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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Themes include friendship, motivation, passion, and being part of something bigger than yourself.
Positive Role Models
The Light Music Club members are very supportive of one another. When Yui can't afford to get a guitar the rest of the members get part-time jobs to help her purchase it. The club is passionate about music and display hard work, determination, and growth through their practice sessions.
The Japanese series set in Japan, and the cast is entirely Japanese. The Light Music Club is made up exclusively of high school girls.
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Violence & Scariness
Some cartoonish violence. A running gag has one character getting smacked on the head, with a big welt forming when they start acting annoying.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some implied nudity in a few scenes. One scene takes place in a spa with the water obscuring any nudity. Another scene happens during the end credits where it's implied the girls are nude.
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Language includes "crap," "damn," and "hell."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that K-On is a slice-of-life music-themed anime series based on the K-On manga by Kakifly about high school girls who form a band. The series focuses on the high school experience, friendship, motivation, passion, and being part of something bigger than yourself. There's some cartoonish violence (in one running gag a character gets smacked). A few scenes have implied nudity (e.g., at the spa, end credits). Iffy language is infrequent ("crap," "damn," "hell"). The girls are hard working and very supportive and kind to one another. They could be considered positive role models for younger audiences.
Is It Any Good?
Fans of music and slice-of-life anime might enjoy this series full of fun and wacky characters. K-On is a simple story about growing up in high school and the adventures you have along the way. Yui finds a passion in music and something to motivate her in life. Growth is a theme, as Yui and the other girls strive to improve and create something bigger than themselves. Most of the show focuses on the club's after-school activities rather than the actual act of playing music (getting lunch, going shopping, playing at the beach, etc.). Some of these moments can be touching and down to earth. Overall, the series is good but simple; it's mostly about friends just hanging out and the innocent adventures they have.
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