K-ON!! – 22
K-ON episode titles seem to purposely hint at only half the story and this week was no different as it was as much about Valentine’s Day as it was entrance exams. More specifically, Azusa decided to give her seniors chocolate this year, after her plans to do so last year were sidetracked by the ones Mugi received from the Belgium royal family. For an all-girls school, I guess giving chocolates out of admiration or gratitude is the best we can expect on this commemorative day, though I’m willing to bet that at least some of the ones that Mio received have intimate feelings attached to them. In the case of the ones Azusa wanted to give, not so much, as it’s pretty clear she just wanted to do something nice for Yui and others with their high school graduation coming up. It was pretty thoughtful of her to go to the trouble of making them a lavish chocolate cake instead of the usual remolded chocolate, so I kind of felt bad for her when she was unable to give it to them out of embarrassment.
In a way, it was cute since she had the support of Ui and Jun the entire time, but somewhat depressing when she was reminded of how the light music club as she knows it will be gone next year. Azusa’s future without her seniors is definitely one aspect that’s been overshadowed as of late; however, it looks like it sort of wrapped up here with her praying that they all get into their first choice university and being happy for them. She took a page out of Ui’s book in that regard, albeit dropped a thousand yen at once instead of a hundred increments of ten yen. Leading up to that, it sure felt like they could have gone in the opposite direction with a Azusa visually disheartened by though. Once all the girls finished their exams one way another — whether it was leaving it up to chance or relying on last minute cramming — the scene where Azusa was looking out the window with everyone was a perfect opportunity for her to break down in tears. This was after they had found out she prepared a Valentine’s cake for them and played up an act where Mugi forgot to bring snacks, making it easy for her to finally give it to them.
I thought for sure it was the little things such as that that would get through to Azusa emotionally, but she managed to stay composed through it all. I still wish that someone would say something along the lines of how much they’ll miss Azusa once they graduate just to show that the feeling is mutual, but not even Yui and her love for Azu-nyan extended that far. While I realize everyone’s been busy preparing for exams and just relieved that they’re over, it still seems a bit cold that Azusa was neglected in the process. I get the feeling that Azusa would actually start tearing up if someone said she’s going to miss her too, so I’m all for it happening just so Azusa can let them know how she feels. On the plus side, it was revealed that Yui and Ritsu got into their third choice schools early on, whereas Mio and Mugi got accepted into their second choice ones as well. All of that gave some reassurance that these girls are at least headed somewhere, with all their acceptances into their first choice paving way for a sequel if need be. From the looks of it, Azusa will be right behind them too. I may be jumping the gun, but I’d say K-ON university years is definitely a possibility now.
* P.S. It was cute how Azusa and Jun couldn’t decide who would take which pair of slippers and they ended up wearing one of each.