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Summary
Yui is finally practicing! It’s not going too well though… her fingering is a bit carpal. Actually, it’s so bad, my arthritis started to act up. Mio busts in with unstoppable conviction and declares that since summer vacation is coming up, they need to go on a training camp to prepare for the all-important school festival.

Ooooh school festival…. where the sell a lot of food…

Ritsu wants to do a maid cafe. Wait, really? Ritsu’s stock just shot up in my book, now putting her somewhere between Ayano Minegishi and AIG. Yui yaps about something, but I’m too busy thinking about Mio in a maid costume to care. Mugi shows up on cue to quell the tension and eventually offer her summer villa (of course her family owns one). Did you know they’ve been together for three months now? Three months?! How long did it take Haruhi, like thirty minutes?

But whatever, cuz it’s bikini time. They hop on the train, and spy on Mugi talking in her sleep. Aghhh cuteness overload.

Turns out the villa is huge. Mugi, being the stuck up ojousama that she is, makes a passing mention that it was supposed to be a larger one, but they only let her have the smallest one. Clearly the manga was done before the economic crisis, because feats of lavishness like this one were the first to go. Makes me wonder what her real house looks like – we’ll most likely find out after the onsen ep and the temple visit ep.

The house is pretty stacked, it comes with fresh fruit and crazy marble beef in the fridge. And a practice room! Turns out the reason Mio is so amped to practice was cuz she heard the tape of the previous K-ON club, and they’re much better… Mio hates to lose! It’s just kinda hard when there’s a private beach right outside…

Naturally, Mio’s boobs are amazing, or at the very least, she has boobs, which is more than one can say about Yui or Ritsu… plus she’s wearing that awesome two piece. Chidori’s suit in Fumoffu was probably better, but this is pretty hot too.

Oh, right, they’re supposed to practice. Well, after dinner. And after you have a whole day at the beach and eat a fatty dinner, one is definitely in the mood to practice. After sleeping…

Mio and Mugi do their best to convince the two slackers to practice, but it’s not happening. I should point out that Mio is just wearing some normal t-shirt, but it’s just hanging loosely off her shoulders and it looks really hot. Along the say we also get some preview of Mio in a maid outfit. Does our resident gif maker want a stab at this one?

Cue a montage of Yui going buckwild on her guitar with fireworks going on behind her. Apparently these girls are more concerned with the appearance of a cool band rather than actually playing music. Which isn’t far from the truth given the stuff that Avex is constantly cramming down the hungry mob’s throats.

And then Yui busts out with some actual guitar techniques… Sugeeeeeee
 
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Thoughts
We all knew the beach ep was coming, but to see it done well was quite nice. The mood of eps 3 and 4 seems to have changed slightly from what we saw in the first two, opting to be more pleasant and low-key rather than the craziness of before. I reckon it’s due to the character that the particular ep focuses on – while the first two seemed to be more on Yui, this week seemed to be more about Mugi and Mio.

It’s a little weird to me how much Mio pimping is going on – I mean, I appreciate it – but it’s like, what if Tsuruya-san got way more screen time? Would she still be so popular, or does by showing her so much take away from what we can imagine her to be? Maybe it’s more like what To aru Majutsu no Index, where Index couldn’t even get screen time in a show named after her. Sorry Yui, you’re great, but Mio is just in a different league.

Yui’s sudden ascention into music genius was slightly odd too, as I expected more of a gradual transition – but then again, superpowers gained in anime are rarely a result of hard work, but rather a effort-inspired passion-filled blaze of luck. Which is probably why this one was weird – Yui just kinda started owning, after sucking for the whole time. Oh well, I’ll probably forget about it by the next ep when she is playing Malmstein.
 
Some more details about my current circumstances: I dropped Haruhi-chan and Nyoron, and will probably be at least a day late on this show from now on because I literally have no free time any more – my new job has me at work six days a week from about 8 in the morning to 9 at night. I’m still blogging K-ON! because it’s a full-length show that’s too awesome to not talk about, and I’m typing right now between water breaks, “I’m prepping for my next session”, and whenever I have time for lunch. So to everybody – I’m sorry, but paying the bills always takes prescedent. I enjoy my job very much, but it’s forced me to cut back on many things, such as blogging. I’ll still try to post K-ON! as soon as possible, but apologies if it’s late!

