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I just finished watching K-On!, an anime about high school girls who start a band. The show is well produced, and the songs the girls play stick in your head almost immediately. Most of the characters are based on common anime stereotypes (clumsy and air-headed, rich but sheltered), but are generally fleshed out enough by the story to escape being mere cookie cutter characters. The artists have taken the time to give each of the girls a real instrument, which is always a nice touch. The anime is based on a 4-panel manga, so the story is primarily character driven, with a handful of the 13 episodes that directly connect to each other.

I enjoyed K-On! and hope that the anime will continue with a second or third season to finish out the girl’s journey through high school. It seems to be pretty popular as well, I’ve seen several bags and t-shirts on the trains and the K-On CDs have been at the front of music stores for several months now. I’d like to buy a few, but I just can’t justify paying $12 for two tracks per CD.

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  1. Jago
    August 27, 2009 at 5:06 am

    You’d be suprised that you can’t find a single K-On! album here in North America.

    • Sasayan
      August 27, 2009 at 9:24 am

      Yeah, even once an anime is officially licensed in the US, it’s rare to see them bring over many of the related goods. If you get lucky some special editions will include a soundtrack CD, but your best bet is to check online import stores. When I lived in the US, I made heavy use of play-asia to buy Japanese games and music. They’ve got a decent selection and reasonable shipping, but they tend to run out of stock rather quickly.

  2. Jago
    August 27, 2009 at 9:49 am

    I’ve shopped for a figure there before, and the shipping was rather expensive in my opinion. There’s an Anime Convention coming up this Friday, so I’m hoping to score a few copies.

    • Sasayan
      August 27, 2009 at 10:08 am

      Ah, I usually go elsewhere for figures. Prices fluctuate more, so there’s always a need to shop around. Good luck at the convention, hope you find some treasure!

  3. Jago
    August 27, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    How’s it like in Japan anyway? Are you able to get figures for a decent price? Is it an anime-craze environment? I’ve always wanted to visit Japan for a few days, and feel what it’s like to see anime everyday. It’s hard to experience here as US animation just isn’t the same.

    • Sasayan
      August 28, 2009 at 10:53 am

      Figures, when new, are usually about the same price as you would find online. The big difference is being able to find older figures on sale or in a second hand shop for much less.

      As far as the anime-craze goes, it’s there but not there. There are shows everyone knows (Gundam, Dragonball, Sazae-san), but a lot of stuff is still pretty obscure. I’d say manga is more popular than anime, it’s less expensive and has a wider variety of content. It’s pervasive enough that almost everyone has a favorite series, but making a hobby of it is still considered geeky.

      There’s probably a lot more that could be said on the topic, I’ll have to make a proper post of it sometime this week.

  4. August 29, 2009 at 12:31 am

    That would be great! Japan gets my mind boggled sometimes.

    • Sasayan
      August 29, 2009 at 1:49 am

      Oh the boggling is a daily event, let me assure you. Sometimes multiple times per day.

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