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K-ON!, Vol. 3 (英語) ペーパーバック – 2011/8/16
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As the dawn breaks on a new year, Azusa decides it's time for the girls of the Pop Music Club to tuck away their tea and cakes. Pick up their instruments! And bring the rock 'n' roll with another performance! But even though Afterschool Tea Time is starting to sound like a real band, Mio's stage fright is going to make any live show tricky. What better way to cure shyness than with a part-time job?! At a maid café?!
Kakifly is the music-enthusiast/manga creator behind K-ON!, a series that has spawned an anime, concert tours, music CDs, and more!
As Azusa worries about if new members will join thee light music club, volume 3 of “K-ON!” begins at New Year and focuses on the experiences of the group. From having Mio work at a maid cafe to work on her shyness, the group bringing in their adviser Sawako Yamanaka’s classic electric guitar to the music store for money, the group enduring a hot summer and wanting an AC for their club room and Mio and Yui leaving their beloved guitar’s back at the club and not bringing it home. Also, a club trip to a music festival!
All this in “K-ON!” volume 3 by kakifly!
I love “K-ON!”!
I love the progression of the Hokago Tea Time band and how each of these young ladies grew up together to become a band that can actually perform quite well and start playing their first major gig.
I love the fact that it focuses on normal high school life but also the formation of a band and the dynamics with each of the members as they go through their ups and downs but also the little cute quirks that come with each character.
But overall, these latest episodes in volume three were so hilarious, fun and highly enjoyable. This is one of those light-hearted series that if you want to get away from the serious or dark anime or if you are having a long or tough day, “K-ON!” is the feel-good anime series because it’s all about having fun, enjoying life and doing your best! That’s what I love about this series!
In Japan, you can watch variety TV shows such as “Gakkou e Ikou” (Let’s go to School) or films such as “Linda Linda Linda” and there are many young people who want to play music. And its evident from the various young bands that have come from Japan straight out of high school that have become signed to a major label.
While here in the West, there are shows and events that spotlight this, in Japan, its a bit more magnified because these storylines are brought to television, film and manga. There are constant music auditions throughout Japan featuring many young teenagers who want to make it and these auditions are featured on television. Especially female students who create a rock band.
“K-ON!” captures that essence of those female students wanting to create a rock band and the series gives life to those characters and while keeping the stories fun and light-hearted and the series is so much fun thanks to the characters and just how the group maintains their friendship.
While the anime series is able to capitalize on the group playing live performances and showcase the music, the manga series does manage to focus on the characters and showcase the characters and how they interact much more. There are also some storylines in this volume that I don’t recall seeing in the anime series.
Character designs by kakifly are well done! A good focus on character designs and closeups, while some panels will showcase art backgrounds, the designs are cute and fun!
Overall, “K-ON!” is a lighthearted, enjoyable manga series about five female students who are members of the music club and their interaction as club members, bandmates but most of all as friends.
I look forward to vol. 4!
Fans of the anime will appreciate subtle differences in the manga, like the outcome of trying to lie to Sawako-sensei about how much they pawned her guitar for. I feel that I need to mention that there is some very mild swearing in one portion of the manga (the girls try to mimic the local dialect, which the translator changes to sound like New York street slang) but it's mainly played for laughs. Finally, the full-color sections look amazing as always.
In summary, great manga, I plan on buying the next one the day it comes out!