I like K-On. I enjoy the character designs – cute and “moe” though they may be (Yui is my Avatar, after all), the nonsensical personalities of each of the girls, the trivial shenanigans they get into, and the music they play. And yet, when I heard there was going to be a second season, I was a little surprised. You see, I have a problem understanding – despite how much I like K-on – why it’s so popular.
Sure the girls are cute (and there are only girls; no boys) but the depth of their character is light and fluffy – in other words, unsubstantial. But that’s not a bad thing; in fact, it’s perfectly suited for a show like this. Which again, makes me wonder how people can invest in them so much – myself included. I watched the first three episodes of Hyakko before I’d even heard of K-On. I didn’t like Hyakko, and so when I learned about K-On afterwards, I was skeptical, and yet, surprisingly, I liked it! I really liked it.
So my starting point is that if you’re a fan of K-On then you’ve probably already watched the first episode of the second season. If you’re not sure about K-On, here is my advice: Don’t think too much about it. In fact, don’t think at all. Just watch and see whether or not it’s for you, because there is no figuring out teenage girls.
Opening song: Blargh. It felt like something that could cause an epileptic seizure through sound. I’m not normally one to comment on openings and endings nor on background music or anything like that, but I couldn’t ignore their choice of song. The ending, however, was better. Actually, I don’t really remember the song (haha) but I liked the imagery that they paired with it. I’ve always loved the endings for K-On (all two of them now) since I think it’s fun to watch the girls get stylized and play their instruments – which doesn’t happen too often within the series itself.
And what is up with that? Psgels took issue with it too in his review: the lack of live performances. But I’m willing to overlook this in the first episode of the second season only because I’m hoping for new songs for the future performances we WILL see. I think that extra episode we got a short while ago where After School Tea Time performed at a venue with other amateur bands was foreshadowing more performances and not just within the school – or so at least I hope. I’d love to see more of that because I’d also hate to think that these girls won’t play music anymore once they’ve graduated high school.
It’s interesting and really quite sweet that while four of the five girls in the Light Music Club are looking toward graduating and inevitably leaving Sakura High and their beloved club, they put off looking for new members so they can enjoy their time together a little more. Realistically, it’s stopping to smell the roses and worrying about winter when winter comes. It may lead to panic later on, but sometimes, you just have to enjoy life.
I remember reading some comment on some other person’s review of K-On last season, and the commenter had said something along the lines of her enjoyment of K-On was based on the fact that she herself was a girl, and is therefore able to relate to what our five girls are thinking, feeling, and experiencing. Similarly, when I see some things that – I can only imagine boys would never do (or in other words, are quintessentially girl), it makes me smile. And maybe that’s why I like K-On so much: because it reminds me of how simple and fluffy life can be at times, and how those moments are just as important as the ones that weigh heavily on us physically, mentally, and emotionally.