K-ON!! – 07
It may be just me, but the thought of former Sakura High student council president Sokabe Megumi (Kodama Asumi) having the hots for Mio played out very differently in my head than a mere tea party for Mio’s fan club. As the original founding member of the club back when she used to stalk Mio, visions of Megumi taking advantage of her first-year junior and having Mio reacting like the Mio we all love naturally crossed my mind. Sadly though, Megumi couldn’t make it to the tea party after the Nodoka finally put together some sort of event as the fan club’s new president (which was forced upon her). With the huge wedding-like cake that Mugi prepared for the occasion, I was seriously thinking that Megumi would be able to have her cake and eat it too. (Mmm, cake and Mio.) Sokabe-kaichou isn’t a bad looker either in the grand scheme of things, so I guess there’s always the soon-to-be-released Mio x Megumi doujinshi to fall back on. I kid, but in reality it’s probably not too far-fetched by the time the next Comiket comes around.
Lesbian fantasies aside, this episode was buckets of win for lots of reasons. First up, there’s the Mio teasing that I never grow old of because of how adorable she is when she freaks out. Given the near hazing-like mistreatment she gets in the K-ON club, it was pretty funny seeing her tear up in front of Nodoka when someone actually took her stalker concerns seriously. This was even cuter at the actual tea party, where Mio couldn’t even give a speech properly without stuttering out of nervousness, yet it somehow ended up being more entertaining than Yui and Ritsu’s short skits. With how scared she was during the question session and not even comprehending what she was being asked, I did feel kind of bad for her and hoped someone would just save her from dying from embarrassment. No one did, but at least Ritsu’s slideshow helped bring the color back in her (literally).
Next is the inclusion of some flashback portions that we haven’t seen in a while. Much like in the very first episode of season one, I find they’re always fun to watch due to Ritsu’s tendency to insert her own narration to make things more interesting. After that, there’s Megumi being brought in to put a lesbian twist on things since Mugi’s been pretty quiet on that front. Seeing Mio try to break the ice after Nodoka picked up Megumi’s Mio fan club card, only to end up making Megumi confess that she’s the stalker was pretty damn priceless. And last but definitely not least, we have an actual performance for a change — and of a new song too. Mio’s sugar poem may not have made a lot of sense to her fans, but her performance of “Pure Pure Heart” was a nice recovery from the confusion she caused. The new opening and ending singles amazingly peaked at #1 and #2 on Oricon‘s weekly charts respectively (crazy how the OP is more popular than the ED), but I really like the more mellow feel of this new song in comparison.
The only disappointing part in this otherwise awesome episode is that Mio came out in her school uniform during the fan club tea party and not dressing up like Ritsu was planning. I’m with Sawa-chan on that one for sure. “Pssh, school uniform.” On a separate note, I couldn’t help but think that if this were a co-ed school, the Mio-tan merchandise would be flying off the shelves faster than they can pump it out. They wouldn’t have to just hand them out for free either, meaning Ritsu could actually make some decent coin. Anyway, as fun as this episode was, next time should prove to be pretty good too, since everyone has to figure out what their plans are post-high school. It’s career assessment time!
* There was a commercial for the BD/DVD release of the K-ON! Live Event ~Let’s Go!~ concert that took place in Yokohama Arena at the end of last year. Slated for a June 30th release, it was at the end of this concert that this second season was announced. Personally, I’m really looking forward to watching it, since all the seiyuus were playing their character’s respective instruments and performing HTT songs live.