Slice of life is a genre that in my view gives, as the title suggests, a glimpse in the life of others. Some can be almost utopian or some enter the realm of what we experience in our daily lives. K-ON gives a glimpse in the life of a music club consisting of girls with a twist of comedy.
The series may not have heavy character development or action that blows you away. Despite that it gives you a take on how someone else lives their life. As all bands different tastes and personality’s come together within one group. The difficult task of the head of the band or club to guide the group into one direction that pleases all. Of course it is bound to go wrong as even the teacher that supervises, is a slacker. This resulting in many hilarious moments that are bound to be found in real bands. Not all times are serious, there has to be room for fun and friendship. Which is the main reason one would join a band.
Friendship and interaction is mainly the essence of your high school days. In K-ON it is of course romanticized, but one may argue that the purpose of the series is, not only to portray someone else’s life, but also a trigger to remember the good ol’ days of high school life. School life is one of the things we have in common and can relate to. That may well be the reason why many studios pick this setting and make it a big part of the storyline.
K-ON may not be the action packed series one may be looking for. As heavy character development is thrown overboard, the setting of creating a world within the familiar is a league of its own. Many within this genre tend to move towards the boring, because of the emphasis to the normal. If a series can pull it off to give that extra twist to make the normal a thing to appreciate, it has done a good job that is worth praising.