Just about everyone remembers this famous rice bowl from K-ON! It was probably the most talked about serving of food at least in this season, if not longer. You might be wondering why I bring this up weeks after the episode aired and everyone talked about it to death already.
Well, those that watched the episode know what this bowl of rice is meant to represent so I won’t bother repeating it. As a result of how big K-ON! is, it’s very possible that we’ll see this get referenced in other anime in the future. No surprise there but what happens when you watch a show that came out years before K-ON! was even just a manga?
Case in point, I am in the process of watching the Full Metal Panic franchise with my sister and we’re currently getting done with Full Metal Panic: Fumoffu. In the hot springs episode there’s a scene that involves rice bowls (as seen below):
As another series by Kyoto Animation, one might think there’s some connection between these rice bowls and the one from K-ON! except that it’s not possible – Fumoffu came out too long ago so there’s no connection. (Though thinking about using K-ON! as a reference makes for a very interesting interpretation.) So what I guess I’m saying is that it’s important to remember when and with what context was an anime made in because using the wrong context might give the viewer the wrong ideas.
And I’ll leave you with another not reference – Haruhi was not making a reference to Saki in the scene below.