Well, it was an alright first episode of K-On!. Things I liked the most about it:
– The fact that despite the situation’s urgency in getting the Light Music club together, everything seemed to be taken in stride. From Mio’s quick acceptance of Ritsu’s goal, to the three members easily accepting Yui’s lack of ability in anything (I did also like how Ritsu had a harmonica at the ready when Yui changed her musical “talents”), to Nodoka in general dealing with Yui. It’s only high school, and it’s not the end of the world if the club doesn’t get formed, but then we wouldn’t get this story in the first place. I liked how the atmosphere wasn’t so serious business and how it was pretty laid back. And you know how I feel about those; it will just make the rocking out that much sweeter to the characters and to me. 😛
– That all of the characters have some sort of common sense to them belying their “moe” archetypes. This one might sound like a bit more of a stretch according to some people, especially when considering how Yui acts. Perhaps it’s a little bettter to say that the characters aren’t just the extremes that we usually see in anime. As digitalboy says:
Ritsu is very headstrong and outgoing, but she’s also shown she’s got sense and isn’t outright hyper. Mio is a bit more of the straight-man type character, but she isn’t accusatory or mean (I hate these qualities in a character) and she seems pretty enthused along with everyone else. Tsumugi is more on the moe side of things with being a cute character with a clueless rich girl personality, but once again she isn’t too much of an idiot.
And you could argue that despite Yui’s apparent ineptitude, she still has some stuff inside her mind in knowing her weaknesses, being willing to tell the truth despite the situation, and in bluntly appraising the talent of the band at the moment (though you could say the last bit is part of her airheaded-ness). I’d disagree with digitalboy with Tsumugi, at least with using “idiot” to describe her (and on another note, her french fries scene was too cute by half, and not obnoxiously so), but that’s about it. The first episode of K-On! at least gives us the impression that our main foursome aren’t quite as easily pigeon-holed as most of us would like to think. Or at least it gives a reason for me to be peeved whenever someone says that Mio is tsundere, because I don’t see it at all.
– That Mio is a lefty on bass. This was one of the things pointed out to me, and it’s a nice thing to notice. Especially because I believe it’s harder to play a bass left handed than right handed, so even more power to her.
-That in terms of the OP and the ED, music-wise the OP beats the ED, and video-wise, the ED narrowly beats the OP. I say narrowly because though the music video format trumps the shots of the group rocking out (good shots though) and profiles of the OP, it was still over the top enough that I couldn’t take it seriously. I think that was the point.
– The character I like the best so far is Ritsu. I tend to like the visible movers and shakers in group efforts in anime, and so far she hasn’t done anything to make me reconsider that. I also enjoy how you can tell what she’s feeling pretty well, almost enough to rival Yui in that category. Speaking of Yui, I have to gives props to Nodoka, since it takes a good person to be able to handle someone who’s a little off the wall.
To be honest, the only think that bugged me was not the show, but the constant comparisons from to other shows and characters that other people have been making. It’s not the comparisons themselves that annoy me, but the rationales behind them, such as animation or voices or the faces the character’s make. It isn’t like I’m expecting arguments of substance here (lolol depth in anime), but for crying out loud, it’s only been one episode and what’s taken place seems so unnecessary. That, and I’m wondering if people will let the show stand on it’s own to be judged as they watch it, or if it will be constantly in the shadow of something it never asked to be under. Let’s not be hasty here (myself included), since we still have time to find out the “essence” of K-On!. :3
This isn’t going to become an episodic thing, mind you. I still have to finish my HidaSketch x365 posts first. 😛
And before I forget, lelangir‘s attempting to transcribe all of the K-ON soundtrack he hears during the show. I think it’s a great idea, but one with some insanity tied into it. Either way, spur the man on please. 😛