K-On is a popular animated television series that tells a story about high school life in Japan. The series is simple, fun and light hearted involving a group of Japanese high school girls who build their friendship through participation in a light music club at Sakuragaoka Girl’s High School.
It is a lovely story about childhood, friendship, growing up and pursuing passion together.
Like most teens, they have many sweet memories together – giggling, feasting sweet treats, coping with high school activities and growing up.
These girls certainly take their tea-time seriously as they indulged in sweet guilty pleasures and even dedicated a song for their most enjoyable time of the day.
Girls being girls are generally penchant towards sweet treats, the anime takes an aim at this angle of their childhood to create a relatable connection to viewers.
In fact, the name of the band formed by the girls is named “Ho-kago Tea Time” that’s also abbreviated as HTT, meaning “After-School Tea Time”. See the relevance between the show and Buurps? Yup, the element of food. The girls meet up after class for their favorite time of the day, which is Tea Time as they savour the food served by Tsumugi who is one of the band member.
K-On originated from a Japanese four-panel comic strip seinen manga, written and illustrated by Kakifly. The manga was published in Manga Time Kirara and Manga Time Kirara Carat which later adapted into anime.
Produced by Kyoto Animation and aired in Japan, K-On! (Season 1) series has 13 episodes, aired between April – June 2009 and with the OVA episode released on 2010. A continuation of the preceding season, K-On!! (Season 2) filled the air-time with 26 episodes between April – September 2010 and released an OVA episode on March 2011.
K-On! (Season 1) ~ It’s Yui Hirasawa’s first year in high school, and she’s eagerly searching for a club to join. At the same time, Ritsu Tainaka, a drummer, and her friend Mio Akiyama, a bassist, are desperately trying to save the school’s light music club, which is about to be disbanded due to lack of members. They manage to recruit Tsumugi Kotobuki to play the keyboard, meaning they only need one more member to get the club running again. Yui joins, thinking it will be an easy experience for her to play the castanets, the only instrument she knows. However, the other members think their new addition is actually a guitar prodigy.
K-On!! (Season 2) ~ It’s the final year of high school for Yui Hirasawa, Ritsu Tainaka, Mio Akiyama, and Tsumugi Kotobuki, the founding members of the Light Music Club. Together with their junior member, Azusa Nakano, they spend their days after school in the music room enjoying tea and sweets and practicing music. Amidst band practice, preparations for the new student orientation performance, scouting for new members, and student responsibilities, they still have time for “After School Tea Time.”
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