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「修学旅行」 (Shuugaku Ryokou)
“Field Trip”

Much like I’ve always suspected, the quiet ones are usually the wildest in bed. This of course is in reference to Mugi, who doesn’t hesitate when she’s alone in a room with three other girls during an overnight school trip to Kyoto. I bet you were thinking lesbianism, but unfortunately this isn’t that kind of show. If you have the mindset of a sex-driven individual in a certain other series however, Mugi’s playful pillow fight could have been seen as the beginnings of some yuri action. Granted, a little stretch of the imagination was needed, since it was probably hard for anyone to get into the mood when Mugi was doing some decent damage with her pillow headshots. The matching sweatsuits they were all wearing was another letdown and didn’t help to the desired end either, making me wonder why they had to end up staying at such an inn. I mean it’s fine to be on the rather conservative side of things, but COME ON, give me some yukatas at the very least!

Compared to prior weeks, I found the comedy a bit tamer this time around, but I did enjoy Ritsu trying to bust out the Kansai dialect just because she was in Kyoto. It was kind of prejudice for her to assume that people there wouldn’t understand normal Tokyo Japanese when asking for directions later on, even though I still found it amusing simply because her dialect sounded so forced. In comparison, I also got a good chuckle out of Mugi showing her how it’s done earlier on, particularly because Kotobuki Minako is from the Kansai region and I’ve heard her speak odd dialects in other roles before. For this reason and the one above, Mugi was definitely the one to watch this week — at least for me anyway.

Sadly, Azusa was noticeably absent since she’s in a lower grade, but a lot of quirky comedy actually came from Sawa-chan in her place. More specifically, how she’ll start off yelling at Yui and the others for messing around yet quickly get caught up in their flow of things without too much effort. With her frantically worrying about marriage, Ritsu making a comment on how she didn’t recognize her without any makeup on, and her students getting too familiar with her by calling her “Sawa-chan-sensei”, it was pretty funny hearing Sawa-chan vent about all those things like she was drunk when she was only snacking on Pocky. Aside from that, I thought it was pretty cute how Mio couldn’t stop laughing at the random things Yui and Ritsu were saying to lighten the mood when she didn’t find it funny at all the night before. The sight of Mio laughing helplessly was simply cuteness overload. God damn she’s so adorable.

On a separate note, I realize that Ui posed as Yui back in season one and fooled everyone, but I still get the feeling the animation artists are told to just draw Yui when they want to fake us out with Ui’s hair down. Now it could just be Yonezawa Madoka completely fooling my ears, but the first twenty seconds of the opening scene with Ui preparing Yui’s luggage sounded impeccably like Toyosaki Aki as well. I almost got the feeling Kyoto Animation was pulling my leg there and actually had Aki voicing that part.

Judging from the preview, it looks like Ui will finally get some decent screen time next week, which should be a welcomed change for anyone who’s been waiting to see more of her. Azusa needs to make up some lost time after being completely sidelined this episode, so it’s nice to see her there as well.

* P.S. Mugi has the best writing out of the four girls, as seen on the far left of their Ema.



April 27, 2010 at 9:57 pm
  • April 27, 2010 at 10:02 pmClick

    Wow, there’s been some pretty insane grappling moves this week, including the one’s Hinata’s been dishing out to Yui in Angel Beats!, and more recently, the one Sawa-sensei’s giving to Ritsu =P

  • April 27, 2010 at 10:04 pmengimaKatz

    Nice Ep

  • April 27, 2010 at 10:07 pmautohost

    nice bu is it out on the streaming website??

  • April 27, 2010 at 10:12 pmPw3age

    Laughing Mio and Mugi with dem eyebrows.

  • April 27, 2010 at 10:14 pmHorus

    I have to say this series is one of the few that really put detail and effort into fleshing out the background characters. All the other girls in their cast, I believe could just be taken and given their own season.

  • April 27, 2010 at 10:22 pmautohost

    lolz sure is funny =D

  • April 27, 2010 at 10:37 pmFullMetalQAF

    I love Mugi.

