「期末試験！」 (Kimatsu Shiken!)
Fude Pen ~Ball Pen~ YuiAzu version! As great as I was expecting their guitar duet to sound at the annual local performance festival, Kyoto Animation ended up shortchanging me again. I didn’t even mind that it was a fairly laid back and almost childish version, but they just had to cut them off prematurely. Why don’t thy Kyoto gods share thou musical performances with us? Nine episodes in and we’ve only really had one with “Pure Pure Heart” two episodes ago (whose single is out now by the way). On the bright side, the animation looked pretty nice this time around in a variety of scenes, which may explain where the majority of the episode’s budget went into. Also, in lieu of a full performance by the HTT guitarists, we did get a taste of their manzai routine with Azusa whipping out the harisen out of nowhere. It was also funny hearing Yui perform an enka version of Fuwa Fuwa Time and having Azusa give it a shot before being offered a candle for some “kobushi” training. (Kobushi is a style of melisma employed in enka.)
It was mainly for comedic purposes, but I believe this is the first time we’ve heard Azusa sing anything in this series so it was a treat regardless. So was her off-the-shoulder look in casual clothes. The same goes for Mio of course when she and the others were checking out “YuiAzu’s” performance the day right after their final exams. Short yukatas never hurt either, all of which reminded me of how we better have a performance this season where Sawa-chan is allowed to dress them all up. If we continue to only get performance in school uniforms, I’m… … probably not going to do anything except shake my fist at KyoAni… AND maybe boycott them for a bit! (… unless it’s FMP season 3) I mean, I’m not even asking for flashy lighting effects and 3D rendered meal tickets to be scattered in the audience or anything, so please throw me a bone this season oh mighty studio with enough money to sponsor your own show.
Anyway, this episode did start off about final exams before Yui agreed to participate in this annual thing for the sake of the elderly lady who’s always looked after her. In the end, she somehow managed to do ridiculously well on all her exams by guessing the type of questions that will be on the them and studying just those, while people like Ritsu relied on the Striker Sigma Five eraser version. I’d really like to see how Ritsu fared in her exams after taking the Akihisa Yoshii approach, but the others were probably fine with their diligent studying. Overall, the comedy was a lot more subtle this time around with the cuteness being much more prominent, except maybe at the end where Ritsu suggested a RitsuMio duet only for Mio to say she’d rather be a part of YuiMugiMioAzu. GG?