Azu-nyan says, “Live long and prosper!” Actually, no she doesn’t, but I can always pretend that she did when she taught some guitar finger stretching exercises to the first-years in Jun’s Jazz Research Society club. Anyway, as some people already suspected, this episode entailed what went on concurrently during Yui and the others’ time away from school. It wasn’t a terribly funny showing since Yui and Ritsu weren’t around, but it did focus entirely on Ui and Azusa with Jun bringing a few of their temperaments. Seeing as stupidity and humor tend to go hand-in-hand, this includes Jun struggling with the aforementioned stretching exercises, sampling every doughnut in the “Super All-Star Pack” she brought over, falling asleep wherever, and giving Azusa a good kick in the face on the morning of their sleepover.
In the first case, I thought it was cute how Ui was rocking it with ease because she practices with Yui. Other than a prank left being by Ritsu in Mio’s desk, a lot of the extra comedy actually came from the photos and text messages Azusa received from Yui via e-mail while she was in Kyoto with everyone else. The best ones out of the lot were undoubtedly Mugi’s pillow fight, which left me wondering when Yui had a chance to take such an awesome action shot, and the random out of the blue message “sharekoube” (skull). The latter of course is because we know it was when everyone was trying to freak out Mio in the middle of the night. Aside from that, the actual phone call that Yui made to Azusa when they were lost was shown here as well. In particular, it showed just how fast she hung up on Azusa as soon as Mio asked how the hell calling her would help, so I got a good chuckle out of that.
On the cuter side of things, Azusa was absolutely adorable when she felt left out and wanted to go to the zoo, only to have rainy weather spoil those plans. Likewise, when she figured they’d forget about getting her a souvenir, as a tear rolled down her face in the background. It was just a thought in Azusa’s mind as she talked things over with Ui, but I couldn’t help but feel bad for her there. As for Jun, her impulsive nature of reading a baseball manga and then suddenly deciding to go to a batting center because they can’t find the sixth volume in Yui’s room turned out to be a Ui highlight, as she picked it up just as quickly as Jun and Azusa gave up. It was also kind of cool seeing a different band composition when Azusa remembered to check up on Ton-chan, even though they didn’t really rock it up K-ON club style.
Finally, I thought it was rather befitting that Azusa’s souvenir ended up being the character “bu” in the cell phone straps/keychains that spell out “ke-i-o-n-bu”, simply because she usually gets the “buta” (pig) costume. Next week looks like an exception though, as Ritsu’s in it as the rainy season continues. The bigger thing of course is that Yui’s in a maid outfit. I doubt she’ll match up to Misaki, but she’s more than welcome to try.