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If K-ON! is your typical moe-blob anime, then the first couple minutes of this ep is probably better described as a moe h-bomb, infinitely more potent than that clunker of a thing in Lost. Speaking of Lost, I can’t believe I have to wait until 2010 for the next season. What a joke, it’s not even that good. Time travel? H-bombs and alternate realities? JJ Abrams is like the Sunrise of American TV – take some horribly simple plot, make it needlessly complex, throw some hot chicks with gravity-defying boobs in, add a touch of time travel, and viola – instant hit!
Anyways, this ep is all about the relationship between Yui and Ui, and it’s so goddamn sweet I felt like I was getting attacked by cavities. We start with a flash to a Christmas when they were real young, when Yui’s current pajamas were her outerwear, when Ui still wore shirts with penis-elephant on them, when they were so young I wouldn’t be branded a lolicon for calling them “cute”. Ui wishes for a white Christmas, and Yui gives it to her in a sweet cotton-polyester form by ripping up some crappy pillows.
Flash forward to present day, where the girls are talking about their Christmas party. It was supposed to be at Mugi’s house, but that got shot down, probably because the housekeepers didn’t have time to procure another slab of marble beef. They decide to hold it at Yui’s house (guess the inaugural viewing of Mugi’s house will be a later ep…), which is prefectly fine with me since we haven’t see Ui in a while. Ui is quite happy to have everyone over, but decides that her boke sister should probably stay out of the kitchen. She’s so sweet.
They go shopping for gifts, which seems to be a giant excuse to show Mio get abused some more, but then they bump into Mugi, who just won a trip to Hawaii. And promptly turned it down, opting for The Game of Life instead, cuz she wanted to play it with everyone. Yea, your friendship is worth more to Mugi than sandy beaches and spf 45. Oh Mugi, you’re an angel.
After another sweet scene involving tasty looking sandwiches, everyone shows up and starts getting their party on. Along the way, sensei just kinda shows up, which is kinda random but then all too appropriate given her relationship status. I’d like to poke her, and not just on Facebook if you know what I mean. I’d totally quiver over her and not just on Okcupid if you know what I mean. I’d totally @tweet her and not just on Twitter if you know what I mean. I’d tota… nevermind.
Sawachan does a wonderful job of making the party incredibly awkward yet awesome at the same time – it’s like the girls are on one wavelength and sensei is on a completely different one, but since she’s the sensei everyone’s gotta listen to her. Sensei makes Yui dress up in some ridiculously sexy Santa outfit, but Yui could never be sexy so sensei starts undressing Mio instead. Along the way, they start doing some awkward talent show thing, and sensei does some cold joke that I don’t understand but probably would’ve rofl’d all over the room over had I understood.
After everybody leaves, and after cleanup (doubtless all done by Ui), Y/Ui heads to bed – together on this special day, and snuggle up like the darling sisters they are. Awwwwwwheystopstealingthecoversdammit
And then, the visit to the shrine. Mio is dressed in something epic, Mugi looks like a snowman, and I don’t remember anything else.
Up next on K-ON!: Moe moe… SQUAWK
Ok I need to just come out and flat out say it, probably much to the delight of people that have been critics of this show from the start: this show is too goddamn cute. Like, it’s getting excessive. Of course, everyone has a certain tolerance level for this kind of stuff, and while early critics may find relatively tame stuff like Haruhi to already be too much, my tolerance for moe is pretty freakin high. And K-ON – this ep in particular – is making me question my manhood. Or at least my moehood, or whatever you call it. Understandably it’s exactly what the show intends to do, but all these uber-cute moments are getting awkward for me. Like Yui jumping up and down playing air guitar out of nowhere, that’s just weird yo. Remember that scene from the last ep where Yui and Ritsu were doing their sumo routine and everyone just looked at them like uhhhwtf – yea I’m getting close to that. Well, it’s probably because I’m a heartless bastard and that super mushy stuff makes me cringe, but then what does it say for those who hated this show from the start!
Still, not wanting to get ahead of myself, it was still an extremely enjoyable episode – I particularly liked those random little bits that showed what the girls were thinking. The relationship between Yui and Ui is real sweet, and it’s always funny to hear their inner opinions of Ui’s (frequent) defense of Yui’s contributions and good points. Much nicer imouto than Yakumo…
One thing that was done really really well in this ep was the costume design – most anime don’t even have characters’ clothes changing from episode to episode, let alone scene to scene. Besides the typical high-budget fare, another show that did this particularly well was Pita-ten, which can probably be classified in the same “moe blob” genre as K-ON. That show was uber sweet too, had real cute characters and a real nice story to it – I wonder, would I still remember it as fondly had I watched K-ON before it? Shia-san was something incredible…
Anyways, is this show still my favorite? Probably of this season – Saki a close second (lol)- but probably not of all time, not anymore. There’s still enough episodes to change that, but isn’t it ironic how the blatant overuse of the very thing that drew me in to the show in the first place is what is ultimately changing my opinion of it? Ahhh karma