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Regarding K-ON

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 02:31 AM

Now no. This isn't another random 'Lets talk about how great K-ON is' type of thread. I'm looking for some solid views here. Please don't just say "K-ON is great, go watch it." I want an actual opinion here. Please, give me a bit of detail, what I mean is. How good is the show in terms of story and music. I mean, I've heard some good things about the music. But I never watch it because no one gives a good concrete opinion of exactly what makes the show good. Are the Characters likeable? Is there any really serious moment that turns into a tear-jerker or something? Do characters go through really bad personal problems? I know they're in a band so I'm sure there would be some sort of problem with that as well since there is the possibility of characters not getting along. And no I don't mean something silly. I mean something more serious to the point the band almost breaks up.

Now you're all probably wondering why I'm asking this of you. Well, Recently I finished up a visual novel by the name of Kira Kira. It's a REALLY good Visual Novel which is similar to K-ON in some ways, but it takes itself more seriously with being in a band and the characters are expanded upon quite a bit. I suppose I'm being a bit biased in that way I suppose since anime can only have so many episodes. Well, if anyone can help me out, I'd appreciate it.
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 02:46 AM

I think K-On is pretty shallow, but... it's really supposed to be shallow.

About 90% of it his silly jokes, running gags, and quirky character traits.
The other 10% is music.

The characters really come down to generic archetypes that most anime-fans are familiar with and almost nothing comes as a gigantic surprise.

There is no real climax, important plot points, and for the most part every episode was self-contained except for some over-arching goal. For the most part, it's on the same intellectual caliber of a children's cartoon in America. Which isn't bad, but provides a very casual viewing experience that really shouldn't be compared to something that really focuses on character development and plot.

K-On is silly and meant to be enjoyed. There's not really much else to say about it. With the description that you're giving of your visual novel, I feel like comparing the two would be an apples and oranges type of argument. If you want to compare K-On in terms of quality of the genre, I really prefer something like Nichijou or Azumanga Daioh. The writing in those shows is usually much better, and both try to be adventurous with their efforts.

tl;dr K-On isn't about the story, it's widely regarded as comedic, and even then I don't particularly consider it the best out there


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Posted 14 January 2012 - 02:48 AM

What Josephine said, except much more negative for me. I hate that show.

The characters are just shallow stereotypes. And the jokes aren't even funny, they're very predictable. If there's a chance for Yui to fall, she'll fall right on her ass in the most moeblob way possible.

It just feels like moe fap fodder.

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 02:52 AM

Aaaaand ninjamitsuki just hit the other part of this that's really important.

It's like one of those Barbie movies they keep making, I guess. A lot of the show is driven by the market.
And I must salute them for producing something that scored higher than Lucky Star when it comes to marketability.

I mean, "What if we had a bunch of pudgy high school girls who play guitar and fall on their ass," is a pretty good pitch!

If you do want a good show in the same vein, go watch Nichijou.


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Posted 14 January 2012 - 09:56 AM

Thanks a lot. This opens my eyes a bit. I don't mind comedy so I figure I'll give a few episodes a try to see if it sticks.
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 11:19 AM

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In short, after you have watched first few episodes(S1) and you don't like the characters, you don't have to watch anymore lol.
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