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Yui finally starts practicing her two-point-five-thousand dollar guitar… but stops because the guitar strings are too hard and hurt her delicate fingers. Mio offers her own delicate fingers to Yui, who massage them like it’s some ketchup packet. I told you this was a hand fetish anime, but noooo you had to miss my point and link to some unflattering pics.
Wait, what did I say about practice? It’s time for midterms! Naturally, Yui bombs the test and has to retake it – with one caveat – if she doesn’t pass the retake, she can’t participate in club activities – which means the K-ON club will be down to 3 people – which isn’t enough to meet the 4-person minimum. Oh no!
Elsewhere, Ritsu gets an 89 (?!), and Mio and Mugi get such gaudy scores that they’re not even shown.
At home, Yui needs to study! After she cleans her room, of course. Then messes around on the guitar. Oh crap, look at the time! Gotta go to sleep.
The next time, K-ON no minnasan sends Yui some encouraging text messages.
And the next night, Yui gets herself a 5-minute concentration book. Which she loses concentration in reading after 5 seconds. Mio-sensei, save us!
Which sounds like a good excuse to finally get some quality imouto pimping in. Turns out the imouto’s name is “Ui” – which was actually said in the previous ep, but I thought it was just Yui making some of her moe utterings. What’s up with these weird KyoAni names lately? Ui? Ushio?
Anyways, Ui completely blows everyone away with her awesome responsibleness. Soon afterwards, they get to working! Ritsu gets bored instantly, and after her attempts at getting attention fail (including a poke at Yui’s kawaii feet), she’s kicked out by Mio.
Yui finally finishes for the time being, and while eating delicious caek, Nodoka shows up with delicious sandwihces, which is more of an excuse to get six girls around the table and talk about girly shit. Kinda surprised they didn’t play truth or dare or start hitting each other with pillows.
In the final nighttime study session, Yui drifts off to sleep as Mio is jabbering on about x’s and y’s – and dreams about esikmos. Which is actually an excuse to hear Yui’s muttering cries. Awkward.
And somehow, Yui finishes. The next day, she takes her test…
And gets… 100?!
Up next on K-ON!: Is Yui finally going to practice?
In all seriousness, this was a pretty boring episode that burned a lot of the momentum built up in the first two eps. I’ve even relegated myself to talking about Lucky Star again, which is probably a pretty good indicator of the ho-hum status of this one. I might make a lot of excuses for something I like, but there’s no blind fanboying here, bitches!
At any rate, I guess it was still a necessary ep in terms of plot development, but so far the show has the slow-paced feel of a 26 epper, not one slated for 13. One wonders if they will have time to fit in the beach ep, the onsen ep, the ohnodrama! ep AND the inevitable concert ep all in one season.
My main complaint about this episode is that there were a lot of extraneous things done seemingly for the sole reason of inciting a “omg that’s so moe” response. Sure, the first two eps did it a lot too, but it’s not like they were going out of their way to do it. Pacing and flow – it just didn’t quite work as well in this one for some reason.
And what’s with the shimai dichotomy? Seems like with ever set of sisters in the KyoAni canon, one is useless and super cute while the other one is amazingly responsible and super hot. You’d think if you have twins the attraction is that they’re exactly the same, but somehow by making them polar opposites and equally awesome is even better.
Mio or Ui? Clear choice for me is still Mio – Ui is too perfect to be appreciated.
note: Haruhi-chan and Nyoron are dropped! – got a full time job
Guitar tabs to OP/ED for Guitar Pro 5 HERE – thanks pakxenon!