he’s talking about. It was a necessary bit of exposition, delivered directly but cleverly. While this episode lacked the super-shiny CGI cars and skateboard video fights (though the skateboard kid Yata did get some licks in) it made up for in laying out what’s going on in this crazy mixed-up world, something the first two episodes just didn’t have time to do.

We liked simply being thrown into to the fray blind, but this episode was useful; we learned a lot. The Seven Kings with their elemental powers and rivalries; their tacit understanding that no king can rise above the others without upsetting the balance of the world. It’s all very big, important stuff. On the smaller scale, both the Red and Blue clans are looking for a murderer, while the Black King is after the White King. Only Shiro has no memory. But he does have a cat-girl; one of the things not explained this week. We dig the setting: a prosperous, advanced and powerful Japan with the kings pulling the strings in the background.


Rating: 8 (Great)

P.S. We liked how the episode kept cutting to Shiro’s place, shot from the same angle each time, underlining the tension around and comic quality to a meal that may be Shiro’s last if he doesn’t play his cards right. He does.