  • April 27, 2010 at 11:10 pmForsaken

    oohh, nice ep : D
    can’t wait for Ui’s screen time

  • April 27, 2010 at 11:59 pmkonaha

    looks like next week’s episode revolves around what’s happened in the school while the seniors are out on the trip.

  • April 28, 2010 at 12:00 amokami

    I’m really looking forward to this episode ^_^

  • April 28, 2010 at 12:15 amActar

    Awww… Was hoping to see a Lucky Star cameo, as that would have been the perfect opportunity to do so. (^.^;)

  • April 28, 2010 at 12:24 ammegalith

    Someone needs to make a gif of that pillow fight. Yui got owned by Ritsu. And also laughing and snorting all of a sudden is a big LOL. Even more when it’s most unexpected when the person does it unexpectedly.

    All in all good job with covering this part of the manga.

    • April 28, 2010 at 8:38 ammegalith


      Since no one would make a gif of the Ojou-sama ownage I did the honors..
      256K WARNING!!!
      => Double Kill!

      => Best in your face moments!

      PS: Sorry for the subs.. I didn’t know what to do with the mp4 RAW since it couldn’t be imported on Photoshop nor work properly on Premiere. I suck at converting videos. :(

  • April 28, 2010 at 12:30 amadventchaos

    Ah…sleeping with friends at a hotel is always a classic. you get the stupid giggles right when you’re supposed to be sleeping. This whole episode had a somewhat subtle focus on Mugi which was really enjoyable. Now it could be me, but it seems Ritsu has been acting more…childish and hyperactive, she seemed to keep her cool more often back in Season 1.
    That preview leaves me in suspense, and my crazy mind wants a serious plot drive with some sort of accident happening.

  • April 28, 2010 at 12:34 amgary

    “I found the comedy a bit tamer this time around”
    cant beat jakajakajan :p

    • April 28, 2010 at 1:30 amdivine

      Indeed. Yui was pretty hilarious last episode.

  • April 28, 2010 at 12:51 amfall3nbs

    wow i was not expecting mugi to snort, that was funny. being in their group looked like a lot of fun.

  • April 28, 2010 at 1:15 amDC/AC

    Mugi’s voice actress Kotobuki Minako did voice a character who speaks odd dialect in a series named Umi Monogatari, yeah she sounded quite odd there, but I think her Kansai dialect is truely perfect here, and it should be. She is from Kansai area, and actually moved to Tokyo area only a few years ago, apparently for persuing her acting career.

    Speaking of dialects, Ritsu said “beko” several times when she touched the cow in the shrine.
    The word beko means cow, but it’s only used in Touhoku dialect. And guess what? Ritsu’s voice Satou Satomi is from Touhoku area. She apparently made sure Ritsu looked very awkward when the character tried Kansai dialect but it’s not like she can speak the dialect fluently either, I guess.

    • April 28, 2010 at 1:33 amdivine

      I’m not entirely sure what Kanon’s dialect in Umi Monogatari was, but I don’t think it was Kansai. That would probably explain why it sounded odd. Like you already mentioned, Minako is from the Kansai region (Hyogo Prefecture) so we know she can speak the dialect properly if need be, much like she did here as Mugi.

      • April 29, 2010 at 9:32 pmDC/AC

        I believe the island where Kanon lives in is supposed to be one of Okinawa islands.

  • April 28, 2010 at 1:22 amRaso

    Pocky + Glasses + Teacher and sawa-chan’s look just screams Onegai Teacher shoutout in this ep.

  • April 28, 2010 at 2:05 amKiiragi

    oh mai gawd I could not stop laughing this episode..


  • April 28, 2010 at 4:29 amIncognito

    Throw. Pillow. Quickly.

    That is the code of the “ShinsenMugi”.


    Too much laughs this episode, so that’s it for now… On to the next one…

  • April 28, 2010 at 5:13 amJurkasz

    Mugi’s going yandere?

    I wonder how many times Mio said ‘mattaku’ in this episode, it was like half of her script :D That was some pretty character development… I mean deterioration she had in this episode, starting out as the mature one who takes care of everyone and finishing it repeating what Yui did :D

    “The sight of Mio laughing helplessly was simply cuteness overload. God damn she’s so adorable.”
    I totally agree with this ^^ Mio <3

  • April 28, 2010 at 6:30 ambuff

    nice episode as always but i gotta ask can someone clue me in on as to what was so funny about what ritsu said in the room before they went to sleep.

