Story Timeline

Because the story is continuous and specific dates are mentioned several times throughout the chapters (e.g. the date of seniors’ graduation: March 1, 2010), the timeline for the entire series can be reconstructed with reasonable precision. Publicly available information about dates (public holidays, start/end of school terms in Japan, etc) was used to narrow down the time of specific chapters where applicable.

# Chapter / Publication Story time Brief summary
1
Volume 1 Chapter 0 (special)
Volume 1 tankoubon (May 11, 2008)
April 2007
Tainaka Ritsu convinces Akiyama Mio and Kotobuki Tsumugi to join the Light Music club. First appearance of Yamanaka Sawako-sensei.
2
Volume 1 Chapter 1
Manga Time Kirara 2007-05 (Apr 9, 2007)
April 2007
Hirasawa Yui joins the club. First appearance of Manabe Nodoka.
3
Volume 1 Chapter 2
Manga Time Kirara 2007-06 (May 9, 2007)
Spring 2007
Yui buys her guitar. First appearance of Hirasawa Ui.
4
Volume 1 Chapter 3
Manga Time Kirara 2007-07 (Jun 9, 2007)
Spring 2007
Yui begins to learn how to play guitar.
5
Volume 1 Chapter 4
Manga Time Kirara 2007-08 (Jul 9, 2007)
Spring 2007
Yui fails mid-term test. The girls come to Yui’s house to help her study for the make-up test.
6
Volume 1 Chapter 5
Manga Time Kirara 2007-09 (Aug 9, 2007)
Summer 2007
The girls are having summer training camp at one of Mugi’s villas.
7
Volume 1 Chapter 6
Manga Time Kirara 2007-10 (Sep 9, 2007)
Autumn 2007
Sawako ends up becoming the club advisor.
8
Volume 1 Chapter 7
Manga Time Kirara 2007-11 (Oct 9, 2007)
Autumn 2007
The girls are getting ready for the school festival. Mio writes the lyrics for Fuwa-Fuwa Time (Light and Fluffy Time). First mention of MugiVision.
9
Volume 1 Chapter 8
Manga Time Kirara 2007-12 (Nov 9, 2007)
Autumn 2007
School Festival. Fuwa-Fuwa Time is performed for the first time. Mio has an “accident” on stage after the performance.
10
Volume 1 Chapter 9
Manga Time Kirara 2008-01 (Dec 9, 2007)
December 2007, Dec 24, 2007 Christmas party at Yui’s house.
11
Volume 1 Chapter 10
Manga Time Kirara 2008-02 (Jan 9, 2008)
Jan 4, 2008 First shrine visit of the New Year.
12
Volume 1 Chapter 11
Manga Time Kirara 2008-03 (Feb 9, 2008)
Winter 2008 The club faces disbandment unless it can show some tangible results of its activities, such as increase in membership.
13
Volume 1 Chapter 12
Manga Time Kirara 2008-04 (Mar 9, 2008)
March 2008 End-of-term exams. Overnight practice in the club room.
14
Volume 1 Chapter 13
Manga Time Kirara Carat 2008-04 (Feb 28, 2008)
March 2008 Prospective new members come to observe the Light Music club activities. First appearance of Suzuki Jun.
15
Volume 2 Chapter 0 (special)
Volume 2 tankoubon (Mar 13, 2009)
April 2008 The girls are recording introduction video for the club. First appearance of Nakano Azusa.
16
Volume 2 Chapter 1
Manga Time Kirara 2008-05 (Apr 9, 2008)
April 2008 Welcoming concert for the new students. Azusa comes to join the club.
17
Volume 2 Chapter 2
Manga Time Kirara 2008-06 (May 9, 2008)
April 2008 Azusa sees what the club is really all about and snaps.
18
Volume 2 Chapter 3
Manga Time Kirara 2008-07 (Jun 9, 2008)
Spring 2008 Sawako brings nekomimi to the club. Yui gives Azusa a nickname.
19
Volume 2 Chapter 4
Manga Time Kirara Carat 2008-08 (Jun 28, 2008)
Spring 2008 Azusa teaches Yui guitar and gradually begins to accept the ways of the club.
20
Volume 2 Chapter 5
Manga Time Kirara 2008-08 (Jul 9, 2008)
Summer 2008 Yui and Ritsu study for the end-of-term exams.
21
Volume 2 Chapter 6
Manga Time Kirara 2008-09 (Aug 9, 2008)
Summer 2008 Second-year training camp.
22
Volume 2 Chapter 7
Manga Time Kirara Carat 2008-10 (Aug 28, 2008)
Summer 2008 Ui and Azusa go out.
23
Volume 2 Chapter 8
Manga Time Kirara 2008-10 (Sep 9, 2008)
September 2008 New term begins. Yui’s guitar is taken to the music store for maintenance.
24
Volume 2 Chapter 9
