K-On In A Nutshell, Light, Fluffy, Cute, It Is What It Is, But It Doesn’t Mean That People Can’t Criticize It Within That Context
It’s no secret that my experience with K-On and in finishing it has been an arduous one and that I’ve been very critical of what I saw as it’s total lack of imagination with gag bits and characters that I found to ultimately prove about as interesting as the kind you might see on a Saturday Night Live sketch during one of it’s poorer seasons, but that is not what I am here to talk about. I am here to address the frequently brought up counterpoint that has been offered as a catchall to your general criticism of K-On (whatever it may be), because I think it’s not only a limp-wristed knee jerk defensive reaction that doesn’t really prove a viable rebuttal, but that it’s also somewhat presemptuous as well.
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I heard a voice say to me tonight, “Stand up Kaioshin and be counted among the many” to which I replied, “Hell yeah I will!”. Or perhaps it was just that while reading Behind The Nihon Review one of Sorrow-Kun’s quips while talking about this show struck a chord with me:
Sorrow-Kun: I could say stuff like “this isn’t my sort of anime”, but that’s a weak way to dismiss one’s own opinion so as not to step on anyone’s toes, and I don’t like to do that because I like to think that my opinion is reasoned.
And then it hit me, I should have no reason to fear voicing a differing or even dissenting opinion on a popular show just because some other bloggers on the sphere might not agree with what I have to say. I’m brutally honest on forums like Animesuki after all, so why not here on my own blog? There are tons of other bloggers that don’t mind being brutally honest about their feelings regarding certain popular shows that they may or may not have a universally positive interest in, so why should I have felt the desire to hold my tongue all of this time for fear of stepping on the collective blogosphere’s many toes? Nothing ventured nothing gained, that’s the policy I’ve always preferred to follow when it comes to how I watch, comment on and debate various forms of media with others, yet I have been weak when it comes to having my true voice heard as of late….disgracefully so……but no longer. The past month has seen the reignition of that fire in me that rocked the blogosphere during the middle months of 2008. Sans the silly combativeness that I took many lessons on interpersonal relations from. Nothing ventured nothing gained.
Could it have just been Winter blues keeping me down until the spring broke. Was it Chris from MAHQ’s Straight Talk Express inspiring me to talk….well….more straight about the anime that I watch again? Was it just that I needed a break? I don’t know for sure, but right now I want to offer my own raw and completely uncensored reactions and thoughts regarding K-On Episode 5, because it’s my blog and I damn well can. To those who would disagree, the comment box is always open. To those who would dislike me more for anything I am about to say, just be thankful that Deathie isn’t the one adding his voice to the mix on K-On. Continue reading ‘The Most Brutally Honest Look At K-On Episode 05 You Are Ever Likely To See’
I wonder if it’s not that K-On is extremely incomparably popular in the western hemisphere based on it’s own merits, so much as people like writing low content posts (especially of the “moe moe kyun” variety) about how popular it is at an accelerated rate and in such a manner that makes it seem like it’s the case. There’s no easy way of denying that it’s content is a popular and controversial topic of conversation at it’s inception, but it’s starting to seem like it hit it’s peak in terms of self-generated popularity a little while before what we have gotten in the last couple of weeks and has instead been feeding into itself in terms of perception of popularity in a way that makes it seem like it’s getting moreso. Is intense and constant mention of a single event in one episode really a sign of growing and overwhelming popularity, or just a sign that people feel the need to talk about it because it’s perceived as popular and relevant, thus creating a substantial portion of the popularity in the process? How much does K-On owe to itself in terms of popularity, and how much does it owe to it’s fans conversational quirks? But one of many questions to ponder.
Seen One Flashy Shiny Sparkly Rainbow Over The Top Moe Character, Seen Em’ All, Mio Can Stand With The Rest Of Them For All I Care
I don’t get it, I really don’t get it. What is it that has practically everybody on the blogosphere slobbering all over this extremely par for the course moe-centric character and rushing to make formulaic and derivative worship posts about her “moe moe kyun” sequences? I know this IS the blogosphere and all, but I mean it’s like nobody has ever seen a pseudo-tsundere character before. Is this really what character popularity has come down to now? How over the top a sequence you can make to exploit every last bit of moe potential a character design has and then some? Is it really that simple? Well not in my book. Call me when Mio get’s some actual solid character development and a backstory. Maybe then I’ll bother to care a greater deal about this latest trendy moe character over the next that has the blogosphere joined in a monotonous chorus yet again. All of these moe characters are starting to run together now anyway…….can hardly tell them apart anymore……
That said Mio is almost certainly the best character that K-On has to offer at the moment in that unlike Yui, Ritsu, and Mugi she doesn’t have an annoying character trait that all but cancels out anything one could find that is likeable about either of them. Can one tolerable character really carry an entire 4-Girl-Koma anime series through it’s whole run though? The question is of course rhetorical.
Previously I had theorized that K-On was entirely watchable while half concious, thus tonight I attempted to prove it while watching episode 04 while totally hammered. Here’s how my major reactions all went down:
Teeheeheehee Teeheeheehee it’s meat in the fridge. It’s liek Oh Ma God! Why does it sparkle though….. O_0
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