K-ON! Composition Not So Perfect After All

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K-ON!’s notoriously scrupulous character design and animation seems not to be quite as perfect as was previously thought – fans poring over the girls’ houses have managed to dig up some inconsistencies.

Mio’s home appears to be having some trouble with its windows:

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Meanwhile, the Tainaka residence’s neighbouring house appears to have been rebuilt 3 times:

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Far from being a indictment of shoddy animation as is usually the case with such lapses, that this sort of nitpicking minutiae is all that can be leveled at the show is high praise indeed, although a DVD rectification would still likely be well received.

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  • Anonymous says:

    You know this is what happens when you outsource to places like Korea or China for cheap labor. You get many different animators who have different drawing styles and aren’t trained to copy a design. It says for itself doesn’t it?

  • Anonymous says:

    Don’t be surprised when complaints like this lead to CG model backgrounds that are CAD-perfect from every angle. Oh wait, this is normally from the same people that also complain about any use of CGi at all.

  • UncommonOtaku says:

    WELL of course Ritsu’s house has been rebuilt at least three tiems,…

    Your house would be too if it were in the part of the neighborhood that gets trampled by giant monsters & mobile suits – every so often!!!

    As for Mio’s house and the windows – well, is it her fault she has the corner room, and she happens to be a shy girl. Surely she’ll have the blinds down most of the tiem.

    But its mostly her mom’s fault for redesigning the windows every spring. And her dad’s love of tinkering, and indulging his waifu’s fancies.
    Mio has great parents out of all the girls!!

    o.o!!

  • Anonymous says:

    One would think that the Koreans animating this would choose to use preexisting scenes, instead of designing new ones from scratch. Way to give up valuable design time there, guys.

  • Anonymous says:

    My guess for the inconsistencies is that different background artists are working at it at different episodes. Not to mention that Japan is outsourcing these days and the low pay.

  • Oh god. The single thing I have to say to this is WHO CARES!?!? Because I certainly don’t.

    As long as these shows are still being made by humans, mistakes like these will be inevitable. And compared to other innacuracies, these are quite small. In fact, I would have never noticed these problems if it wasn’t for some anal bastard who wanted to show the whole fucking world. Just sit down, shut up, and enjoy the goddamn show. And if you actually disregard and hate an entire show just because of an animation slip up, you are beyond any form of help.

  • Anonymous says:

    It’s kind of cool to live in a different house every n episodes. Hey, maybe both of them live in 3 different houses, lol!

    Would have never noticed if I didn’t read this post. I don’t see anything terrible in this. There’s always the DVD/Blu-Ray version that maybe will correct these inconsistencies for those intolerant freaks. So, if you have a fetishism for buildings, buy them to fap to the same house every episode.

    Personally, I wish KyoAni don’t do anything for these dorks.

    • UncommonOtaku says:

      apparently you’re misinformed – if nobody cared then the rest of us wouldn’t of cared to post our own opinions.

      in my opinion, . . you’re the pretender and a fraud. Thusly your opinion is utterly irrelevant.

      I wish I could sic motaku at you, but I don’t know his email address.

      o.o*!!!

        • XxXFl0oD3RXxX says:

          Of course, since majority are arrogant and ignorant. That’s normal. What you said was redundant. Actar’s point was to show that madmax’s comment wasn’t fact, since madmax said “no one”.

          I too posted a comment earlier that I did somewhat cared.

          Anyway you’re right. Most people just don’t care. I think it’s a waste of time finding these things out, but I never thought that knowing this would be a waste of time.

      • Anonymous says:

        I can still call the series shoddy though, nitpicking aside, it’s the show and plot itself that needs rectifying in the DVD, visuals have always been a sidebar next to plot for me. Look at AVATAR for example, visually beautiful but the plot is still shit wrapped in shit + dances with smurfs, i mean wolves.

        • Anonymous says:

          11:17 Where to start.

