One of my favorite series of this season, K-On!! has been an absolute delight so far. While many may disagree, there is something mind-numbingly relaxing about its pointless plot. I certainly do enjoy just lazing around with Yui after school drinking tea and eating cake. Thus, I recommended K-On! to my sister.
My sister is not an otaku; she is not even an anime fan. She watches less than five series a year, all of which I had to force her to watch. And she is picky. She refuses to waste her time on mediocre stuff and she can only watch a few episodes in any given amount of time. After all, she is not really into anime. Understandably, she also has a rather different view of K-On!
A few days ago and not too long after she saw K-On!, we went shopping because I needed some clothes fitting of Taiwan’s scorching summers. While shopping, I asked for her thoughts on K-On! in the hopes of getting her to watch season two. Expecting a lukewarm response, I was pleasantly surprised when she said she really liked it. She gave several positives, such as the music, the relaxing atmosphere, and the personable characters (she loved Ritsu).
Among all of the reasons for liking season one, a particularly outstanding thing she loved was that the characters changes into different clothes, all of which are very cute.
After she mentioned that, I realized how much I loved that subtle detail as well. Unfortunately, season two has not seen as much variety or quality thus far.
For example, here Ui wears a rather bland pink tunic with yellow trims and Azusa sports unflattering suspender shorts, which I think is so yesterday. Although suspenders can be in style if one pulls them off, these on Azusa just do not look good to me.
Moreover, this season has not given enough opportunities to showcase casual clothes. In the few chances that it does, the girls only wear average printed tees and hooded sweatshirts.
Of course, it has not been a total loss. I actually really love the shirt dress and the scarf Yui has on. Still, it is just not enough compared to the earlier seasons.
Indeed, consider the casual clothes displayed in season one and the OVA above. Both feature a wider variety and better fashion tastes. Although some of the items have carried over to the current season (such as the dress shirt and scarf ensemble mentioned earlier), the newly designed clothes just do not seem to compare. The trendy clothes also appear in fewer scenes as well.
I do, however, really love the boatneck printed tees in the ending sequence. Though they are not as costume-like as “Don’t Say Lazy”, they are still very chic.
Thus, after realizing the lesser focus on fashion, I decided not to press my sister further on watching season two with me. Despite this, I do still think K-On!! is doing a lovely job in this aspect, at least better than most other anime.
It was really interesting to see how a casual watcher may enjoy things much differently from me. Certainly, having a variety of clothes, while neat, was not my on my mind at all initially, but has now been something I always look for in anime.
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