As the only member of the pop music club not to graduate, the responsibility of recruiting new members has fallen to Azusa. Ui and Jun have agreed to help out their friend, but they might be more interested in having actual afterschool teatime than making music. Even when Azusa secures the necessary four members to keep the club alive, the lack of musical experience (and musical instruments) is going to be a challenge! Will the high school pop music club survive to take the stage once more?!
Before you read the K-On! Highschool it is highly recommended that you either read the original K-ON manga or the first two seasons of the anime.
The general tone of K-ON Highschool is very similar to its prequel: a light-hearted slice of life comedy written in a 4koma/Yonkoma style. It also does not have much a plot, the main premise of the story is basically a group of girls hanging out and having fun with their club. If you prefer your manga to have a solid concrete plot this isn't the manga for you.
K-ON Highschool takes place after the original series. It stars Azusa Nakano who
is now the president of the Light Music Club (Pop Music Club in the official manga translation) and how she has to get new members and continue the legacy of the Light Music Club.
Ui Hirasawa and Jun Suzuki, her friends from the previous series, have already joined the club and the 3 of them need at least 1 more member to make sure their club doesn't get shut down. (In Japanese schools you need at least 4 active members in order to be considered a club.)
Thankfully, they are able to find and recruit two new members: Sumire Satou and Nao Okuda. However, the two characters don't have any musical experience before joining so the new Light Music Club will have some unique obstacles in this manga.
While the general tone and humor are very similar to the original series, with a brand new set of main characters (Azusa and Sawako aside) this series is able to create its own new and unique funny quirks and jokes without copying a lot from the original series.
Azusa is the serious one who wants the club to always be practicing, Ui is the very caring and responsible one, Jun is the somewhat lazy one, Sumire is shy and nice but has a goal of wanting to get back Mugi's old tea set and Nao is the stoic one who is really good at studying. Sawako is still the same lovable adviser with a love of cosplaying.
The group's dynamic and interaction is different enough from the original series to not feel like a total clone of it. Regardless, the interaction between the main characters is amusing and very enjoyable, just like the original series.
The one main flaw I have with the series is how short it is. The series covers 6 months of in-universe time in 14 chapters, which isn't bad at all. However, unlike the original series where you have 50+ chapters to get to know the 5 main characters, I feel like the series could have at least 10 chapters longer.
This is especially bad for the new characters Sumire and Nao. While they are very likable characters and you get a basic feel of their personalities, I feel like I could have gotten to know them even more.
Despite that, this short sequel was quite enjoyable for what it is.
If any of the following apply:
A.You liked the original series
B.You wanted to see what happened with the Light Music Club after the main series
C.You just want a manga with fun happy times
It’s Azusa’s third year in high school and she has to get new members for her club before it is about to be disbanded. With the help of her two friends, Jun and Ui, the club face a lot of small challenges but at the same time enjoy their after-school time.
Nothing much can be said about this 4-coma manga since it’s basically like how it is like in the anime. Well, I haven’t read this 4-volume series yet, but based of watching the two seasons and the movie, I think it probably follows the source and adding more interesting moments. But overall, I love the
slice of life goodness in the story. There are some hilarious moments, and also there are good feel moments. Sadly, the story is very fast-paced and under one volume, hence I definitely wish for more content.
There are two new characters, as you’ve already seen on the back cover of the manga: Nao and Sumire. Both of them have a nice personality and an interesting background, although not very special. All of the characters are rounded as they express their emotions well, whether they’ll be laughing over a joke or feel ashamed over their actions. Not much feels, although I would love some. There are some character development of most of the characters as the story progresses and I like it.
Not having read the 4-volume series, I wouldn’t know much about the art style in the manga. But it’s pretty much well-done. I like the tones of the backgrounds for added effects. The coloured pages look nice, although a bit bland as well. The character designs look good and cute, as what I would see in the anime. The facial expressions often exaggerates for comedic relief and they are well-done.
I really wanted more of this. The pacing of the story is honestly too rushed for me, although I know that in both seasons, it happens to be that way. Of course, there’s College to look forward to. I actually wonder if both groups can meet together.
If you want more K-On! and slice of life sweetness, this manga is definitely worth reading, along with the College.