April 24, 2009 at 2:37 pm
63 comments »
  • April 24, 2009 at 2:43 pmeyelezz

    Keeps getting better and better

  • April 24, 2009 at 2:48 pmShibun

    too much mio is this episode >_>

  • April 24, 2009 at 2:53 pmZeD

    Hey, they are already in summer vacation, so Yui is learning to play guitar for some time now..
    It’s not odd that she’s getting better..

  • April 24, 2009 at 2:54 pmSyaoran Li

    Don’t worry man, you’re doing fine. Thanks for taking your time for us and for you.

    By the way, I don’t think Yui’s sudden ability came from nowhere. When Mio played the tape, Yui recognized the song, or at least, just like Nodame, the cords (after too much reading and playing them). So, I guess episode 3 did its purpose to Yui.

    Just as kurogane said “KyoAni are mio-fans themselves”

  • April 24, 2009 at 2:54 pmoutcast

    i also found it odd that Yui could play guitar so well. It really felt like it was missing a Rocky training montage

  • April 24, 2009 at 3:02 pmJay

    not enough Mio.

  • April 24, 2009 at 3:03 pmtehjonel

    THE MOE IS KILLING ME. lol.

  • April 24, 2009 at 3:11 pmZange

    MIO IS SO HOT. FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP

  • April 24, 2009 at 3:29 pmNosgoroth

    LOL, I did not expect that Yakitate reference.

  • April 24, 2009 at 3:32 pmoutcast

  • April 24, 2009 at 3:41 pmMaka

    OMFG Mio-chan is so kawaii

  • April 24, 2009 at 3:50 pmNaqel

    Mio steals the show. XD

  • April 24, 2009 at 3:52 pmSyaoran Li

    Yui could be called a genious for her talent, but I want to believe that the past three months, like Mio said, helped in her skills. Sure, she “forgot everything” after the test, but she already knew the cords and sounds, so… that’s not far from reality.

  • April 24, 2009 at 4:14 pmKaris

    I almost burst a gut when that voice in the boombox came out; hilarious. I wonder if that’s whats coming in the next episode?

  • April 24, 2009 at 4:25 pmbeeboobeeboo

    Yui can play the guitar well because her name is “Yui” :D

  • April 24, 2009 at 4:32 pmMinnie

    MIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! So cute. >///<

    http://heysayanime.kokidokom.net

  • April 24, 2009 at 4:45 pmROFLWAFFLELAWL

    I’m not so sure this episode was just one day. Maybe when Yui was playing it was towards the end of the Gassyuku ? Just a thought.

    MIO FOREVER

  • April 24, 2009 at 4:46 pmNo_Seas_Ridiculo

    Mio chupame el nabo

  • April 24, 2009 at 5:08 pmLoL

    Their first single will be SuperMiomassive Kawaiihole ^///^

  • April 24, 2009 at 5:16 pmCharlo

    I SOO need a Mio in my life. Someone I can pick on and who can boss me around. Sighs~

    I liked the “awkward” scene. It’s like foreshadowing, except a little more obvious. And I don’t really mind Yui suddenly getting better, because she did recognize the chords (like how you forget thing at the moment but with a reminder everything comes back). It adds to her character: airheaded but has those shining moments of amazing.

  • April 24, 2009 at 5:23 pmMeery

    Go Eyebrows-chan! Huzzah…

  • April 24, 2009 at 5:35 pmRaso

    god I love how they are foreshadowing the maid outfit for Mio(it will show up soon)

    Yui playing well so fast is kind of awkward but the manga shows her practicing alot more then the anime does.

  • April 24, 2009 at 6:35 pmyaayness

    mio is soo cute i luv her
    and i luv this show!! :D

  • April 24, 2009 at 6:55 pmbanzemanga

    No need to apologize jaalin. In Matter of fact, i am very thankful that you are still blogging.

  • April 24, 2009 at 6:59 pmChaosJJ

    That bury Yui in the sand art… Cowboy Bebop reference? The sentient satellite episode

  • April 24, 2009 at 7:14 pmLQY

    MiMmtD!

    (Mio is MOE me to Die!)

