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High School Light Music Clubs Overcrowded With K-ON Fans

by dtshyk
Feb 21, 2011 2:22 AM | 61 Comments
According to Chunichi Newspaper, the number of high school girls who enter the light music (kei ongaku) club has been increasing due to the boom of K-ON!. In a high school in Aichi Prefecture, 110 out of 760 students of the school belonged to the light music club at the beginning of the year. Now the number decreased to 60 due to the graduation of the third year students and quitting of the news members, but still the club members have to take turns practicing in the music class room. The coaching teacher has been worried about whether he has to select the new members by an audition from the next year.

The light music club of Shiroko High School in Mie Prefecture also had 30 new members this year. Sugihara Riona is one of them. She entered the club influenced by K-ON but she realized her guitar skill won't be improved by chatting over a cup of tea and cookies. Eleven new members have already left the club but she continued practice and participated in a band tournament.

Okamoto Eiji, the owner of a musical instrument shop, said high school girls often visit his shop in groups. They purchase the same models of the guitars and picks as K-ON characters have. He said "It had been quite rare to see high school girls carrying guitars on their back. I'm looking forward to seeing the new series of K-ON."

Source: Scan of Chunichi Newspaper

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I knew "K-On!" was a great anime, but.... Just wow O.O

Sep 13, 2013 1:04 PM by HidamariSeashore

Well, I got inspired by K-On!! (Note the 2 exclamation marks) to form a band. My friends and I got together; and now we've written our very first song :)
It isn't that hard to do something you really want to do. Now, I'm gonna buy my first guitar and live my HighSchool years to the fullest.

Nov 16, 2012 11:28 PM by DarkIceDragon1

I would have to agree that one of the major negative aspects of the show is how much music is being illustrated as something really simple and being good is even managable with a total lack of dedication... I also missed that kind of growing and improving which seemed to be completely left out in this show as it would probably have made it a little more interesting for me...

Nevertheless, I can understand why this show motivates people to learn playing and instrument and to be part of a band. The only problematic issue is that it deals with rather unrealistic proportions relating certain fields and by that I am not only refering to the already mentioned lack of dedication and the simplification of making music as these motivation creating factors are rather to be considered positive as long as you don't think to critically about it/already have made your experiences.
An instance would be the purchase of Yui's first guitar or even the recommendation to buy an instrument in the price range of approximately 500$ as there are way cheaper options that easily fulfill their purpose and are in my opinion the only appropriate choice for every beginner. Saying that, I am not only addressing those who "just want to check it out" or "got inspired by this fun little show" but everyone who consideres it in any way. Decent electric guitar sets, for example, can be obtained for a price around 150$ and that is the approximate amount a beginner should spend.

I play guitar for about 10 years now, although I unfortunately never did it on a regular base. In my opinion an instrument is like a weapon in a good rpg; its quality reflects the skill of its wielder and no beginner should start with one that doesn't suit his or her skill. It is something you have to earn bit by bit and once you have discovered that you actually do have the sufficient interest to play it for more that just a couple of months and once you have reached a certain level you may still consider buying a more expensive piece.

Jan 11, 2012 3:41 PM by Kottbullar

Shant said:
Wow, so it turns out guys aren't the only ones who watch shows like these, the demographic being Shounen and all.

Well, my impression thankfully was wrong.

Almost everyone I know who watches anime watches and loves the series. My sister. My brother. My friends. Ere'body.

Dec 6, 2011 3:38 PM by removed-user

I've started learning the guitar, not just inspired from K-On, but it would be a lie if I said it didn't contribute. Luckily K-On is a good show to imitate rather then a lot of other anime. :)

Sep 11, 2011 6:45 AM by Important_Nobody

Wow, so it turns out guys aren't the only ones who watch shows like these, the demographic being Shounen and all.

Well, my impression thankfully was wrong.

Sep 10, 2011 10:15 AM by HaibaneRenmeiFan

ukonkivi said:
FOE-tan said:
but all Japanese girls really want is to be rich

You're stereotyping Japanese women and I don't much enjoy it.
I thought that was just an American stereotype. *roll eyes*

Jul 31, 2011 12:13 PM by Dodecahedron-O24

better them buying real guitars than me playing rock band drums on expert. ( i play quite a bit and have gotten pretty good since i started out ). but i can imagine rock band has hurt my chances playing real drums since the notes are right in front of me.

