Now that the both the first and second seasons of K-On!
, as well as the movie, have aired, the series can be reviewed as a whole. For those unfamiliar to the moe phenomenon in Japan, and the history of the production studio that animated it, K-On!
superficially appears as an excuse to cash in on some extra money. However, Kyoto Animation has produced another anime with superb character animation, extreme detail to the musical instruments which the characters play, music that rocks, brilliant voice performances, and unlike Lucky Star, some
resemblance of a plot!
The cons lie not in the storyline (since it is largely faithful to the manga), but rather, the direction the studio chose to take when making the adaptations. Some characters, especially Yui, the protagonist, have been accused of falling victim to Flanderization: Yui has next to no redeeming qualities other than acting cute, and the club she joins consist of members who focus mainly on slacking off instead of actually practising. In fact, the only characters who seem to stand out in originality would be Mio and Azusa, who both have the best personalities and are both the voices of reason; it figures that they would be quite close. The Moe Moe shows have been around for a long time, but this show may appear to make excessive use of these elements. With that said, the pros described in the first paragraph would overshadow them all for individuals who do not mind the prevalence of cuteness: K-On!
is a show for watching after a long and tiring day.
I would give K-On! 7 out of 10 stars.