Manga Time Kirara 2008-11 (Oct 9, 2008)
Autumn 2008 Sawako comes up with the band name. Girls pick stage costumes for the school festival.
25
Volume 2 Chapter 10
Manga Time Kirara Carat 2008-12 (Oct 28, 2008)
Autumn 2008 Yui catches a cold. Ui comes to the club pretending to be Yui.
26
Volume 2 Chapter 11
Manga Time Kirara 2008-12 (Nov 9, 2008)
Autumn 2008 Second-year school festival.
27
Volume 2 Chapter 12
Manga Time Kirara 2009-01 (Dec 9, 2008)
Winter 2008 End-of-term exams. First appearance of Horikomi-sensei.
28
Volume 2 Chapter 13
Manga Time Kirara Carat 2009-02 (Dec 28, 2008)
Dec 22, 2008, Dec 31, 2008 End-of-year party at Yui’s house.
29
Volume 2 Chapter 14 (special)
Free booklet “Hajimete No Keion!” (“K-ON! Begins”) (Dec 28, 2008, C75)
??? The girls talk about upcoming anime adaptation of the manga and come up with signatures for autographs.
30
Volume 3 Chapter 0 (special)
Volume 3 tankoubon (Jan 2, 2010)
First week of Jan, 2009 First shrine visit of the new year.
31
Volume 3 Chapter 1
Manga Time Kirara 2009-02 (Jan 9, 2009)
January 2009 Special training session for Mio to help her overcome her stage fright.
32
Volume 3 Chapter 2
Manga Time Kirara 2009-03 (Feb 9, 2009)
February 2009 Mio is being stalked. First appearance of Sokabe Megumi.
33
Volume 3 Chapter 3
Manga Time Kirara Carat 2009-04 (Feb 28, 2009)
February 2009 Azusa’s Valentine’s Day.
34
Volume 3 Chapter 4
Manga Time Kirara 2009-04 (Mar 9, 2009)
March 2009 Spring cleaning in the club room. The girls sell Sawako’s old guitar.
35
Volume 3 Chapter 5
Manga Time Kirara 2009-05 (Apr 9, 2009)
April 2009 School year starts. New student welcoming concert.
36
Volume 3 Chapter 6
Manga Time Kirara Carat 2009-06 (Apr 28, 2009)
Spring 2009 The seniors are choosing universities to go to. Mugi’s and Nodoka’s choices are revealed.
37
Volume 3 Chapter 7
Manga Time Kirara 2009-06 (May 9, 2009)
Spring 2009 School trip to Kyoto.
38
Volume 3 Chapter 8
Manga Time Kirara 2009-07 (Jun 9, 2009)
June 2009 Rainy season. Mio’s bass and Azusa’s guitar get their names.
39
Volume 3 Chapter 9
Manga Time Kirara 2009-08 (Jul 9, 2009)
Summer 2009 The girls are trying to get an air conditioner installed in their club room.
40
Volume 3 Chapter 10
Manga Time Kirara Carat 2009-09 (Jul 28, 2009)
Summer 2009 Ritsu and Mugi go out.
41
Volume 3 Chapter 11
Manga Time Kirara 2009-09 (Aug 9, 2009)
Summer 2009 Sawako takes the girls to an outdoor music festival.
42
Volume 3 Chapter 12
Manga Time Kirara Carat 2009-10 (Aug 28, 2009)
Summer 2009 Azusa, Ui, and Jun spend a day at the pool. Jun promises to join the club next year.
43
Volume 3 Chapter 13 (special)
Manga Time Kirara Forward 2009-08 (Jun 24, 2009)
Sometime during 2008-09. Mio and Ritsu talk about the beginning of their friendship.
44
Volume 4 Chapter 0 (special)
Volume 4 tankoubon (Oct 12, 2010)
Summer 2009 The girls hang out at Mio’s house. Makeover/Impersonation contest.
45
Volume 4 Chapter 1
Manga Time Kirara 2009-10 (Sep 9, 2009)
September 2009 The girls write lyrics for the new songs. Ui catches a cold. Yui writes “Gohan wa Okazu” (Rice Is A Side-Dish) and “U&I”.
46
Volume 4 Chapter 2
Manga Time Kirara 2009-11 (Oct 9, 2009)
Autumn 2009 “Romeo and Juliet” is chosen for the seniors’ class school festival performance. Mio and Ritsu practice their parts.
47
Volume 4 Chapter 3
Manga Time Kirara 2009-12 (Nov 9, 2009)
Autumn 2009 School festival: play and concert. Sawako makes T-shirts for the band.
48
Volume 4 Chapter 4
Manga Time Kirara 2010-01 (Dec 9, 2009)
Nov-Dec 2009 The seniors begin to study for the entrance exams.Yui, Ritsu, and Mio decide to go to the same women’s university as Mugi.
49
Volume 4 Chapter 5
Manga Time Kirara 2010-02 (Jan 9, 2010)
December 2009 Azusa spends time alone with Mugi in the club room.
50
Volume 4 Chapter 6
Manga Time Kirara 2010-03 (Feb 9, 2010)
December 2009 Sawako catches a cold and the girls visit her at home.
