K-ON!! side characters
Not long before “K-ON!!” started to air, the otakusphere was alive with the rumor of a new character that would join the cast. A pink haired girl with a ponytail named Miura Akane, she turned out to be a fan created character.
Now we see Pixiv and other otaku dens come alive again, this time focusing on characters that have appeared in the background several episodes in a row.
Cute artwork by ringo@林檎 (Pixiv) that shows the two more striking background characters.
Most renowned so far is the girl seen on the left, Tachibana Himeko (立花姫子), also known as the ‘センセイさよなら’ (sensei sayonara) girl or ‘結いのとなりの席の子’ which means ‘the girl sitting next to Yui’.
With a distinct hairstyle, she wears those irresistibly cute loose socks like Misaki from “To Aru Kagaku No Railgun”.
Lovely illustration by Ivy (Pixiv) of Himeko, who got her nickname simply because she actually sits next to Yui in class.
Her most noticeable appearance is at the start of episode two when she’s attentively following the scene unfold where the girls try to wake Yui, soon after she also bids their teacher Sawako goodbye.
Though she was also visible standing behind Mio when the students sang the school anthem during the entrance ceremony together with the girl seen below.
This cute dark haired girl with glasses, named Takahashi Fuuko (高橋風子) is also featured in a few illustrations on Pixiv.
This particular illustration by 九韻寺51 (Pixiv) shows some of the other girls that have appeared so far.
Will these girls continue to appear in “K-ON!!” and evolve from mere background characters into full fledged side characters?
Or has Kyoto Animation just taken extra care in rendering the light music club girls’ classmates with specific designs and consistency throughout the series, giving them faces instead of just remaining blank templates?
We shall see!
In the meantime, you can be sure to catch more illustrations and sketches of these “K-ON!!” side characters on Pixiv as the episodes go by.