Friday, October 22, 2010

K-ON End of a journey

Well after two long years, 2 seasons, 36 eps (not including specials) we have the end to a long story.

Quick Recap:
The second season follows directly from the first, with the girls moving onto their final year. We see them preparing for their final exam to move onto university. Mio has the grades and the recommendation to go to a very prestigious school, and im sure Mugi could also go to any school she wants, but in the end they decide to all try and get into the same school. Final exams came and went while the girls study. The entire time Asusa shifted her thoughts from what will become of the light music club, to how to say goodbye. In the end, through serious determination on Yui and ritsu's part, they do all manage to pass and are all headed to the same university. The graduation comes, and Sawako is saddened to see her first class of graduates go. Asusa also breaks down, asking them not to leave. They send her off with a picture of them from their first year together, with her face glued on, and a new song written especially for her.

The main complaint people had about K-ON was that it was a show about girls prancing around doing cute things and not really having a story. And by the mid way of the second season, i would still agree. However If you take the entire two seasons together, its the story about a rag tag group, that barely became a club that shouldn't have happened, and the girls growing to became so close they wont want to separate. That being said, the story is still weak and still not why you watch it. Most episodes are filler fluff. However the ending i think was well done. You really feel the emotion from Asusa as she has to say good bye to her sempais. The final episodes really show that, even if they arent in the same grade, class, or even schools, the girls consider Asusa one of them, and that shes someone they can't replace, or forget. However i think the strongest emotions came from Sawako. She was a strong character, who was always the leader and rolemodel for the girls. Always there to bail them out of their troubles. But as she walked down the empty class and sees the chalkboard, even she breaks into tears. Asusa probably has it the worst. While the other girls manage to stay together (and save a huge amount of tears from the girls) she wont be going with them. Even if she finds new members, they will never be her sempais, and the club will never be the old club. The memories can never be forgotten or replicated. The new club might be good, but it will never be like her first club. The graduation and finale song i felt was a good send off, but i would have liked them to end off with the song to Asusa (despite my absolute love for No Thank You). Them going back to Fwa Fwa time is really a back to basics message which i dont feel was right for all they've been through.

So whats my overall impression of the show? I think Asusa Said it the best
"Its not very good (well written) is it? but i want to hear (watch) it over and over again"
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Monday, October 4, 2010

What? im still here? (also a semi review)

Yes i am still alive, and i am still a blogger. To be honest i havent been following anime very much recently because of a new vice ( *cough* League of legends *cough*) but i thought id give a quick two reviews Ookami-san, and Amagami SS(first two routes)

Ookami-san (spoilers abound)

Well this turned out quite differently than i expected. I was expecting a twist and retelling of classic fairy tales. I wasn't quite impressed with the first episode's Cinderella, but i held on. It kind of disappointed me that it wasnt much of a retelling as it was a completely new story with name drops and inspiration from fairy tales. Now the plot itself wasn't too bad, it wasn't great either. The biggest complaint i have is the use of rape as a back story for Ookami. While it was never directly mentioned that she was raped, it was heavily implied. Now im not an uptight guy. for instance, it is also heavily implied when otohime "extracts the essence" of Tauro. Now it was done for comedy and in the end the two love each other. the same can't be said for Ookami. And yes it can also be used well for heavy dramatic effect... except this is a comedy... about a girl whos boxing gloves meow when she hits someone. The entire story i feel is just way to light to suddenly force such a serious side. The story was also never well resolved but its almost guaranteed thats to set up a sequel. I kind of wish it wont get one. I did finish so i wont say its dissolutely horrrible, but it could have been much better if they stuck to one side of the serious vs comedy.

Amagami SS

This one surprised me. Every time i say "ehh this looks lackluster" they prove me wrong. I still think the haruka arc went way too fast, as to be expected, but its hard to imagine how this would even happen. she went from "sorry, i dont love you" to "i might love you" to "im so in love with you" to "why dont you love me!!!!" in 4 eps. The procession doesn't seem natural at all. The story was still great and Haruka remains my favorite character still. The second arc featuring Kaoru also started slow, and i thought i wouldn't like her character much. A massive difference was how much more confident Junichi was. As if that one confrontation turned his life upside down (or conversely what a mess he is without it). As such i feel the character development lied much more heavily on Kaoru than on Junichi, a benefit Haruka didn't have. Haruka was very much a strong charcter, with established traits. It was Junichi that needed to grow in her story. Kaoru however seemed to be the one with less ability to grow, and conversely Junichi seemed more like her support than in the first arc. Im only starting the third arc now, but it seems to be in a much more comedic style than the other two, which is nice because not only does it help establish the new focus character, its not a cookie cutter of the first two stories. Her voice however might need some getting use to.
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