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K-ON! manga to end. Is the magic gone?

May 12, 2012

This past week read the news on several sites (Moetron, ANN) that the “K-ON!” sequel manga following the college arc is scheduled to end next month! While surprising, must say it is not such a shock considering I personally felt that the appeal of the original “K-ON!” story lacked in this sequel.

The original run of the “けいおん!” manga by Kakifly concluded at the same time as the anime adaptation, wrapping up the story of the high school light music club with the graduation of Yui, Mio, Ritsu and Tsumugi.

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No doubt due to the success of the franchise, Kakifly resumed “K-ON!” with two separate manga story arcs, one following Azusa’s life in high school and another following Yui, Mio, Ritsu and Tsumugi’s adventures in college.

While the story arc following Azusa in high school is apparently continuing, the one following Yui and the others in college will end. Followed both story arcs, so can fathom the high school arc is more popular even though it only has Azusa from the former lead characters along with Ui and Jun.

Having introduced only two new characters with Sumire and Nao, the high school story line is easier to follow and caters more to the audience as it remains much closer to the original “けいおん!” vibe. It also has some semblance of a core plot with Azusa trying to form a band to rebuild the light music club, much like Ritsu and Mio originally did.

The college arc following Yui, Mio, Ritsu and Tsumugi instead feels splintered, without real purpose as the four girls lack a tangible goal, it also introduced a plethora of new characters that haven’t all been properly fleshed out yet.

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Being a fan of Azsua’s character, the unique bond she had with Yui and how her presence as a doted on junior was a driving force in the dynamic of ‘Houkago Tea Time’, can only conclude that after tearing Azusa away from the group, Kakifly was unable to construct a new suitable dynamic for Yui, Mio, Ritsu and Tsumugi that had the same warmth, liveliness, and joy of the original.

As a side note, must confess that the manga in itself never had the appeal to me that the anime has, with Kyoto Animation’s sublime work in transforming “K-ON!” into an epic slice-of-life series full of joy that has a great aura much like “Aria” or “Tamayura ~hitotose~”.

Am curious to see what Kakifly will do with the high school arc, as I’d hate to see this franchise die off in such an inelegant fashion, never having been able to recapture that unique magic it had.

At least we still have the “K-ON!” movie release to look forward to.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. yu3 permalink
    May 25, 2012 7:22 pm

    Even though all you’ve said was true. Its still sad to know that the four original characters will be gone (hopefully not to long.). I’m sure a big percent of the K-On fan (including me) did cry and felt sad because of this news.. Still, they will be forever our Ho-Kago Tea Time.. :C

  2. May 26, 2012 6:45 pm

    @yu3
    It is sad, “K-ON!” deserves to carry on with the same excellent gang of girls, it shouldn’t fizzle out like this.

  3. Yuhsaku permalink
    February 4, 2013 5:51 pm

    I was looking forward to cross over between the two arcs where Mio, Ritsu, Yui and Mugi will return to their school for a return performance together with Azusa and her new group. Eventually, I was hoping that the original four would do some special performances in some form of concerts where they will be recognize and somewhat begin their fame.

  4. Pirkaf permalink
    November 1, 2013 10:35 am

    I really love K-On college and K-On Highschool, I hope Kakifly will continue with K-On.

  5. Ritsu K-ON!! permalink
    May 18, 2014 9:06 pm

    I not want lost Ritsu when i look movie of last when yui sing last song i make so sad i want know it is ending old characters. old characters can come on collage with animated third season? i want know

  6. Ritsu K-ON!! permalink
    May 18, 2014 9:08 pm

    i not want lost old 4 chracters :(((((((( :cry

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