Like Flames Painted On a Hotrod, the Extra Exclamation Point Makes the Cute Go Faster(!!)
First, for the good stuff about the first episode of K-On-with-two-exclamation-marks:
For a second I thought that one of the girls had a Mr. Saturn dealiebopper on her backpack. That moment was fleeting as I paused it and found out it wasn’t Mr. Saturn.
That was the only good thing about this episode.
No. Wait. That was a lie.
I actually enjoyed the opening scene right before the lame opening credits. The main chick was alone in the club room doing a little solo jam session. It did a good job of capturing what it’s like to, you know, be a kid playing an instrument and having fun with your hobby. It was a fairly well-constructed scene and did a good job of establishing a certain mood. It was the same sort of mood I got from, say, Beck or something like that.
It’s a shame that said mood was almost instantly destroyed the instant the characters met up and started talking.
After that was a bunch of scenes about girls doing stuff that isn’t all that interesting since it’s just idealized scenes depicting crap that’s never interesting in real life. Par for the course for this sort of thing. It bored me, but I’m not going to hate on anyone for digging this stuff. I’ll just hate on the anime itself.
What pissed me off, and what makes this a genuinely bad anime episode regardless of one’s feelings towards moe and slice of life, is the fact that they skip over the entire fucking orientation concert scene.
They build up to this concert. They talk about how they want to use this concert to draw in new members, just like how they got the girl with pigtails to join them at some point in time in the first season. The entire episode is building up to this point, then they skip over it.
One big fucking cocktease.
If fans don’t bitch about this the way they bitched about Endless Eight being a “troll” or whatever, they need to be slapped upside the head. They don’t need to bitch about it to the extent that they did Endless Eight, but someone that actually likes K-On! needs to call bullshit on this. I don’t like it and I’m pissed that they skipped over it, so some of the fans should be reeling at missing out on seeing their quintet of moe stereotypes jamming out.
And what makes matters worse is that they milk the school anthem scene. They sing the entire damn thing, showing each girl’s face during the anthem to get the full “effect,” but they skimp on the actual concert that depicts the girls actually doing what their club is supposed to do.
And that summarizes everything that I didn’t like about K-On! It’s an anime about girls in a music club, but they almost never do anything music-related. It’s like having an anime about martial artists but never seeing them fight, or an anime about giant robot pilots that never set foot in a mecha cockpit, or a hentai anime that never gets to the sex scene. The very reason why said anime exists is tossed to the side to literally showcase a bunch of nothing. We get to see them wearing animal costumes, but we don’t get to see them play music. We get to see them talk about wanting to be in the same class together, but we don’t get to see them play music. We get to see them do almost everything else but do the very thing they exist to do.
If they have no intention of following through with a premise, why ever have a premise? Other than create merchandising opportunities, that is. That part I get, the rest of it I don’t.
K-On!! isn’t bad because it’s moe or slice of life. K-On!! is bad because it’s bad.
Oh. I did dig the ending credits animation. Played like a cheesy music video, in a good way that is. Shame they can’t do stuff like that in the actual episode. Nope. They’d rather eat cake instead of play music inside of a cake. Lame.