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K-On!

K-On!

Alternative Titles

English: K-On!
Synonyms: Keion, K-ON! Season 1
Japanese: けいおん!

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 3, 2009 to Jun 26, 2009
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 7.921 (scored by 159085 users)
Ranked: #6122
Popularity: #36
Members: 258,253
Favorites: 8,064
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Synopsis

Hirasawa Yui, a young, carefree girl entering high school, has her imagination instantly captured when she sees a poster advertising the "Light Music Club." Being the carefree girl that she is, she quickly signs up; however, Yui has a problem, she is unable to play an instrument.

When Yui goes to the clubroom to explain, she's greeted by the other members: Ritsu, Mio, and Tsumugi. Although disheartened at Yui's lack of musical know-how, they still try to convince her to stay to prevent the club's disbandment. After playing Yui a short piece which re-ignites her imagination, they succeed in keeping their new member and guitarist.

Along with the tasks of school and homework, Yui begins to learn the guitar with the help of the other band members, experiencing many mishaps along the way. However, with the school festival drawing near and Yui getting stuck with her practice, will the Light Music Club be ready in time for their debut?

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Related Anime

Adaptation: K-On!
Side story: K-On!: Live House!, K-On!: Ura-On!
Sequel: K-On!!

Characters & Voice Actors

Akiyama, Mio
Akiyama, Mio
Main
Valenzuela, Cristina
English
Valenzuela, Cristina
Hikasa, Yoko
Japanese
Hikasa, Yoko
...
Hirasawa, Yui
Hirasawa, Yui
Main
Sheh, Stephanie
English
Sheh, Stephanie
Toyosaki, Aki
Japanese
Toyosaki, Aki
...
Kotobuki, Tsumugi
Kotobuki, Tsumugi
Main
Kotobuki, Minako
Japanese
Kotobuki, Minako
Diot, Marie
French
Diot, Marie
...
Nakano, Azusa
Nakano, Azusa
Main
Taketatsu, Ayana
Japanese
Taketatsu, Ayana
Marlot, Frédérique
French
Marlot, Frédérique
...

Staff

Hatta, Yoko
Producer
Yamada, Naoko
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Tsuruoka, Yota
Sound Director
Sakamoto, Kazuya
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation



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Feb 19, 2015
badasslink8800
Some shows have stories that are complex or linear. Some have stories that are downright hilarious. And K-on.......uh......umm.......whats the story again? Does anyone even know the story of this show, anyone?! No, well thats awkward. K-on, the show that has cute ass girl who drink tea, eat and have fun.....and play music. Not really but you could put that in a sense. What is this show about and the point of it? Absolutely nothing, but not in a bad way. This is that type of moe-show thats there in case you wanna sit down and relax, it isn't a show that keeps you on your read more
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Feb 23, 2015
mattyodavinci
Some say that moe is the future of anime. Other say it is because of it that anime is dying. Giving an answer would be hard, of course, but if all moe are like K-On !, well, anime might be in a bad state.

Story 6/10
As many others reviews of the same anime say, it has no story. Of course, this isn't totally true. Yui, the main character, enters the light music club (whatever "light music" means, because it's never explained), then eat cakes, drinks tea, and... What ? There's music too ? If K-On ! is a show about music, why is there almost read more
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Aug 22, 2013
Evostorm
I'm just going to say this straight away: These kind of animes bring out the silly little girl in me. And as I'm a 19-year old guy, it's kind of an unexpected thing, even for me. And I mean this in the most positive way possible.

"K-On!" follows the story of Hirasawa Yui, a girl who lives a life similar to your average person on the net, except for the internet part. It's difficult to explain without using the words "carefree" and "lazy". In a way, she probably reflects a majority of people I know, including myself, except for the fact she doesn't really have any read more
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11 hours ago
DaLucaray
K-on is like Halloween candy. It's really sweet, and at first you just can't get enough. You go and you go, and you make sure no one's watching you as you do it... and then after a while, you get a bit past the mountains of sugar and start getting sick. It has very little substance in the plot and humor department, as in there is no plot and most of the jokes serve more to make the girls more 'moe' than to make you laugh. However, it does 'moe' well. Very, very well.

Also that first ending is fantastic, and Mio makes me feel read more
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Recommendations

Both made by KyoAni, both deal w/ 4 girls, both are moe shows
Yuru Yuri is like K-On with more characters and a giant love polygon. Very similar comedy and cuteness.
Music-centric anime with extremely similar main characters.
Tamako Market, K-On!, and Yearly Traffic Accident Report share one similarity. They tell story of something happening somewhere, whether it's a club room, a shopping district, or interstate highway.

You watch Tamako Market, you know what the district committee comes up with. You watch K-On!, you know five girls in music club spent 12 out of 13 episodes NOT playing music. You watch Yearly Traffic Accident Report, you know how many dumb rich kids run their Ferrari off the cliff each year. It's pretty much the same thing, a concentrated Slice of Life.
Let's start with what they have in common. The two shows share a similar premise in that it's about five girls in an organized group who play music. The art style is remarkably similar, and the characters tend to have cute moe characteristics both in their aesthetic design and personality. Both shows spend much of their time using music as a central catalyst to develop the characters' personalities and interpersonal relationships, and this serves to demonstrate how powerful an impact music can have on peoples' lives.

But that's where most of the similarities end, as while both shows have a similar basic premise, they end up taking that premise in two completely different directions.

K-On! is a cheerful and lighthearted slice-of-life story about a girl who joins a club of girls aspiring to become talented rock musicians, and what music can do to touch the lives of others and truly bring people together into an inseparable family. Sora no Woto is also an occasionally lighthearted (but overall much more serious) military drama in a war-torn setting about a girl who joins an army regiment as a war bugler in hopes that she can learn the trumpet, and how the power of music can echo throughout time and transcend inexorable cultural divisions to heal a broken world devastated by endless war.

While both shows have slice-of-life scenes that go beyond the musical setting, K-On! spends much more of that time developing connections between the characters through liberal use of comedy, whereas Sora no Woto tends to delve into the intricate and sometimes dark past of many of the characters and the history of the war-ravaged world. Due to this, K-On! maintains its cheerful, lighthearted atmosphere throughout the course of the entire series as appropriate, whereas Sora no Woto can often switch--sometimes even without warning--between cheerfulness and powerful drama.

Both go highly recommended. Fans of one should definitely try the other, and non-fans can decide which ones to watch depending on whether they enjoy a relaxing high school slice-of-life (K-On!), a deep military drama (Sora no Woto), or both.
A Channel and K-ON! are both slice of life comedy anime about four girls. The characters of A Channel also might remind one of the K-ON! girls. Both series also have a lot of music in them - in K-ON! it is from the girls in their music club, and in A Channel it is in the insert songs each episode.

Opening Theme

"Cagayake! GIRLS" by Sakurakou Keion-bu (Aki Toyosaki, Yoko Hisaka, Satomi Satou, Minako Kotobuki)

Ending Theme

"Don't say 'lazy'" by Sakurakou Keion-bu (Aki Toyosaki, Yoko Hisaka, Satomi Satou, Minako Kotobuki)

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