K-ON is…

K-ON!

… the spiritual successor of Lucky Star. You can’t deny it, the similatiries are so obvious..

Yui = Tsukasa
Sachi Ritsu and Mio = Konata and Kagami
Tsumugi = Miyuki.

… in terms of their roles.

K-ON!

The first episode is pretty much what I expected from KyoAni, the masters of producing endearing, funny and entertaining slice-of-life shows, and it’s definitely didn’t get off the wrong foot like Lucky Star. The jokes were easy to get and laugh (light music = castanets lololololol), the characters are funny and easily endearing and there’s a cohesive enough story to link everything together. In fact, K-ON! would reach out to more people, as it’s easier to identify with theme of music that the show is pushing and the jokes will probably involve musical topics too, something that everyone should “get”. Krauser’s cameo was hillarious.

K-ON!

As for the seiyuu performance, the rookie quartet does quite a good job. They’re still a bit rough on the edges, like Tsumugi’s Minako Kotobuki and sometimes a bit inconsistent (Mio’s Hikasa Yōko) but that will improve as the show goes on. This is also a reason why I admire KyoAni so much, they aren’t hesitant to provide exposure for the rookies and further developing the industry rather than sticking to same faces again and again.

K-ON!

Lucky for us, no dancing OP’s this time, but the ED is quite out-of-place. The songs are not bad though, especially the ED by Mio (despite the ENGRISH). Thank god they chose the right person for her. Mio’s my favourite of the quartet in the group. Not a surprising choice, really. That long black hair… ahhhhh. I hope she doesn’t do twin tails later on. I might pull a Kanako.

K-ON!

Oh, and a point I have to note is how Yui wears pantyhose (AND IT’S BLACK TOO!) compared to the rest of the cast who wear much more normal footwear. I just couldn’t stop looking at it the whole episode. It’s not really wrong, but kinda doesn’t fit her dojikko attributes lol.

K-ON!

The tune that the band performs for Yui in the episode actually took me a while to figure out, hence the delay of this post. It’s actually “Tsubasa wo Kudasai”, a 1971 J-drama theme song, with a cover performed by Veil ∞ Lia & Aoi. I recognised the tune, but had trouble figuring out the song title, so a lot of thanks to Guncannon for answering it for me.

Well, another show to look forward to. Watching KyoAni shows has become so normal nowadays, it’s pretty much ‘wrong’ if a season doesn’t have one show by them, XD.

33 Comments

  1. Anon Said,

    April 3, 2009 @ 6:19 pm

    How is the end out of place exactly? I think it fits the series just fine and is fucking terrific.

  2. Sheba Said,

    April 3, 2009 @ 6:33 pm

    Personally, I’d rather not compare it with Lucky*Star and let K-On stand on its own legs.

    >> it’s pretty much ‘wrong’ if a season doesn’t have one show by them, XD.

    Do you remember Spring and Summer 2008?

  3. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    April 3, 2009 @ 6:43 pm

    @Sheba: I can’t help it. The personality types are so similar.

    And yes, I do remember those two seasons. Despite the distraction of Geass and Macross Frontier, those two seasons wasn’t really all that fun. At least there was the Lucky Star OVA.

  4. Tokkan Said,

    April 3, 2009 @ 6:50 pm

    Who’s Sachi? Do you mean Ritsu?

  5. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    April 3, 2009 @ 6:52 pm

    Brainfart. I mixed it up with “Tainaka Sachi”.

  6. Doc Astaroth Said,

    April 3, 2009 @ 7:01 pm

    Wow, even if Haruhi would suck this year, I think K-ON´ll console me for it.

    And the ED is amazing!

  7. Doc Astaroth Said,

    April 3, 2009 @ 7:02 pm

    Btw, did I read “Tainaka Sachi”!?

  8. Seratil Said,

    April 3, 2009 @ 7:02 pm

    hm, i actually think Ritsu is more like Haruhi Suzumiya from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu.

  9. vissione Said,

    April 3, 2009 @ 7:03 pm

    I can’t get over the eyebrows……… they creep me out.

    I’m on the hater camp (like I was for Lucky Star initially). Maybe it’lll grow on me (just like Lucky Star) when there was nothing else to watch (just like when Lucky Star was out…).

    Hey maybe you’re onto something!

  10. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    April 3, 2009 @ 7:30 pm

    @Doc: Yes, you did.

  11. Sheba Said,

    April 3, 2009 @ 7:48 pm

    At least K-On satisfied me on the first episode. On the other hand, I fear a disappointment from the other show I am waiting for, Guin Saga. And of course, yet another snarky one-episode review from Aroduc to be expected, after the one about K-On. Yes, he became that predicable.

