K-On!! – 01

April 13, 2010 at 12:55 am 3 comments

Our favourite moe blobs are back for more cake, more tea and more lack of live performances.

I agree Sawako-sensei. The maid costumes would have made this episode INFINITELY better.

Every third shot is a snap of their legs. CUT IT OUT KYOANI

It came as no surprise that a season 2 was announced for K-On after the huge success of the first. Our opening episode didn’t have too many surprises, and pretty much stuck closely to the typical slice-of-life formula we enjoyed in season 1.

I always knew Yui was a Trekky

It’s good to see how our characters aren’t falling into the generic moe stereotypes that are rampant in most moe series. We have our main character Yui, the bassist Mio, a shy yet mature girl, the active drummer Ritsu, the air-headed keyboardist Mugi and Azu-nyan, the youngest member of the group.

Azu-nyan for president!

This episode started off with Yui, Ritsu, Mio and Mugi entering 3rd year, and Azu-nyan entering 1st. It was pretty easy on newcomers to the series (but then, you didn’t miss all that much anyway), and pretty standard for the many acquainted with it.

The dark and seedy side of Yui is revealed!

The humour was actually pretty good, and animation work is definitely solid. However what was a definite slap-on-the-face was the fact that the most of the live performance was skipped. You’d expect that with the success of K-On S1 and the budget of KyoAni, and the fact that this was the PERFECT opportunity to show one, we viewers would receive some sort of animated performance. It just reeks of season 1 where there was really only one (or 2? I can’t remember) proper concert. This is a slice-of-life anime about a music band Kyoani. Get it right within the next 26 episodes.

For now it’s hard to guage how much potential this season has. At a decently-lengthed 26 episodes, K-On!! has the potential for being incredibly repetitive. They also better have more animated performances. I mean, heck, even ANGEL BEATS managed to fit one in, and that’s not even a series about a music band. Stay tuned.

Breaststroke - you're doing it wrong.

OP: As some viewers said, this sounds “like chipmunks singing”. I have to agree. But at least Azu-nyan is in the damn OP rather than being the cardboard insert she was in S1. Great work with animation though.

ED: A hark back to Don’t Say Lazy from S1. I think this one might just be a little catchier on the ears, though it still doesn’t have that impact we received from Don’t Say Lazy. Animation work is spectacular and the costuming is pretty cool (and very Japanese).

And it suddenly dawned on her, that they missed something out: the live performance

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  • 1. Baka!  |  April 13, 2010 at 9:45 am

    You’re right. The ep would have been better with those maid outfits….I think it was a great start. The OP and ED are more jazzy I reckon which is a nice change. You can’t criticise them for not dealing too much into Kyoani. It is after all a slice of life anime series.

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  • 2. Fabrice  |  April 14, 2010 at 12:52 am

    Even though it is rather slow, it has a similiar feel as the first ep from first season. It’s light, humorous and cute – a nice introduction back to the series. Overall it’s a pretty good episode

    loved the beginning when Yui was jamming with Gitah!

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  • 3. Reltair  |  April 16, 2010 at 7:19 am

    Just can’t get enough of K-ON!! I found the 2nd episode to be better than the first; I guess the subject matter was just more interesting. Seriously though, they need to actually show them performing again sometime.

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