K-ON! – I swear I’ve seen them before…
character "design"?
Posted by tai on Apr 7, 2009 under Anime, K-ON!, Observations

Yui = Tsugumi Auba (True Tears) + Haruhi’s headband; Mio = Zange (Kannagi); Ritsu = Aiko (True Tears); Tsumugi = Yukine (Clannad) + Miyuki (Lucky Star)

We seem to have some character design recycling going on here in K-ON!. Strangely, it doesn’t bother me as much as I think it should, probably because their personalities are likeable and not identical copies of other characters, and the episode is presented well. Is anyone else in love with the ending theme? It’s been stuck in my head since I heard the first 5 seconds. The only thing that worries me is the guitarist in the ending theme – I hear chord changes, but I don’t see hands moving… Hopefully it’s not like this in the episode body, especially concert scenes. With the mention of NEETs, it’s probably directed toward the otaku crowd, but if you like bands and light comedic drama then this might be a show for you. I’m definitely going to be picking this series up; I probably won’t be blogging about every episode though.


  • On April 7th, 2009 at 05:26,
    tai wrote:

    So maybe the personality is quite opposite between mio and zange, but heck, mio is a (visually) mirrored version of zange…
    Thank goodness, I hated zange’s personality.

  • On April 7th, 2009 at 08:25,
    omo wrote:

    zange huh. good pic. a lot of people compare mio to yomi from ga-rei zero but i there’s something off about that which zange picks up better. despite the hair being different.

  • On April 7th, 2009 at 14:58,
    Matteas wrote:

    Yeah, I also thought of Zange when I saw Mio. They are very similar. However, I believe this will be a good series and I will definitely keep on watching it.

  • On April 7th, 2009 at 18:50,
    fangzhao wrote:

    I can’t believe Zange-chan didn’t pop into my head when I saw Mio (all I could think of was Kagami for some reason … maybe the eyes? D: ).
    As a Kannagi fanboy, I’m ashamed of myself.

  • On April 7th, 2009 at 22:22,

    OH SHIT. You got me there. ;_______;

  • On April 8th, 2009 at 20:15,
    gordon wrote:

    mio reminds me of eika from sky girls.

  • On April 11th, 2009 at 17:38,
    ETERNAL wrote:

    Come to think of it, you’ve got a good point, but for some reason it doesn’t bother me at all. I guess I’m just naturally biased toward K-ON after seeing the first episode (and subsequently falling for it, even if only for the most subjective and superficial reasons :P)

  • On May 17th, 2009 at 23:18,

    I need to watch Kannagi, it seems. Also, I’m commenting on a lot of old posts. I’m quite behind.

  • On August 20th, 2009 at 18:10,
    aisling wrote:

    Only yui looks a like and only a little bit!
    that is sucha crock of sh**!

  • On December 4th, 2009 at 05:57,
    Koharu wrote:

    I see the Tsumugi resemblance the most – she’s exactly like Miyuki!

  • On February 27th, 2010 at 04:02,
    janelle wrote:

    amm additional ..
    yui = minorin from toradora
    mio = ami kushida also from toradora ..

  • On March 8th, 2010 at 04:37,
    Dimas bjo wrote:

    if you see azusa, she has same face like yami (to-love ru)

  • On June 5th, 2010 at 03:46,
    Nagi Sanzenin wrote:

    …………..%%………….%%%…………..%%%………….%%%……….%%%%%……….
    …………..%%………..%…….%………….%%%………..%%%………..%%……………….
    …………..%%………..%…….%……………%%%……..%%%…………%%%%%……….
    …………..%%…………%…..%………………%%%…..%%%………….%%……………….
    ……………%%%%……..%%…………………%%%%%%%…………..%%%%%……….
    ………………………………………………………..%%%%%……………………………………
    …………………………………………………………….%%……………………………………..

  • On July 21st, 2010 at 02:20,
    Sinthia wrote:

    i’ve never known this before.quite good info. i love mio . akh. . . she’s pretty and her hair just like me. the combination of miyuki and yuline is excellent. my friend not wrong that they decided me to be mio. . . . hahaha 🙂

  • On July 21st, 2010 at 02:26,
    Sinthia wrote:

    wrong typing i guess. not yuline but yukine

  • On July 21st, 2010 at 02:54,
    Sinthia wrote:

    yukina and zange is cutie

  • On July 21st, 2010 at 04:16,
    Sinthia wrote:

    between ritsu and yui, one of them is the braviest woman to wear bra without wear clothes

  • On July 21st, 2010 at 04:17,
    Sinthia wrote:

    <3 k-on

  • On April 30th, 2011 at 22:52,
    yuuhi wrote:

    i think k-on character is very similiar with “gakuen utopia manabi straight” characters, and their characteristic
    hirasawa yui = manami amamiya (manabi)
    kotobuki tsumugi = momoha odori
    akiyama mio = mei etoh
    tainaka ritsu = mutsuki uehara / mu-chi
    nakano azusa = mika inamori

Name*
E-mail*
Website (optional)

This blog is Gravatar enabled. The following HTML markups may be used:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>