Tagged: K-On!

Light and Fluffy Time!

By Shannon H

Fanboys, rejoice! This week is so crazy chock-full of moe, the cute might actually kill you. So just make sure you take the proper precautions before you start reading. You have been warned.

I believe I have already written an in-depth expose about why The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is the best thing to have come out of Japan in a while and that you should be all up on it, but that isn’t going to stop me from flailing over the fact that we’re getting Volume 8 of the manga this week.

In case you aren’t in the know, the Haruhi franchise is one of the biggest things in Japan, which is unsurprising considering how well it blends a truly thought-provoking sci-fi story with tons of pop-culture and slice-of-life. This particular book begins to follow the fourth light novel of the series, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, which is also the plotline for the amazing and epic feature length film that came out last year. In a nutshell, our cynical hero, Kyon, wakes up one morning to discover that no one has ever heard of the SOS Brigade or Haruhi Suzumiya! Yuki and Mikuru act as though Kyon is a stranger, and Koizumi’s entire class has just outright vanished! The resolution will blow your mind, promise. Continue reading

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K-On! The Manga Review

Here it is. My first manga review. As the title probably gave away it’s for the first volume release of K-On. If you have no idea who or what K-On! is I highly suggest you use your powers of google. Ah hell, I’ll be convenient and even link you to the wiki article on the series. Before the manga ever showed up (and certainly before Bandai has gotten on the ball in bringing the anime to us in the States) Forbidden Planet has had some really adorable figures come through its shelves. But I’ll leave the figure reviews for the boys on the FP Blog for now.

There is certainly an anime out there for pretty much anyone, and the same can be said about manga. It’s also been quite some time since I’ve really been excited to buy or read anything either. Most times I keep pretty busy. However, I set the time aside to read this lovely new manga about a girl band. That’s right. Girl. Band. And it’s straight up moe. It’s cool if you don’t really like that sort of thing but these girls are just so freakin’ adorable that you can’t help but like them.

Seriously. Look at them.

The Series As A Whole

Although you could argue that this is just like any other high school series with cute girls in it I don’t suppose that it would really be worth arguing with you about it. The appeal of K-On, in my opinion, is not that it is so new and different. Beck, for example, came far before K-On! ever did, and I am of the mind set that there is very little that can be new or different anymore. All the genres for the most part have been invented. All the character types are pretty much out there. What matters now, or should matter now, is the use of all those elements in story creation and how those elements and characters interact with each other. Continue reading

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