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9th Jun '18 6:46:00 AM JRads47
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A third spin-off manga, ''K-On! Shuffle'', has been announced and is set to be serialized starting in July 2018.
20th May '18 5:08:45 AM kasperow
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* IdiotBall: Despite being quite the guitar player, most likely trained by her Jazz Musician parents and probably the only sane member of the Light Music Club, she is a disaster when it comes to teaching her senpais to play guitar. Case in point:
** Yui makes a bit of progress when Azusa teaches her, because Yui already knows how to read guitar tab and rhythmic notation, both of which it can be assumed that Mio, Mugi or even Ui taught her.
** When Ritsu wants to learn to play the guitar, Azusa tries to teach Ritsu to play "Fuwa Fuwa Time", by showing her the (surprisingly accurate) musical notation for the '''vocal''' part, rather than starting with something simpler, such as correct posture and maybe a simple riff, such as the intro to "Fude Pen, Ball Pen". This is despite the fact that Ritsu, being a drummer, has never had the need to be able to read musical notation in the past, but Azusa just assumes that Ritsu can read it perfectly. Understandably, Ritsu gives up within minutes.
** When Mugi tries playing the guitar, Azusa somehow decides that it's a good idea to teach Mugi, who is a total beginner at guitar, how to play Barre Chords, something which many guitar players spend months or even years mastering. And that's the first time Mugi even touches a guitar. No surprise, Mugi also gives up on learning to play guitar.



** During the first two training camps, Mugi borrows a mansion for the girls to stay at from her father. The first time, it's the smallest mansion, which is still bigger than Yui's Mio's and Ritsu's houses combined, and says she wanted to borrow another one, but this was the only one available. The next year, they stay at an even bigger mansion, and the others automatically assume that's the one Mugi couldn't get the first time, only to find out there's an even bigger mansion.
** When they go through the special training prior to the school festival in Season 2, Mugi casually states that she has been getting the tea they drink in the club room from the restaurant. In the Manga, the prices are listed as between 600 and 1100 Yen a cup, causing Ritsu to nearly choke on her tea. "You're saying we've been drinking this kind of expensive stuff all along?"
*** And then, of course, there is the tea sets themselves, imported from Europe, from the Finnish Royal Family, and stated to be worth around 100,000 Yen.



** In the movie, when the band finishes playing the heavy metal song in the beginning, Mio compares it to Music/IronMaiden.

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** In the movie, when the band finishes playing the heavy metal song in the beginning, Mio Ritsu compares it to Music/IronMaiden.



*** Mio's reaction to seeing right-handed instruments, and likewise to seeing left-handed instruments, while exaggerated, does reflect how many left-handed guitarists and bass players feel about many manufacturers mainly producing right-handed instruments, with a limited selection of left-handed models, if any.



** Sawako plays an Alpine White Epiphone Flying V in the Season 1 finale, and also owns a 1964 Gibson SG Cherry, which the Club sells for for half a million Yen. The show even treats the viewers to a [[DescriptionPorn 1 minute long explanation as to '''why''' the guitar is worth half a million Yen]].



** The other guitarist in Death Devil plays a BC Rich Warlock, a guitar that fits the band's look and sound perfectly.



** Season 2 Episode 3 ("Drummer!") also deserves some recognition, for being one of very few anime episodes (if not the only) ever produced to realistically deal with the topic of musical burnout. Non-musicians might think it's a bit unrealistic how quickly Ritsu gets over it, but in reality, this is '''exactly''' how quickly people usually get over it!
** The interactions between Houkago Tea Time and various other bands (such as in the "Live House!" OVA and when Yui fills in for Sawako in Death Devil) also realistically reflect how many professional and even upcoming bands are towards each other.
*** In "Live House!", it is clear to the other bands playing that Houkago Tea Time has no experience playing outside of the school, and have every opportunity to sabotage their performance. However, they decide to be supportive instead of hostile, for what can only be assumed to be due to two reasons: 1, it's a shared bill, so if one of the five bands playing puts on a bad performance, the audience might leave, resulting in everyone after that band getting less exposure, and 2, by being friendly instead of competitive, they all expand their musical network, which can come in handy at a later time (and it does for HTT in the movie).
*** Death Devil calling in a replacement guitarist (just like HTT did in Season 1 Episode 12) to replace one of their band members is a common practice among bands, particularly if there won't be time for the event booker to find another band (or in this case, if the booker doesn't want to find another band).



** Not even '''when the girls travel to London''', can they avoid Sawako showing up out of nowhere.



** When one of the other students gets sick just before hitting the stage, Yui takes over that student's role... as a bush.

