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title: But hey, I met some! Five wonderful angels! - A love letter to K-On
title: Five wonderful angels: A love letter to K-On
published: July 24, 2019
summary: K-On is an unassuming masterpiece by Kyoto Animation
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<figcaption>Yui collects a cherry blossom on her way to the assembly</figcaption>
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The impact of *K-On*'s story relies on its delivery, and *K-On* would not be successful without Kyoto Animation's remarkable skill. One scene that stands out is the morning of the first day of senior year: The scene starts in silence. Yui runs to school, rushes to the clubroom, and opens her guitar case. You hear a zipper, the twang of guitar strings, and the crackle of an amp. Then, Yui starts strumming. Yui's chord progression is the only sound as her friends stroll to school, and the music and visuals combine to create a serene beginning of the new school year. Later in the episode is the school assembly: In the background, students make their way through an open hallway to the auditorium, the members of the Light Music Club among them. In the foreground, cherry blossoms fly in the wind. In the auditorium, the chorus of students sings the Sakuragaoka anthem, slow yet hopeful. The anthem continues to play as students walk back through the same hallway, returning to their classrooms, and more cherry blossoms blow across the sky. Thus, the first day back at school heralds a fulfilling final year. Whenever a scene needs to be emotional, KyoAni makes it emotional. Furthermore, KyoAni introduces original material not in the manga to strengthen the anime's emotional impact. The entire anime is beautiful with its moments of joy, its tearjerkers, and its mere everyday scenes, and KyoAni masterfully delivers them all.
The impact of *K-On*'s story relies on its delivery, and *K-On* would not be successful without Kyoto Animation's remarkable skill. One scene that stands out is Yui's first day of senior year: The scene starts in silence. Cherry blossoms fall overhead as Yui runs to school, lugging her guitar case on her back. She rushes through the dim, early morning school hallway up to the clubroom. You hear the zip of the guitar case, the twang of guitar strings, and the click of an amp. Then, Yui starts strumming. Yui's chord progression is the only sound as her friends stroll to school, and the music and visuals combine to create a serene beginning of the new school year. Later in the episode is the school assembly: In the background, students make their way through an open hallway to the auditorium, the members of the Light Music Club among them. In the foreground, cherry blossoms fly in the wind. In the auditorium, the chorus of students sings the Sakuragaoka anthem, slow yet hopeful. The anthem continues to play as students walk back through the same hallway, returning to their classrooms, and more cherry blossoms blow across the sky. Thus, the first day back at school heralds a fulfilling final year. Whenever a scene needs to be emotional, KyoAni makes it emotional. Furthermore, KyoAni introduces original material not in the manga to strengthen the anime's emotional impact. The entire anime is beautiful with its moments of joy, its tearjerkers, and its mere everyday scenes, and KyoAni masterfully delivers them all.
*K-On*'s songs are high quality and enjoyable in their own right. The opening songs *Cagayake! Girls*, *GO! GO! MANIAC*, and *Utauyo! MIRACLE*, feature Yui as the singer and are upbeat and hyperactive to match her personality. The ending songs *Don’t say 'lazy'*, *Listen!!*, and *NO, Thank You!* feature Mio as the singer and are moodier. As a music anime, *K-On* of course features insert songs for the band to perform, such as *Watashi no Koi wa Hotchkiss*, *Fude Pen ~Boru Pen~*, and of course its debut and signature piece, *Fuwa Fuwa Time*. *K-On*'s songs compete with pop songs; in fact, several *K-On* albums have hit the top charts in Japan, a testament to their popularity. Compared to Western pop songs on the radio, *K-On*'s songs are both more wholesome and more musically pleasing. Some songs (*Fuwa Fuwa Time*, *Watashi no Koi wa Hotchkiss*) are cliche romantic ones (except in Japanese). Other songs celebrate food (*Curry Nochi Rice*, *Gohan wa Okazu*) or family (*U&I*). The songs of Ho-kago Tea Time have positive messages but aren’t moralizing, fitting the ethos of the show. Although the *kawaii* voice of Aki Toyosaki as Yui isn’t for everyone, I like it, and the cool voice of Yoko Hikasa as Mio is simply elegant. Underneath the vocals, full-fledged chord progressions, bass lines, and drum beats stack up to add satisfying layers to the music. I confess that I prefer *K-On* songs over many songs on the radio.
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Unfortunately, on July 18, Kyoto Animation's Studio 1 was the victim of an arson attack that murdered 34 animators, injured 35, and destroyed the artwork in the building. The massacre is a tragic loss of life for many passionate and talented artists as well as a massive setback to the studio's ability to produce future works. However, I hope that KyoAni, like a phoenix, will rise up from the flames in rebirth.
- Today, [KyoAni started accepting direct donations](http://www.kyotoanimation.co.jp/information/?id=3075) (English explanation [on Crunchyroll](https://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2019/07/24-1/kyoto-animation-officially-starts-accepting-donations-through-bank-transfer))
- Today, [KyoAni started accepting direct donations](http://www.kyotoanimation.co.jp/information/?id=3075) ([English explanation on Crunchyroll](https://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2019/07/24-1/kyoto-animation-officially-starts-accepting-donations-through-bank-transfer))
- Sentai Filmworks has a [GoFundMe for KyoAni](https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-kyoani-heal)
- Crunchyroll has a [list of ways to help KyoAni](https://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2019/07/18-1/share-your-message-of-support-with-kyoto-animation)
Arigato gozaimashita, KyoAni, and ganbatte.
Arigato gozaimashita, KyoAni, and ganbatte kudasai.
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