August 20, 2012

K-On!! The Movie

Okay, let's get this right the heck outta the way: if you liked K-On! or the sequel K-On!!, you'll love The Movie.  If the combination of cute girls doing cute things while playing cute music cutely didn't or doesn't appeal to you, then skip it... this is definitely not for you.

Azu-nyan thinks there's something wrong with you, though.
For all of you that do like such things, or are KyoAnimaniacs, or both, then The Movie is a must-watch.  It finishes the school career of the Original Four members of the Light Music Club: Mugi, Mio, Ritsu and Yui... and it's time for the rite of passage known as the graduation trip.  The decision is made to visit London, and they decide to bring Azuna along, since she's been the driving force behind the club.  And then, say it with me now, hijinks ensue.

If you're wondering just how they could afford such an extravagant trip, just... well, be quiet and let the rest of us enjoy it, kthnxbye.  That little excursion into reality aside, the movie is chock full of fun moments that fans of the show or the characters will absolutely adore.

If you don't know what this is a tribute to, I'm speechless.
Of course there's plenty of music, and wonder of wonders, there's even three or four performances!  I think that's twice as many as the original two series combined had, which was my biggest complaint with the show.  It's a show about a high-school rock band, why so few "live" performances?  But I digress.

If there's one thing we learn from The Movie, it's that Kyoto Animation has lost absolutely none of the zip off their fastball.  It's not the best looking thing they've done (that'd be The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, that franchise's movie), but it's certainly the liveliest, most vibrant production they've put together.  AND it looks great, too.

It goes without saying that The London Eye is turning in this scene (in fact, I didn't notice that until I was putting this post together).  What's most impressive is that everything that should be moving, is.  No static backgrounds for KyoAni, nope.  It's all understated in its grandioseness, if that makes sense, but it's still a tour de force for the reigning champion of anime visuals.

If there is any major fault with The Movie, it's in the story.  The trip to London is nice, but the over-arching plot of the Original Four trying to write a farewell song for Azuna got a little old for me, as did the laser-lock the thing had on Yui and Azu-nyan.  K-On! works best when the entire ensemble gets into the act, and that happened only rarely here.  It's not a deal-breaker by any means, but when Mio's most memorable moment is this...

...you know there's a problem.  Having said that, I'll still give K-On!! The Movie a solid four stars out of five, and I'm not even that big a fan of the franchise.  I'm pretty sure I never finished the second series, for example.  It's just a fun, lighthearted romp... a fuwa-fuwa time, one might say.  Go watch it, you might actually smile!

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1 The skies look like... Not quite BoB -- not enough zig-zags and circles. But it's almost like that.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at August 20, 2012 09:52 PM (5OBKC)

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One of the more memorable experiences I had came during the Bandai Entertainment panel at Otakon 2010.  They had started to make announcements regarding the English dub for K-On!, when, as the grand surprise of the evening (There were several.), Bandai brought out Cristina Valenzuela (Mio's English language VA.) and including among her appearance a rendition of Fuwa Fuwa Time - in Japanese.  The audience were bouncing off the walls.

C.T.

Posted by: cxt217 at August 20, 2012 10:31 PM (sVB41)

3 I prefer My Love Is a Stapler, but yeah.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at August 20, 2012 10:51 PM (5OBKC)

Posted by: Wonderduck at August 20, 2012 11:00 PM (djyNz)

5 I really enjoyed the first series, but quit watching the second about halfway through.  Not enough plot movement; not enough music.  Not enough Mio or Mugi.

Posted by: Ben at August 21, 2012 10:01 AM (/Mdmg)

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K-On was supposed to have a plot?  K-On was about music?  

I must have been watching a different show.

Posted by: Mikeski at August 21, 2012 11:15 AM (1bPWv)

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