51
Volume 4 Chapter 7
Manga Time Kirara 2010-04 (Mar 9, 2010)
December 2009 The seniors are taking mock entrance exams.
52
Volume 4 Chapter 8
Manga Time Kirara 2010-05 (Apr 9, 2010)
December 2009 Mio thinks that Ritsu has a boyfriend. Sokabe Megumi is revealed to be a student of the same women’s university the girls want to go to.
53
Volume 4 Chapter 9
Manga Time Kirara 2010-06 (May 9, 2010)
December 2009, Dec 24, 2009 The juniors prepare a (surprise) Christmas party for the seniors in the club room.
54
Volume 4 Chapter 10
Manga Time Kirara 2010-07 (Jun 9, 2010)
Dec 31, 2009 The girls gather at Yui’s house for a study session.
55
Volume 4 Chapter 11
Manga Time Kirara 2010-08 (Jul 9, 2010)
January 2010 The seniors go to take their entrance exams. First appearance of Yui’s and Ui’s parents.
56
Volume 4 Chapter 12
Manga Time Kirara 2010-09 (Aug 9, 2010)
February 2010, Feb 14, 2010 The juniors are preparing Valentine’s Day sweets. Seniors’ entrance exams results are revealed on Valentine’s Day.
57
Volume 4 Chapter 13
Manga Time Kirara 2010-10 (Sep 9, 2010)
March 1, 2010 The seniors graduate. Everybody gathers in the club room for the last time. After the seniors leave, Ui and Jun come to join the club.
58
Volume 5 Chapter 0 (special)
Volume 5 tankoubon (Oct 12, 2012)
April 2010 Morning of the university entrance ceremony. First appearance of Wada Akira, Yoshida Ayame, and Hayashi Sachi.
59
Volume 5 Chapter 1
Manga Time Kirara 2011-05 (Apr 9, 2011)
April 2010 University entrance ceremony and club recruitment.
60
Volume 5 Chapter 2
Manga Time Kirara Carat 2011-06 (Apr 28, 2011)
April 2010 Azusa and Ui try to change their look. The girls come to the club room for the first time in the new school year. First appearance of Saitou Sumire.
61
Volume 5 Chapter 3
Manga Time Kirara 2011-06 (May 9, 2011)
April 2010, Apr 18, 2010 First visit to the university’s Light Music Club. Afterschool Teatime and Gang Of Girls perform at the welcome party. First mention of Akira’s guitar’s name. First appearance of Yoshii Kana (club president) and Hitose Chiyo.
62
Volume 5 Chapter 4
Manga Time Kirara Carat 2011-07 (May 28, 2011)
April 2010 Azusa performs solo at the welcoming concert. Sumire is persuaded to join the club. First appearance of Okuda Nao.
63
Volume 5 Chapter 5
Manga Time Kirara 2011-07 (Jun 9, 2011)
Spring 2010 The girls make new friends, schedule their practice time at the club and learn about the membership fee.
64
Volume 5 Chapter 6
Manga Time Kirara Carat 2011-08 (Jun 28, 2011)
Spring 2010 The girls decide on the parts and come to the music store to buy instrument for the new members.
65
Volume 5 Chapter 7
Manga Time Kirara 2011-08 (Jul 9, 2011)
Spring 2010 Everybody gets a part-time job. Mugi spends time with Akira&Co.
66
Volume 5 Chapter 8
Manga Time Kirara Carat 2011-09 (Jul 28, 2011)
Spring 2010 Ui becomes the guitarist. Sumire becomes the drummer. Nao almost leaves the club, but in the end finds a role for herself.
67
Volume 5 Chapter 9
Manga Time Kirara 2011-09 (Aug 9, 2011)
Spring 2010 A glimpse into Akira’s high school days and the reasons behind her appearance.
68
Volume 5 Chapter 10
Manga Time Kirara Carat 2011-10 (Aug 28, 2011)
Spring 2010 The girls talk about siblings and later run into Jun who appears to be on a date. Sawako comes up with a name for Azusa’s new band.
69
Volume 5 Chapter 11
Manga Time Kirara 2011-10 (Sep 9, 2011)
Spring 2010 Yui’s personality suddenly changes. Club president proposes a contest between Afterschool Teatime and Gang Of Girls during the culture festival.
70
Volume 5 Chapter 12
Manga Time Kirara Carat 2011-11 (Sep 28, 2011)
Spring 2010 Azusa, Ui, and Jun go on a field trip to Kyoto. Juniors stay behind with Sawako.
71
Volume 5 Chapter 13
Manga Time Kirara 2011-11 (Oct 9, 2011)
Spring 2010 Mio and Ritsu spend time with Sachi and Ayame.
72
Volume 6 Chapter 0 (special)
Volume 6 tankoubon (Nov 11, 2012)
