K-On! Movie

Movie (1 ep x 110 min)
2011
4.41 out of 5 from 9,267 votes
Rank #239

Graduation time is finally here, but the girls of the Sakuragaoka Girl's High Light Music Club aren't going to let the end of high school be the end of all they've built together. First though, they have to keep a promise to take a trip together, and like everything else they do, they're not doing it halfway. So it's time to hop on the bus - the double-decker bus that is - and go around the world as the band heads for the birthplace of the British Invasion: the United Kingdom! And on the way they're going to have to solve that one last big puzzle that's been vexing them: what to get for their underclassman rhythm guitarist Azusa, who will be taking over the club once they don their caps and gowns and leave Sakuragaoka for the last time. Get ready for a Magical Musical Tour as the whole gang takes in the sights and sounds of London and prepares for one last amazing encore.

Source: Sentai Filmworks

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ClubFoot
9

At the last moment when HTT sang their last song for Azusa Nakano, there was a moment when you felt how the separation wasn’t an end at all. Like one of the lyrics where graduation isn’t the end. Significantly, the audience feels something and leave you a period of memory shines on everything. After the end of the credit, the movie feels like what they actually see was something very subjective. What exactly is splitting? Togetherness? Friendship? We don’t want to be but the only step in reaching for the future is to take our own path. But, what if they are still together and take the next step together again? It’s not really that complex when it comes to “K-ON!“, one of my favorite slice of life and comedy anime. You know what you see, what you witness, and what you dream of. Isn’t that right when you don’t want all this to happen? Kyoto Animation released their final work and a conclusion from this phenomenal anime. As it should, an anime movie which becomes a sequel of its show always has its misunderstanding. They don’t just revolve around a filler, recap, and something pointless and not very important. You know what I mean and basically, these things always lie in the shounen anime. Why not work it into one series? Why do they have to separate the series into a movie? Throughout this movie, KyoAni always prides themselves on the anime they’ve worked on. What a true encore for such a series. With such expectations made me love similar anime thanks to this anime, this series goes beyond in anything. It introduced what we know today with the term “moe” although this is a mistake in the scope of anime. As Hayao Miyazaki’s troll quote say that anime was a mistake and because of this as well, there is no guarantee anime will look like after the “K-ON!” effect. Cute girls, waifuable, a slice of life, comedy, cute girls doing cute things, it’s something you could come as far you’ll love it for sure. As we know, “K-ON!” seems has been known by many people whether you haven’t watched it yet. Everyone knows it. The sure thing about one of these series is that it has a very simple premise. But, why is that matter? This movie focuses on the story in the second season before their graduation. All the girls went on a trip, and also their last trip together, to London to make a beautiful and pleasant memory. Seeing them with such behavior, as usual, is ridiculous and funny enough aren’t surprising they also have to adapt in a foreign environment. With the impression of being delightful and charming, this girl participates a lot in unique situations. As it is, the important point in this movie is the chemistry between Yui and Azusa even though Azusa is the main focus of this story. This movie is very simple whether you watch the first season or both, not separated from the actual trait. It starts with an introduction, making their way around London, having fun, a language barrier from the English language, and etc. Kyoto Animation shows its fangs again in this movie. Because this movie also takes a real place in London, it feels like a way in this world we live. This is London and they are actually there. They live in hotels, travel together, and see various kinds of interesting things. A lot of culture and Britpop are mentioned in this movie too. All the new songs, not counted from the series, are many and all are sung by voice actresses. There is a moment when these girls sing on stage in London and just love when Yui speaks Engrish. Who won’t see that again? Each of the songs adds some emotional feeling when there is meaning in the song. Especially the last song they sang to Azusa. The most part of the top of the story is behind the making of the tribute song for Azusa. When remembering it again in the second season, for some reason, you feel their sadness and togetherness. And this movie came out of nowhere. The last thirty minutes, the last thirty minutes was something perfect to end this after-school tea time club in their graduation. They put a lot of love, a lot of feeling, a lot of emotion in this song. Their club doesn’t mean eating sweets or drinking tea, but there are many meanings when you realize how fragile they were. The build-up into a moment that’s a way you shed your tears and end with a conclusion we and they deserved. “K-ON! The Movie” ended with the last moment and beautiful goodbye of all time. I watched “K-ON!” without expecting anything even more than what I actually watched. At first, I thought so. For some reason, I fell into it. I looked for a similar anime but somehow, nothing like this series anymore. Watching this movie has become an entertainment and experience once existed. It closed the story of cute girls doing cute things phenomenally yet beautifully. Well, this isn’t just a story, not just an anime, not just anything. This only opens a door to our heart and deep wounds on how the separation was. Not that I seem to overemotional it here.

DGFischer
9.6

I would wager that K-On! The Movie was Kyoto Animation’s best effort in their K-On! projects.  While original in design of a whimsical trip to London as a pre-graduation trip for the five girls of the band, it incorporated many of the scenes and elements of Season Two, Episodes 23 and 24 to make a fitting closure to this phase of the After-School Tea-Time musical journey.  The senior members forward look to life in college, junior Azusa wondering how she will maintain the less than popular Light Music Club in her senior year.  The anticipations of moving on and the dread of being left behind. The core of the movie is the trip to London.  The choice of this ‘centre’ of rock music legends was Mio, though the final selection was made by Ton-chan, the turtle and Light Music Club mascot.  Ah, sorry Yui, but your wish for ‘Europe’ didn’t pan out, did it?  There is much excitement in the flurry of activity to get to the airport, the flight itself, and the arrival.  And then, the expected cultural shock, despite Yui’s insistence on ‘speaking English only.’  The girls are not ready for London’s vastness, the taxi ride, coming to the wrong hotel, and struggling to find the correct site.  En route, they are not competent in English enough to visit a sushi bar and confusedly play a performance, believing that this would be rudimentary to receiving a meal. The movie’s weakness is the number of weird coincidences.  Ritsu meets her friends and learns that her band had stolen their gig at the sushi bar.  After-School Tea-Time is called on to perform at a Japanese Cultural Festival hours before their return flight.  Ms. Sawako arrives to be the band’s advisor for the last few hours of their London visit. But the movie revolves on comedic elements that developed in the two seasons.  Azusa’s aversion to being hugged by Yui.  Ms. Sawako’s protective obsession over HTT.  The search for that afternoon tea break (no luck finding the stuff in the UK, that so-called land of tea).  Finding those moments to rock-out for the fans (including a prohibited concert in their classroom on graduation day).  But the most touching was the line concerning the band’s desire to write a song for Azusa, the band’s ‘wonderful angel girl.’  The youngest member had been the foundation to the original four members of Sakuragaoka High’s Light Music Club, and the effort to get the right words is moving. And, with the singing of that song, After-School Tea-Time transitions into new avenues, one more year for Azusa, and college life for Yui, Ritsu, Mio, and Mugi.  Great animation for this movie, with flashes of stylized London, brilliant dawns and sunsets, and clusterings of British culture.  And the promise of another pre-graduation jaunt to celebrate Azusa’s big day … that would be a fine old time, eh what!  Maybe the girls will do Europe.

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