You might to read up on other bloggers taking part in this, including Aorii, 8C, prototype27, Scamp,schneider, the cast at Borderline Hikkikomori, TWWK, Landon, Janette, digiboy, drmchsr0, doctordazza,
Be sure to visit Canon too (Links courtesy of Canon)
I can imagine what’s going through some of your minds right now, and I think it goes something along the lines of this:
Huh? K-On!!? Didn’t Valence angrily rant against it for like, the whole of 3 months, from April all the way to July, and perhaps even longer? What must have happened to him to make him engage in such a moment of lunacy? All this long holiday has managed to achieve is to make him insane? Oh dear!
Rest assured, I’m just as insane as I was a few months back.
Did I really hate the show so much? Did I rant, get pissed, and dislike the show that much? Did I really want to tear my eyeballs out, and stuff them in my eardrums in the hope of blocking out the sounds from the episode?
I did. (Not so sure on that last part, though.)
I ranted against every episode, satirized the series, described every episode in a sarcastic and mocking manner, claiming to find hidden ,deep philosophical meanings within the show and then setting out to prove them, I disliked the show back then.
I supposed I gradually started to enjoy K-On after a change in perspective, albeit spurred by more experience and understanding of the genre.
I slowly realized that I was taking things far too seriously- something I tend to do on a regular basis- and this made me hate the show. Why should the show have plot? I asked myself. One of my arguments back then was that the show lacked plot, so it was garbage.
On retrospect, that line of thinking is garbage. Must K-On have a strong plot?
Was it necessary? Not really. I found that I enjoyed watching the show simply based on its merits, the interactions between the characters, especially Azunyan, their daily antics and light comedy (Rimshot.)
SO I began to watch it for what it was- slice-of-life. I watched every song they performed, I sat through the OPs and EDs, I laughed , I smiled, I enjoyed the show. It did not matter whether they were trying to help Sawako overcome her reluctance to perform her classic metal hits, it did not matter if they were simply cleaning the clubroom, it did not matter even if all they were doing were sitting down and doing nothing but drinking tea. I still found a way to enjoy it nevertheless. The funny thing about K-On is that no matter how repetitive their antics were, they were changing, ever-so-slightly, to give us something new to watch every week, without fail.
But K-On!! represented another major milestone in my aniblogging career. It brought me to my senses, it enlightened me, it gave me newfound knowledge of realms unknown, of increased tolerance and understanding, acceptance and enjoyment. It let me enter a new world.
Exaggerations, yes, but what did it do, exactly?
It made me realize that aside from being a plot-obsessive blogger, I also can – and do – enjoy, moe.
That doesn’t seem like much, does it?
But for me , it was a great revelation.
I had searched for plot-filled anime, and watched them, enjoying them thoroughly, like Serial Experiments Lain, or even Spice and Wolf. I was practically hungry for a good plot, and everything started to disappoint me. I beckoned for stimulating shows, to challenge my thinking, to stir my senses, to amaze and overall, to entertain. Nothing seemed to fit this criteria. I felt saddened, perhaps even angry. After I watched K-On, however, I realized something.
I recalled that my first ever anime I had watched on my own, was Lucky Star.
Think about that for a while.
Just think about it.
<– Click here to read Day Two – Angel Beats