I always try to avoid playing favorites when it comes to high-potential likable characters…all of this for the simple reason evading clouded perception. In this case, K-ON presents us with four girls, each possessing signature traits which in turn seem to appeal a unique fraction of the masses. With characters like these, it’s so easy to get an affinity to either one of them, not to mention their enormous moe factor. Mio seems to be the most prominent of all; and while other people will try to disagree with what I just said, the point of it all remains that affinity/attraction to any one of them will most likely lead to single-minded perception, biased views of all other characters and just as warriorhope mentioned, character bashing.
So here’s my question…is it actually possible to exercise indifference while retaining some sense of preference? Actually, let me rephrase that in a particular example: “Is it possible the uphold Mio (or Yui, or Ritsu, or Tsumugi for that matter) without (un)intentionally slighting the others? Hold your horses!!! Before you start spamming random ‘WTF?! Of course it’s possible!” thoughts and/or remarks, I suggest you take a moment to rethink things for a bit (I will go about this later). Up until recently (or the first two episodes to be in particular), I can say with much guarantee that I was able to successfully fend off Mio’s charms. In essence, I was able to say ‘NO!’ to Mio, ‘NO!’ to Yui, ‘NO!’ to Tsumugi, and ‘NO!’ to Ritsu but ‘YES!’ to all of them as an entire group. Along came Episode 3 with much concentration on Yui and the delicate balance of neutrality of which I worked so hard to maintain just got flushed down the toilet. Godammit…
No, no…it’s not because Yui’s moeness got the best of me, though I’m pretty sure some fanboys will or rather, the ones who haven’t yet fallen for Mio, Ritsu, or even Tsumugi; it’s actually quite the opposite. Long story short, you could say my reaction to Yui for that one episode only is akin to those who expressed a ‘Fail’ attitude towards her. But wait..how on earth does that impede my neutrality/indifference stance? Isn’t that favoritism’s job? Well..yes and no; yes because it does its fair share of impediment and no because showing even the slightest hints of atrocity will disrupt the ‘balance.’ Observe the charts following charts..
What I was Prior to Episode 3
What I’m trying to avoid
What actually happend at Episode 3
I’m quite aware that indifference and preference are two oxymoronic ideas…even then, is it possible to find a middle ground between the two?