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DVD Review

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Season 2 - Part 1


Starring (voice): Aki Toyosaki, Satomi Sato and Yoko Hikasa
Distributor: Manga Entertainment
RRP: £24.99
Certificate: PG
Release Date: 20 May 2013

Yui Hirasawa has just started high school, with its confusing number of extracurricular clubs, but which one to join? She joins the Light Music Club, a club with so few members that it is in danger of being disbanded. There is nothing light about the club, being essentially the start of a girl band. Although the original four members of the club have grown, the club is constantly under threat of closure due to lack of members, so the girls will take anyone, even if they do not play an instrument. The club may be at the heart of their desires, but there is still the daily experience of school to contend with...

K-On!: Season 2 - Part 1 (2009) features the first thirteen episodes of the second season of the show, spread across two DVDs. The first thing you notice is that the show’s creators have decided that if it isn’t broken then they are not going to try and fix it, with the show offering up the same mixture of band related action interspersed with school activities.

Whilst, the overall presentation of the series has been particularly high, this hasn’t led to any great script explorations. What the show does, it does well and has no intention of moving away from a successful formula. Apart from starting the girls in their senior year, the writers have contrived to keep the girls together, so as to continue their adventures.

The picture is fine with stylised character creation; you get options for either English or Japanese 2.0, with optional English subtitles. Extras are limited to textless opening and closing sequences.

If you liked season one then you’ll probably like this. Aimed at a young female audience, the show does have a certain charm, but its concentration on all things young and female will mean that it will probably struggle to gain a wider audience.


Charles Packer

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