|Manga Debut||Volume 2, Chapter 0|
|Anime Debut||Season 1 Episode 8: Freshman Reception!|
|Videogames||K-ON!! Ho-Kago Live|
|English||Christine Marie Cabanos|
|Korean||Hyun Ji Kim|
|Chinese||Lei Bi Wen|
|Also Known As||Azusa-chan|
|Birthday||November 11, 1992|
|Role||Rhythm Guitarist (HTT)|
Lead Guitarist (HTT/Wakaba Girls)
Lead Vocalist (Wakaba Girls)
Fender Japan '69 Reissue Mustang in Candy Apple Red; named "Mu-tan".
Gibson Les Paul Standard Goldtop (at home)
Azusa Nakano (
Character[edit | edit source]
Azusa is a self-proclaimed novice guitarist who has been playing the guitar since she was in fourth grade because her parents play in a jazz band. Despite her low self-esteem and modest attitude, she is extremely talented and superior to her senior, Yui Hirasawa, who also plays guitar.
Since she expected the Light Music Club to be a serious club with ambitious members, she is often disappointed by the laziness around her. Shortly after joining, her disappointment made her go as far as having a rage attack during a club meeting and considering leaving the club to join other bands. Azusa is then comforted by Yui and gets encouragement from her senior, Mio Akiyama, removed her last doubts and she joined the club for real, although she still often nags about the club's lack of activities. When doing so, she can be quite serious and blunt.
Over time, she slowly became used to the club's slow pace and often gets teased because of it. She has a certain weakness for sweets and can be calmed down rather easily, sometimes just from being petted. Every now and then, she is shocked about how quick she got used to the club's laziness and tries to change it.
Azusa is easily overwhelmed by good musical performances, seen when she first watches the Light Music Club's concert or Sawako Yamanaka's performance speechlessly. She also gets a tan very easily, seen twice during a trip to the beach and also once during a music festival (even after applying sunscreen). The manga shows that she tans in mere seconds. She often suffers from this, examples being not being able to take a bath due to the sunburn, not being recognized by friends due to her drastic change in appearance or needing to hide the tan lines by wearing a longer skirt at school.
Azusa is in some ways similar to Mio. Both can get embarrassed, are shy (like when Sawako brings in new costumes), and they're the only ones who are assiduous and anxious to move the band to practice. They also look and sort of act as if they were sisters.
Azusa is also very smart and structured. She once created a strict daily plan for Yui to study for finals and also organized the band's graduation trip to London. She told Mio once that she loves planning things.
Although she mostly appears to be calm-natured, she also has an eruptive nature and snaps easily when someone makes fun of her. She can also be pretty stubborn to show no weaknesses. By the time she became the president of the Light Music Club, she also became rather bold, especially against the supervisor Sawako.
Azusa is often hugged or otherwise physically contacted by Yui (and less often, Ritsu), who considers Azusa cute due to her small size. Yui gave Azusa the nickname "Azu-Nyan" after Sawako made Azusa put on cat ears.
Azusa can't stand being lonely. At the graduation of the original club members, she begged them under tears to not graduate before her since she didn't want to be lonely, despite knowing her request was selfish and immature but very innocent.
Azusa has a very thoughtful side and often worries with herself being capable of being good enough at the guitar or being a good president for the Light Music Club. However, she does not let her personal worries bother her in times where her leadership is needed and she does all in her might to help her friends out, so in the end, she quickly became just the kind of president her underclassmen needed.
The anime shows that Azusa is very fond of animals, yet she is distanced or even nervous in front of them at first.
Azusa can be considered to be a tsundere since she tries to hide her feelings for Yui with shyness and easily gets embarrassed when she is pet, hugged or otherwise teased by her.
Also, while nowhere as strong as Tsumugi, Azusa still possesses remarkable physical strength for her size, being able to drag a crying and screaming Yui (6 centimeters taller and 4 kilograms heavier than she is) behind her back to study for her remedial exams with one hand.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Azusa has long, straight, and seemingly thin black hair, which she wears in pigtails. She also has brown eyes that have a red-orange tint. Compared to Mio's black hair color, Azusa's hair looks purple-tinted in the anime. She is the shortest member of the group. Azusa's skin is a similar shade to those of the other girls, but she's sensitive to sunlight and tans easily even with heaps of sunscreen on although sunscreen does not prevent tans, only sunburns.
Attires[edit | edit source]
Pants over skirts. She likes to wear short pants more than other clothing types.
Sakuragaoka High School uniform[edit | edit source]
|Like all Sakuragaoka High School students, Azusa wears a school uniform. The Sakuragaoka uniform consists of a navy blue blazer, a solid white buttoned shirt (under the blazer), a colored ribbon (different colors for different student years, Azusa's year is red), a light steel blue skirt, stockings or socks (Azusa's are black), and maroon shoes. The summer uniform replaces the blazer with a beige vest. Additionally, the subject physical education requires a tracksuit (sport jacket with long pants, colored again depending on the year group) with white striped brims, a white shirt with colored endings (again colored regarding the year group) for the summer semester and white sports shoes.|
"Listen!!" Attire[edit | edit source]
|In "Listen!!", Azusa wears a white shirt with several red dots on it. She wears a two-colored skirt over bright blue tights, and beige shoes. Her hair is tied into a side ponytail using a hair tie with 2 red beads.|
"NO, Thank You!" Attire[edit | edit source]
|In "NO, Thank You!", Azusa's attire is similar to any school uniform dress code. Her attire is close similar to the Sakuragaoka High uniform - navy blue blazer, a white buttoned shirt (under the blazer) and the maroon shoes. The only parts different are a "HTT-logo" pinned to her blazer, a plaid grey skirt, a red tie, dark blue socks and her brown shoes.|
|Azusa's second attire in "NO, Thank You"!. She wears a light blue tank top which has yellow parts over her shoulders and a pink star in the middle. She also wears black tights. Over this she is seen wearing black overalls with a light green ball pinned on them. Her hair is once again, tied into a ponytail. Her hair is tied using a lime hair tie.|
"Singing" Attire[edit | edit source]
|Azusa's "Singing" attire. Like the rest of the band, she wears a light blue one-piece dress over a white shirt. The skirt goes down to her knees. The dress has four white dots over the chest, a white bow and a white collar. Additionally, Azusa wears black shoes with white shoelaces over long white socks, which have red and blue stripes on them. Her hair is tied into two braids at the sides of her head.|
|Azusa's second attire in "Singing". She wears a grey one-piece shirt that also covers her hips over a second dark blue one. On her shirt is a white lettering. Over her shirt, she wears a black jacket. She also wears dark grey Loose socks over white shoes with red shoelaces. Her hair is tied up to a ponytail with a pink hair tie.|
Other Content[edit | edit source]
Character Image Songs
|K-ON! Character Image Song Series Vol. 5: Azusa Nakano||K-ON!! Character Image Songs: Azusa Nakano|
References[edit | edit source]
- K-ON! Season 1 Episode 9: New Club Member!
- K-ON! Season 1 Episode 9: New Club Member!
- K-ON! Season 2 Episode 16: Upperclassmen!
- K-ON! Season 1 Episode 8: Freshman Reception!
- K-ON! Season 2 Episode 10: Teacher!
- "K-ON!" Volume 6 chapter 5
- K-ON! Season 2 Episode 13: Post-Summer Greeting Card!
- "K-ON!" Movie
- "K-ON!" Volume 4 chapter 12
- "K-ON!" Volume 4 chapter 12