For my last part on my piece about manga adaptations, I will be discussing one of the most popular kinds of anime in recent years, the 4 koma slice of life about a group of cute girls doing cute things. There are many examples, some of which I really enjoyed, like Lucky Star. There are others that were never really my cup of tea, like Hidamari Sketch. However, the two I picked to compare for this post are K-ON and Azumanga Daioh. The first should come as no surprise to regular readers of this blog, but the latter may come as a surprise, especially since I’m going to be critical of it. I assure you that my criticisms are not without good reason though.
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Greetings readers. It’s been a long time since I last updated this blog, and I apologize to all of you who like reading about my point of view on anime. With the winter season wrapping up, I am looking forward to many of the new shows coming next season. The problem is, I have many reasons to doubt many of these new shows. Because of that, there are only a handful which I am sure I will watch all the way through to the end. So continue on brave reader.
Some time around midnight Central Standard Time last night, the Good Smile Company officially announced the Figma version of Akiyama Mio from K-ON. I had known about it for several days because of its unofficial announcement on the Figma blog, but nonetheless, I was still excited to see it due to its fast approaching late February release date. Tired from a long day of class and work, I decided to go to bed and put a preorder in the morning.
If I were to make a list of things I love in this world, two of the items near the top of list would be anime and booze. Anime and booze is also a winning combination. One time I watched Strike Witches with a handle of vodka, and while I had very little idea as to what was going on, the show has never been funnier. Last year I wrote a top 3 best and worst list, but I’m going to try something a little different this year. This year, I’m going to combine my love of anime and liquor and give out awards named after various drinks. If you are the creator and happen to be wasting your time reading an American blog, take a shot of your award if you want some kind of trophy.
So the last episode of the season’s hottest show K-ON! just aired and while it was a considerable change of pace from the rest of the series, it was strangely satisfying and appropriate. Technically this episode was an extra episode, and last week’s episode was the final one. The “final” episode heats things up with an entertaining concert scene, while the extra episode cools things off with the girls’ day on a cold winter day.
After watching the new K-ON!, my first reaction was not, “That was cute!” or “Moe, moe kyun!” but “what guitar is Azusa playing?” I went on my first instinct and looked it up, and found it to be a Fender Mustang. Like all the other instruments in this show, it’s a pretty nice one, although its definitely much cheaper than Yui’s Les Paul unless it’s an original one from the 60s. The shape was pretty ambiguous in the manga, so I wasn’t sure if she was going to have a Stratocaster or what. I’m glad that they picked a less mainstream guitar for Azusa, and that she’s also featured in the OP. I only wish they’d done the same for the ED. I would have liked to see her in fancy clothes.