  • April 24, 2009 at 7:19 pmtrinity

    moe moe moe moe….lol i found that pretty funny in this episode either way :P

    i really really wanna see the band kick butt soon! so exciting ^-^

  • April 24, 2009 at 8:43 pmKyi

    Why is Mio so afraid of barnacles? Seems abit odd…

  • April 24, 2009 at 8:51 pmMeery

    The two comments prior to yours along with the practically all the Mio comments so far explains why Mio would be afraid of barnacles – and pretty much anything else. X_x

  • April 24, 2009 at 9:51 pmstarss

    If anyone didn’t like Mio before watching this……… my God. :D :D :D I think her tendency to be easily-scared is a bit extreme- it appears as if the creators simply tried to fit in as many mounds of awesome as possible into one character- but this episode really made me appreciate her more. Yui suddenly getting better out of nowhere IS awkward, but eh- I wonder how long they’ve been living in that villa!!

    I’m glad you took the extra time to write a full statement for why you dropped Haruhi-chan… even if it is basically what I predicted. With the DVDs coming out, I predict it’s nearing its end anyway.

  • April 24, 2009 at 10:20 pmewok

    MIO… droool… moe moe kyuuun!!!!

  • April 24, 2009 at 11:05 pmxie

    I reckon I can forgive you for allowing the real world to be your #1 as long as you continue to give screen caps.

  • April 24, 2009 at 11:33 pmSplash

    What exactly does “Moe” mean in relation to anime?

  • April 24, 2009 at 11:57 pmDuran

    Yeah KyoAni is jumping on the Mio bandwagon…. and is anyone suprised, look what happened in lucky star after Konata and Kagami got popular (especially Kagami), their screen time went up, Miyuki and Tsukasa’s went down; some folks fear a repeat of the same thing (But with Yui as the 2nd place and ‘partner’; as seen in this episode there’s minor hints that sent some folks into a panic)

    Though despite how much Mio’s figure is uplayed there isn’t too much of a dramatic gap between her and Tsumugi (Noticable gap between Miyuki and Kagami though)

    And I think the Jaalin’d know well since he covered LS In the past (I’m looking over the past posts to look up some stuff) And to answer Jaalin’s old question of why Miyuki started getting less screen time…. simple KyoAni was too busy as you now put it, pimping Kagami and Konata.

    Also there’s the overlooked fact that it’s 3 months since ep 1-2 in their world, so progress has been made (though Yui does have some talent backing her up)

  • April 24, 2009 at 11:59 pmEd

    Hey, just for your info, I’m a guitarist myself and played for nearly 3 years. But wow, the little solo she played during this episode was insane for the amount of time she played for. You need at least a year to two years (depending on how fast you learn) to play that. Hammer-ons, pull-offs, fast alternate picking bits and sweeps… but she doesn’t know vibrato!? Haha. Well its anime and I love K-ON so its fine.

    I was rather hoping a smooth trend of progression though, the jump in skill shocked me. But doesn’t anyone notice how she wasn’t shown while she was playing the song? Maybe a plot-twist next episode or something?

    I’m currently in the process of tabbing this song, I can pretty much play the first section, now tabbing the sweeps and the ending section.

  • April 25, 2009 at 1:53 amlelangir

    This episode FUKKEN SUCKED. Ask Kaioshin.

  • April 25, 2009 at 2:07 amAndrew

    Jebus, Work 6days a week to pay the bill ? sounds like 1 terribly paying job.

  • April 25, 2009 at 2:25 amjho

    great great episode
    and wow what kind of job forces you to be that busy?

  • April 25, 2009 at 2:43 ammy heart

    Mio is sooooooo hawt! (^w^)

  • April 25, 2009 at 3:03 amAndri

    YUI the singer just released a new PV, meanwhile the yui in this anime is…

  • April 25, 2009 at 3:13 amLalala

    Yeah~ Mio Mio Kyun~~~

    For those who haven’t read the manga

    Show Spoiler ▼

  • April 25, 2009 at 3:15 amrakkynon

    MOE MOE KYUN~

  • April 25, 2009 at 4:00 amtomtom

    well, no place for ritsu, yui and mugi fans here…each and every comment is going MIO~

    mio:”watashi mo iku !!!” mio is so MOÉ~

  • April 25, 2009 at 4:28 amWererat42

    Aren’t dirty smelly okatu the only people who use the word “moe”? This whole episode makes me think that Ritsu is turned into the ‘girl okatu can relate to’ character i.e. Konata.

