You have to have had been living under a rock for the past 2 years to not know what K-on! is. This show became a phenomenon right after it aired, bringing with it a brand new wave of fans and fandoms. This show is a mega hit in Japan so how well does it hold up with this 'OVA'?
When Ritsu’s friends from Junior High invite the Keion-bu girls to perform with them at a concert house, it’s time for After School Teatime to get rehearsing. With only ten days to go until the gig on New Year’s Eve and nothing prepared, the band must decide
on their playlist, costumes and even their lighting. While everyone is excited about their first public concert, will the five girls be able to overcome their nerves and insecurities to make their big debut as incredible as they all hope?
For a show that consists mostly of girls hanging out and drinking tea at a table, Kyoto Animation really puts a fair bit of effort into it. Watching the show on Blu Ray really helped exemplify this even more. The scenes in which the characters practice with their instruments or play Live on Stage really comes to life.
K-on! has some of the most catchy tunes in recent anime, the studio really went all out with the Opening and Ending themes and all of the insert songs that the band plays.
The real charm of K-on! is in its characters and how they interact with each other. Each character has certain defining features and reactions that make them unique and stand out. They also play off of each other very well almost always resulting in silly and comical situations. The characters have very cute and innocent character designs and the lack of any sort of fanservice in the entirety of the show helps a lot.
This episode is sometimes referred to as an OVA, because it didn't air along with the rest of the series during its original broadcast and was first seen on the DVD/Blu-Ray release. It is however a normal episode for all intents and purposes, and aired as part of the series in some markets.
A thoroughly enjoyable episode from start to finish, with the girls performing outside of school – an exciting first for the series. While episode 12 was the official season finale, and a great one at that, ending the first season with the five HTT girls starting a new year together feels fitting, knowing there’s more to come.
Having an extra episode was nice, more K-On! is always welcomed.
K-on!: Live House, an extra that I saw together with K-on!
This episode shows the band go to perform their first live show at a contest.
It's held on New Year's Eve at a club.
As this is the first time for the band to perform a live show outside the school premises, so they learn all sorts of new stuff from signing up to stage lightings. Add to that, Yui's carefree attitude and you've got a laughable situation.
They meet up with some old friends on Ritsu and Mio and perform at the live show. They do run into some problems here and there but in the end,
everything turns out for the best like in the series.
While the idea of the Keion-bu acting like an actual band might make it sound like Live House! takes things in a different direction, it really doesn't. This is simply the 14th episode of K-On! and fits right in with the rest of the 1st season.
Review in full:
If you've seen season 1 (it's not truly a requirement before watching this by the way) you already know what to expect here. It's not even the first episode of K-On! that separates itself from the school setting; the story of how Yui & Gitah came together and the beach-house episode are largely beyond school affairs
as well. Not that there's any real problem with this; K-On! is a series that thrives on its simplicity and all it really needs to make a fun episode is a fun premise to tie it together.
While not a whole lot of substantial development in plot or character occurs (as is usual with K-On!) the story of Hōkago Tea Time's first (non-school) live performance does provide at least a little of everything that made the main show enjoyable. The characters bounce off of each other (figuratively and literally) in this unfamiliar setting, the inexperience of the group as a whole leads to a number of amusing situations, there is a noticeable contrast in tone between the familiar warmth of the school building and the cold, almost alien atmosphere of the performance house in audio, visuals, & script, and we do learn a little bit more about Mio & Ritsu.
The production values of this OVA are the same as the first season, both for better and for worse. Ample attention is given to the environment & background elements and the animation has both fluid & blobby moments. The voicework is a great combination of dynamic & fitting and the music and sound effects fit the setting. Unfortunately, the music is rather light (no pun intended) in its application, being largely reused from the 1st season with no additional performance piece. It's understandable that KyoAni decided not to give this OVA its own commissioned music track, but that would have gone a long way to make this a real event in the Keion-bu's story rather than just yet another round of CGDCT.
It's just another episode of K-On!. If you want something cute & fun, you don't need to look any further. Not that this episode does anything to make it stand out even when compared with the rest of the anime, but like K-On! in general it has its moments and its charm.