If you were to ask me which HTT member would go all emo about playing her instrument first, Ritsu probably wouldn’t have been on the top of my list. I’ve always seen her as the overzealous drummer who leads the group down paths of idiocy, but never one who would get all bent out of shape because you can only make out her forehead on stage. After seeing how hilarious that was though, I quickly realized that she’s probably the only one who’s fickle enough to make a huge commotion over something like this. I mean, Yui’s too dumb to even notice these things, Mio and Azusa are way too practical to even care, and Mugi is too innocent to ever be the source of problems. In Mugi’s case, all you have to do is convince her that her keyboard can actually speak and she’ll be on cloud nine for days. Closet lesbian in an all-girls school, keyboard that can speak… yeah, Mugi’s not going to get all emo anytime soon. Ritsu on the other hand is quick to pounce on the opportunity to try other instruments and give up just as quickly.
While that really comes off as no surprise, I did get a good laugh out of Yui crying over how “Gitaa” was cheating on her when she herself happily lent him to Ritsu. It was such a random spur of the moment thing that it ended up way funnier than it should have been. The absolute highlight of this episode had to be Yui’s “awesome” ideas to try and make Ritsu feel better about being all alone in the back as the band’s drummer. With ideas ranging from placing her front and center to giving her a dedicated and blinding spotlight, Yui’s best one was having the other band members communicate with Ritsu more during performances by having a “look back”. Seeing as it was more or less giving Ritsu the evil eye periodically, I couldn’t stop laughing when she felt so intimidated by it. God damn, that scene didn’t get any less funny even on the third and fourth times I watched it. Stupidity rocks!
Aside from Ritsu and her fickle self eventually realizing why she started drumming in the first place, Sawa-chan turned out to be the other goofy one this time around. As a newly appointed homeroom teacher, all that extra attention to her personal appearance did her wonders for the class photo, but going overboard netted her the Michael Jackson-like sunglasses and mask look. What was more notable though were all the other good looking girls in their class. Sure, the character designs only entail a hairstyle change for the most part, but our HTT girls are looking fairly plain compared to some of their classmates as of late. They’re just lucky they aren’t worried about dating guys or else they’d be up against some stiff competition.
In addition to having a new light music club member going by the name Ton-chan, it looks like we’ll get to hear a new song written by Mugi sometime down the stretch. Titled “Honey Sweet Tea Time”, it’ll be interesting to hear what lyrics Mio comes up for it. I fear we’ll have to wait awhile before we get to hear it, but here’s to hoping that it’ll be sooner rather then later. Finally, I should mention that this series is slated for two cour (24-26 episodes) based on the number of DVD/BD volumes that will be released (9), meaning that we’ll have moe goodness for the next five plus months. Given the much longer run, I wonder exactly how many field trips we’ll see this time around. Next week looks to be the first though with a trip to Kyoto.