K-On! Spoilt Princess Anime


Sharp-eyed observers have spotted some very odd touches in Mio anime K-On! Most notably, the girls seem to be used to a life of true luxury, evident in all the episodes so far…

A Meissen cup and saucer worth $100:



A Wedgwood tea cup and saucer set ($90 each):



Another Wedgwood worth $65, from the “Harlequin Collection”:



A Herend tea cup and saucer worth over $200:



All this remains unidentified:


Quite an opulently furnished club room.

Either the girls have a privileged upbringing (as Tsumugi is said to have), or else the animators took the rather curious decision to base all their crockery on the most expensive Rakuten has to offer.Both seem likely.

Interestingly, they also apparently increased some of the prices of the instruments the girls received from the manga…

Another observer writes pointing out that the mathematics (not pictured) the girls are apparently working on in the third episode is more normally associated with university level maths courses than anything expected of high-schoolers… Perhaps an inappropriate reference?

More of the third episode:


The good source.

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    Comment by 25k
    19:19 18/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I remember that cake - its THE CAKE.


    Comment by 25k
    19:20 18/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    to compare - heres the k-on cake:


    Comment by Ak
    19:04 18/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well the scenes where in the snow mountain are look like REMEMBER11,
    or all of this kind situration have common feeling:small wood shelf,old brown fire place……

    Comment by kouotsu
    19:08 18/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The explanation for all of this is Mugi is moe~

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    Comment by John Beak
    00:34 19/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's because Tsumugi brought all the stuff in. Her family is super-rich, or something like that. Both facts were mentioned somewhere in the first two episodes.
    And as for the math, I'm equal 13th grade now and I don't even remember when we took quadratic equations because it's far too long... so dunno. But maybe it's because I'm not studying an average school. And the K-on school is said to be sorta special, too, isn't it?

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    Comment by Yggr
    20:06 18/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Too bad not one men will. Mugi will marry a woman.

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    Comment by Kinny Riddle
    22:39 18/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's explained in the manga that most of the exquisite cutlery are provided by Tsumugi, as well as the endless supply of cakes.

    Tsumugi explains that her family often has guests coming everyday (for business-related stuff, no doubt), and would always end up with spare cakes.

    If the observer commenting on the math is from outside Japan, then he may not be aware that high school math in most Asian countries DOES contain insane university-level maths.

    I speak from personal experience, upon going to UK to study abroad, am delighted that their math courses are so much more simple than the hell that I have to put up with.

    Comment by tim tom
    16:24 18/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seriously you should start watching this show before writing this garbage. Tsumugi Kotobuki is from a rich family, her farther owns many companies, hence her rich upbringing. Also, that is not Uni Math, that is high school algebra, I was doing that sort of math in 9th grade.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:59 18/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ha ha ha... been reading sankaku complex for a while, might this be the first time comments get this messed up?

    How many more times are people gonna remind Artefact that mugi brought the chinaware, and how many more people are gonna fail to see the comment that says the "univ level math" reference is not pictured here?

    Gonna bookmark this page for a while...

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    Comment by Kinny Riddle
    22:42 18/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL, and I posted my said "repeated comments" before coming upon yours.

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    Comment by Ace
    20:04 18/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nah, not quite. Stuff like this happened a lot of times. Some people just POST what they think of. While some of them realized "Why the hell am I posting this? Everyone knows about this."

    Comment by BuggyBY
    17:49 18/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    My grandmother approves of this display of fine crockery. Seriously, she owns a set of Meissen cups and saucers herself, which she was given at her 25th wedding anniversary.

    Comment by The Veil
    17:34 18/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    very funny xD

    Comment by 3rr0R
    17:21 18/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    University level of maths?! ROFL
    Atleast it is still High-Shcool first class syllabus in Hungary. (I hope so that Japan holds atleast the same level too)

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    Comment by Riot Gear
    16:43 18/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow,they even got a Hermes.They're young,rich and talented than Paris Hilton.

    Comment by The Jumper
    17:16 18/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    was it really college level math

    from what i heard theyre talking about functions and a bit and algebra, they were doing polynomials....was it really college level? probably some mistake but probably a grade 11 math function

    Comment by deadbeat
    00:38 19/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    they did say in ep 1/2 that tsumugi brings all of the utensils from her house, and so this post is kinda epic phail

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    Comment by uguuayu
    04:49 20/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    woah woah woah
    The math they are doing is middle school level here in Georgia.
    Middle School = University?

    Comment by BuggyBY
    03:40 20/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm not an expert in any way, but I strongly suspect that the number of readers who failed to realise that the complicated maths mentioned in the article is not a feature of any of its pictures has to have broken some kind of record.

    Comment by blue_blue
    02:04 20/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hahaha... those cups would only worth a sum of $40 in Indonesia.... lol

    no kidding

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    Comment by metatron
    20:13 19/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    they have Tsugumi so I guess that's why they have those expensive wares lol

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    Comment by Dee
    20:34 19/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Uni Maths??? It's just factorising for god sake! That's why Yui could ace that test!

