Directed by: Yaoko Yamaka
Screenplay: Reiko Yoshida
Based on the Manga Written by: Kakifly
Animation Studio: Kyoto Animation Studio
USA Publisher: Bandai Entertainment
|Mugi, Mio, and Ritsu|
K-On is about four girls who join their school’s Light Music Club before it gets disbanded. A seemingly modest story concept would become a multimillion dollar franchise with a legion of followers across the world. When K-On was first announced in 2009, no one expected it to become the enormous franchise it is today. Originally starting as a 4 panel manga in a seinen magazine, it transitioned into anime where it exploded in popularity. In Anime Expo 2010, Bandai Entertainment announced that they would be releasing K-On in the United States. The first volume containing the first four episodes has finally been released in the states. The series looks incredible in its Blu-ray iteration, with a great script, gorgeous animation, a cast of likable characters, memorable music, and excellent pacing. The only downside is that you get four episodes in this release.
|Mugi with her hat|
|Mio lecturing Ritsu|
The animation and music for K-On is very good for a TV show. The production values are very high compared to many other series out there. The animation is very fluid and natural, with characters moving from frame to frame with relative ease. It looks gorgeous in 1080p, with the transfer being near-perfect. There is zero dithering, no aliasing and there is no color bleeding. K-On looks gorgeous in 1080p and is a great showcase for why all anime should be on Blu-ray. The music for K-On is great, the opening and ending songs are memorable and very catchy. Music in the anime is simple and effective. K-On is a slice of life anime, there is no need for a pounding dramatic musical score. The visual and auditory package of K-On is top class.
K-On is a very popular anime, for good reason. It has an excellent cast of characters that interact well with each other. The screenplay is terrific, making ordinary situations and dialog seem quite interesting. The Japanese Voice acting is one of the best out there, with the English Voice Actresses bringing a wonderful performance. The anime is free of drama and fanservice, and that makes it even better. The production values and music are top class. The overall package for K-On is great. You get the first four episodes, but you get the first four episodes of a great anime. K-On has a great community of fans; I am hoping that this new Blu-Ray release can bring some more fans into the fold of this wonderful community.
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