Spring Break 2010 The juniors hang out at a cafe after supplementary classes. Jun gives a bit of pep talk to Azusa and Ui.
73
Volume 6 Chapter 1
Manga Time Kirara Carat 2011-12 (Oct 28, 2011)
June 2010 Nao tries to discover Ui’s weaknesses.
74
Volume 6 Chapter 2
Manga Time Kirara 2011-12 (Nov 9, 2011)
Spring-Summer 2010 The girls talk about a legendary band that was once a part of the club. Mio accidentally discovers the senpais’ secret.
75
Volume 6 Chapter 3
Manga Time Kirara Carat 2012-02 (Dec 28, 2011)
June 2010 Relationship between Sumire and Mugi is revealed. Sumire provides a glimpse into their childhood together and the reasons behind some of Mugi’s personality traits. Sawako explains why Sumire ended up in the Light Music Club.
76
Volume 6 Chapter 4
Manga Time Kirara 2012-02 (Jan 9, 2012)
Summer 2010 Akira teaches Yui guitar terms. Ritsu seems troubled. Mio worries about her and tries to help.
77
Volume 6 Chapter 5
Manga Time Kirara Carat 2012-03 (Jan 28, 2012)
Summer 2010 The training camp is held at the largest of Mugi’s villas. Nao writes “Answer”. Azusa becomes the vocalist.
78
Volume 6 Chapter 6
Manga Time Kirara 2012-03 (Feb 9, 2012)
Summer 2010 The training camp for the JWU Light Music Club is held at a mountain inn. Club President Kana makes members of different bands team up for the duration of the camp and give a performance on the last day.
79
Volume 6 Chapter 7
Manga Time Kirara Carat 2012-04 (Feb 28, 2012)
Summer 2010 Azusa, Ui, and Jun come to school for the supplementary classes. Jun tells a rumor about a ghost in the music room.
80
Volume 6 Chapter 8
Manga Time Kirara 2012-04 (Mar 9, 2012)
Summer 2010 Yui comes home during summer break and meets Nodoka, who has a decision to make.
81
Volume 6 Chapter 9
Manga Time Kirara Carat 2012-05 (Mar 28, 2012)
September 2010 Girls begin to prepare for the school festival. Azusa spends time with the juniors.
82
Volume 6 Chapter 10
Manga Time Kirara 2012-06 (May 9, 2012)
September 2010 Ritsu, Mio, Mugi, Ayame, and Sachi skip classes to chat. Yui and Akira stay after classes to make the club sign for the festival.
83
Volume 6 Chapter 11
Manga Time Kirara Carat 2012-07 (May 28, 2012)
September-October 2010 The girls are rehearsing the song Nao wrote for the festival. Sumire is worried that she cannot play her part correctly. In an attempt to cheer her up, Nao brings Sumire home for a sleepover. First appearance of Nao’s mother and brothers.
84
Volume 6 Chapter 12 (University Grand Finale)
Manga Time Kirara 2012-07 (June 9, 2012)
October 23-24, 2010 Day of the festival. Yui (with Sawako’s help) secretly made T-shirts for the band. Afterschool Teatime and Gang of Girls have a band showdown as part of the Light Music Club concert. Gang of Girls wins based on the audience vote. After the concert Maeda appears. He works for a record company now and invites Akira to their office. Akira confesses her feelings to him and gets rejected because of her haircut. To everyone’s surprise, Akira refuses to give up on him and decides to stay in the university and grow her hair. She also tells Yui that the competition between them is not over.
85
Volume 6 Chapter 13 (High School Grand Finale)
Manga Time Kirara Carat 2012-08 (June 28, 2012)
October-November 2010 (possibly November 3, 2010) Day of the school festival. Sawako sets up professional mixing equipment provided by a “powerful supporter”, so that Nao can mix live during the band’s performance. Azusa loses confidence in her singing ability for a moment, but Sumire manages to cheer her up. Fresh Leaf Girls performance is a success, but during the encore Azusa decides to play “Fuwa-Fuwa Time” (which they never rehearsed) with mixed results. After the concert the juniors thank the seniors for all their help. Azusa tells the juniors that they will continue to help them even after officially leaving the club.

