Dissecting the K-ON Ending

I shall start with a base score of zero. Every time I see something I like, I’ll add a point. Every time I see something I don’t like, I’ll subtract a point.

Score (S) Meaning
S > 5 Love it
5 >= S >= 2 Like it
2 > S > -2 Indifferent
-2 >= S >=-5 Dislike it
-5 > S Hate it

1. Lyrics

Where have I heard those lyrics before? -1

Now for the Japanese lyrics (translations taken from subtitles):

If there’s a shortcut, it’s the best route

Inconsistent lyrics. Whatever happened to not being lazy? -1

However, I approve of laziness. +1

Crap, I broke a nail!

Great, another song about nails. -1

I’ll fix it with glue.

Manly. +1

What’s important is to take good care of yourself

It’s true. +1

If you can’t love yourself, then you can’t love someone else

Big deal. -1

Skilled hawks hide their talons

Hawks kick ass. +1

Current Score: 0

2. Fashion

Sleek. +1

Earrings don’t match the dress. -1

Yui and Mio’s dresses make them look pregnant. -2

Current Score: -2

3. Animation

The scene where they explode is hot +1


Yui, Tsumugi, and Ritsu: Too mechanical (contrast their movement, especially Yui’s, with Mio’s movement in the above scene). -1

The bunny: -1 for pedophilia, +1 for comedy

Current Score: -3

4. Music

Instruments: Typical pop beat that’s catchy at first and will inevitably irritate me after two weeks. Currently Day 12. +1

Vocals: Solid +1

Current Score: -1

5. Timing

Consistent at 22:20. +1

FINAL GRADE: 0 (Indifferent)

Overall, the song is pretty good, the animation sucks, and I’ll never want to see this ending again in approximately three days. My old karui ongaku band was far superior:

42 people love sucking up to me

  1. @Kairu: Didn’t notice. Seems that my mangekyou sharingan only applies to lesbian scenes. Did IcyStorm write about this? Can’t seem to find it.

    @ghostlightning: I’d go with pearl earrings: they’re elegant, match the monochrome dress, and suit the orb shape.

    @kanzeon: You mean the hat’s actually for her? It’d be a better fit for one of her soon-to-be octuplets.

    @Omisyth: For a moment I thought you were quoting the song. Seems like something they’d sing about.

    @RP: Got your eyes on a new mascot?

  2. “Yui, Tsumugi, and Ritsu: Too mechanical (contrast their movement, especially Yui’s, with Mio’s movement in the above scene). -1”

    This was one of the reasons why I couldn’t take the ED seriously. It’s like an emo music video with Mio as the main focus. 😛

  3. So are you going to learn the drums soon or what?

    And that youtube video… Must be close to 15 years since I’ve last seen it. A blast from the past in more ways than one!

  4. It’s almost amazing how you find irrelevant things to review stuff. Maybe all bloggers have this skill?

  5. The bunny: -1 for pedophilia, +1 for comedy

    I’m sorry, but how in god’s name did the bunny not get a +5? Pedobunny = Win

  6. No comments on Mio retching up technocolored notes? This and Pregnant dress aside…I seem to be developing a a crush. Oh silly latent lesbian tendencies.

  7. Stealing lyrics from the Simpsons should be a plus, not a minus. But you can’t compare the K-On girls to the band that sung “Mesozoic Mind”. That’s just a completely unfair comparison. (Oh man, that song takes me back).

  8. @NegativeZero & digitalboy: This is the first time I’ve seen a keytar (I don’t watch 80s music videos). After careful deliberation, I determine that keytars blow.

    @TheBigN: Thankfully I’ve never seen an emo music video 🙂

    @kadian1364: Too close to call. The poll is still open with drums leading bass by one.

    @Eroshiyda: I don’t know of any new lesbian anime this season. Queen’s Blade has a lot of naked women, but only one displays lesbian tendencies.

    @Qwerty: Other bloggers certainly nail the irrelevant part…

    @IcyStorm: Twitter is for losers

    @Amex_Yohko & Roy Mustang: I cannot condone pedophilia, even if it’s from a cute wittle bunny wabbit.


    @Laguna: Have I really become that predictable? I was originally thinking if giving it -1’s all the way.

    @purelyshin: Allow me to introduce you to Eroshiyda

    @Sorrow-kun: Copying is fine as long as the copyier is better than the original. Between these two, I’m of the opinion that Dr. Zaius is the better song.

  9. @Baka-Raptor: Bitchin’. I may check that one out, too…

    @purelyshin: Oh hai, I’m Eroshiyda. ^_^

    @Baka-Raptor (again): I wasn’t aware that this was a dating site.

  10. @Eroshiyda: Sorry Ero, I bat for the overrated generic vanilla team. Doesn’t mean we can’t still be friends?

    @Baka-Raptor: Why do I get the feeling that you just wanted to watch.

  11. To make it easier for cosplayers to mimic the girls’ actions, they can’t have it too elaborate. That’s what I think anyway.

  12. @purelyshin: I’m always looking for girl friends. (Notice the space between “girl” and “friends.” That’s serious business.)

    @Baka-Raptor: I think I may be an even bigger tsundere than purelyshin. I never take anyone seriously. And I mean that in the best possible way.

  13. @Eroshiyda: Does that mean we can’t still have pillow fights?

    @Baka-Raptor: Friends? or Feelings? I know, both are toxic to raptors due to their inverse relationship with manliness. Pardon my transgression.

  14. @Shin: True, mimicking their proportions is tough enough.

    @Eroshiyda & purelyshin: You’ll need to videotape your pillow fights so I can determine whether you’re crossing the line between girl friends and girlfriends.

  15. Great. I wouldn’t stay at null points, I would give a negative rating. You saved it be timing, man. Does it matter whether one episode lasts 21 minutes and the other 23?

  16. @Aizen: Dinosaurs couldn’t save Air. I doubt they could save K-ON.

    @Gargon: Timing definitely matters. If I want to listen to the ending, I’ll open a random K-ON episode and skip to 22:20. Piece of cake. If the timing is off, I’ll either have to memorize the ending times for different episodes or open the same episode each time.

  17. Perhaps you didn’t notice … but Tsumugi’s green earrings match her green tights (and I think that Mio and Yui’s dresses are so cute). In my opinion, the ending is fantasic. I love it.
    Sorry my bad english… ;P
    See you!

  18. Wow, I sure hope this whole “rating the video” thing is sarcastic because it sounds like a elementary school boy did it. The girls are suppose to be dressed somewhat lolita and flashy on purpose. The colored accessories they wear are suppose to be a pop of color to offset the black and white outfits. The animation is meant to look more drawn, therefore not perfect. I love the animation and the song.

  19. if you recount the score wouldnt it be positive 3? or do my math skills suck that much ._.
    also i thought this ending was awesome one of my favorites i mostly liked the animation and how it fits so well with the song so i watch the whole ending every time i watch K-on

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