K-On!! Second Season – It’s Not About The Music

It’s been very interesting and fun watching this new season of K-On. I know I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating, this season has hardly any music focus in it at all. Sure the first season wasn’t solely on music, it was light hearted and spent a lot of time showing the girls just having fun, but it then did have that other side showing Yui learning the guitar and having several performances. However while the first series had a mix of music focus and other at somewhat 50 50, this second season has about 10% music and 90% other, yet I still maintain that it’s not a problem at all.

The show was never really about music, and I think that’s evident in the second season. It has much more, from comedy to slice of life, and simply showing the characters interacting. While music is still a big part of the show, it’s not the center of it. Music was mainly a way of gathering these characters together and giving them a reason for being there, however the show itself is about the fun and entertaining moments they have together, its how they deal with things, and simply spend time together.

Comedy isn’t the only thing that the show has going for it in this other category, though it’s sometimes looked on like it is. It really can be quite heartwarming, form showing the innocent nature and determination of the characters to simply showing a general theme of growing up and moving through life. I have to say it was adorable and awesome to see in a recent episode where Yui was playing a song for her old lady neighbor. It may have been kind of cheesy but there was something about seeing that sweet old lady clapping her hands so enthusiastically at the song, paired with this self sacrifice from Yui at studying hard and practicing for doing something for this neighbor that meant so much to her. There are other moments like this through the show, but nothing that quite shows an example of it like this. In general, it’s also the theme of growing up. Dealing with Yui and everyone really choosing what to do as a future career, hell even the Mio fan episode showing the one girl having grown up and becoming more mature to some degree shows this theme the show has. It’s far more than a music show, so the absence of music doesn’t impact it. It’s still great.

2 thoughts on “K-On!! Second Season – It’s Not About The Music”

  1. I never actually considered K-ON to be a show about music. Music is just a unifying element, something that allowed the girls to get to know each other and have fun. If you ask me, rather than about music, K-ON is a celebration of friendship. It is the light music club, but it could be the astronomy club or the tea ceremony club

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