K-ON! – 13 (END)
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It’s cold as shit on a particular day in winter, and what a great time to jump back into the lives of these very moody and temperature-dependent K-ON girls. Well, I’m pretty temperature-dependent too – if it’s cold, I stay inside and put on a sweater while I have instant noodles while watching anime; if it’s warm, I stay inside and put on a sleeveless while I have a cold MGD while watching anime. I dread the day I have to figure out what to do when it’s not too cold nor too hot.
At any rate, none of them feel like doing anything, with the exception of Yui, who suggests they all get together and have hot pot. Which is actually a damn good idea, because hot pot tastes good, warms you up, is highly social, and follows the moe canon quite well cuz you can throw whatever cute shit into it, as demonstrated by that slow senpai in Da Capo, and allows for some interesting Kung Fu Panda chopstick battles as they never seem to buy enough meat. Protip: buy like 10 trays of meat. Preferably the thin-slice type with a ton of fat on it. Lamb, beef, pork, and get some chunks of chicken. It’ll cost like 80 bucks, but fkin A that shit tastes good. To save on the grocery price, host the event at your apartment and tell other people what to buy. *strikes captain morgan pose*
So anyways, this episode is about… well, nothing. Or rather, what they aren’t doing. In a sense this was probably the most realistic episode of the entire series, because it honed in on each of the girls’ personal time, and it was boring as shit. I’m not going to claim to speak for the rest of you, but compared to starting my own rock band in high school, making fire and lightning come out of my mahjong tiles, and transmuting my arm in a split second to slice an incoming projectile, my life is boring as shit too. But that’s just me.
Some more details regarding their boring as shit days: Ritsu gets a cryptic love letter in the mail, which gets her in that introverted Kagami mood where she’s thinking about her appearance, who it could be, etc. She later finds out that Mio wrote it as lyrics to a new song. Mio goes to the ocean to find inspiration for some new song, which is like some cool and otona-poi thing to do I suppose. Azu-nyan has to babysit her ugly friend’s cat, but she freaks out when the cat coughs up a hairball. Mugi goes and gets a job at Wacdonalds, which she messes up bigtime by… spilling a drink. OHNOES! And Yui goes grocery shopping with Ui.
And that’s a wrap.
Replacing K-ON!’s broadcast time: Taishou Yakyuu Musume.
I’ve been pretty damn sick the past few days so my cynicism level is at an all time high, so suffice to say I thought this episode was an epic waste of time, as evidenced by the lack of screenshots. It almost seems like one of those DVD-only “deleted scenes” episodes made up of parts that were cut out because they were an epic waste of time, but because they needed something to fulfill their contractual agreement of 13 eps, they released it anyways.
In other news, Michael Jackson died today. That sucks. I don’t even care about all that stuff with the kids, mainly because to some extent, the collective anime and manga world is guilty of what Jacko has been accused of. Anyways, the dude put out some of the best music ever, and to this day I have not seen a dancer who could move with the swagger and precision of the King himself.
And in other news, Farrah Fawcett died today too. That sucks, but we saw it coming – she had been fighting a losing battle with cancer, and did a lot to boost awareness in her final years.
And finally, K-ON ended today. That, however, doesn’t suck – I’m almost cheering at this point, cuz after the massive euphoria that was the first couple eps, it’s just been a downhill tumble into the depths of moe abuse, plot repetition, lack of variety, uninspired narrative… the list goes on. The one bright spot remained the music, which unfortunately wasn’t given as much attention as it should have gotten. I’ll leave it to the fans of the show to defend it in the comments, so do what you will.
Looking ahead: Some people asked (actually I think it was only one) what show I’ll be picking up for summer season – there’s a few 4-koma series but they all look like huge yawners, and while my initial thought was to pick up the moe baseball show that’s replacing K-ON, that little preview at the end of this episode totally turned me off to it. Luckily, it seems like Saki is getting 26 episodes as opposed to the 13 that was initially reported, so starting this Sunday, I’ll be blogging Saki. Do understand that I know nothing about mahjong, so it will probably sound something like “Saki lays down tile with seven dots with great vengeance and furious anger as her slack-jawed opponents look on helplessly. Riichi! Kong! Rinshian tsumo dora dora! 2000/4000 desu! Pan out, the crowd goes wild! KugiRie takes another bite of her taco!” If you would like to express your displeasure at my choosing to blog a show that I enjoy very much, I’d like to offer you some of my cockmeat tacos. If you would like to help me better understand what’s going on in the mahjong side of things in the comments section of each post, I welcome your help and would greatly appreciate it.