Anime: K-on!!


talk about failed resolutions, maybe I should cut my losses and just resolve to watch an anime or read a book once a week. That shouldn’t be too difficult right?

Anyways, I know I’m pretty late to the game with K-on, but at least I can now say I’ve watched the second season.

It was good, actually I felt it was better than the first season. There were parts that were a tad draggy, but I enjoyed how the series portrayed the seniors’ (Yui, Mio, Mugi and Ritsu) transition from last year in high school, through exams and graduation and entering university. I loved Azusa and how attached she grew to her seniors. We’re also given more time with other characters in this season – with Ui (Yui’s sister), Jun (Ui and Azusa’s classmate), Nodoka (Yui’s childhood friend) and of course Sawa-chan (the girls’ homeroom teacher).

The first half of the season is similar to the first season, it shows us the girls’ everyday lives, their time in the club, making music and making friends. But the second half delves a bit deeper. It looks at their friendships, and as graduation nears one realized that maybe just maybe they won’t be together anymore. It will resonate with those who are graduating or who have graduated from high school. The realization that things are changing, that there may not be another chance to perform in the school festival together, to stay overnight in school, to enjoy tea in the club room after school. It tugs at your heartstrings. More so for Azusa who would be the last one standing when her seniors graduate. At this point of time I am very tempted to describe all the things that happen in the last few episodes and why they’re so amazing and so poignant, but I shall refrain from doing so.

Suffice to say, K-on will always remind me of my time in high school and it’s ability to portray that high school life is probably its biggest draw. It isn’t about romance, it isn’t about studying but the most important things one takes away from high school are the friends and the memories from that time. K-on is a great anime because it portrays high school life so accurately. I’m sure we all have friends like Yui, Mio, Ritsu, Mugi and Azusa. I’m sure we all had our form of after school tea time. K-on just reminds us of that time.

Looking forward to the movie!

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