25
Apr
09

K-On…

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…initial impressions deculture!

Normally I stay well away from a series like K-On. It’s totally moe, about music, and girls in High school. All the ingredients that make me hate slice of life, cutesy animes. This is one of the reasons why I couldn’t watch Lucky Star past the first episode!

So what makes K-On so different that I actually love it to the point that, for the first time in years, I eagerly await the anime’s weekly release? Perhaps that it’s not really trying to be moe. Or at least not to the point that induces projectile vomit, but instead makes me feel good inside. See, the “cute” things about K-On actually have some logic behind them.

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This makes sense

Before I go ahead, K-On starts with 3 girls who are really into music and want to have a music club in high school. The twist is that if they don’t find a fourth member, their club will be closed down. Nobody seems to want to join the ‘Light Music Club’, except one Yui Hirasawa, a lightheaded (seewhatIdidthere?) girl who just wants to do something casual. Like playing as a lead guitarist for a band! Or at least that’s what the other 3 girls try to make Yui do. And their Trojan Horse? Tasty food.

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Yup, that shit works on me too.

A very brief recap of all the episodes out so far:

Ep 1: Intro to all the characters and formation of the Light Music Club;

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The Band

Ep 2: Doing part-time jobs to buy a guitar for Yui;

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Hendrix got nothing on her!

Ep 3: Helping Yui out with her studies so she doesn’t flunk and can participate in the club;

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Study time nao

Ep 4: Band training, at the beach.

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This is how we roll!

Now don’t go on mistaking that the anime is all about Yui, it’s about all the 4 girls and how they deal with simple problems in realistic, yet entertaining ways. For instance Yui trying to study for her retests and failing miserably when all she tries to do is learn the guitar (and not succeed at that either). And then how her friends come in to help her out the night before.

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Reminds me of how I used to be back in College and Uni, going off on tangents when ‘srs bzns’ was being discussed. Of course, there was nothing cute about how I had to deal with such situations, but that’s a different story.

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So what I really love about K-On is how they approach the characters and their interactions with each other. While story takes a back place, there’s only so much creativity one can have with a bunch of High school kids trying to become a successful band. We all know they’ll make it in the end XD It’s the journey that’s so brilliantly crafted!

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The animation itself is very smooth (nothing less from KyoAni), and while the OP and BGM isn’t that remarkable, the ED totally rocks! Oh, and the 4:3 format? Totally cool, like everything else in the anime.

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And with that, see you next week…

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deculture!

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10 Responses to “K-On…”


  1. 1 li
    April 26, 2009 at 5:55 am

    Hey there
    Great post , good info
    would like to put a link to it in
    My blog
    if thats ok with you?
    cheers
    liran

    • 2 th
      April 26, 2009 at 7:24 am

      Just a pointer, there’s a link to your website through your username above (when you posted your site address in the comments form). Glad you liked the blog :)

  2. May 2, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    K-ON madness, everyone loves Mio. Sooner or later we’ll see K-ON character goods and figurines pouring in.

    The OP/ED kinda grows on me. Love them!

  3. 5 guitar_yui
    September 21, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    these pictures are cute.
    my favourite is yui

  4. 6 M&K
    October 17, 2009 at 9:40 am

    กระผมชอบMioมากขอรับ…^-^;;;
    พอดีเล่นดนตรีชนิดเดียวกันนะขอรับ(เย้!!!ดีใจสุดๆเย้ย55+)

  5. 7 Darshana
    May 21, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    i looove k-on! its so differnt to all the animes i used to watch (PPGZ, Tokyo Mew Mew) where everyone just used to transform into girly outfits and battle evil people. i love how this could actually happen in real life! and their expressions are so funny. Ritsu always makes me laugh, especially when Mio hits her on the head and this lump pops up XD ive only watched the first three episodes and am halfway through the fourth, and im already in love with it! the opening is so catchy!! there should really be more animes like this one.

    • 8 th
      May 21, 2010 at 8:34 pm

      Well then, you’re in luck. K-ON!! Season 2 just started and we’re down to the 7th episode. Also, it’s just as good as the first one, if not better!

  6. May 27, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    good luck first i like hahaha
    better 2 just and down

  7. August 15, 2010 at 11:55 am

    IT’S TRUELY AMAZING THE GIRLS OF K-ON REALLY RESEMBLES ME AND MY FRIENDS AND IT THE VERY FIRST ANIME I’VE SEEN ND I’M TOTALLY GOIN CRAZY WATING FOR THE SECOND SEASON. I’M REALLY THIRSTY FOR K-ON.:-)


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