「夏フェス！」 (Natsu Fesu!)
For an episode centered entirely around attending a huge summer music festival where tens of thousands of people camp out on a mountain, things were surprisingly uneventful in K-ON land. There were some quirky moments after Sawako surprised everyone in Yui’s home with six tickets she had after her friends bailed on their yearly event together, most of which revolved around Mio’s eagerness to attend every single performance and run back and forth between each of the stage areas if need be. Logic totally went out the window for Mio in her trance-like state, as seven hundred meters of distance didn’t even deter her from trying to do so in the middle of performances. Remember when Mio used to be the level-headed one? Anyway, her excitement was mildly entertaining to see, whereas Mugi’s one over eating yakisoba just made me damn hungry for some.
Unfortunately for Mugi, the yakisoba food stand was extremely popular and sold out before she could buy any, so they resorted to Yui’s plan B marinara rice option only to find out that it’s sold out as well. Given the lack of gags compared to last week’s episode with exploding fans, Yui’s whiny reaction of all things ended up being one of the funnier moments. I’m never really expecting this series to be funny all the time, but this summer festival proved to be a little dull even by K-ON standards. It was still cute to see and had a nice change of scenery with Sawako sort of leading the humor with her summer festival experience, but not too eventful even with Yui’s antics. Seeing Mio react to a sight of one of the male musicians may seem like a turning point in her character, but sadly it stemmed purely from the fact that he’s left-handed too. I guess that goes to show you need to be a southpaw to have a remote chance of getting picked up by Mio’s radar. Azusa on the other hand proved that she tans really easily even with sunscreen on — much like in the first season — though given how she’s all ganguro now I’m more inclined to say she’s sunburned than suntanned.
The scene at night with them all lying on the grass together had a really nice ambiance to it, which somehow spurred Yui to say that Houkago Tea Time is better than the bands here. Apparently she thinks their cutesy aura has more oomph, but regardless of whether she’s delusional or not, it did serve to get everyone excited about performing again. Who knows, we might see another performance sooner than later at this rate. The next episode looks like it’s going to be a pool one where Ui and Jun will get some more screen time, but has me wondering exactly how much more sun Azusa needs. Oh well, swimsuit episode it is! I’m not complaining.
* syoboi calendar‘s been updated indicating that K-ON will run for 26 episodes. It was uncertain whether it was going to be 24-26 episodes but now it’s been confirmed.