Finally the K-ON movie has reached our shores, so to speak. After it was released last year in Japan, most K-ON fans outside Japan has been eagerly waiting for its arrival. I must say, I’m pleased with the movie. I won’t go so far as to say that it’s worth the wait, but it’s a movie worth considering. Especially if you’re already familiar with K-ON franchise.
The movie started slow, in my opinion. But the moment the After School Tea Time girls landed in London, things started rolling. Yes, as everyone has guessed since the live house episode was released, the movie tells the story of the girls’ trip abroad. This movie simply reminded why I enjoyed K-ON as much as I did. It’s hilarious to the end. There aren’t a lot of high school/club themed anime these days that make me laugh as much as K-ON did.
The culture clashes, or more accurately, language barrier in this movie is definitely the highlight for me. Language barrier is the most important concern for me when travelling overseas. Yui & Co. never showed concern in regards with this matter. That is until they landed in the foreign land. They struggled to communicate with Londoners and encountered many obstacles linguistically throughout their trip. But that’s okay. It’s more enjoyable for me as an audience!
It was fun watching Yui, Ritsu, Mio, Mugi and Azusa travelling around London. I was relief to know the movie didn’t spend too much time detailing their visits and all, but instead inserted a few surprise performances here and there. For K-ON fans who are looking forward to listen to some After School Tea Time songs, you won’t be disappointed. Although I’m disappointed that I’ll never know what autographs did Mio manage to get…Or if the girls met any superstars…
The K-ON movie seems to be focusing more on Azusa and Yui. I suppose Yui served as the representative of the seniors. Besides, Yui is closer to Azusa than Mio, Ritsu and Mugi. Furthermore, Yui has never been good in anything except for one – she has a huge, sincere heart that is always looking out for others, especially Azusa, her beloved junior. The amount of effort she put forth in writing a song dedicated to Azusa is something I never imagined would be possible. Sure, Yui showed extra dedication and concentration whenever it comes to the music but not at that level. So that was sweet of her.
Also, there’s a nice touch on the internal concerns of a junior and a senior. Two somewhat different perspectives when it comes to graduation and the future of their club. One party is always filled with concern for another party. It’s an expansion from the second season’s final episode, I think.
Anyway, in short, I had a lot of fun watching this movie. It is what one should expect of K-ON – light, fun, humorous and music.