Archive for April 14th, 2009

Tsumugi the highland princess.

Don't expect this to be a regular feature. If nothing else, I'll lose interest quite quickly.

K-On has garnered the usual amount of attention from anime bloggers, with Mio appearing to be the fan favourite. Whether this is intentional on the part of the creators is beyond me; I'm just here for the cute girls, man. Specifically Tsumugi, or Mugi-chan as her recently-attained nickname goes. People who were in my gaming group will be aware of the reason for my low amusement.

The comparisons to other series have tapered off, although I admit to some surprise that I haven't seen anything about resemblances to Manabi Straight. Or not, as the case may be, since an argument could be made either way; the opening animation at least seemed Manabi-ish, if also rather Beatles-ish, but I'm always prepared for the usual "how could you think such a thing? There is no such comparison to be made!" arguments. It is a diverse Internet out there.

In this episode, Yui gets a guitar, which people have been calling a "Les Paul Fender" or some arcane title along those lines. Having never delved, even shallowly, into the world of Real Guitars, I am lost, adrift; I mean, I can play a G chord, a C chord, and I think an F-sharp chord, but that's about the limit of my knowledge on the matter. Presumably I can try to learn, but I share Mio's apprehension at the starring role a guitarist would be placed in. I would be interested in learning the bass, though, especially since I like how it sounds, so maybe that might swing me over to Mio's side more than Tsumugi, although I doubt it.

(The only musical instrument I can claim to some competence with is the saxophone. Not exactly rock band material, and I lack the improvisational imagination necessary for jazz.)

It is hard to fully pin down Tsumugi's entire personality, since so little has been noted about who she is, rather than what she is. She's a rich girl who's not entirely experienced in the ways of the common people, of the nice, cheerful, polite, pleasant personality type, with occasional flights of fancy into the realms of the bizarre. Like a more naive Tomoyo Daidouji from Card Captor Sakura, which is probably why I'm drawn to her.

One thing I've never been able to understand about how some other bloggers think is that sometimes they go from "OMG WORST ANIME EVER" to "OMG BEST ANIME EVER" within the space of one episode. Now, in a medium with more than one work in it that can be objectively judged for quality, the two are mutually exclusive.

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