10 of 13 episodes seen
Ignoring the parameter of anime, even in American television shows these days, it seems like everything is over-dramatized and so many inconsequential scenarios are built up to be a big deal. In K-On, nothing is a big deal - it's seriously just a half-hour spot of relaxing, fun enjoyment. This is the charm of K-On for me.
If you're looking for excitement on a Gurren-Laggan-esque plane, K-On is not going to give it to you. If you're looking for a panty-shot every other frame and an outlet to swoon over scantily clad girls, then K-On isn't going to give it to you (despite the entire cast being female, all of whom are absolutely adorable).
K-On is by no means a jaw-dropper, but there is a certain calm aesthetic about that I've never really seen in a show before. It feels good to watch a group of best friends getting along and playing music (or more often, eating pastries and drinking tea), so if you're looking for an easy-to-watch show with no hidden, analyzable motifs that simply exists to put a smile on your face, I couldn't recommend anything more highly than K-On. read more
6 of 6 episodes seen
I highly recommend watching this series multiple times (it is short enough for sure - about the length of a movie all together). Each time I watch it, I start to pick up more subtleties, like pieces of foreshadowing dialogue, thematic development between characters and their foils, and witty humour. The director's commentary is also extremely insightful to the themes of the story, and I would definitely spend time watching that as well.
Most importantly, I can't stress enough to not be quick to judge this work. If you don't understand everything (and you undoubtedly won't after the first viewing), it certainly does not mean FLCL is "random" or "plotless". It is in my opinion WELL worth a second and third watch in order to pick up as much as you can.
I can't sing enough praise about FLCL. It holds a dear place in my heart, and I hope everyone that reads this can find a great enjoyment in it as well. read more