No, I am not suffering from any kind of multiple personality disorder. It’s just that watching K-ON!! and reading about what other bloggers were saying about the show leads to great deal of conflict in my thoughts. For me, the show stands right in the middle between love and hate and probably significant and insignificant. So in this post, I write my review in the form of conversation between the two conflicting persona of myself.
Positive Canne: K-ON!! is the story about high school life of five girls who we all know very well from the first season. Like its predecessor, this show is mostly character-driven. Each episode contains short and simple plot element like senior photo, music room cleaning or school play rehearsal. These simple plots give the girls plenty of time to shine and develop themselves.
Negative Canne: That’s a lie. K-ON!! has no plot and the creators make no effort to create one. Those plot elements is so generic and can be found in any story remotely involved with high school. K-ON!! wants us to think that less is more but in actuality, less is less. Each episode is just one insignificant girly idle day one after another. The show solely relied on these girls’ personal charm to keep the audience entertained. If there’s one thing the show does right, it is characterization not storytelling. We love these girls and we let them get away with anything including plotless anime.
Positive Canne: Have you heard of ‘slice of life anime’ at all? This show is about life, love and friendship. It’s about growing up. If that’s insignificant to you, I can’t imagine how your life must be. It’s all about the characters and their evolution into adulthood. K-ON!!, with incredible attention to details and top-notch humor, nail this department from beginning to end. This is one of the only few shows that deal with this universal matter and somehow manages to be distinguished. Many people have already categorized this show into its own genre. Now, do yourself a favor and get back to your action/sci-fi/shonen anime where you get to save the world and do something ‘significant’ in every single episode!
Negative Canne: Well, I know you can conjure up some deep, meaningful things from watching idle girls doing nothing. But can you really look me in the eye and tell me that you never get bored during this series? Not even once?
Positive Canne: I am not listening! *covers ears*
Negative Canne: Alright, alright, let’s move on to other topics. What about the music? I thought that was one of the main attractions of the first season. This one hardly features any music except the school festival and summer festival arcs. Most of the time, it’s about the girls planning to practice and end up having a tea break or something else. In short, they scarcely practice, the band gets to perform only a few times and their performance does not improve one bit.
Positive Canne: Sure they have less scenes about music. And I must admit that this second season has fully shifted towards their high school life. The first season seemed to suggest that the band wanted to pursue career in musical industry. But in K-ON!!, Sawa-chan clearly states that the girls need to set more solid goal and they all apply for college. You know what? This is very real. K-ON!! is telling us that you cannot rely only on dreams. You must act logically and realistically.
Negative Canne: Fine, I get you *waves hands annoyingly*
Positive Canne: Another thing worth mentioning is K-ON!!’s high production value. The animation is so brilliantly done, lively and colorful! Oh, and I can’t get enough of these girls clothes. Talk about fashion-forward anime!
Negative Canne: *rolls eyes*At least I can agree to how good the animation is. Nevertheless, the original soundtrack is still a bit lazy. There are too few themes and they are used too often. I remember there was this only one sad theme that got played in every sad/teary scene. Oh, you probably never noticed that since you are too busy observing how lovely Mugi’s hair moved and how trendy Mio’s dress was.
Positive Canne: Haters will hate. Let’s conclude this review. You go first.
Negative Canne: K-ON!! is K-ON!! It is not exactly a train wreck but it is a train that carries nothing that really matters. If you really like these girls, go on and watch it because that’s all you are going to get. My rating is C+.
Positive Canne: K-ON!! is K-ON!! and it’s clearly not for everyone. I am sure that if you know what to expect and watch it with open mind, you’ll find an anime that excels in character building and full of harmless humor. I give it B+.
Genre: comedy, drama
Released date: April 7, 2010 – September 28, 2010
Director: Naoko Yamada
Animated by: Kyoto Animation
Ps. Tell me what you think about this form of review, thanks :)