K-ON!! – 02
Oh my. Mio with her hair up in a ponytail is like a whole other dimension to her appeal that I never considered before. The whole glasses bit in the opening isn’t too shabby either, but that long ponytail is something else! I’m normally indifferent about ponytails altogether, but Mio doesn’t seem to look bad in any situation, even when she falls face first on stage and flashes some shimapan. Anyway, I can go on and on about Mio, but this episode actually involved the discovery of one of Sawa-chan’s old guitars in the club room.
Despite being somewhat moldy in its case, Sawa-chan suggests that they try to sell it to raise some club funds since she no longer needs it, nor the side of her that comes with it. After a value assessment at the music store, everyone’s shocked to find out that it’s worth 500,000 yen (~$5350 USD), making all the girls but Mugi give into greedy temptations. Now who would’ve thought that even the mighty Mio would fall to such levels, as the thought of upgrading her bass guitar got the best of her. As amusing as that was, it was just as funny seeing Mugi all sparkle-eyed as if she were a kid in a candy store, except she was actually at a home center/renovation store with her fascination over commoners out in full force. I can never get sick of that endearing side to Mugi, which is probably the next best thing about her character after her thick eyebrows.
Back to the greediness, I loved how it got the best of the girls, most notably Ritsu and her decision to tell Sawa-chan that the guitar only sold for 10,000 yen. Her attempt to swallow the transaction receipt before Sawako could see it was absolutely hilarious, but what amazed me was that even Azusa was celebrating over what she thought was a nice save by Ritsu. First Mio, now Azusa as well. The greed corruption spreads further, which is why I rather enjoyed seeing the receipt taken out of Ritsu’s mouth after a bit of convincing. What a let-down by the club leader to say the least, as all Ritsu had to do was swallow! (No perverse meaning intended.) Yui on the other hand is typical Yui for you, as she was merely content with getting lightly slapped by a wad of bills after they were all busted. It wasn’t quite Ui doing it to her, but she didn’t seem to mind much.
All in all, a funnier showing than the first episode, but still not quite “laugh until you cry” funny. This series never quite gets to that point I find, so I can’t really complain when we have all the silliness to compensate. I still feel kind of bad for Azusa though, as her new junior club member is just a turtle. Oh well, at least she seems receptive to Yui’s idea, even though she was way off the mark. Next episode, it looks like we’ll finally see some more of Ui in season two.
Update (04/15): Judging by the number of DVD/BD volumes that will be released (9), it looks like this second season of K-ON will be two cour long. i.e. 24-26 episodes plus 1-3 bonus DVD/BD-only episode(s)! Oh snap…