I was feeling in the mood for something quick and a bit cute before a few books that were likely to take a bit more time to complete, so I settled on K-ON! Volume 3. It was a good thing too, considering that I ended up heading home early from work feeling thoroughly ill and miserable.
K-ON! Volume 3 picks up from where the last volume left off, with the majority of the Pop Music Club’s members finishing their second year and entering their final year of high school. With graduation looming, Yui, Mio, Ritsu and Mugi have to start considering where they want to go for university, while Azusa has to face the prospect of being the only remaining member come the start of the next school year.
As I haven’t been feeling great today, it was nice to read something safe and predictable. If you’ve been following K-ON! so far, it’s safe to say that you know how it goes now. There aren’t quite as many jokes about eating cake instead of practising, but it’s still more focused on the domestic than the music side of things. There’s a sense of things starting to come to a close, as there’s a lot of baton-passing shown, both inside and outside of the club. There’s also a bit more focus on how it is run as a club, with more mentions of things like club budget and requests for things like air conditioning.
The characters are still great, and this volume the reader gets to see a bit more of some of Azusa’s classmates. Ui’s already been introduced in an earlier volume as Yui’s doting and hyper-competent younger sister. A new addition to the cast is Jun, who really admires the club whilst they’re on-stage, but can’t bring herself to join as she thinks that they’re a bit lazy and embarrassing day-to-day.
If you like the previous two volumes of K-ON!, it’s a pretty safe bet that you’ll like the third. A bit more of a focus on the actual school side of things, and more of a spotlight on characters that are likely to join the club once the older members leave for university. 4/5
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