K-ON!! – 18
It’s a play for the school festival from the seniors’ class, where majority voting lands Mio the leading role as Romeo. That’s not all that surprising given her fan club, but her manzai partner Ritsu is forced to play Juliet. It was a casting breakdown of epic proportions and beautifully summed up by Satoshi’s reaction when he caught wind of his sister playing Juliet. I honestly couldn’t stop laughing at the sight of him spitting out his Coke like he had just heard the most absurd thing ever, because I was thinking the exact same thing when I first heard it. There were a lot of other good candidates, but none of them wanted to be paired up with Mio when Ritsu’s her natural partner. Mugi’s working on the script and Yui’s best suited for the “Tree G” role she got. (lol) Now it could just be me, but common sense says to just have the two of them swap roles. Ritsu’s a tomboy anyway, whereas Mio’s the best candidate to play a female role with her bashful nature. It’s too bad that people don’t quite see that at an all-girls school, though it’s safe to assume some of them voted for Mio for the hazing-like entertainment factor.
Of course, swapping roles was just the logical side of me speaking, because things were way more fun with these huge miscasts. Quite frankly, Mio would’ve fainted in her seat or on her feet in light of any lead role she was forced to play, so it was more Ritsu’s miscast that led to a lot of unexpected laughs. Before the run-in with Satoshi at Ritsu’s place for some additional practice, Azusa of all people was the one getting the most amusement from their club president’s predicament. Now when the hard-working and diligent junior is the one who’s laughing at her seniors, it’s almost a sure-fire bet that I’m on board as well. The best part of that was watching Azusa try to contain her laughter in front of Ritsu and fail miserably doing so. One would think that seeing that multiple times this episode would grow old fast, but it worked wonders on me every time. People are laughing at Ritsu trying to be feminine and she’s getting all flustered over it! How is that not great material? If that weren’t enough, she even started raging over how needlessly important-sounding Shakespeare’s writing is and bitched about why Romeo and Juliet don’t just ditch their families. lol
To top it off, Mugi’s special training to cure Mio’s shyness in front of people by taking up a part-time job at an acquaintance’s upscale cafe landed all the girls in maid outfits. They weren’t quite as nice as the ones in Kaichou wa Maid-sama, but I’ll take whatever I can get as long as it’s not the usual school uniforms. The one exception to that would be the really hot look Mio had going after Yui and Mugi ruffled up her uniform to get her accustomed to acting like guy. That untucked dress shirt and loosened button highlighting her collar bone had all the right stuff in combination with her reluctance. Let’s not forget the open blazer either! Now if we’re really going to go with school uniforms again at this year’s live performance, it better be like this! Heck, even Azusa was swept off her feet by Mio’s new look. Hopefully Sawa-chan will have something to say about costumes this time around, as she was all enthusiastic about making the ones for the play. It was pretty funny how she volunteered despite being the teacher and slyly added that she won’t do anything bad to them, causing Mio and Ritsu to hold onto one another in fear of what they’re in store for.
Building on the previous episode about their clubroom, the humor’s been really clicking for me as of late. A lot of the laughs were naturally due to Mio, as she tried to escape from reality and even suggested she had to transfer schools to Irkutsk, Russia. Her attempts to imagine an audience full of Ritsus and later Ritsu and Yui as her customers only to get annoyed by the idea were mildly amusing as well, but her depressed reaction over the waist of her maid uniform being too tight was absolutely priceless. Who would’ve thought that Yui actually has the bigger bust out of the two and Mio the bigger waist/hips! Unsurprisingly, their special training serving customers didn’t help Mio one bit, even after Ritsu drove her into a corner by making her work alone in an attempt to forcibly bring out her confidence. (This isn’t Goku getting Gohan to go SSJ2 against Cell!) However, the two of them impersonating how the other would play their role looks like it’s going to lead to decent performances by both. Funny how mocking one another is what works for them — and how the seiyuu can purposely voice bad acting prior to that — but it’s all fine by me since we’re school festival bound next episode. There hasn’t been a lot of practicing, but there should be at least one new song performed then. It looks like there’s going to be a sleepover at school too and Yui’s not going to let Azusa-nyan sleep a wink. Ohhh snap.