Disclaimer: I don’t do screen caps. Be glad I’m blogging episodically at all.
K-On episode 1 fully lives up to my expectations, and those expectations were pretty high, so I’m already loving this show. Which is saying a lot since I watched it raw and therefor understood the bare minimum of the dialog. However, I’ve seen more than enough anime and KyoAni shows to know how things work in a slice-of-life comedy, and thankfully KyonAni’s highly animated characters emote more than enough to tell the story with their hands. Indeed, this may be KyoAni’s most hyper-actively animated show yet, with clothes and hair ruffling all over, but it never gets to the point of retardation like Kannagi did (constantly).
The first show that came to kind was the recent Hyakko. this is partly because the school looked a bit similar, the main character starts off a little lost and unsure of what to do, and there’s a really upbeat girl rounding up a group of friends. This also harkens back of course Haruhi, especially in how this show’s upbeat girls is trying to rope people into her club. However, unlike Haruhi, this girl isn’t pushy or mean about it. This also brings me to what separates it from Hyakko, which is that there isn’t a moral conflict between the girls – there’s an upbeat girl and her straight-(wo)man friend, but they aren’t at ends with one another.
So, really, it’s more like Manabi Straight, where the upbeat girl isn’t an idiot, and this is also true in that the main character girl is kind of timid, though more in a dojikko way than a shy way. Plus, unlike Manabi, this group doesn’t have the struggles of coming together, and while it has a potential aim-for-the-top story, it isn’t portrayed in a fast-paced, hyper way. In this respect it is more like Lucky Star, with four girls just kind of hanging out and making conversation and not being too serious about anything. Like Lucky Star’s center of anime, this show will have a center of music.
Really, what excites me most is that this show could ppotentially absolve the problems people have with the other shows. The jokes, delivery, and directing that flawed Hyakko are handled finely in this show. People who hated Haruhi because of Haruhi’s bitchiness will be glad to find an upbeat girl with much more rationale. Lucky Star’s general plotlessness and boringness is cured by the central element of forming and progressing with a band, so it’s less like things are totally idling and stagnant. And, uh, I guess it doesn’t have Manabi’s loli designs.
The only thing I can see bothering people this time is that the main character is a bumbling dojikko of a high level. But that’s forgivable because she’s cute without having an annoying voice (interestingly, no one does) and has occasional moments of total awesome that will make you love her no matter what (probably).
THE best moment in the episode though was definitely the huge Detroit Metal City reference. When the main girl isn’t sure what to expect from the music club, she imagines Krauser screaming SATSUGAI!!! at her. I rofld.
Oh, and the ending video was OH EMM GEE WIN FUCK YES.