  • April 25, 2009 at 5:03 amDuran

    Haruhi used moe as well…

    Tomtom; well that’s the way things go, if not Kagami fans going on and on about her it’s Mio fans. And I’ll tell you something funny: I will defend Mio herself; but I will take every pot shot I can at her fanboys.

  • April 25, 2009 at 5:08 amAndrea

    Mio is great :D

  • April 25, 2009 at 5:08 amBass

    To be fair to Yui, I recently started playing guitar a month and a half ago and I can play stairway to heaven, two metallica songs and countless others from start to finish already.

    All it takes is time and dedication and you can accomplish anything. She does seem to be fully into guitaring.

  • April 25, 2009 at 5:55 amshimathekat

    “Yeah KyoAni is jumping on the Mio bandwagon…” Good stuff. And as a Japanese resident, I swear I saw that train somewhere… I think it was in Tohoku, near Sendai? 2channers, where art thou!?

  • April 25, 2009 at 7:44 amNyte

    damn…after 4 episodes she can play the guitar better then me :o

  • April 25, 2009 at 9:15 amStory

    The maid costume fantasy scene, with Mio going, “Moe, moe~!”? Way to border on self-parody.

  • April 25, 2009 at 2:39 pmTenro

    whoah, obligatory beach episode this early??? at least they progressed the band storyline a little bit.

  • April 25, 2009 at 10:48 pmApathy

    Oh, Mio….

    I kinda’ imagined Kotomi-chan popping out of nowhere and running to Mio’s rescue from all the “bullying”…

  • April 26, 2009 at 12:09 amShin

    :D

    One of the better beach episodes of any anime, I think. Full of moe, cuteness, love and more moe.

  • April 26, 2009 at 1:09 amfuzzysnowpuffs

    I actually really like Yui a lot more compared to Mio. Maybe I’m just missing something.

  • April 26, 2009 at 3:04 amDuran

    @fuzzysnowpuffs

    Well it’s been Mio fandom composes of a some true fans, some who seems to like only her archetype and ‘more traditionally japanese or such’ appearence, and some who jump on the bandwagon due to her popularity

    I like them all equally; but if i must choose a favorite; Tsumugi.

  • April 26, 2009 at 3:56 amPH

    The part where Yui can suddenly play well actually isn’t all that weird…I mean it’s exaggerated for sure, but still.

    Basically, she just had an excellent (but latent) ear. There are many people who learn much better by ear than with sheet music or tabs. The thing they exaggerated on the most was her mechanical ability and technique on the guitar, but that’s forgivable as she definitely seemed to have been practicing quite often on it. So Yui can basically be said to have learned a decent amount of technique, but can’t seem to learn anything because she can’t remember anything she reads or anything someone shows her…but by ear, it’s a whole ‘nother thing altogether.

    So…it’s not quite like a super power suddenly awoke.

  • April 26, 2009 at 4:26 amMoemoeKyun

    MOE MOE FUCKING KYUN

  • April 26, 2009 at 7:18 amVisigoth

    Moe moe Kyun~~

  • April 26, 2009 at 11:44 ambloodread

    Absolute MIOness!!!

    She’s ranking #1 on cuteness and hotness for me… XD

    MIO FOREVER!!!

  • April 27, 2009 at 11:01 pmEclipse

    Regarding that lick that Yui played that everyone is talking about… it was the same lick that was played in the recording they listened to, so it’s likely that she has a really fantastic ear and pitch/rhythm memory. This is a skill that doesn’t require knowledge of how to read music (or play X and Y chords rofl). So yeah. It’s still really impressive given how long she’s played guitar. But it’s completely feasible given that she has a great natural ear.

  • April 28, 2009 at 9:05 amvinson

    Mio is so KAWAII

  • April 28, 2009 at 11:43 amlinnah-chan

    screencaptions is uber lol! especially super saiyan, mio note!, and yakitate. xD

  • July 1, 2009 at 3:51 pmKeiki

    Hi. Things are only impossible until they’re not.
    I am from Eritrea and also now teach English, give please true I wrote the following sentence: “The bite of a single flea can cause hours and days of.”

    Thank you very much ;-). Keiki.