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The episode starts out with Yui eating Mugi’s eyebrows, which are made out of that yellow pickle thing you get in bentos. I like them very much, but the thought of eating hair is kinda icky. I guess if I think of it like Chiyo-chan’s detachable pigtails then it becomes more palatable.
Anyways, Yui is sick now, after catching it from Ritsu. Wow, first we had two beach eps, now we have two sick eps? Cmon guys…
At any rate, the show must go on. The other girls are busy with the preparations for their school festival live, which of course includes costumes. Maybe Yui didn’t get her cold from Ritsu, but got it from wearing a yukata all day instead. I highly doubt that, as the immune system of a pichi pichi 2nd year joshikousei at the peak of her reproductive prowess would not be so weak. Anyways, Ui is pretty worried about her nee-chan, and what’s more, she’s afraid that the club will replace her with the much better Azusa during the actual performance. What a tragedy that would be.
So, as luck would have it, Ui actually looks exactly like Yui when the animators draw her to look exactly like Yui. Mind-blowing, I know. She shows up at the club saying she’s completely healed (clue 1), then goes through practice with perfect rhythm and technique (clue 2), not to mention her voice sounds completely different (clue 3), but it’s not until (clue 4) she calls Ritsu and Mugi using -san that they realize something weird is up. It takes sensei’s byakugan to see through her ruse – they are sisters, after all.
Moments later, realYui shows up, does a mighty sneeze, then collapses on the sofa in a pink heap of moe blob. The club tells her to stfu and go home.
On the day of the school festival, Yui still hasn’t shown up yet, but then Nodoka tells them to chill out, cuz 10 years ago Yui fished out a ton of crayfish from the neighborhood stream. Cuz you know, persistence has a lot to do with the amount of B cells your body produces. Probably just an excuse to show loli Yui again, and scare the crap out of Mio again. Yui really does show up – but uhh she forgot her guitar. So while sensei plays backup, Yui runs home to grab her guitar. We get a similar montage of what we saw in the first episode, except this time Yui is supposed to be grown up, which means she not only doesn’t trip coming down the stairs anymore, but also doesn’t help the old lady across the street. I don’t really get that.
Meanwhile, the band is playing their first song with Mio doing the lead vocals, and it’s pretty damn cool. Except, since Yui’s not there, they are all making this emo face like they all want to die or something. After the first song, Yui shows up and they start smiling again like they’ve found a reason to live. Teenage girls, I’ll never get them…
Up next on K-ON!: The other last episode
Some people will love this episode cuz it had extra Mugi, had music, had “substance” – but damn, it just felt so awkward for me. Something with the directing, I think. It’s not really about expectations – as I’ve said before, I always try to remove any sort of expectations when evaluating a show because it might turn out completely different than I had hoped/wanted – that said, standards are still important. Being a KyoAni production, I have no qualms about holding it to the highest standards, and this last ep just didn’t step up. The whole season we were waiting for that one “God Knows” concert moment, but instead in this one we got some weird angles with Yui doing some horribly animated mouth movements, jumping around like a complete moron on stage. I’ve tried to keep K-ON and Manabi Straight separated in my mind, because to me, Manabi was always one of those “whatever” shows while K-ON is supposed to be serious business, but they are making it very hard for me to do so.
On a more positive note, the music that has been produced from this show has been quite good. The OP is catchy, the ED is real cool, the B-side on the ED single is amazing; the insert songs (especially the ones where Mio sings lead) have been great, and the one in this episode is no exception. I still think Mio is a much better singer than Yui, not just in singing ability but also the sound of her voice. Fuwa Fuwa Time is like the only song we can really compare them with, which is a bit weird, cuz the rhythm and style of song seems to fit Yui’s voice better than Mio’s, but I still think Mio did a better job of singing it in ep 6. Not to mention their costumes were much better.
So chronicles the rise and fall of K-ON, at least in my eyes – by the end of the 2nd ep I had already declared it my favorite show ever (surpassing even the hallowed Lucky Star), but as the season progressed, the lack of anything new and original made the show stagnate – heck, it’s not even my favorite show this season anymore. Azusa was a pretty cool character and helped add some life to the show, but then Amae Koromo showed up and captain Hisa did her aerial tile slam move and the tables completely turned. Oh, and Takamura is world champ (epic fight).
Not to mention that the new ep of Haruhi was awkward as hell. Didn’t feel like Haruhi, you know? Cmon KyoAni, you slipping.
Oh well, you can’t win em all…