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K-ON! : Anime Review

K-ON!

Synopsis:

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 bassist, 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…

n their second year of high school, the club welcomes another guitarist, an underclassman named Azusa Nakano. After Azusa joins, they gain more structure and begin to practice more.

After their third year, Yui, Ritsu, Mio, and Tsumugi graduate and enroll into a university. It is there they join its light music club alongside three other students: Akira Wada, Ayame Yoshida, and Sachi Hayashi. Meanwhile, Azusa continues to run the high school light music club alongside Yui’s sister, Ui, their classmate, Jun Suzuki, and new members Sumire Saitō and Nao Okuda.

Watch anime here: (season 1 & season 2

Anime trailer:

Personal Review:

I’ve always wanted to be in a band. (as a guitarist particularly) A life of being a sessionista at bars or performing in front of people with music is what I’ve always dreamed about aside from being a writer/editor or entrep. One reason why I am hooked by this anime. oh yeah!

Fuwa Fuwa Timuh! Konnichiwa! neh… All I can say K-ON is my favorite anime from all the animes. Again, it’s something about music. wew.. Music at its best!

I couldn’t  have known K-ON but because there are Lois and Jana (the cable people or should I say Animax people ) I was able to discover K-ON, watch it online, became an avid fan and a k-on items collector. hahaha! Their cute, hilarious and youthful vibes made me feel I’m still in high school.

Let me introduce  the main cast (band members) of Light Music Club (K-On!):

Yui Hirasawa 

(Vocals / Guitar lead)

Height: 156 cm
Weight: 50 kg
Blood Type: O
Sign: Sagittarius
Birthday: November 27
Favorite Music: Yui doesn’t follow any particular style, and isn’t picky. As long as she likes it, anything is OK.
Experience with musical instruments: None.
Family Structure: Family of four, both parents and younger sister (Ui). Father works for a trading company, gets a lot of overseas assignments and tends to be absent. Because the mother often travels overseas too (helping the father), the daughters have many opportunities to spend time alone together.
Dwelling: Single family detatched home.
Commute to school: Walking.
Preferences in clothing: Pants over skirts. Yui is relatively fashion conscious and likes styles featured in teen magazines. She also wears casual clothes such as shorts and T-shirts at home.
Her room: Clean, because Ui cleans it. Yui likes small cute things, and keeps stuffed toys and such in her room. The room is painted in girly pastel and pink tones.
Favorite food: Anything, as long as it’s sweet and delicious.
Subjects she is good at: None.
Subjects she is bad at: All of them
Physical exercise: She can do it, but hates getting tired.
Way to pass time when alone: Lazing around at home.
Weaknesses and dislikes: Studying.

Main character, guitarist, lead vocalist. Having misunderstood that “light music” equals “easy music” (like whistling), she joined the Light Music Club and picked up guitar with absolutely no prior experience. She cannot do more than one thing at a time, but to make up for that she can be highly focused on a particular subject and once started, can advance quite substantially. However, whenever she learns something, she forgets something else. Yui is the type of person who doesn’t read manuals and relies on her own intuition and self taught approaches. She also does not remember any of the musical terminology. She possesses perfect pitch and is able to tune without a tuner, but she does not appear to make the best use of her ability. Yui is relatively determined and competitive, but at the same time she feels comfortable depending on the help of a few good people like Mio, Nodoka and Ui.

Mio Akiyama (Bassist/composer/2nd voice)

Height: 168 cm
Weight: 54 kg
Blood Type: A
Sign: Capricorn
Birthday: January 15
Favorite Music: Jazz. Moody instrumental music.
Experience with playing musical instruments: Started playing bass in middle school after Ritsu suggested it to her. 3 years of experience.
Family structure: Family of three, both parents. Typical household of an officer worker.
Dwelling: Single family detached home.
Commute to school: Walking.
Preferences in clothing: Pants over skirts. In summertime she likes to wear sleeveless clothes, such as tank tops.
Her room: Clean and tidy. Chic room with simple door. Actually Mio wants to decorate her room with cute things, but she does not have any because she is self conscious about them not suiting her and because she does not want to be teased when Ritsu comes over.
Favourite food: Gateau au Chocolat (rich layered chocolate cake).
Subjects she is good at: All subjects. She is always in the top 10 among all students of her grade.
Subjects she is bad at: No subject is particular.
Physical activity: Good at sports.
Way to pass the time when alone: Studying.
Weaknesses and dislikes: Scary stories. Stories about pain.

