DVD Review: K-On! – Season 2 Part 2

k-on_season_2_part_2_review_screenshot (5)The season finale for K-ON has arrived, but does it provide musical entertainment or just more ditzy (Yui styled) comedy? well we find out in our DVD Review of K-ON – Season 2 Part 2.

Synopsis:

Sometimes music and words come together so perfectly that the combination is far more powerful than either would be alone. In much the same way, the five members of the Sakuragaoka Girl’s High School’s Light Music Club have become far more than just a group of girls with similar interests; more, even, than just a group of friends. Through the medium of music they’ve found a common course in life, and whatever the future may bring, they know they can get through it if they stand together… which makes the coming end of the school year and the graduation of the four older members something that’s dreaded as much as it’s looked forward to.

In the meantime, however, there’s so much going on it’s as life has decided to throw everything it can at them. Going to music festivals won’t be hard to swing, but running a marathon? That will be a stretch! Yearbook photos? The horror! And a school play with Mio and Ritsu cast as Romeo and Juliet? Ooo, awkward. Then, of course, there’s one big final performance for the band!

Our View:

Continuing on with the trend of being ‘rather ditzy’ the second half of season two commences with the light music club studying hard and taking part in Summer Classes, however this is short lived as Ritsu decides to have more fun rather than Study. It’s a comical episode whereby Ritsu shows Mugi the joys of ‘normal’ life by attending a local arcade and candy store, showing that you don’t have to be rich to enjoy lfie. It’s not all about studying though as Class 3-2 has to perform the shakespeare play Romeo and Juilet for the next school festival, with Mio portraying Remeo and Juilet played by Ritsu, not easy considering they are the exact opposites of their personalities, but it leads to some comical (and embarrassing) moments for both characters.

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It’s a busy period for the older members of the light music club, as not only do they perform a play with the class but they also do their own ‘light music club’ performance which has surprising emotional support from Sawako, but they also have to prepare for the future. While the older members of the light music club are studying (or rehearsing) for their college entrance exams, Azusa is left hanging out with her friends (Ui and Jun) as well as practicing on her own, all the while concerned about what will happen to the light music club, but this being the light music club everything eventually works out – with some emotional results.

The Second half of Season 2 can be seen as a mixture of Studying, Acting, Musical performance and a whole lot of emotion, especially during the ‘final’ story episode which sees an emotional (but comical) performance from the older light music club members as they preform a song to Azusa as a Thank You and leaving present. The reason I say its ‘emotional’ is because the song portrays a story rather than food, which for the Light Music Club (or after school tea-time) is unusual. While the graduation scenes (and episodes) do bring about the most emotion (and memories from my own school graduation) it’s the comical sections featuring Azusa that make this half of the season a delight to watch, with members of her own class saying that she acts differently and more like the rest of the club, rather than her old upbeat self. Other comical elements come in the form of Mugi wanting to be slapped by Mio (just like she does to Ritsu) as well as a ‘hidden video’ which sees the light music club create a recruiting video and one that Sawako insists should have more ‘revealing’ clothes.

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Compared to the first half of the second season, this second half provides more laughs, more musical entertainment and a whole lot of emotion and even when the ‘main story’ has ended there is an additional three episodes to watch, with these episodes all taking place before graduation and the final (extra) episode leading up to the sequel, K-On! The Movie.

Extras:

Just like the previous release the only extra features are the text less opening and closing songs, both of which are present on the second disc.

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The opening song is Utauyo!! MIRACLE, while the ending song is No, Thank You both of which are preformed by Hōkago Tea Time and feature members of the light music club preforming the songs in unique ways.

Specs:

Media: DVD 9 x2
Region: 2
Running Time: 2:52:50 (Disc 1), 2:52:21 (Disc 2)
Video: MPEG-2
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 224Kbps (English & Japanese)
Subtitles: English (Yellow)
Resolution: 720 x 576 (576i)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Widescreen
Frame Rate: 25 fps

Overall:

K-On Season 2 Part 2 as a whole is a lot more enjoyable than the previous half, as it features a more ‘direct’ story telling approach rather than the ditzy apprach that the first half had. The direct objective being Study Hard, Stay together, Eat Cake and have fun – all of which is achieved. Of course the ditzy Yui is still here, with a perfect example of her cutting her hair too short and getting worried about the Graduation photo, but since it ties in with the story it doesn’t feel out of place or long winded. It’s the right amount of entertainment and storytelling at the right place.

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DVD Wise this release is slightly flawed with its basic menu design that (yet again) features menu music from Season 1, plus the lack of any real extra features means there’s hardly any content to watch after the series is over. These minor issues aside the visual and audio quality is as expected, with both English & Japanese being presented in 2.0 Stereo, and both Audio Languages providing clear enjoyable entertainment. The subtitles are in yellow and are easily readable through the show, not to mention they can be removed anytime, meaning that fans of RAW Japanese footage are able to enjoy it.

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Overall K-On! Season 2 Part 2 finishes off the TV Series side of K-On! Perfectly with a nice mixture of entertainment, comedy and smooth visuals plus it the series also leaves a small build up to the movie. While the series is enjoyable, the DVD menu presentation does have flaws but these are minor and don’t effect the performance of the show. K-On! Season 2 Part 2 is a recommended watch for anyone interested in anime, as it provides all sorts of comical entertainment in realistic childish fanshion.

Score: review-stars-4

K-On!: Season 2 – Part 2 will be available on DVD from the 22nd July 2013.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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