The End of K-ON!(manga)
Now, if you guys have no heard about it yet. It’s official. It’s in black and white. Now, according to this MyAnimeList thread, it has been confirmed that the K-ON! manga is indeed ending despite a revival mid last year. As a die-hard K-ON! fan as all of you may have already guessed, this is more or less close to a tragedy.
Let me do a brief summary of the history of the great moe work of art K-ON!. It started back in May 2007 and was by the mangaka Kakifly. The manga ended once Yui and the rest left the school for college on the 9th of September 2010 but after so much buzz and love for the anime, Kakifly revived it on 8th April 2011 for Yui and rest’s live in college while another was released on the 28th of April 2011 for Azusa’s side of the story. But now, it is completely over and is expected to end next month.
To be honest, i did not even know the manga existed before I watched the anime, however, I did pick it up and read the whole thing once I rewatched the entire 2 seasons twice. It has the exact same charms that brought me to love the anime and gave me the K-ON! that was missing in my life. The college chapters gave me new hope, that somehow, somewhy, somewho, KyoAni will pick it up and give us a season 3. Even though it is ending, not much point in being sad is there? I will send it off, albeit with some tears and start keeping my ears up for the hint of its imminent revival.
Why do I get so worked up over this? Let me put it like this. If Kakifly did not write K-ON! manga, there will be no K-ON! anime. No anime, then I would have never experienced all this awesomeness. This is the very thing that started everything, blogging and all. So that said, this is an anime that if I forgot, it would simply means that anime meant nothing to me. This is why I am so protective of people insulting it, cause if you do, you insulted my idea of anime. -.-*
Many speculate that Kakifly is probably just tired and wants a break from the series and all. Along with a lot more other guesses, I definitely cannot tell for sure, but we definitely cannot force him to write half-heartedly on a manga we love so much right? But then, there is this question. What now? What can the fans do now?
For most of us who live outside of Japan and have not yet watched the amazing-ness of the K-ON! movie, we have the Blu-Rays coming our way. So we wait for that to arrive, watch it, love it. Then wait. And wait. Now, here are the few crazy ideas of what a fan (me) would dream for. 1) The announcement for season 3 is in the Blu-Ray. 2) Kakifly is just taking a short break and will be back soon. 3) KyoAni can simply ask Kakifly for his notes on the manga and still come out with a season 3. Though the base-line I have for Kakifly is that he must end the whole thing well. I want an ending that makes me satisfied and teary.
Honestly though, I have to say, we have to know when to say goodbye and that even I have to admit. So K-ON, you have brought me so much joy, I cannot thank you enough for the moe landslide that you have started. So if this really is good-bye. Then I say good-bye. But then again, that was what I said at the end of season 2 and guess what? The movie! \(^o^)/