  12. Sniperk Said,

    April 3, 2009 @ 8:03 pm

    I liked the musics, both op and ed, and god the end grows one you quite easily. I lost as to how many times I already listened that I was already looking at amazon when it’s gonna be released the single. @_@

    I’m not gonna compare to Lucky Star because the episode wasn’t quite like this, as in the matter of pace and introduction of the girls. I have to admit that the animaton wasn’t what I was specting from KyoAni, but it really fit the mood of the show. Looking forward to this. Does anyone know how many episodes this is gonna run?

    And before I forget.

    Mio rulez. So MOE i’m gonna die! =]

  13. manga Said,

    April 3, 2009 @ 8:07 pm

    Ok, now I don´t care. I need to watch this!!

    Bring out the big guns cause I´ll need em.

  14. Phazeshift Said,

    April 3, 2009 @ 8:31 pm

    I LOVE THIS

    A Yui is Fine Too

  15. Christ Said,

    April 3, 2009 @ 9:08 pm

    Why the hell is the screen square again? This is 2009 for christsakes.

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    April 3, 2009 @ 9:14 pm

    […] mentioned by Kurogane, the resemblance is […]

  17. Kaisos Said,

    April 3, 2009 @ 9:22 pm

    Cute. Vapid, but cute.

    Needs more Ritsu. Like, lots more.

  18. Dane Said,

    April 3, 2009 @ 9:29 pm

    Tsumugi needs moar love. I’m guessing rich girl with quite a lot of ignorance… it only serves to scream “MOE” all over my screen. Love the OP and ED.

  19. Sniperk Said,

    April 3, 2009 @ 10:04 pm

    I forgot to add before but, was just me or the OP screamed Beatles?

  20. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    April 3, 2009 @ 10:08 pm

    @Chris: Blame TBS. Widescreen version coming in 3 weeks later.

    @Sniperk: Not a fan of The Beatles, so I dunno. But if you say so…

  21. KV Said,

    April 4, 2009 @ 12:47 am

    I think it was out of place because of the intro being topless..?

  22. Silent Minstrel Said,

    April 4, 2009 @ 12:53 am

    I think ritsu = Misao rather than Konata.

    Got to love MIO!

  23. ithekro Said,

    April 4, 2009 @ 2:18 am

    Yeah, OP screams Beatles (early)…ED doesn’t, but considering some of the songs they did, I wouldn’t have put that past them either..especially around 1966.

  24. Moe Check! » K-On - The Inevitable Comparison Said,

    April 4, 2009 @ 3:11 am

    […] Kurogane compared the main characters of K-On to those of Lucky Star, which does rather fit, but to be honest the first comparison I thought of was Hidamari Sketch: […]

  25. Catrophy Said,

    April 4, 2009 @ 8:19 am

    KRAUSER-SAN! SATSUGAI!!!

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    April 4, 2009 @ 12:23 pm

    […] characters immediately stand out (even if they’re very similar to some other KyoAni characters as Kurogane points […]

  27. Drum Eagle Said,

    April 5, 2009 @ 7:51 am

    yea….those pantyhose are lovely indeed! ^-^

  28. Hourai Neetwork - K-ON! episode 1 : Le cancer de la Japanime (et de la flemme) Said,

    April 5, 2009 @ 11:18 pm

    […] et comme l’ami Axel, j’ai passé une partie de l’épisode à fixer ses jambes (et apparement on était pas les seuls) car elle possède un gros atout : ses collants noirs. Quant à Ritsu, elle ne m’a pas encore […]

  29. Andrew Said,

    April 6, 2009 @ 9:25 am

    @Sniperk: On a historical note, the Beatles also couldn’t read music when they first started out.

  30. lord_jagganath Said,

    April 7, 2009 @ 4:19 pm

    right on andrew!!! none of them actually knew how to play “real” music… just tabs and some guitar chords… the drums was a total do up from scratch…
    expect awesomeness form Mio !! whoo .. ( makes me really wanna pick up the Bass..)

  31. Christ Said,

    April 8, 2009 @ 8:25 pm

    Getting a guitarist who doesn’t know how to play guitar.

    The ending rules. They could have fixed the lip synch though.

  32. Cat Megex Said,

    April 16, 2009 @ 6:06 am

    Did you say “Kanako”? :3 Listen to the teacher’s voice closely.

  33. kiro Said,

    March 27, 2010 @ 7:15 pm

    hi…. wow this anime is so cool….. there’s even more of it as you can see…….haha

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