K-ON!! – 10
It’s the return of Sawa-chan to her heavy metal days, but I couldn’t help but picture an entire nation of Mio lovers in complete shock after she stated she has no interest in boys. Say it ain’t so Mio! Someone should probably check that there were no hikikomori or 2-D advocate suicides yesterday just to be on the safe side. Anyway, this episode not only had the long-awaited second coming of the foul-mouthed “Catherine” and her Death Devil band, but also the introduction of fellow guitarist Kawaguchi Norimi played by Asakawa Yuu. When the two of them were reunited with their other band members, it was seriously a “forget this light music business” moment as Sawa-chan was compelled to take off the glasses, get Yui’s butt off the stage, and show her how things are done. In other words, get the “we’re not going to have any of that cutesy light music crap here!” point across. It’s always got to be the glasses that are the last line of defense in sealing up the wild and crazy side of characters too. Like it or not though, Death Devil is here to stay as Kyoto Animation and Pony Canyon are going to milk this badass heavy metal for all its worth with a release of their single at the end of this month. As an added bonus, we finally had the K-ON club members dressed up for a change, though it wasn’t quite what I was hoping for.
Looking back, the second half of this episode alone made it entirely worthwhile, but first half with everyone tailing Sawako to find who she’s been seen getting dropped off by and getting angry with over the phone was great quirky comedy. By great, I mean Yui absolutely takes the CAKE for still being as naive as a gradeschooler and thinking that it’s Sawa-chan’s mom when everyone else in the entire world was thinking it might be a new boyfriend. The setup leading into that was utterly awesome and nicely followed up by Azusa saying that Yui doesn’t have to think about it. Next there was Mugi getting all fired up about playing detective and getting intrigued by the prospect of Sawa-chan with another woman. She also ordered a ganmodoki (deep-friend tofu with vegetables) just because she’s never seen one before and liked the ring of it, only to get disappointed by how normal-looking it was. Last but not least, she even insisted that Sawako make her stand out in the hallway after Mio got caught passing notes around self-study class, thanks to Ritsu’s amazingly fast drawings to crack her up. Now here’s the Mugi we all know and love from season one! I was really starting to wonder if she’d ever show up.
As for Norimi a.k.a. Christina herself, she actually turned out to be a pretty thoughtful yet cunningly manipulative individual much like Sawa-chan. I sure as hell wouldn’t mind seeing more of her down the road, especially with the way Ritsu is scared as hell of her. With that said, who the hell invites a heavy metal band to a wedding even if they are your ex-club members? (Notice the bride and bridesmaid in their flashblack.) To each their own I guess. The next episode looks like it’ll be a scorching hot day and whatever that entails, such as Yui passing out from heat stroke. Bring on the heat!
* It was interesting to learn that Sawako put “musician” as her career choice much like Yui did and got her submission rejected all the same. You’d think she’d let Yui chase her dream when she wasn’t given the opportunity to, but I guess not. Now Yui’s going to end up as a teacher or something.