Mio is a shy girl who is in the light music club. She plays a left-handed, 3-Color Sunburst Fender Jazz Bass with a tortoiseshell pickguard, though is shown playing a Fender Precision Bass in the first manga volume. She uses D’Addario EXL160M medium bass strings. Her bass is given the name Elizabeth later in the anime. While she originally intended to join the literary club, she was forced into the light music club by her childhood friend and the club’s president/drummer, Ritsu. She gets excellent grades in school and is often mature and strict especially where Ritsu is involved; her weakness is the macabre and horrific, and she is often incapacitated with fear when stories involving ghosts, blood, injuries, haunted houses, barnacles or other disturbing topics come up. She also has a fear of being in the spotlight and gets embarrassed easily, and is often subject to teasing from Ritsu and Sawako, their club adviser and eventual third-year homeroom teacher. Mio has long, straight black hair and gray eyes (that are angled slightly more than the other characters). She cites that she chose bass since it is not the center of attention in the band, unlike the guitarist. Mio is more technical when it comes to music, and Yui often comes to her when she is in need of more guitar tutorials.

Ristu Tainaka 

(Drummer/ Club President)

Birthday: August 21
Sign: Leo
Height: 154cm
Weight: 48kg
Blood type: B

Favorite Music: Rock in general. Metal, punk, and other aggressive music is okay too. Beat is what counts.
Experience with Playing Musical Instruments: Started playing in Middle School. Three years of experience.
Family Structure: Family of four, both parents and a younger brother attending middle school. Average household of an office worker. She has no reservations about hanging out together with her brother.
Dwelling: Single-family detached home.
Commute to School: Walks (her house is in the same neighborhood as Mio’s).
Preferences in Clothing: Pants over skirts. She likes to wear polo shirts.
Her Room: Messy to the point that there is no place to stand. Half-finished manga and snacks are scattered around. She tidies it up before it becomes a full-blown disaster, but it immediately becomes a mess again.
Favorite food: Rice. Rice comes before snacks. She values food that fills the belly.
Subjects She is Good at: Physical Education.
Subjects She is Bad at: Everything else.
Physical exercise: Her strong point.
Way to Pass the Time When Alone: Reading manga.
Weaknesses and Dislikes: Work that involves minute details, complex and fussy tasks.

Ritsu (Ricchan to Yui and Mugi) is the President and drummer of the Light Music Club, and plays a yellow Rick Marotta Signature Yamaha Hipgig Drumkit, mixed with a Zildjian cymbal set (a floor tom is added in the opening credits, and she plays a white Yamaha Absolute series kit in the closing credits). 
She is very energetic and drummer-like, always upbeat, but often has trouble remembering important club activities and announcements, and owes Nodoka a fair number of favors over forgotten paperwork. According to Mio, her room is so messy that there is nowhere left to stand.She says that she chose drums because they are “cool”, but she admits that she has problems with instruments that need intricate finger movements (notably, the guitar, bass, and keyboard).
Ritsu is the kind of person who acts on an idea she just thought of moments beforehand, and has a knack of passing tests by getting Mio to help her in last-minute overnight cramming sessions.
Ritsu and Mio are childhood friends, and Ritsu often makes jokes at Mio’s expense whenever she can (which usually ends with Mio hitting Ritsu).

