K-ON!! – 17
「部室がない！」 (Bushitsu ga Nai!)
No clubroom evidently means an informal school tour for us, as the K-ON club tries to find another place to practice. On some level, it was more like they were looking for a new place to have a tea party while repairs were being made to a leaky water pipe. However, with only a month left before the school festival, the girls were actually trying to practice for a change. I gather it’s pretty hard to slack off when they tried sharing space in their own classroom and the gymnasium though. The latter location did have me thinking about the prospect of Mio playing volleyball after seeing her entranced by the practice happening in front of her, which makes three different shows in the past week featuring something volleyball related. The marathon provided a good taste of an athletic-themed episode, but I’d be all for a sports festival one with lots of events, such as the tried and true cavalry fight (kibasen). Given how this series tends to avoid a lot of the overused themes seen in high school anime (e.g. a hot spring episode) and sticks to its own slice-of-life style for the most part, I wouldn’t be opposed to it delving into them every now and then. They sure seem to play the field trip card a hell of a lot and aren’t too far off with the bath scenes in them, so it doesn’t seem like it would be too much to ask for.
For this particular episode, the search for a room to use and resorting to the use of club funds to rent a studio was the focus, but was more of a happenstance to the real entertainment — trying to write lyrics for their new song. I did get a chuckle out of Sawa-chan exhausting all options in search of a room for them to use, but seeing Mio’s animal-themed lyrics get shot down by Ritsu was the start of the real fun. I was expecting the worst from Yui when Ritsu suggested that everyone take a stab at writing some lyrics, and she sure delivered with her “Rice as a Side Dish” song. To be fair, I found it much more amusing than Mio’s metaphor-filled ones and would’ve been all for another rice song. Of course, it was a lot funnier to see her lyrics shot down as well, especially when she thought she had something really good going. Mugi’s novel-like lyrics were just strange in comparison, while Azusa’s was clearly the best until everyone found out it was about Ton-chan. I figured revising what she had written so far would’ve easily made it an awesome love song like it was believed to be, but unfortunately that proposition never got off the ground. As for Ritsu, I love how she had nothing more than titles with quirky puns, but the best moment had to be when Yui having the audacity to think that Mio’s in a slump with all her animal songs. I guess her rice song would’ve been a good lighthearted one when they have “Curry Nochi Rice” already, but to think that of Mio when she’s written all the lyrics for their cutesy songs thus far was too funny.
Unsurprisingly, Ui writes three amazing songs in one night when she gives it a try and leaves everyone suspicious that Yui helped at all. As a result, she gets sick instead of Yui this time, who’s been eating oranges like crazy as some preventative measure, leading to the hilarious moment when Ui still tried to be hospitable. I don’t recall if they every explained why Yui and Ui’s parents aren’t around, but I can’t imagine Yui being able to live on her own if she freaks out this much when Ui gets sick. However, the way she made some congee with a sunny side up egg on top for Ui was really cute, which was only overshadowed by the touching lyrics she wrote for the song titled, “U & I” (an indirect play on Ui’s name). Mio may be disappointed that Ritsu decided to go with Yui’s lyrics for their new song, but I’m really looking forward to hearing it after getting an idea of what the lyrics are like. It looks like it has the makings of being HTT’s most heartfelt song ever. Your guess is as good as mine on when we’ll actually get to hear it though, since the next episode is about Mio being an actress it seems. That should be interesting to say the least, given how shy she is on stage already.
* Note: There was a cute eyecatch following the opening sequence this week.