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The Kayoto Animation Moe Variety Hour,
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This review is from: K-On! Complete Series Collection [DVD] (DVD)
Anyone familiar with Kayoto Animation knows they have two type of anime: fast paced, female-led quirky comedies with out-there concepts (that'd be your Melencoly of Haruhi Suzumiya, Fullmetal Panic? Fumoffu, & Lucky*Star), and slow, male-led, moe, slice-of-life comedy dramas with THE MOST stunningly beautiful animation that utilize colour and light in ways that stand head and shoulders above all competitors, and throw emotional punches that could break a golums' heart (Air [perhaps the most traumatising thing until someone splices Mufasas' death scene into Schindlers List], Kanon & Clannad/After Story). K-on! is the latest to reach UK shores (though unfortunately we are still forced to import most of their other catalogue) and falls somewhere between the 2 varieties; a female ensemble that plods along nicely and a virtually non existant plot - not that this is a criticism, for it's all about the gradual growth of the cast and their development as musicians.
Charm is heaped on in droves, so fans of moe will be thrilled and should buy it up instantly regardless, and it is impossible not to have fallen for the girls charms by the close of ep.2, in addition to genuinly laugh out loud comidic turns that carry Kyoto's trademark ability to derive great comic timing from sight gags, dialogue, expressions/reactions, and slapstick.
This may not be a series for newcomers to the genre (Haruhi is perhaps a better bet to begin on), and fans of more serious, action/psychological/philosophical orientated animes may fail to be won over by the painfully sweet charm, however those who like gentle, funny shows with lovable characters WITHOUT having to resort to self-harm to take your mind from emotional trauma that'll haunt you to the grave (looking at you Air), then K-on! comes highly recommended*
*For the record, I got into anime some years ago via the exquisitly magnificent Neon Genesis: Evangelion. Basically if a fan of philosophical sci-fi mecha epics can state a fluff piece about high school girls forming a band is in his top 10, then you can vouch on my impartial opinion as that of a guy open to all anime, not predisposed to only a certain [sub]genre.