K-ON! – 09
Semi-new OP Sequence
“Hey guys, the band just scored a new member, but we don’t have enough money to re-do an entirely new OP which already features a huge amount of recycled animation… so how about we just splice her in using the least amount of effort possible? Oh, and while we’re at it, let’s cover up Ritsu’s huge forehead with Azusa’s guitar.”
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“I’m Azusa, I’d like to join your club.”
In all seriousness, there wasn’t much story to speak of in this episode, more like an Azusa exhibition. Turns out she plays guitar, and is damn good too, which puts some pressure on “Yui-senpai” to step up her game. Except her game consists of 5% skill, 15% talent, and 80% delicious cake juice. Being cute is a state of mind – it can’t be learned, it can’t be manufactured – true moe just is… Azusa has that in bunches. And she can play guitar, which makes her that much more awesome.
Speaking of cake, you’d think a kawaii chibi like Azusa would be a cake-inhaling monster, but apparently she’s only there for the music. Which gets her pretty pissed off, cuz she wants to practice while everyone (sensei included) is too busy wolfing down the latest Mugi confectionaries. Well, they all know Azusa is right, so they try their hardest to practice. But they have to finish their cake first.
Azusa eventually falls into the cake-on club’s honey trap, which only means they can push a bit further now… sensei has just the thing for the job… nekomimi! Apparently her round head is lacking some cute ears. Or rabbit ears, like mahjong demon Amae Koromo, which has been getting hyped up for the past three eps, but we all know she’s just gonna end up losing to Saki after some godly dora dora dora dora move.
Still, Azusa is getting pretty frustrated with the lack of music in the cake-on club (Azusa knows your pain!), but the girls realize she’s important to have around, so they start feeding her ice cream and taiyaki. Single guys: if you want to pick up an underage anime chick, offer her cute edible things like cake, ice cream, and taiyaki. And princess crepes. Works every time.
Is Azusa going to stay in the club? Turns out that live performance really moved her – and even though every other band in existence has more skill than the K-ON band, she didn’t feel the same emotional connection with it. Ah, playing in a band isn’t just about the music, it’s about having fun playing with your bandmates. Which is what this show is all about, apparently. Kind of a cop-out, if you ask me – you could use this premise for just about anything involving a group activity.
Oh well, Azusa is cute, all is forgiven.
Up next on K-ON!: I wonder if there’s more marble beef in the fridge
Given Azusa’s character design, I was half expecting her to be this little fiery ball of tsundere, and while she did show some fire and plenty of popped veins, for the most part she was a real quiet and obedient freshman. Introducing a new character this late in the show is usually to revitalize character interactions and freshen up the dynamics, and I’m not sure that was achieved. Kinda like how she was just haphazardly thrown into the semi-new OP sequence, her character was just oddly thrown into this lion’s nest of time wasting and cake eating, and it kinda felt awkward the whole way. That said, that was probably the whole point, as often when making new friends, it takes a few weeks to have the same rhythm and pace in conversation. In the meantime, she’s cute, and makes Yui make cute flustered faces, and gives Mugi a lot of yuri fodder, so it’s fine.
Of course, I’m probably just overthinking what is otherwise a mindless show about girls doing mindless things. Speaking of which, you guys read that new Focal Point by Natron-e? That dude spends way more time thinking about this trivial stuff than I do, but he makes it sound so much more interesting. Ah, Random Curiosity indeed. Except my curiosities usually take me in the direction of perverse fetishes of random body parts on anime girls. I’m still gathering shots for my big hand fetish post, so look forward to that.
Next week looks like they’re going back to Mugi’s villa for another training camp, this time with their newly minted pet/toy/guitarist. One has to wonder if Azusa will get them to finally get some good practice in, or if she’ll just end up pulling a Mio and have more fun than everyone else. Is she gonna show up in a sukumizu?