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** When Mugi and one of the other students gets sick just before hitting run off to borrow the stage, Occult Club's Rosetta Stone replica, due to their own tombstone prop being missing, Yui takes over that student's role... as a bush. Which is labelled as "'''Tree H'''"...
*** As lampshaded in the anime: "Why is it even necessary for the trees to show their faces?"
6th May '18 12:43:10 AM kasperow
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* DeathGlare: Mugi, of all people, has one in Chapter 22.
3rd May '18 2:17:57 PM fruitstripegum
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* {{Hypocrite}}: In [=1x03=], Ritsu (along with Mio and Mugi) has an ImagineSpot where she pictures Yui ignoring her studies in favor of rolling around on her bed and giggling at manga. Later, when they go to Yui's house to help her study, Yui diligently sits at her table and studies with Mio and Mugi while Ritsu rolls around on the bed and giggles at manga.


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* {{Hypocrite}}: In [=1x03=], Ritsu (along with Mio and Mugi) has an ImagineSpot where she pictures Yui ignoring her studies in favor of rolling around on her bed and giggling at manga. Later, when they go to Yui's house to help her study, Yui diligently sits at her table and studies with Mio and Mugi while Ritsu rolls around on the bed and giggles at manga.
2nd May '18 5:56:47 PM WarriorsGate
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** The scene transitions in "Planning Discussion" are accompanied by--of all things--the infamous ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' drumbeat.
1st May '18 5:44:04 AM kasperow
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** The pilot episode has a mild case:
--> Ritsu: "Mio! What about that promise we made? Was that just a big lie? That I would play drums... And you would play the bass... Our band... We've been saying forever that we would start one. We promised each other, remember? That night, when we went to see that concert together."
--> Mio (Flashback): "This is it..."
--> Ritsu (Flashback): "This is... Isn't it?"
--> Ritsu: "WERE THOSE SWEET WORDS NOTHING BUT A BIG LIE?"
--> Mio: "No. Your flashback is."



** As Mio so casually puts it in Episode 2x12: "I don't know what you're thinking, but you're definitely wrong."



** Again in Episode 10 of Season 2, when Sawako is meeting with someone the girls don't know, they first suspect it could be a boyfriend, and stalks her, only to find out it's just another member of the band Sawako was in during her time in the Light Music Club.



* DefiledForever: After Mio's infamous panty shot, she huddles in the corner of the music room and moans about how nobody will ever want to marry her.

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* DefiledForever: After Mio's infamous panty shot, she huddles in the corner of the music room and moans about how nobody will ever want to marry her. This comes up again and again in the manga.



** Fender also reissued a Fender Mustang model identical to Azusa's after the demand for Candy Apple Red Mustangs skyrocketed.



** Episode 14 of season 1 is supposed to take place before episode 12, but the backstage passes from episode 14 don't show up on the girls' gigbags until Season 2. Justified in that episode 14 was made only as a special episode after season 1 officially ended, and it would have raised more questions if the backstage passes just showed up out of nowhere.



** "Afterschool Tea Time will always, always be... ''after school!"''

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** "Afterschool Tea Time will always, always be... ''after school!"''school!''"



*** Judging from the packaging on the strings, both Yui and Azusa use D'Addario EXL120+ strings. This set has a string-gauge of 0.0095-0.042 inches, which would suit their sound perfectly (the only other set with the same logo-color on the packaging is the EXL140 set, with a string-gauge of 0.012-0.052 inches, which naturally sound heavier than the EXL120+).



*** Played straight and averted at the same time in the movie. When playing at the Japanese Culture Exhibition Festival, HTT doesn't have their own amps, so they have to borrow some, which is common enough for fly-in gigs like this one. The amps they get, however, are not. Usually, for fly-in gigs, one can be sure to get JCM800, Fender Deluxe Reverb, Fender Twin Reverb or VOX AC30 amps if requested, since those are the most popular guitar amps out there. So those are typically the ones a promoter or rental company will be able to provide, especially with such short notice.

