K-ON Anime, Season 2, Disk 2 (English)

August 31st, 2012

The second disk of the Season 2 of the  K-ON! anime, continues as it began, with wonderful moments of real life interspersed with absurd moments that only could happen in an anime…except when they actually happen in real life.

Houkago Tea Time enjoy their final high school school festival, play their final concert at school, pass their final final exams as high school students, take college exams and celebrate Valentine’s Day with their adoring underclassman, Asuza.

Time passes, as it does. I can barely remember my high school years, to be honest. Not all of what I can remember is good, but I find that my mind strays more to the moments that were good as I get older. Because K-ON! is about fondly recalling high school I will share a story with you from my high school years.

I’ve mentioned previously that I was in marching band and that I played clarinet. I was exceedingly mediocre, but when you’re playing that many hours every day…(band class, compulsory music lessons, marching band practice, football games, competition and individual practice) I was tolerable. My sempai in band was the woman who became my wife some years later.

One day we returned from an away football game to find that the band room entrance to the school was locked and that no one had the key. The band director went off to try and find someone to let us in and we stood there, bored, tired, ready to get out of our uniforms. To keep ourselves amused, we started to jam. One of our songs that year was a jazzed-up version of “My Favorite Things” – not a song that too many of us had any fondness for, but it did play well in the show. So we started to play that. The sun was getting low, it was getting dim out on the side of the school we were on, and we just…played.

For the first time it all meshed. The trumpets and the trombones got along, the soloist actually hit his notes, the drummers suddenly learned to count to 4. The woodwinds were in tune and on.

It was the best performance of that song we did all year.

If I never remember another thing about high school, I want to always remember that moment.

This disk of K-ON! made me remember that moment.

Ratings:

Art – 5
Story – 9
Characters – 9
Yuri – 1
Service – 4

Overall – 8

Thanks to Okazu Superhero Eric P. for sponsoring this review…and for bringing that memory to mind. ^_^

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  1. Eric P. says:

    Very nice, and you’re welcome!

    You mentioned before about how this series “gets” girls as they normally act. After doing a little research, maybe it partly helped that the director was a woman?

    I think it’s safe to say that the K-On anime is undoubtedly superior to the manga, and not just because of the music and the fluid animation (although they definitely help). Had I never been told that this was based on a 4-koma series, I would never have assumed as much. They were able to pace each episode out like it was a regular show, seamlessly adding story elements that were original to the anime, and the characters just simply came to life. And while this show had always been cute and funny, probably due to having connected with the characters a little after the first season, this season succeeded in making me laugh out loud, as well as feel touched by the ending.

    Here’s hoping we get the movie, of course!

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