Anime Review – K-On!

K-On-series-imageGrab your cup of tea, your sweet of choice, your penchant for having fun and the first instrument you can think of. I have dibs on the triangle though (i’m not musically gifted like you). Now you’re probably thinking – “why must I grab these random things? I’m no servant!” And I agree. You’re grabbing these things because once you see K-On! you’ll realise that the light music club is where it’s at. I’m just getting you prepared.

K-On! takes you on a cliché yet enjoyable adventure into the proceedings of a fledgling school music club and the lives of those in it. It’s cute, a bit of fun and ultimately serves to brighten your day – kind of like a fashionable rabbit would.

But while watching K-On! is undoubtedly a pleasurable experience it’s also one that won’t appeal to everyone. The plot is rather weak and progresses slowly, with a large portion of the anime consisting of character-building filler. And while I love cute personalities and character-building as much as I love cat videos, I also like everyday drama that has a little more significance.

Despite every practice session being incredibly unproductive they seem to become superstars. Source: Kyoto Animation
Despite every practice session being incredibly unproductive they still become superstars.   Source: Kyoto Animation

K-On! does well to turn mundane activities into light-hearted fun, but if they had made the everyday lives of the characters a little more interesting the series would have been much more gripping. I mean, there’s only so many times I can watch the entire cast go bat-shit crazy for five plus minutes over an assortment of costumes.

But i’ll stop focusing on the bad – because bad things aren’t fun. And in terms of K-On! it’s a little unnecessary as there are heaps of things that this anime does really well.

Look at them the performing. They're like the Japanese Spice Girls. Only that was a massive lie. They're nothing like the Spice Girls. Source: Kyoto Animation
Look at them the performing. They’re like the Japanese Spice Girls. Only that was a massive lie. They’re nothing like the Spice Girls. Don’t trust me.  Source: Kyoto Animation

If you’re happy to look past the fact there’s no male voice you’ll most likely love the cast, as each female character has a very distinct yet widely relatable personality. Whether you love sleep (who doesn’t!?), constant excitement or adherence to strict routines you’ll find a character to live through vicariously. In particular the main character – Yui, strikes a chord with everyone with her love of procrastination, and is rather fun to watch due to her exceedingly dense nature.

To add. Love of cake is another reason you will resonate with the characters. Source: Kyoto Animation
To add. Love of cake is another reason you will resonate with the characters.   Source: Kyoto Animation

Music is a staple of K-On! and it’s done really good. From the opening to the ending, and all the songs that play out in performances. They’re catchy and upbeat, with enough variation to keep you gripped. Normally when a song comes into anime i’m tempted to fast-forward. But not here, not in K-On!

If you’re looking for something that’s both energetic and calming, this anime is for you. Action and a deep plot line don’t make an appearance in K-On! But this anime gives you some great tunes wrapped up in comedic slice of life anime series that often can’t help but make you smile. Finally, if you spotted the sneaky pun hidden in this review then 10 points to you!

Thank you for reading my review!

Rating 7.0/10

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