K-ON!! – 11
This is the first time I recall K-ON feeling very gag-like, but I sure as hell could watch another three months of Mio with Azusa’s hairstyle, Ritsu taking slaps to the face, old rickety fans exploding, and Sawa-chan complaining about how selfish everyone is. To think that all this good fun came from a mere hot summer day in an air conditioner-less club room because one useless club president forgot to ask for one. To top it off, we even had Yui shedding down to her swimsuit for the occasion and Mugi joining in without a second thought. I would’ve loved to see Mio forced into hers as well, but Mugi is always the sleeper when it comes to both visual appeal and humor. Then there’s always Yui and Ritsu duking it out over who’s going to get more ice for their soothing foot bath. Go for the forehead Yui!
While there was a lot of the usual Mio hazing and scaring her with ghost stories, Ritsu abusing for her stupidity, and Sawa-chan manipulating using Mugi’s treats, what stole the comedic spotlight in this episode was all the complaining. In particular, Sawa-chan saying what a pain in the ass it is to go all the way to Mugi’s house to pick up a bigger tank for Ton-chan, followed up her telling Yui not to be so selfish by saying she should’ve bought a bigger car for all of them to ride in proved to be absolutely hilarious to me. To add to her teacher woes, she even stayed cooked up in their AC-less room longer because of Ritsu’s insistence on helping them get one somehow. On the other hand, Azusa trying to ninja her way to a seat in Sawa-chan’s car and telling Yui that her jokes don’t sound like jokes at all were priceless. Especially the latter because Yui really doesn’t sound like she’s ever joking. I also got some good laughs from seeing Azusa drill Ritsu in their mock meeting by saying the K-ON club is lazy and doesn’t even practice, which I could sense some of her true feelings behind. Oh Azusa, what would I do in this show without you setting your silly seniors straight.
Thanks to Nodoka, getting an air conditioner installed in their club room well after the original offer was presented to all clubs proved to be less difficult than anyone imagined. It sure helps to have a friend up in high places, even when it comes to the school system. Of course it just had to turn out that Yui can’t stand refreshing cool air blowing on her, as she already has too much of it in her head. (Sorry Yui, I couldn’t help myself!) Anyway, it looks like we’re finally getting a training camp of sorts next time, centering around a summer festival. I was starting to wonder when we’d start seeing some school trips this season, because they have to fit in at least EIGHT or so to keep pace with the original. =P