          “10:43 to troll or not to troll that is the question, not like lucky star? Bullshit from the get go to be frank. Your arguement is trying to say that because k-on has marginally more plot than lucky star it’s superior?”

          … Not marginally more plot. Lucky Star had zero plot, and no sense of cohesiveness or drive. It’s like dividing 1 by zero. What do you get? Infinity. Frankly speaking K-On had an infinite amount more plot than Lucky Star because Lucky Star didn’t have SHIT.

          “The fact lucky star had completely no plot was where it’s genius was at… Konata trying to eat a chocalate cone for example, this was not trying to be overly cute or funny, they just did it and it was cute and funny, in comparison with k-on where i believe it’s a case of trying to hard and failing because of it.”

          No, it wasn’t funny at all. At least not to me. The first thing I thought when I came upon that is “oh shit here’s where they’re gonna try to be funny let’s see if it’s funny” it wasn’t. Lucky Star has fucking OBVIOUS attempts at trying to be funny, whereas (as far as I could tell) K-On pretty much had none.

          “Lucky star was never hyped and over idolised as much as k-on has been and the only arguement you have along that basis is the fact it’s been out far longer. Let me try to explain the hype, it’s a typical case of rebelling against the mass naturally, because alot of people like k-on i want to hate it because the like of the show is not on a beautiful artistry conception like gurren lagann might have or Bakemonogatari might have.”

          … Okay, and the proof you have of the first sentence is… where? Oh that’s right it DOESN’T FUCKING EXIST BECAUSE YOU HAVE NO STATISTICS AT ALL AND YOU’RE JUST SPOUTING SHIT OUT RIGHT NOW. FYI you also apparently don’t understand shit about art. If you did, you’d maybe realize that art comes in many forms, and no one expression of it is objectively better than any other.

          This is also known as subjectivity. In other words, don’t just diss something because it’s popular and people say it’s moe blob. I don’t understand people like you. You go against hype, yet you go with the crowd when talking about shows. In other words, you’re pulling a fucking contradiction right here in this very spot.

          “The like comes from pure infatuation with the moe-blob style, which is fair enough. I don’t have a problem with the show itself, what i hate is how popular it is with no real backing, except being a reused slow pace genre, much in the same way that JRPG sales are plummetting for the same reason.”

          For the first part of that, read above. For the last part of it, I don’t know what the hell you’re trying to relate this shit to, but stop pulling out references to JRPGS out of your ass.

        • @10:01
          Come one there’s a difference between bad/not funny humor and FUCKING HORRIBLE humor. I can see how people could find K-ON! not funny or repetitive. But there should be a general understanding of what really bad comedy is and K-ON! doesn’t cross it. It’s not my preference.

          And would you really let general hype ruin an anime for you? I personally don’t let what I read/hear influence my opinion, that’s why there’s too many anime I hate but seem to be really popular. I got curious about Code Geass after it was thrown in my face so much but I didn’t watch it expecting the greatest anime of all time (even thou that’s exactly what I got)

          The show emphasizes moe. Mio runnung from everything scary is a combination of moe moe look at her and something funny. It’s not like one of the characters tell you every five minutes that Mio gets scared easily and you’re just supposed to laugh, there’s usually a funny skit leading up to Mio running and crying. This show definitely has a required taste to enjoy but that doesn’t make it bad. And I’m not explaining the plot again. If people other than Kei-chan1 can’t understand a simple concept then I give up on explaining it.

        • What’s this wall of text? May K-ON! and it’s sequel it’s better than Lucky Star, but they still don’t beat even Doraemon.

          It’s not perfect at all? ‘Cuz it’s a money-grubbing faggotry. Don’t mess business with art.

          Did you notice, there are no news on Sankaku nowadays? Shit about K-ON, shit about Kiss x Sis, and nothing else.

