This work belongs to the "slice of life" genre and the beginning and the middle part is designed to enjoy the everyday life of teenage girls. Their looks and personalities are cute, and they will definitely relax you. On the other hand, an emotional ending awaits you, so you will be surprised by the dramatic elements of this story.
The story and the characters are at a perfect level, with an amazing level of animation and songs, and this anime is definitely an outstanding work.
|Genres||Slice of life|
The student band “After School Tea Time” (lead guitarist Yui Hirasawa, bassist Mio Akiyama, drummer Ritsu Tainaka, and keyboardist Tsumugi Kotobuki) are ready to graduate and take their band to new heights. But before they can do that, they must recruit new members to ensure the survival of the light music club!
Between band practice, club recruitment, and studying, the girls stumble through daily teenager life: concerts, college applications, holidays, and vacations. Along with junior club member Azusa Nakano, the girls of K-On!! are ready to make their senior year of high school a great one!
3. Character’s Way of Speaking
Hirasawa Yui stretches the end of sentences like “xxx ねー” and “xxx だよー”. In the narration, she also uses polite language like “xxx です”, “xxx ます.” She sometimes uses old-fashioned expressions like “ちょっと見ておくんなまし！” (same as “ちょっと見てください”) when she is saying something comical. She speaks clearly, so she is good for listening practice.
Akiyama Mio speaks like a reliable girl like “xxx なあ”, but she is actually shy. If you can understand and enjoy the difference between her speech and her personality, that is enough for Japanese learners.
Tainaka Ritsu uses a boyish speech like “xxx ぞ”, “xxx なあ”, and “xxx ぜ”. She often says “つーか” instead of “というか” but does not use slangs. Some teenage girls do actually use a boyish speech, so Japanese learners who want to speak like a boy should emulate her speech.
Kotobuki Tsumugi uses a girlish speech like “xxx ね”, and “xxx よ”. Her family is rich, so she sometimes uses a posh speech. She carefully uses feminine expressions, so it is recommended for all female Japanese learners.
Nakano Azusa uses polite language like “xxx です”, and “xxx ます”. She also uses friendly language like “xxx かなあ” towards her friends. Changing speech depending on who you are speaking with, is an important skill in speaking Japanese. She should be used for listening and emulating.
Hirasawa Ui uses a girlish speech like “xxx だよね”, and “xxx かなあ”. She is Yui’s sister so she calls Yui “お姉ちゃん”. She uses the same technique as Azusa in terms of changing speech styles, so she is a good model for Japanese learners.
Yamanaka Sawako uses polite words like “xxx ください”. She also uses feminine expressions towards the band members like “xxx の” and “xxx わよ”. The band members call her “さわちゃん”, which indicates how close they are. You should understand that the way people speak is a reflection of their relationship.
Manabe Nodoka talks in a girlish style of “xxx ね” and “xxx の”. Her calm speech indicates how responsible she is for her actions.
4. Terms and Talking Contents
This is a work portraying school and club life, so vocabularies related to school such as “進路” (しんろ, one’s future course), “日直” (にっちょく, class duty), “受験” (じゅけん, taking an examination) are frequently used. In addition, idioms like “油を売る” (あぶらをうる, to idle one’s time away), “往生際が悪い” (おうじょうぎわがわるい, not knowing when to give up), “自業自得” (じごうじとく, paying for one’s mistakes), “挙動不審” (きょどうふしん, suspicious behavior) are frequently used in Japan, so you should be able to listen to these terms.
5. Intermediate can Learn Japanese with This Anime
Since this anime is basically about conversations between teenagers, the contents are quite easy. However, difficult language, old language and Kyoto dialects come out as a joke, so it is at a 12th grade difficulty level. However, most parts are easy. School-related terms like “受験” (じゅけん, taking an examination) and “期末” (きまつ, term-end examination) come out, but the difficult terms occurrence rate is low at 2.7terms/episode. Thus, this anime is recommended to elementary-level Japanese learners.
|Difficult Terms Occurrence Rate||2.7 terms/episode||= 67 / 25|
|Difficulty Level||12th grade||= High School|
|Total Difficulty Score||32.4 points||= 2.7 * 12|
|Comprehensive Judgment||Easy||in 30.0 to 69.9 points|
|Recommended Japanese Learner||Elementary|
- The List of Difficult Terms that Appear in this Anime (=67 terms)
# よみ 漢字 Remarks 1 しんろ 進路 School terms 2 はいぶ 廃部 School terms 3 しゃれこうべ しゃれこうべ 4 はれすがた 晴れ姿 5 おしとやか おしとやか 6 おぼん お盆 7 ざんしょみまい 残暑見舞い 8 かきこうしゅう 夏期講習 School terms 9 じゅけん 受験 School terms 10 じゅけんせい 受験生 School terms 11 にっちょく 日直 School terms 12 ぶんどき 分度器 School terms 13 しんかん 新歓 School terms 14 すいせん 推薦/推薦入学/推薦入試 School terms 15 そつある 卒アル School terms 16 だいいちしぼう 第一志望/第一志望校 School terms 17 じごうじとく 自業自得 18 ほうかご 放課後 School terms 19 よせがき 寄せ書き 20 たんにん 担任 21 あされん 朝練 School terms 22 しょっけんらんよう 職権乱用 23 そつぎょうしき 始業式 School terms 24 ぶどうかん 武道館 25 ふとっぱら 太っ腹 26 じばら 自腹 27 ぶひ 部費 School terms 28 かんらく 陥落 29 きょうだん 教壇 30 でこぴん デコピン 31 すっぴん すっぴん 32 べつばら 別腹 33 にどね 二度寝 34 いちきゅっぱ イチキュッパ 35 つゆ 梅雨 36 たてまえ 建て前 37 こくりつ 国立/国立大学 School terms 38 かんねんする 観念する 39 きまつ 期末/期末試験 School terms 40 やまがあたる ヤマが当たる School terms 41 きょどうふしん 挙動不審 42 しんこっちょう 真骨頂 43 めんぼくない 面目ない 44 はちゅうるい 爬虫類 45 かいだん 怪談 46 さんもんしばい 三文芝居 47 しんしゅつきぼつ 神出鬼没 48 じきゅうりょく 持久力 49 こもん 顧問 50 ひのこ 火の粉 51 とどめをさす 止めを刺す Idioms 52 けいこ 稽古 53 ただしがき 但し書き 54 あぶらをうる 油を売る Idioms 55 てをひろげる 手を広げる Idioms 56 しりにひかれている 尻に敷かれている Idioms 57 おうじょうぎわがわるい 往生際が悪い Idioms 58 いちやづけ 一夜漬け School terms 59 おひゃくどまいり お百度参り 60 すべる すべる/おちる 61 たつとりあとをにごさず 立つ鳥跡を濁さず Idioms 62 わかげのいたり 若気の至り Idioms 63 おみあい お見合い/お見合い写真 Idioms 64 ごりやく ご利益 65 ざいこうせい 在校生 66 とうじ 答辞 67 ぞうてい 贈呈