With US distributor Sentai Filmworks is going back to school for a little more musical education with a complete ultimate collection release for the K-On! property set for December 3rd, 2019, Australian fans are getting their own soon. Madman Entertainment has set separate DVD and Blu-ray editions of the show as ultimate collections priced at $69.95 for the DVD and $79.96 on Blu-ray. Some of the details in their solicitation page is conflicting (episode/disc counts for what should be the same material overall) but it’s welcome to have the collection coming up on February 5th, 2020.
Extras include the Minami Tanaka’s Dubbing Investigative Report, London Bus & Press Conference at TBS, Navi Show 1-2-3 is K-ON!, Movie Premiere Event, Director Naoko Yamada in London, Good Luck Music Hall ~ K-ON! Music hall, Japanese Trailer, Teaser & Spots, K-ON! Season 1 & 2 Shorts, Clean Opening Animation, and the clean closing animation.
Based on the manga by Kakifly, this musical slice of life comedy is directed by Naoko Yamada (Tamako Market, CLANNAD: After Story) with chief animation direction by Yukiko Horiguchi (Lucky Star, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya), sound direction by Yota Tsuruoka (Beyond the Boundary, The Big O), and animation by Kyoto Animation.
Plot concept: Rock n’ Roll may never die, but the Sakuragoaka Girl’s High School Light Music Club might not be here to stay unless would-be drummer Ritsu Tainaka can find three more members to replace the graduated seniors. Determined to see that the beat goes on, Ritsu can get a little help from her friend Mio Akiyama on bass, and together they might be able to convince choir-inclined Tsumugi Kotobuki to join on the keyboards. But even then, they’ll still need a hero, preferably of the juke-box variety with stars in her eyes. Instead they find Yui Hirasawa, who’s looking for a club to join and who’s never held a guitar in her life. But when Yui does pick up a beat-up six-string, it feels good in her hands, and it doesn’t take long to understand that maybe she’s finally found a place where she belongs. Because you can’t stop the music when four girls share a dream, even if it’s something as crazy as someday playing at the famous Budokan. It’s going to be a long and winding road, but if they find their passion and follow their muse, they could go anywhere in K-ON!