    • April 28, 2010 at 7:40 amIsland Esper

      you mean lycopene Show Spoiler ▼

      ? lol! just a random word out of the blue and 4 adolescents mix it together and viola!!

  • April 28, 2010 at 7:23 amIsland Esper

    This was really close to what a camp is in RL. The first night everyone is so pump no one sleeps. The classic pillow fight was awesome, and Mugi start it! Roaming around lost and not acknowledging it. The only thing missing for me was in the return trip usually everyone is wasted and just sleep it off (at least Sawa-chan did) but our girls were still going at it. Stamina FTW

  • April 28, 2010 at 8:04 amnaixil

    we gotta remind ourselves that Mugi is really an ojou-sama. maybe this is the first time she’s out with the girls on a field trip, not counting their beach trip. remember how excited she was when they went to the hardware store?

    i thought it was very cute how she checked the pillows as to whether they were springy. HA!

  • April 28, 2010 at 8:45 amChen^2

    Anyone know what each of the girls wished for on the wish board? From my limited understanding of kanji, I can only see Mio’s being passing/getting into the school she wants and Mugi’s being along the same lines.


    • April 28, 2010 at 11:18 amdivine

      Ritsu (top) wished to play live at Budokan.
      Mugi (left) and Mio (middle) both wished to pass their entrance exams and get into their first choice school.
      Yui (right) wished to be able to fill her stomach all her life.

      • May 1, 2010 at 3:31 pmChen^2

        Haha, thanks. Their wishes really fit their personalities. That guitar that Yui drew is awesome.

  • April 28, 2010 at 8:55 amNyte

    I want to see more of Ritsu without the headband :(

  • April 28, 2010 at 8:58 amSeedStriker

    Mugi was win this week with the pillow fight. Mio (as always) is way too much and I feel sorry for Sawa-chan, but I wanted to strangle Ritsu and Yui the entire ep. I’ve never seen both of them being so obnoxious before.

    By the way KyoAni… WHERE IS OUR MIO-CENTRIC EP?!

  • April 28, 2010 at 9:46 amEnderTheXenocide

    Wow the job they did on the sleepover was amazing because that’s exactly how I remember them being. Everyone’s restlessly trying to sleep until someone cracks a joke, and you spend the next 30 minutes in sporadic fits of laughter.

    I really loved the way Mio cracked from trying to be responsible for the first half of the episode (pushed seemingly the lack of Nodoka) and pretty much lost it towards the end. Her realizing she’s definitely another member of the K-Onbu as Nodoka suggested was summed up really nicely with her echoing Yui on the train at the end.

  • April 28, 2010 at 9:49 amKinny Riddle

    Divine, I don’t think Ritsu impersonating a Kansai-dialect has anything to do with prejudice or anything, more like showing off, since it does sound cool to sport a “sexy or funny comedian Kansai accent”.

    Though she does an awfully pathetic job at that and Mugi, always the ojou-sama, shows us how it’s done. XD

    Good to see Azu-nyan’s absence this week will be offset with her, Ui and Jun taking centre stage next week. Presumably taking place simultaneously while our main 4 girls are off in Kyoto.

    I was totally fooled by Ui with her hair down once again. At first I was even wondering why Yui sounded so different from usual. Did Toyosaki Aki get a sore throat or something? Then I knew why. lol

    Mio not being able to stay cool and LOL like crazy was just so cute. This is why I have a good giggle from time to time to keep my sanity levels from falling further, or I might end up losing it like Mio in the most inappropriate of situations. XDD

    • April 28, 2010 at 11:26 amdivine

      That was in reference to when she was asking the old lady for directions and was overjoyed about being understood. Ritsu was probably trying to show off her bad dialect, but her reaction made it seem like she felt she had to speak it or the locals wouldn’t understand.

