K-ON!! – 23
Now that Yui and the others have finished their entrance exams and gotten into their school of choice together, there’s nothing left to do but wait around for their graduation ceremony. Hanging out in their clubroom one last time was on the itinerary, as was leaving behind a memento of all of Houkago Tea Time’s songs. While I would’ve been perfectly fine if they just filled the entire episode with their recording session, the real tease from not showing any of it are the two songs on their list that we’ve never heard before. The first one, “Ichigo Parfait ga Tomaranai”, was actually seen all the way back in episode one, whereas the second one, “Honey Sweet Tea Time”, sounds like it’s labeled to be a Mio-sung song. As such, all I could think about when this episode drew to a close was how much I’d like to get my hands on that cassette tape they left behind. Heck, I even have cassette players to play it and can dub it to another tape just to preserve the more ghetto feel. It’s Old School Tea Time! Mp3 what now?
Anyway, I’m wondering if Pony Canyon plans to release a complete Houkago Tea Time album once this series ends and include those two songs on it, because it seems a bit
strange cruel to simply throw out song titles with no intention of writing an actual song for it. The other possibility is that they can save them as a huge surprise for the next K-ON Live Event and release them as another single afterward to milk it to death, assuming there’s going to be another live in the future. (Common (business) sense says there will be.) Whatever the case, it’s probably safe to assume the school festival performances of “Gohan wa Okazu” and “U & I” are the last songs we’ll hear in the series itself. Things are in a pure wind down stage now, where the girls are just trying lounging around killing time and trying to do some things in high school they haven’t yet, such as cleaning their clubroom (*gasp*). It’s quite a shock I know, just like how they’ve never eaten the highly sought after “Golden Chocolate Bread” when Azusa, Ui, and Jun all have already.
There was nothing on the Azusa front nor the future of the music club next year, which means it can either continue on if Ui, Jun, and one new member join, or go dormant again just like when this series started. The actual outcome isn’t important it would seem, as most of this episode was fairly laid back and unassuming in typical K-ON fashion. My personal highlights were Yui in Nodoka’s glasses and trying to look sophisticated, Nodoka without them, Azusa’s surprise over Yui’s usage of the word “musicianship” (just like in live event skit), and most of all, Mio and Azusa not liking the sound of their own voices when Mugi decided to record their useless chatter as well. Azusa takes the cake in the last one, after getting embarrassed over how she sounds yelling and even apologizing for getting on everyone’s case all this time. Laughing out loud to that almost came instinctively for me, because she finally realized how uptight she sounds. Aside from that, I would probably consider this a deceivingly peaceful episode. The reason being, the next one is the last.
However, that’s only story-wise, as TBS and all the other stations have two more bonus episodes scheduled to air in the following weeks, one of which I suspect will be a recap type of episode like Kyoto Animation did for CLANNAD. Whether or not the “finale” next time will be a tearful one remains to be seen, but I’m really not expecting it to be when episode twenty delivered in that department.