        • Anonymous says:

          10:43 to troll or not to troll that is the question, not like lucky star? Bullshit from the get go to be frank. Your arguement is trying to say that because k-on has marginally more plot than lucky star it’s superior? The fact lucky star had completely no plot was where it’s genius was at… Konata trying to eat a chocalate cone for example, this was not trying to be overly cute or funny, they just did it and it was cute and funny, in comparison with k-on where i believe it’s a case of trying to hard and failing because of it. Lucky star was never hyped and over idolised as much as k-on has been and the only arguement you have along that basis is the fact it’s been out far longer. Let me try to explain the hype, it’s a typical case of rebelling against the mass naturally, because alot of people like k-on i want to hate it because the like of the show is not on a beautiful artistry conception like gurren lagann might have or Bakemonogatari might have. The like comes from pure infatuation with the moe-blob style, which is fair enough. I don’t have a problem with the show itself, what i hate is how popular it is with no real backing, except being a reused slow pace genre, much in the same way that JRPG sales are plummetting for the same reason.

        • Anonymous says:

          No, let me give you 3 reasons I fucking hated Lucky Star, but I liked K-On!:

          1. I didn’t find it (LS) funny at all. All it basically was, was a bunch of references to other shows that were somehow supposed to be funny. The comedy wasn’t there at all. But for a person that likes to make fun of subjective arguments, Mr. 10:01, your entire post was full of nothing but that.

          2. Aside from comedy, it was a bunch of fucking filler. Lucky Star just didn’t have ANYTHING. K-On! At least gives some semblance of character development, and there’s the overarching music theme going on. It at least does that properly, while adding in a bunch of cute, warm moments with a lovable (okay I liked them whether you do or not is debatable) cast.

          3. Actually, I never really thought of a third reason, but since we’re on the subject of hype, I don’t understand how LS wasn’t hyped. I see people worshipping it all the time… then I decide to watch it… biggest god damn waste of time I ever experienced. It just sucked.

          In other words, I liked K-On! for what it was. What it was aiming for, I think it did well. Maybe you were expecting some epic, galactic space drama shit from it, due to all the hype… which FYI there isn’t a terribly large amount of ways to get hyped for an anime, considering that this is the US and you aren’t going to see it advertised here, so unless you deliberately hype yourself for something, it’s not going to happen, fool.

        • Anonymous says:

          Lord Ryo for one thing you using your own preference to justify your arguement with “Unless the humour is that bad, which isn’t the case here” merely your preference. On top of that why do i love Lucky Star and completely hate K-on, let me give you 3 good reasons. 1. general hype (this is a killer for most people), your expecations soar and then crash land spectacularly 2. they DO use ‘shoddy’ comical jokes, example; Mio, why are we supposed to find her over excessive fright at scary thing funny, i don’t find it cute or funny. 3. The plot, well the fact there isn’t one.

        • I agree with you Ryo, stop bitching about a lack of story from an anime thats not really meant to have one. Its just a comedy, laugh and go watch something else. You bitchy nitpickers need to shut up, unless you can animate something better and it gets on tv then keep quiet.

          Theres a reason K-ON! has been redone 6 or 7 times, once every decade. Because its popular, because people watch it, because they like it. Theres something simple to consider, if you don’t like it then don’t watch it, and stop posting on the relating topics.

        • Mild inconsistencies are no problem, it just means that each scene was drawn new and not recycled from previous episodes, as previous stated.

          But neither this or the show as a whole is shoddy. It gets tiresome hearing people bitching about how the shows lack of story or plot. That’s not what the show is about, it’s a comedy so just laugh. If you want an anime with an engaging story then look somewhere else, but your personal preference in anime doesn’t make K-ON! “shoddy” To those who like it, it entertains in a different way than an anime with a real story behind it, and as long as it entertains does it matter how? I like it because it’s funny as hell, I like Eden of the East because it has an interesting story. Both entertain me in different ways but the end result is that I like both. If anything K-ON! is better this way as you can’t really go wrong with it, either it’s funny or it’s not, but can you really hate something just because it’s not funny? (Unless the humor is THAT bad which isn’t the case here) You can pass on it if it’s not your cup of after school tea. But stop setting such high expectations for a damn comedy anime!