K-ON!! – 16
Yui’s whipping out stickers and plastering them all over the place, making her primed for a future career as an elementary school teacher. Musician? Pssh… If this episode hinted at anything, it’s what each of Houkago Tea Time’s band members will likely wind up as. Mio’s probably going to end up as a tailor or some fashion designer with her sewing skills, Ritsu’s probably going to end up as a chef of some sort with her cooking ones, and Mugi’s going to become a full-fledged princess who writes songs on the side. The only person with any serious aspirations in music is Azusa, but with the way she gets caught into her seniors’ laid back flow, she’ll probably be a babysitter at this rate. Budokan? It looks like the only concerts we’ll see from HTT on the big stage are the ones by their seiyuu. “K-ON!! Live Event” anyone? I’m all for some “Pure Pure Heart” and “NO, Thank You!” live performances already. Given how the Blu-ray for the one in Yokohama Arena last year sold like hotcakes, I’d be somewhat shocked if another one wasn’t held at the end of this year.
As for the episode itself, it’s probably safe to say it was an Azusa-centric one since she tried to revert back to her diligent self when it comes to actually practicing music in the clubroom. However, with the way things were broken up into numerous failed attempts as a result of each of the other members, I’m inclined to see her as the victim in an episode about the other girls. Admittedly, a sleeping Mugi stole the show for me early on with how adorable she looked, and it all went downhill from there in terms of caring about Azusa’s attempts to get the club’s act together. What started off with a sad Mugi from being unable to scare anyone quickly turned to a frustrated one when she gave Azusa’s guitar a try, during which the highlight was Mugi lifting her hair for Azusa to put the strap around her. It may be just me, but Mugi revealing the nape of her neck ever so innocently was a whole new level of appeal I never considered before. Of course, some cream on her face from stealing bites of cake wasn’t all that bad either. If there’s one thing that this second season has done exceptionally well, it’s giving Mugi more screen time and increasing her fan base, which sure as hell is working if I do say so myself.
In comparison, Mio’s time in the spotlight seems to be dwindling, as her charm points don’t really show all that well without the others there to bring it out. Azusa on the other hand is floating around much the same space as she’s always been in, though seeing her unable to be straightforward about what’s bugging her was pretty cute to see. A nervous Azusa is probably the cutest Azusa, but a slightly disgruntled one that can’t say what’s on her mind has its own kind of charm. In terms of comedy, here wasn’t a whole lot of jokes this time around, but Yui’s inability to read music and using “forte”, “fortissimo”, and “fermata” to talk about other things was mildly entertaining due to how it annoyed Azusa. I was more amused by the way that Yui reassured Azusa that thinking a lot is what’s makes her her, before adding that she doesn’t think much at all. Oh Yui, we know. We know. Naturally, just when Azusa’s feeling more like her usual self, she destroys that image in front of her entire class by suggesting that cat ears are an essential part of a waitress’ uniform. Somehow, I could just see her innocence getting shattered right then and there (…in slow motion).
If we’re lucky though, maybe there will be a cosplay cafe at the school festival. I’m sure Ui would have no problem with one whatsoever, but the school festival along with Mugi’s new song will have to wait for now as the next episode’s about the girls losing access to their clubroom for some reason. Forget practicing, where are they going to have tea parties now!? Sounds like a serious problem to me.