Jul 13, 2011 2:23 PM by Tromdor

They probably joined because they have watched K-On! I'd probably joined a light music club if I already know how to play an instrument unlike Yui who didn't know how to play a guitar at first.

Guess it shows that anime/manga can really influence real life. Which it can be a good thing sometimes.

Jul 2, 2011 3:40 AM by animelly

if i were born in japan i would enter the light music club for sure after watching k-on...

even here, after every single episode i watch from the series, it always makes me want to play rock band xD

Jul 1, 2011 10:33 PM by Thalesalex

imperlast said:
what i find is funny is k-on is animed at 18+ males but i can see why it would srtike it on with teen girls, but damn lol

To me, except for a few small moments of pervertedness, like sawa-chan threatening to grab the girls boobs in the bathhouse, K-on has that Disney all ages type feel to it.

I heard the Manga seemed to be more adult oriented. but thats just hearsay. i haven't read it myself.

Jun 7, 2011 10:40 PM by Cirris

I can see this much too easily going in the shugo chara direction and having 5 girls dress up and introduce the show, possibly do the theme songs.....*shiver*

May 16, 2011 4:22 PM by KayeChii

EveryOtherColour said:
Actually one of the reasons I was drawn to K-ON! is the fact it was about a high school band, as I used to play in one myself.

The experience was similar to the K-ON! girls, although we didn't eat cakes and if we were drinking something specific it would probably have been alcoholic.

For some reason, we couldn't play as well as the K-ON! girls could either, but then again the show wouldn't be as good if they were crap, would it?

I hear lots of people complaining about how it's just a moe show and whatever, but really K-ON's depiction of being in a highschool band is pretty good. At that age, being in a band is really all about having fun with friends and that's also what K-ON! is all about; having fun with your friends.
It comitted the grave mistake of pretty much dissing their own subject matter by insinuating that music isn't a profession. You'd think if you had the natural skill of Yui, then the anime would sort of push her to keep going.But no, she just gets pushed into the sheep mentality of "go to college you worthless girl"! College isn't the end-all of society. I should know, considering I've wasted five years of my life in it and I feel like I haven't found myself yet. It would have been nice if Yui would have been encouraged to follow her dream, even if foolish. She didn't have any other redeeming qualities after all.

May 12, 2011 3:41 PM by Leon-Gun

oh lol.
manga influences alot, neh?

May 12, 2011 12:30 PM by Sunbloom

Most of them will just waste their money on guitars who will never be used again after a month...

but I still think it's cool to see how this anime influences so many people

May 2, 2011 4:21 PM by Jinta_n

At least they have clubs at their schools.

May 2, 2011 7:04 AM by Treekodar

If the people who made the K-on merch were smart they would make k-on brand guitars and maybe get a deal with the guitar companies of the guitars that are used in the anime.
It would sell like crazy

May 2, 2011 6:46 AM by odairu

DoubleDango said:
Hahahaha, make an anime about a chess club and we'll get chess clubs?
It would need moe as a requirement. Maybe even turn the pieces into girls.

May 1, 2011 9:58 PM by Tachii

FOE-tan said:
but all Japanese girls really want is to be rich

You're stereotyping Japanese women and I don't much enjoy it.

May 1, 2011 9:09 PM by ukonkivi

Vinter said:
It's funny because people think being a musician is easy. xD

I practice 5 hours a day and have done so for 4 years, every day, rain or shine, sick or healthy, and I'm still not quite as good as Yui supposedly is.
Because the person playing her riffs has been playing for a decade at least.

It's good that people are trying new things, and maybe there will even be a few people who find that they really love music. But 95% are going to quit or go nowhere.

True, true!

My brother started playing guitar a few years ago and while he can play some simple songs he still messes up and knows he should practice more regularly. But he does enjoy it.

I'd like to play an instrument too, but I don't know if I could be that dedicated. Music is tricky but cool stuff.

It's kind of like how people think my art classes are just spent making pretty pictures. No, it takes time and practice and dedication! My brother used to dismiss art as bullshit, saying it's ridiculous and still wonders why I'd bother take up a major in it.

But if you want something bad enough, you'll do it!!

Otherwise, LOL K-ON! influencing high school girls. Crazy that it had that it has kind of influence. XD

May 1, 2011 9:31 AM by CardcaptorKitty

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