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January 31, 2012

Anime Review: K-On!

K-On! is one of the best slice of life music and comedy anime ever produced. It features catchy songs, memorable characters and an engaging storyline to keep viewers wanting more. This review takes the sequel, K-On!! into account.

K-On!Synopsis:
Hirasawa Yui, a young, carefree girl entering high school. Seeking an extra-curricular club activity, her attention is immediately drawn to a poster advertising the ‘Light Music Club’. Being the carefree girl that she is, she quickly signs up. However, Yui has a problem, she is unable to play an instrument.

When Yui goes to the clubroom to explain, she's greeted by the other members: Ritsu, Mio and Tsumugi. Although disheartened at Yui’s lack of musical know-how, they still try to convince her to stay to prevent the club’s disbandment. After playing Yui a short piece which re-ignites her imagination, they succeed in keeping their new member and guitarist.

Along with the tasks of school and homework, Yui begins to learn the guitar with the help of the other band members, experiencing many mishaps along the way. However, with the school-festival drawing near and Yui getting stuck with her practice, will the Light Music Club be ready in time for their debut?

Review:
K-On! is one of the best (if not the only) successful anime to incorporate comedy, music and school girls into one package. From the very first episode, you are introduced to the various characters and their backgrounds. This leads to a formation of friendship between the girls which decides to save the light music club from going defunct. Simple as it seems, the story really captivated me to continue watching. Not once was I bored from watching the anime. Each episodes chronologically link from start to end. There are no plot holes or missing information that would ultimately confuse the audience or create a contradiction in the anime. There are a few climaxes throughout the series that will keep you engaged for a while, making you want to keep watching and watching.

The art is really well drawn out. The design of the characters and the glossy finish of the band's instruments really stood out. Characters were easily recognized and there were no two similar looking characters, which was nice (some anime have similar looking characters which tends to confuse me).

Sound was not an issue here. All the songs by the band was extremely catchy and memorable. Never has an anime had that much impact on me though the use of appropriate soundtracks that convey the feeling and mood of the situation. The opening and ending themes really stood out. I must admit that the Houkago Tea Time band is probably one of my favourite bands so far. They totally rock!

Speaking of Houkago Tea Time, the band members are one of the cutest bunch ever. I loved every single character throughout the anime. From the hilarious Mio to the ever cutest Azusa(Azu-nyan!! <3),   the audience will simply be captivated by their sense of style, personality and interaction with other members. Whether you are a guy or girl, you will definitely find your favourite character here.

This has been one exciting anime. I cannot get enough of it. Honestly, I think the creators should make a Season 3 featuring Azusa and her continuation of the HTT Band along with Ui and  Jun. Although Season 2 ended with the original cast's graduation, I think it would be appropriate to focus more on Azusa's band than the original cast (which are now in college). Overall, I really enjoyed this anime. Definitely recommended as a must-watch anime.

STORY: 9
The story totally captivated me throughout the whole series. Not once did I get bored or skip and scenes due to plot holes or side stories. A definite chronological sequence from beginning to end.

ART: 8
Well drawn and well presented. Characters are instantly recognized on screen. Shadows and textures were also well imprinted and vivid backgrounds and places were plenty.

SOUND: 10
Best anime for use of a girl band, catchy theme songs and voice acting. Voices of characters were distinct from each other and the theme songs and albums was also actually done by the same voice characters of the anime.

CHARACTER: 9
Loved every single character. They all had their own unique personality and traits. You will definitely love each and every character in this anime.

ENJOYMENT: 9
Really enjoyed this series. I only wished that it was much longer because I just can't get enough.

OVERALL: 9
One awesome anime. Cannot stop loving and listening to the songs. For those who love girl bands and music, this is a must-watch anime for you. You will get plenty of laughs and sad moments in this anime. You will definitely not forget this anime for a long time.