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New Series Review: K-ON!

July 27, 2009

Hey everyone it’s time for yet another New Series Review by Rain! I was able to watch the entire new series called K-ON! Which might I say is now on my top 15 favorite anime’s! Here’s a little bit more info just to make you interested..

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Here’s a summary for ya: It’s Yui Hirasawa’s first year

in high school, and she’s eagerly searching for a club to join. At the same time, Ritsu Tainaka, a drummer, and her friend Mio Akiyama, a bass player, are desperately trying to save the school’s light music club, which is about to be disbanded due to lack of members. They manage to recruit Tsumugi Kotobuki to play the keyboard, meaning they only need one more member to get the club running again. Yui joins, thinking it will be an easy experience for her to play the castanets, the only instrument she knows. However, the other members think their new addition is actually a guitar prodigy…

Well.. I’ll say that most summary’s for K-ON! cannot be told to the exact because unfortunately, K-ON! on;y consists of 12 episodes plus a bonus “Winter’s Day” episode 13. I will say that even though this anime is short is is very well put together and quite funny. I enjoyed it very much! Like other comedy/slice-of-life animes, the appeal of K-ON! comes strictly from the characters rather than an ongoing plot or storyline, and thus the humor is derived from their personalities and flaws. There’s only eight characters in K-ON!’s all-female cast; the four main girls Yui, Mio, Ritsu, and Tsumugi, then later Azusa becomes the fifth member of the band, and the three supporting characters Ui, Sawako-sensei, and Nodoka. It’s pretty easy to dismiss the K-ON! characters as being cookie-cutter stereotypes of the moe genre. While I agree that they could indeed fall into certain archetypes, I still think they have enough unique personalities quirks and realistic emotions to make them appealing, such as Mio’s fear of gross or scary things, Azusa’s initial frustration with the antics of the other girls, and Ritsu’s jealousy of Mio’s friendship with Nodoka. I think KyoAni has a way with making characters likable even if they are sometimes stereotypical and not particularly well developed.

~Laura-chan

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