Tsumugi Kotoboki 

(Pianist / Heiress)

Birthday: July 2
Sign: Cancer
Height: 157cm
Weigh: 53kg
Blood type: O
Favorite Music: Classical music.
Experience with playing musical instruments: Started playing piano at age four. Picked up keyboard upon joining the Light Music Club.
Family structure: Family of three, both parents. Father is a president of a company. There is a butler at the house. She is being treasured as the only daughter.
Dwelling: Single-family home, a rather stately mansion.
Commute to school: By train (she lives two train stops away from the school). Because being driven to and from school by car is embarrassing for her, she avoids it.
Preferences in clothing: Skirts over pants. High society lady styles, such as elegant one piece dresses.
Her room: Canopy bed, antique furniture and such, as expected of a rich girl’s room. The room is decorated mostly according to her parents’ tastes.
Favorite food: She prefers traditional sweets such as daifuku (rice cakes with red bean jam filling) because she worries about calories and because western sweets are brought to her house all the time and she is tired of them.
Subjects she is good at: If anything, humanities, though she is also above average at science and math. While she is a little weaker than Mio when it comes to math, her math skills are certainly above her grade level.
Subjects she is bad at: No subject is particular.
Physical activity: Tsumugi is gentle and quiet and as result she is not good at ball games and track-and-field athletics. However, she has a lot of arm strength and amazing hand grip. She is a very strong girl.
Way to pass the time when alone: Elegant teatime
Weaknesses and dislikes: She is a little worried about her predisposition to gain weight easily.

Tsumugi, also known as Mugi, is a wealthy girl with a gentle and sweet personality. She is the third member of the light music club and plays the keyboard. Tsumugi has been playing the piano since she was four and has won various piano contests. She is the daughter of a company president, and her family has several villas in various places around Japan. When Yui goes to buy her guitar, Tsumugi is successfully able to drive down the price. She brings sweets and tea frequently and keeps a tea set at the club room. She originally intends to join the choir club, but joins the light music club instead since she would rather be “friends with fun people that you don’t meet often”.

Azusa Nakano

( guitar rhythms/ k-on’s little tenshii)

Birthday: November 11
Sign: Scorpio
Height: 150cm
Weight: 46kg
Blood type: AB

Azusa is a new student who joins the light music club and plays a Fender Mustang electric guitar but she is also in possession of a Gibson Les Paul Custom 50th Anniversary Gold Top (as seen in episode 13). A self-proclaimed novice guitarist who has been playing the guitar since the fourth grade and whose parents are working in a jazz band. She is in the same year and class as Ui and has quite a mysterious demeanor. She often finds herself bewildered by the tea parties and cosplaying aspects of the club, when she would rather just practice and is curious on how the club is able to play so well despite their problems and lack of practice. However, she has a certain weakness for cakes and can be calmed down rather easily, sometimes by just being petted. She could be described in part as a tsundere. She is constantly hugged by Yui and is nicknamed Azu-nyan after trying on a pair of cat ears and meowing. In the band, she looks up to Mio the most due to her maturity and the fact that she is an experienced bassist. Since joining, Yui comes to her for advice on playing guitar, as well as maintenance.

Information overloaded?  Well…give credits to..http://myanimelist.net/ (clap! clap!)

The only strange about this anime is there’s no male character. It’s very rare. maybe because, it’s an exclusive school for girls. hopefully on season 3 .. who knows? haha!.. I love them so much.. ! Now, I’m excited for its music compilation i requested in Nanako CDST 😀 lalala!~

My fave character: Yui-chan! I am always bias about her. She’s really cute and I can’t help but laugh whenever she acts. We’re both sweet tooth.

Favorite songs: oh.. Do I really have to choose .hmm! I almost like all the osts….I am not familiar with the character songs.

thinking… I have top 3 : the famous “fuwa fuwa time”, “Love is like a stapler” i love the lyrics  and “No, Thank you” stig!

bonus: Tenshi ni Fureta yo no! A song dedicated to Azu-nyan when the 4 graduated,, I really cried on the season 2 ending. >.<

Fighto k-ON!! Daisuki dayou……! ♥♥♥

Pls. watch the K-on movie on 12/03/2011! (nag-plug?)

Jia-neh!

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Verdict: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5/5 (bias!)

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