19 comments for “Story Timeline

  1. Jomelnelyna
    24 January 2012 at 4:04

    Thank you for all the hard work you have put into! ^^ I am eternally grateful for the translations you have done.

  2. this1neguy
    18 January 2012 at 22:04

    It would be awesome if each of these linked to the blog post for that chapter, since there are enough total posts that hitting “older” to get back to earlier posts is somewhat of a tedious affair. Just a thought for your consideration.

    • shinkage
      19 January 2012 at 0:33

      This is meant as a reference page, not as a main landing page for the whole site.

  3. Madotsuki
    8 January 2012 at 12:05

    This is great, thank you! Links to the readable chapters (at least the ones scanlated here) would be lovely as well.

    • Madotsuki
      8 January 2012 at 12:08

      Oh, and may be asking too much, but info on the corresponding anime episode would be amazing!

  4. Sparanda
    3 January 2012 at 9:23

    Volume 3 Chapter typo. Yu should be Yui.

    Thanks for this timeline.

    • shinkage
      4 January 2012 at 0:08

      Did you mean vol. 4 ch. 10? If so, it’s fixed now, thanks.

      • Sparanda
        10 January 2012 at 11:24

        Yes I did. Sorry and thanks for the fix.

  5. Nutbar
    2 January 2012 at 7:51

    I love it! This timeline is perfect for finding those little moments in the manga that I like to re-read because they make me laugh, but always take me ages to find (just the other day I was looking for Ritsu & Mugi’s day out, v3 c10).

    Just a suggestion and not that relevant to a scanlation site, but it would be cool if this timeline could be expanded to include the anime as well – to show the episodes that each chapter was animated as.

  6. djwhack03
    2 January 2012 at 7:22

    Great post. The only inconsistency I think there is is Volume 3 Chap 2, the first appearance of Sokabe Megumi. While the anime makes it very clear that this scene was a flashback to their first year, I think this is still the case in the manga as we do not see Azusa in a single frame in this chapter.

    • shinkage
      2 January 2012 at 23:46

      So what exactly is the inconsistency in my description?

      It is not a flashback in the manga because in the end of the chapter Nodoka is revealed to be the student council president and Megumi is about to graduate. Assuming Megumi graduated on Mar 1, 2009, the events of the chapter happen sometime in Feb 2009. Azusa is at the end of her first year and she’s been in the club for almost a year at that point.

      BTW KyoAni messed up big time with the whole “flashback to the 1st year” thing in ep.7 of season 2: if the “Mio’s stalker case” was at the end of their 1st year before Azusa joined, then Megumi graduated before their 2nd year began, but then how could the girls (Azusa included) be begging Megumi in the student council room to let them go on stage during the 2nd year’s school festival (at the end of ep.11 of season 1)? Also, Megumi is wearing green ribbon in season 1 which makes her 1 year their senior (consistent with the manga) but then in season 2 she has red ribbon (2 year senior, inconsistent with both the manga and season 1). So I wouldn’t use the anime as a reference.

  7. Tanegashima
    2 January 2012 at 6:19

    14: Volume 1 Chapter 13 from “Manga Time Kirara Carat 2008-04”.
    http://www.dokidokivisual.com/magazine/carat/book/index.php?mid=57

    29: Volume 2 Chapter 14 from “?????????????????!?”
    http://blog.livedoor.jp/geek/archives/50789223.html

    • shinkage
      2 January 2012 at 23:56

      Thanks for the info! Updated.

      • Tanegashima
        3 January 2012 at 6:59

        You’re welcome 🙂

        *?”Hajimete No Keion!” was distributed in Comic Market 75 (Dec 28, 2008).

        • shinkage
          4 January 2012 at 0:12

          Oops. Fixed.

  8. TheMayan
    2 January 2012 at 5:23

    Wow! A thousand internets for the effort!

    It would look good as an infographic too! ^^,

  9. iloveazusa
    2 January 2012 at 5:02

    ooo, thank you very much for this =D

  10. ishteru
    2 January 2012 at 2:11

    #75 Migi typo.
    Also thanks for the timeline.

    • shinkage
      2 January 2012 at 23:29

      Thanks! Fixed.

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