K-On! Vol. #02 (Mania.com)

By:Matthew Warner
Review Date: Thursday, March 24, 2011
Release Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Will a new member be enough to break the club’s cycle of laziness, or will she simply be drawn into their rhythm?

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Kakifly

What They Say
It's been almost a year since the girls of the pop-music club started jamming together, but the start of the new year is no time to look back on their journey - it's time to recruit new members! Despite their inexperience, the girls' passionate performance at the entrance ceremony impresses first-year Azusa, a budding guitar player who can't wait to join. But she didn't expect there to be so much tea drinking in the pop-music club. Or cosplaying... When do they get around to making music?!

The Review!
A new school year has started, and we soon not only see Ui become a freshman; the pop-music club finds themselves with a new member in the form of Azusa Nakano. This young girl was enraptured by the club’s prior performance, and decided that she definitely wanted to join. Though she has significant skill with the guitar, she still looks up to Yui’s abilities. However, it isn’t long before she discovers the lax nature of the club and its advisor. Though she at first is outraged at the way the club is run, it isn’t long before she is drawn into a lifestyle filled with cosplay and cake.

Once Azusa finally starts fitting in as one of the group, the club decides to take a trip to the ocean. After plenty of playing at the beach, participating in a game of dare, and even getting in a little bit of practice, the girls return back to their everyday lives. Before long, we learn that Yui has an intense lack of knowledge of guitars, so bad that her guitar’s condition has greatly deteriorated. As such, the group heads to the music store for repairs, and Tsumugi cows the clerk into doing for free.

Over the remainder of the volume, the girls decide on a band name, prepare for their upcoming performance at the school festival, and attempt to deal with Yui’s sudden sickness. Afterwards, we are treated to a handful of bonus comics, primarily centered around K-on’s adaptation into an anime.

In Summary:
With this new volume we get to see Ui become a bit closer to the main cast, and are introduced to a new character in the form of Azusa, which definitely goes a long way in terms of spicing things up. Though a number of key events are more or less repeated from the last volume, the change in cast helps quite a bit in making sure they still feel fresh. Otherwise, the basic style has remained much the same as last volume, so if you had fun with that one, then there will be plenty to love here.

 



Mania Grade: B+
Art Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: A+
Text/Translation Rating: A
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Released By: Yen Press
MSRP: 11.99
Pages: 129
ISBN: 9780316119405
Size: A5
Orientation: Right to Left