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Azusa Nakano (中野なかの 梓あずさ Nakano Azusa), nicknamed "Azu-nyan" (あずにゃん) by Yui Hirasawa, is a student at Sakuragaoka High School. She decided to join the Light Music Club after seeing the band's performance in the school festival and thus became Ho-Kago Tea Time's rhythm guitarist. After the original Light Music Club members graduated, she re-founded the club and became its new president, as well as the main guitarist and main vocalist of her new band, Wakaba Girls.

Character

Azusa is a self-proclaimed novice guitarist who has been playing the guitar ever since the fourth grade because her parents are playing in a jazz band.[1] Despite her low self-esteem and modest attitude, she is extremely talented and superior to her senior Yui (who also plays guitar) in many ways.

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 let her went as far as having a rage attack or searching for other bands to join. Getting stimulated by her senior Mio Akiyama however removed her last doubts and she joined the club for real, although she still often nags about the club's low activities. When doing so, she can be quite cynical and judgmental.

Over the 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 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 under the aftermaths, like 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 and shy (like when Sawako brings in new costumes) and mostly, they are the only ones who are assiduous and anxious to move the band to practice.

Azusa is also very smart and structured. She once created a strict learning plan for Yui and also organized the graduation trip in London. She told Mio once that she loves planning things.

Although she mostly appears to be calm, she also has a eruptive nature and is easily snapped 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 can't stand being lonely. At the graduation of the original club members, she even went as far to beg them under tears to not graduate before her since she didn't want to be lonely, despite knowing her request was selfish and immature.

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 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 harshness and easily gets embarrassed when she is petted, hugged or otherwise teased by her. She also wears pigtails, a common sign of being tsundere.

Appearance

Azusa has long black hair, which she wears in pigtails, and 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 and has cat-like features. Azusa's skin is the same shade as the other girls, but she's sensitive to sunlight even with heaps of sunscreen on.

Attires

Pants over skirts. She likes to wear short pants more than other clothing types.

Sakuragaoka High School uniform

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Like all Sakuragaoka High School students, Azusa wears aschool 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, black stockings (sometimes long white socks) 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

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In "Listen!!", Azusa wears a white shirt with several red dots on it. She wears a two-colored skirt over light blue tights and beige shoes. Her hair is tied to a side ponytail.

"NO, Thank You!" Attire

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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 the logo pinned to her blazer, the plaid grey skirt and her shoes.
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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 to a ponytail.

"Singing" Attire

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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.
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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 hairband.

See also

Character Image Songs

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K-ON! Character Image Song Series Vol. 5: Azusa Nakano K-ON!! Character Image Songs: Azusa Nakano

References

  1. K-ON! Season 1 Episode 9: New Club Member!
  2. K-ON! Season 1 Episode 9: New Club Member!
  3. K-ON! Season 2 Episode 16: Upperclassmen!
  4. K-ON! Season 1 Episode 8: Freshman Reception!
  5. K-ON! Season 2 Episode 10: Teacher!
  6. "K-ON!" Volume 6 chapter 5
  7. K-ON! Season 2 Episode 13: Post-Summer Greeting Card!
  8. "K-ON!" Movie
  9. "K-ON!" Volume 4 chapter 12
  10. "K-ON!" Volume 4 chapter 12

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