Four paneled manga seems to be making headway here in the states, with the smoking hot Hetalia and now with the moe heavy K-On!. Focusing on the latter, K-On! takes a group of teenage girls and follows them as they rock out, get an education, and whatever other shenanigans associated with young women.
The second volume takes place a year after the events of the first, with the girls eagerly trying to draw attention to the music club and that includes recruiting new members. The group does everything from shooting promotional videos to performing in front of the entire school.
They eventually garner he attention of new student Azusa. Unfortunately, the newbie has no clue what really awaits her, as she encounters eccentric staff and whacky band mates, all of whom appear to have no clue as to what they are doing. In no time at all, Azusa is fitted with a pair of cat ears and nicknamed Azu-meow.
The rest of the volume shows the girls hit the beach, battling colds, and just being girls. The subject matter is fairly standard and would be considered slice-of-life if it weren’t for the girl’s over-the-top personalities and exploits.
Because of the layout, the pacing of the series allows the volume to fly by like a breeze. Every set of panels has its own punch-line to cap it off, making it easier to read in small snippets if so desired. Fortunately, Yen Press kept up the quality exhibited in the first volume and once again brought back the colored panels.
K-On! isn’t a title meant to light reader’s worlds on fire. It stars an energetic cast that is balanced out with a simple premise. What the title lacks in depth, it makes up with in irresistible charm. Pick up a volume and let the girls rock your world.