A less than favourable review of K-ON!! published in an Asahi newspaper column, panning the anime and its fans for having no interest in story development, is proving somewhat incendiary online.
An abridged translation of their review:
Unlike a music manga like BECK, which offers plenty of uplifting action, what K-ON! deals with is tea parties, cake appreciation and tests, in a laid back slice-of-life way.
There’s no story development or outcome with a classic moe manga like this – so there’s no story.
For otaku it seems character is more important than story, so fragmentary episodes like these are preferred.
As there’s no story, there’s no growth.
There are no male characters either – so there’s no change there either.
A utopia without any outcome or growth might well be just what blog and Twitter stir-loving modern fan tastes are after.
The reviewer would appear to fall firmly into the “Type A” otaku mould.