I decided to jot down some thoughts on the final two volumes of the *K-On!* manga series. Given their titles, the focus they have are obvious. One is the story of Azusa with fellow third-years Ui and Jun, struggling to keep the pop music club afloat as they prepare to...
I decided to jot down some thoughts on the final two volumes of the *K-On!* manga series. Given their titles, the focus they have are obvious. One is the story of Azusa with fellow third-years Ui and Jun, struggling to keep the pop music club afloat as they prepare to graduate high school. The other is the story of the beginning of the college career of Azusa''s sempais, Yui, Mio, Mugi, and Ritsu.
Like with volume four of the regular manga preceding these two editions, these volumes were incredibly bitter-sweet for me to read. The series was over, and I couldn''t spend more time in these characters'' lives after I had come to care about them, and this was worse in *High School*, as we don''t know for sure the ultimate destinations for college of the three new sempais. Both manga ended at a mid-point of the year time frame, and so little is naturally known.
Part of me wonders if the mangaka, nicknamed "Kakifly", was still unsure if he wanted to continue the series or not. *College* and *High School* were just so open-ended, that it is a strong possibility that he was open to continuing, but changed his mind.
Despite the feelings of melancholy I had while ending the story, the two volumes were fun and introduced some great new characters. In *High School*, we meet a composer who can''t play well, but is brilliant at theory, in Nao, and a household servant and friend of Mugi''s, Sumire, who displays rapid aptitude (though not to the ridiculous extent of Yui on the guitar) for the drums. Together with Azusa, Ui, and Jun, they eventually form a successful band for the one year they are all together at school.
In *College*, we have several new characters, as the setting is bigger and so more folks would naturally show up in real life. Instead of being the same character types as the "Afternoon Tea Time" girls (Yui, Mio, Mugi, and Ritsu) they are a mix of different traits and such. In other words, no one girl is cut from the same cloth as one of our main heroines, but they each have some aspects that more than one of the main four might see themselves in.
These characters include the other members of the college "Light Music Club". First we have Akira who is rough around the edges (or likes to pretend to be so) a bit, but a good person and (much to her "stated" but perhaps not real chagrin) a favorite new pal of Yui''s. Then we have her two bandmates in their group, "The Girlz", Sachi, who is similar to Mio in terms of height and self-consciousness of it, but is much more socially-adept, and Ayame, who is similar in many ways to both Mio and Ritsu. She has the latter''s personality to some extent, but also the former''s no-nonsense attitude and willingness to keep her friends in line. Rounding these pop music club members are the last two we see. First we have the club president, Kana, who manages the club in a similar manner as Ritsu did as president of the high school one, but slightly more responsibly. Finally, there''s a funny girl with little visible emotion, Chiyo, who still is charming and sweet underneath her flat expressions.
All of these new characters are amusing, sweet, cute and endearing. I wish we could get to know them more. I realize, however, that this won''t happen, outside imagination. I''m pretty okay with that, because just like the previous four volumes, these last two brought me genuine joy to read. I enjoyed them and truly, though with some warning on the bittersweet feeling of knowing the series is ending as you read them, Highly Recommend these.
*K-On! College* - 4.5/5 Stars
*K-On! High School* - 4/5 Stars.