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K-ON! Blu-ray 1 (Hyb)

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Reviews of this title:

Nate Goodman - Apr 19 2011
Rating: Wonderful!
A Very Charming Series
This is a wonderul series,it is one of those Slice Of Life series,not much action or adventure here. All the characters are wonderful,a nice storyline, another highschool coming of age story. Great music,look for the CD's from the show. Nate Goodman (Nato).

Richard Kurgas - May 1 2011
Rating: Wonderful!
Not enough episodes
What's with only 4 episodes on a Blu-Ray? The only other extras are an interview with Stephanie Sheh, the North American voice actress doing Yui's voice, and some trailers for other shows. Bandai, this isn't Japan! Give us a decent amount of episodes next time!

The show is excellent, and the songs are very enjoyable. Their ability to perform music is rudimentary to start with, much in line with their lesser abilities when they begin playing together as a group. Yui is almost god-like in her ability to focus on any one topic and become exceptional at it. It's both scary and funny at the same time.

Concerning the dubbing: for the most part, it's decently done. The only exception is Ms. Sheh as Yui. Either she or the director insist that she send her voice into the stratosphere, turning Yui's voice into a squeaky, weak thing that doesn't fit the character's personality at all. Yui is supposed to be lively, optimistic, and a totally clumsy ditz. Having a shy, quiet, squeaky voice doesn't fit at all! And I really miss the nasality, with a fine touch of grit, that makes Yui's voice so distinctive. Total miscast, if you ask me. I think the woman doing Ui's voice is closer to what Yui should sound like, if the intention was to go for a high pitch as the primary selling point.

The music is fun, easy to follow, and every song has a liveliness to it that is very catchy. However, the music, for the most part, is very difficult to perform (I can play the guitar and bass parts of a couple of the slower tunes, but not very well). The opening and closing songs are very complex and the whole idea of devoting a few bars of one of song's bridge to a drop D tuning makes my head spin!

Yes, the show has the typical moe archetypes, but they're not really stereotypes, since the personalities of most of the characters we meet are eventually detailed to some degree. Can't go by only 4 episodes to determine the personalities of the main 4 girls, let alone all the others we eventually meet.

All in all, I think this show is going to be a pretty big hit over here, but might not move many copies of the Blu-Ray, if Bandai continues issuing only 4 episodes per disk, with very little else as compensation.