K-On! (WBC version) (Johnsonverse)

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Voice cast

  • Stephanie Sheh as Yui Hirasawa
  • Cristina Valenzuela as Mio Akiyama
  • Cassandra Lee Morris as Ritsu Tainaka
  • Shelby Lindley as Tsumugi "Mugi" Kotobuki
  • Christine Marie Cabanos as Azusa Nakano
  • Xanthe Huynh as Ui Hirasawa
  • Michelle Ann Dunphy as Jun Suzuki
  • Laura Bailey as Nodoka Manabe
  • Karen Strassman as Sawako Yamanaka
  • Colleen O'Shaughnessey as Sumire Saitō
  • Michelle Ruff as Nao Okuda
  • Tim Johnson as Fuyuki Hinata

Changes

Because this version is part of the Johnson Aligned Universe, there are several changes from the original anime:

  • Before the series aired, it was stated at a convention that the popular ships of Ritsu/Mio and Yui/Azusa would be canon and on full display, and also stated they would "see where Mugi's love life goes, though she'll probably be the token heterosexual of the club".
  • Mugi always goes by her nickname rather than "Tsumugi".
  • A notable addition is the main characters gaining the ability to change their voices to sound like anyone, living or dead; it is explained that this is a side-effect of the alien energy released upon Mogu's death in 1976, the sole exception being Yui who, along with Ui, have it as an innate ability said to be hereditary to the Hirasawa bloodline. This was done in order to avoid having to use the Japanese recordings of Ho-kago Tea Time's songs or have their English voice actresses re-record the songs (as among the main voice cast, only Shelby Lindley, the voice of Mugi, is a singer), a move that also changed HTT into a cover band and paved the way for their introduction to Japanese States ShowBiz Pizza Place locations in 2016.
  • Sumire Saitō (Colleen O'Shaughnessey) and Nao Okuda (Michelle Ruff) are added as middle school students.
  • Other changes include moving Sakuragaoka High School to the Tokyo area to allow the characters to interact with the rest of the JAU characters, changing the school from an all-girls school to a conventional, bi-gender school, and drastically changing the backstory of Ritsu and Mio's relationship in a decidedly dark yet heartwarming direction, which in turn changed Ritsu's personality somewhat.

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