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*** Some of the equipment that appears but never gets used also exists in the real world. For instance, the multi-amp simulator Mio fantasizes about buying in Season 2 episode 2 looks like a BOSS multi-effect unit, and in the same episode, one can see briefly see a 1979 Mesa Engineering Mark IIA tube-amplifier for guitars, which could easily fetch the band a good price if sold to the guitar store as a collector's object. The effects pedals used by some of the other bands in episode 14 also look very much like real pedals, with at least one BOSS-lookalike.
*** Played straight and averted at the same time in the movie. When playing at the Japanese Culture Exhibition Festival, HTT doesn't have their own amps, so they have to borrow some, which is common enough for fly-in gigs like this one. The amps they get, however, are not. Usually, for fly-in gigs, one guitarists can be sure to get Marshall JCM800, Fender Deluxe Reverb, Fender Twin Reverb or VOX AC30 amps if requested, since those are the most popular guitar amps out there. So those are typically the ones a promoter or rental company will be able to provide, especially with such short notice. Instead, Yui and Azusa both get a Marshall JCM900, which is a dual-channel version of the JCM800 with a built-in reverb tank (that isn't quite as good as most stand-alone units). Mio playing through an Ampeg stack does make sense though, since Ampeg makes some of the most popular bass amplifiers for their style of music.
** Episode 2 in season 1 shows right away how much research they did. When Yui asks if there are any criteria for choosing a guitar, Mio provides a lengthy list of recommended things she should be aware of, such as the weight, how the neck feels, how thick the neck is, the scale-length and so on. All of the point Mio makes are actually legitimate things to keep in mind when choosing a guitar or bass, and not just for beginners either.
** Special mention should also go to the animation. Whenever an instrument is played on-screen, the pitch heard at any given time is the exact same pitch one would hear if they played a real Les Paul, Mustang or J-Bass and fretted the same notes as the girls. This means that it's actually possible to learn at least some of the riffs just by watching how the girls play the songs!
*** It does become slightly jarring in Episode 2x3, when Azusa shows Ritsu a note sheet for "Fuwa Fuwa Time". The notation is actually perfectly spot-on. What makes it jarring is that the notation is for the ''vocal''-part, not the ''guitar''-parts.



* SickEpisode

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* SickEpisodeSickEpisode: Everyone except Mio and Mugi have one. Yui has several.
** In the manga, there's a chapter where Yui is sick, which causes her to act more maturely than she ever has before, making everyone else wish she never gets better.
1st May '18 1:02:35 AM kasperow
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* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Yui. Nobody understands exactly how Yui's mind works, including her own sister.
--> Ritsu: "There's no doubt..."
--> Mugi: "...It's got to be..."
--> Yui: "Her mother!"
--> Azusa: "Yui-senpai, please stop thinking..."
** The other girls also have shades of this at times, though it's by no means as extreme as Yui's. Examples include Mugi suggesting the club offers a car, a plane, a boat or a mansion to anyone who's willing to sign up (to be fair, Ritsu ''did'' say they suggest they could offer an amazing prize for joining), Azusa putting on the cat-ears along with a maid-outfit, because she thought the cat-ears were part of the outfit, and Sawako constantly thinking about everything not related to what the band actually needs at any given time.



* CoverIdentityAnomaly: Ui's attempt to disguise herself as her sister while her sister is sick at home is outed firstly by [[spoiler:her ''superior'' guitar playing skill]] and also by her use of the wrong honorifics with the other bandmates, particularly Azusa when she doesn't use Yui's personal "Azu-nyan" nickname.

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* CoverIdentityAnomaly: Ui's attempt to disguise herself as her sister while her sister is sick at home is outed firstly by [[spoiler:her ''superior'' guitar playing skill]] and also by her use of the wrong honorifics with the other bandmates, particularly Azusa when she doesn't use Yui's personal "Azu-nyan" nickname. The others don't fully realize that it's actually Ui, until Sawako says she could tell by just looking at Ui's chest.


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** Done again in the ''K-On! High School'' manga, when Azusa, Ui, Jun and Sumire go to look for a drum kit for the music room. By this time, the clerk is so used to giving HTT discounts that Ui just needs to let her hair down and ask politely, rather than actually haggle.
--> Ui (disguised as Yui): "Excuse me, but could we please get a discount on a drum kit?"
--> Clerk: "Sure, any amount you like. I just don't care anymore..."
30th Apr '18 12:27:56 PM kasperow
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** For musicians, primarily, in Episode 2x2, 1 minute and 30 seconds in, when the girls are looking in the storage, one of the quick shots shows a guitar amplifier in the left side of the shot. That amplifier is a 1979 Mesa Engineering Mark IIA, an amp that is no longer in production and would be quite valuable as a collector's object today.
30th Apr '18 12:23:48 PM kasperow
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* AwesomeButImpractical: Invoked by Mio almost ad verbatim in the dub, in episode 1.
--> Ritsu: "For instance, offering people an amazing prize if they decide to join"
--> Mio: "Amazing prize?"
--> Ritsu: "Yeah, like some kind of gift or something."
--> Mugi: "Like a car? Or a plane? Or a boat?"
--> Mio: "Amazing, but impractical..."
27th Apr '18 6:50:44 PM WarriorsGate
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* DefiledForever: After Mio's infamous panty shot, she huddles in the corner of the music room and moans about how nobody will ever want to marry her.
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