…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.
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.
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;
Ep 2: Doing part-time jobs to buy a guitar for Yui;
Ep 3: Helping Yui out with her studies so she doesn’t flunk and can participate in the club;
Ep 4: Band training, at the beach.
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.
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.
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 😄 It’s the journey that’s so brilliantly crafted!
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.
And with that, see you next week…