studio : Kyoto Animation
director : Shoko Yamada
serial run : April 3, 2009 - June 26, 2009
total episodes : 13
score : ****
OVERHYPED IT MAY BE BUT HELL YEAH I'M LOVIN' IT :3
k-on ! essentially is a character driven series so its apparent lack of a strong, solid plot is highly forgiven. plot and story wise the series is pretty much easy to grasp and digest even by casual and non-anime crowds alike [ since watching over it won't cost you any serious brain-job ] for it has a very lighthearted / free-spirited and easy going mood / attitude going on around yet does not forget in throwing in some [ very little ] thoughtful moments at times, such as in the christmas and the final three episodes [ the extra which mirrors the idea seen from the proper final episode for the first season of suzumiya haruhi no yuutsu, the 'boring-winter-day' one ]. also the writer[s] has made it pretty much easy for the audience to assimilate and relate themselves wif the scenario by touching over several familiar aspects of the everyday school life, which i personally found as one of the many strength of both the series and the studio which produces it [ kyoani ].
the series had also made a number of use over several technical terms, techniques and details in music-making / playing which before this may only apply to the knowledge of us avid musical fan / practitioners such as palm muting, humbucker and vibrato just to name a few. there's also several pop / cultural references thrown into such as the mentioning of the great guitarists [ jeff beck / jimmy page / jimi hendrix ], obvious references to existing musical brands [ yamaha / korg / les paul ] as well as cameo instances by character[s] from detroit metal city [ if i am not mistaken, well i did saw a johannes krauser there ] and 'sadako', yet however i am quite surprised that kyoani's signature viral marketing practice haven't made its way to the series [ unlike lucky star ] though it could be fitted into this one as well [ why not ? it could help in emphasizing the slice-of-life aspect of the series ], perhaps by having a book [ or two ] of haruhi lying around in yui's room [ or most likely, mio's ].
the entire cast and characters featured were diverse and lovable, and like lucky star the interaction and bonding between these characters were among the many highlights which helps in providing a solid foundation for the series. also, there's plenty of favorite anime-archetypes used for the series, from a super klutzy airhead dojikko, a mild and motherly ojou-sama figure to the must haves- a caring imouto and elegant tsundere... everything is all packed up into this. +there's also mild yuri undertones lingering in between its episodes given the characters were all put into an all-girls school setting, and yea that's what had me greatly smiling throughout its broadcast run :3 much of the characters featured received substantial treatment in their growth and development progress, most apparently yui and my personal favorite, mugi as well as azusa; these can absolutely be seen from the extra episode which has just been aired recently.
on to the production i especially love the overall cameraworks / direction / cinematography [ whatever ] as how i always did wif several other releases by kyoani; the studio are undoubtedly one of the best in the industry and i am not ashamed to self-proclaim myself as a fanboy lol. although some haters may have lambasted the series [ perhaps because it went overhyped ] still k-on ! itself is the very embodiment of both quality and commercially-successful-strategy [ or whatever the actual term is ], with excellently-executed [ fluid ] animation, a nice range of background / insert music choice and one of the best character design in modern, post-2000 anime. the series in general has overwhelmingly pacified the fan in me and might as well strike greater success in merchandising [ the soundtrack and its accompanying character albums have gotten my interest all flared up for its expansive musical architecture, +i will as well be looking forward to the toys and figurines to be released later on ].
well the only thing that i am mildly disappointed at was that there wasn't much scene focusing on the band jamming together as a band, as how i've been expected since the first episode; even their stage-debut in episode six was cut away with pv [ music video ] - but upon my second thought however, that can be very much forgiven as it has brought upon another wonderful aesthetic once i sit down and give myself a thorough rewatch over everything. besides, the series pleasantly made up for this not-so-grave fault here with its strong emphasis over its characters, giving us much emotion felt from them enough to get us emotionally attached to these girls, which is why i were so extremely glad that i had this one series here listed into my all time fave anime list :3