    Comment by ja_ne
    02:28 22/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Artefact must add this at the end of the article:

    "and a funny moe blob show slash music band: Priceless"

    "There are money things can't buy - like expensive ero dolls or loli figurins you can only buy through Ebay."

    "For anything else use MasterCard"


    Comment by ja_ne
    02:49 22/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    *There are many things money can't buy*

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:25 21/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    There are very very few things money can't buy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:09 20/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    All right this might work...

    X^2 -XY - 6Y^2 + 2X + Y - 1 = 0
    (X - 3Y)(X + 2Y) + 2X + Y - 1 = 0

    Now, assume both the linear and the non-linear part goes to 0 at the same time, then you will have the following conditions:

    1, X - 3Y = 0 and 2X + Y - 1 = 0
    2, X + 2Y = 0 and 2X + Y - 1 = 0

    For 1, since 2X + Y - 1 = 0 -> Y = 2X - 1
    Then X - 3(2X - 1) = 0, X = -1/5
    So Y = 2(-1/5) - 1 = -7/5, hence (-1/5 , -7/5) is a solution.

    For 2, X + 2(2X - 1) = 0, X = 1/5
    Then Y = 2(1/5) - 1 = -3/5, hence (1/5, -3/5) is another pair of solution.

    I am doing this in my head so someone please check my work. The best is still to do a numerical approximation as the above method may not gives all the solutions.

    Hope this helps.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:18 19/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    so many comments here.
    The reasons why K-On! popular lies here

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:43 30/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mio - Priceless

    There are some things money can't buy. For everything else, there's 2ch.

    Comment by Jony
    04:41 22/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought they're from high school... where in the anime does it say they're learning university math o.O?

    Comment by Iluna
    16:16 19/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Another observer writes pointing out that the mathematics (not pictured) the girls are apparently working on in the third episode is more normally associated with university level maths courses than anything expected of high-schoolers… "

    Umm...Quadratic Equation is a subject learned before entering University though. High School year 1 and those who are taking Entrance to Japanese University exams will tackle the subject. ( EJU for short, for foreigners)

    Comment by Haraken
    01:44 19/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i dont think u guys learned this in school



    Comment by Junkujanai
    02:46 19/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, we all did.

    Comment by Haraken
    02:52 19/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Dee
    20:38 19/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If u see next equation, Mugi-chan just factorised the x out. They dont even need to find x or y or know its a graph!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:12 19/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am too lazy to watch the show but looking at your screenshot and assuming that the unwritten part of the equation is "= 0" what you have is a conic. Since B^2 - 4AC > 0 it's a hyperbola, and because it intersects at (-1, 0), it's degenerate. So you will have two lines defined by the equation that are easy enough to determine. That would just be simple analytic geometry, even if you had to knock out the xy term by rotating the axis. However this is assuming a fair bit of context for the screenshot.

    Comment by Typewriter
    04:08 19/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It might be relevant to mention that the curricula in every country differ.

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    Comment by MechaTama31
    00:58 19/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The pink one from the Harlequin collection is doubtful, but all the others look spot-on. Well played, chinaware-loving otaku.

    Comment by De JaY
    01:22 19/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wealthy girls these days.... >_>

    Comment by OnyxSyaoran
    04:30 19/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I learnead that math when i entered High Scgool i dn't see the difficulty to think it's college my opinion xD

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:08 19/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    dang it i wish i could get free rich people desserts with fancy tea :I

    Comment by Anon
    15:49 18/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol, and i thought it's just an anime :<

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    Comment by Artefact

    It is, but for some reason people are very interested in it.

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    Comment by paul
    12:09 18/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    didnt mugi already say in ep1 or 2 that the stuff was from her home

    Comment by mrmermaid
    12:05 18/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Those maths are taught in 8th grade where I come from.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:22 18/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    saw something similar in the last episode of Hyakko, the girl was working on some calculus when she was supposed to be in grade achool -.-

    Comment by TQ
    18:33 18/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's because the girl is a prodigy. In the manga her character is expanded on a lot more.

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    Comment by MaidNiac
    12:32 18/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    And happy are those who manage to marry Mugi...

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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    13:21 18/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    not only happy, but rich, powerful, and eatting delicious food/loli

    Oh my, maybe i made the wrong mistake picking Yui D:

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    Comment by Gantz_Playboy
    14:31 18/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What?....I couldn't hear you across the giant hall and loooooong dinner table in Mugi's dining room- lol.

    I love Eri Sawachika, Asuka Langley Soreyu, Saki Katsukabe, and Tsumugi Kotobuki...I love the light haired Princesses!! Plus they give mean head!

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    Comment by MaidNiac
    14:38 18/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "...and eatting delicious food/loli"

    Wait whut!? The Kotobuki (Tsugumi's) family are cannibals who eat lolis?

    It's not really that late too change your pick though, i used to pick Kagami, and then i found that Misao is the most awesome.. and then again, i ended up with Hiyorin instead.

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    Comment by Ace
    20:00 18/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It should be:

    "...and eating delicious CAKE"


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