  • April 28, 2010 at 10:10 amMeranoMel

    Mugi + Mio <3

  • April 28, 2010 at 10:11 amyanipheonu

    Such a great episode. Especially as a Mugi fan :3 Her starting the pillow fight (you knew that shit was going down the moment she found the pillows XD), her feeding the monkey, not to mention the bath scene of course :D

    Personally, I figured out Ui being Yui right away at the beginning. Her voice is slightly different, and let’s face it, we’d be shocked if Yui was actually getting that prepared. It’s hilarious how they have the same hair though, I guess she wasn’t wearing a wig before :D

  • April 28, 2010 at 10:22 amKarmafan

    Mugi is the glue that holds the group together. Yui and Ritsu are the comic relief, and Azu-nyan and Mio are the cuteness factor. But Mugi is right there with tea and pastry, helped Yui get Gitah, donated time at her various family summer homes, and comes thru when needed (like the pillow fight this week). If not for Mugi the 5 of them prolly never would have come together as close as they have.

  • April 28, 2010 at 10:46 amJC

    There’s a bit too much still-pictures this time around. Budget cuts probably.

    I was blogging this just a moment ago and I’m at a loss for words.

  • April 28, 2010 at 12:05 pmbabawaba

    Could anyone remind me the whole deal with Mugi and lesbianism? I def remember it being brought up during season 1 but I dont really remember why.

    • April 28, 2010 at 1:44 pmAuroraFlame

      There were just some scenes implying Mugi had a crush on Sawa-chan.

      • April 28, 2010 at 10:28 pmKinny Riddle

        Close, but not quite. :)

        Back in season 1, Mugi would go gaga eyes at any intimate activity between any females, whether it’s Sawa-chan and Mio, Yui and Azu-nyan, or Ritsu and Mio, hence the source of her closet lesbianism.

  • April 28, 2010 at 5:24 pm0927123

    Someone make a gif of the hair dryer yui scene. She looks like a saiyan haha. Funny ep by the way. I really like randomc I thought it was down for good and here I am browsing randomc again. Keep it up!

  • April 28, 2010 at 11:09 pmSentinel

    That deceptive opening scene was TOTALLY on purpose!

  • April 28, 2010 at 11:10 pmAkiRan

    rub rub rub rub rub rub XD
    get smarter than that eh XDD

  • April 29, 2010 at 3:25 amAutohost

    lolz the post seems to be one day aft the brodcast of the show??

  • April 29, 2010 at 8:33 aminnerchihiro

    LOL!! I loved this ep! And next week looks fun too.

  • April 29, 2010 at 9:03 ambriex

    Damn KyoAni, I was totally fooled by the opening scene. Looks like next week will be Ui’s moe overload. Can’t wait till next week.

  • April 29, 2010 at 3:42 pmlol

    nice ep, i laughed so hard with Mio, so adorablee!! aww really :3
    haha love Mugi, Mio, Ritsu and obviously my favorite, Yui :3
    haha Mugi snorted xD haha xD

    and Ui at the beggining, i was so O.O when I saw Yui sleeping, Ui’s voice, it was Ui’s seiyuu voice right? it really sounded like Aki, seriously xD

    Azu Nyan and Ui next ep :3

  • April 30, 2010 at 11:44 pmStarshade


    Oh. Tachibana is here again.

    NO AZUSA this week huh. Okay. I’m setting this episode aside. <- Total Azusa fan

  • May 3, 2010 at 1:35 pmGreenTango

    Loved this episode, was in kyoto only this time last month, a few of the landmarks in the anime i was at ^_^

  • May 6, 2010 at 6:34 pmokami

    It’s always fun with the field trip episode ^_^
    I really enjoyed watching Mugi in this episode and look forward to Ui in the next one!

  • May 20, 2010 at 8:16 amKoosha

    Waz with Sawa-chan at the 2nd-last frame?? o.o
    is tht a guy she likes? or is tht another teacher?

  • November 22, 2010 at 2:49 amName

    Jurkasz: ” I wonder how many times Mio said ‘mattaku’ in this episode, it was like half of her script :D ”

    Mio said it 4 times while Sawa-chan said it 3 times. Ha-ha, I have nothing else to do. Too much free time :P