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K-ON!! – 18

「主役!」 (Shuyaku!)
“Leading Roles!”

It’s a play for the school festival from the seniors’ class, where majority voting lands Mio the leading role as Romeo. That’s not all that surprising given her fan club, but her manzai partner Ritsu is forced to play Juliet. It was a casting breakdown of epic proportions and beautifully summed up by Satoshi’s reaction when he caught wind of his sister playing Juliet. I honestly couldn’t stop laughing at the sight of him spitting out his Coke like he had just heard the most absurd thing ever, because I was thinking the exact same thing when I first heard it. There were a lot of other good candidates, but none of them wanted to be paired up with Mio when Ritsu’s her natural partner. Mugi’s working on the script and Yui’s best suited for the “Tree G” role she got. (lol) Now it could just be me, but common sense says to just have the two of them swap roles. Ritsu’s a tomboy anyway, whereas Mio’s the best candidate to play a female role with her bashful nature. It’s too bad that people don’t quite see that at an all-girls school, though it’s safe to assume some of them voted for Mio for the hazing-like entertainment factor.

Of course, swapping roles was just the logical side of me speaking, because things were way more fun with these huge miscasts. Quite frankly, Mio would’ve fainted in her seat or on her feet in light of any lead role she was forced to play, so it was more Ritsu’s miscast that led to a lot of unexpected laughs. Before the run-in with Satoshi at Ritsu’s place for some additional practice, Azusa of all people was the one getting the most amusement from their club president’s predicament. Now when the hard-working and diligent junior is the one who’s laughing at her seniors, it’s almost a sure-fire bet that I’m on board as well. The best part of that was watching Azusa try to contain her laughter in front of Ritsu and fail miserably doing so. One would think that seeing that multiple times this episode would grow old fast, but it worked wonders on me every time. People are laughing at Ritsu trying to be feminine and she’s getting all flustered over it! How is that not great material? If that weren’t enough, she even started raging over how needlessly important-sounding Shakespeare’s writing is and bitched about why Romeo and Juliet don’t just ditch their families. lol

To top it off, Mugi’s special training to cure Mio’s shyness in front of people by taking up a part-time job at an acquaintance’s upscale cafe landed all the girls in maid outfits. They weren’t quite as nice as the ones in Kaichou wa Maid-sama, but I’ll take whatever I can get as long as it’s not the usual school uniforms. The one exception to that would be the really hot look Mio had going after Yui and Mugi ruffled up her uniform to get her accustomed to acting like guy. That untucked dress shirt and loosened button highlighting her collar bone had all the right stuff in combination with her reluctance. Let’s not forget the open blazer either! Now if we’re really going to go with school uniforms again at this year’s live performance, it better be like this! Heck, even Azusa was swept off her feet by Mio’s new look. Hopefully Sawa-chan will have something to say about costumes this time around, as she was all enthusiastic about making the ones for the play. It was pretty funny how she volunteered despite being the teacher and slyly added that she won’t do anything bad to them, causing Mio and Ritsu to hold onto one another in fear of what they’re in store for.

Building on the previous episode about their clubroom, the humor’s been really clicking for me as of late. A lot of the laughs were naturally due to Mio, as she tried to escape from reality and even suggested she had to transfer schools to Irkutsk, Russia. Her attempts to imagine an audience full of Ritsus and later Ritsu and Yui as her customers only to get annoyed by the idea were mildly amusing as well, but her depressed reaction over the waist of her maid uniform being too tight was absolutely priceless. Who would’ve thought that Yui actually has the bigger bust out of the two and Mio the bigger waist/hips! Unsurprisingly, their special training serving customers didn’t help Mio one bit, even after Ritsu drove her into a corner by making her work alone in an attempt to forcibly bring out her confidence. (This isn’t Goku getting Gohan to go SSJ2 against Cell!) However, the two of them impersonating how the other would play their role looks like it’s going to lead to decent performances by both. Funny how mocking one another is what works for them — and how the seiyuu can purposely voice bad acting prior to that — but it’s all fine by me since we’re school festival bound next episode. There hasn’t been a lot of practicing, but there should be at least one new song performed then. It looks like there’s going to be a sleepover at school too and Yui’s not going to let Azusa-nyan sleep a wink. Ohhh snap.

* In the meantime, we have the full versions of the second OP and ED ahead of their scheduled August 4th release dates, which I’ve had on the sidebar for the past few days.



August 3, 2010 at 8:40 pm
  • August 3, 2010 at 8:43 pmShirt


    • August 3, 2010 at 8:47 pmShirt

      Right now I’m not even past episode 4 or 5.. I always wondered where the opening and ending sequences were.

  • August 3, 2010 at 8:43 pmKurerian

    … I’m gonna cry soo hard when this series ends… must enjoy it to the last!!

    • August 3, 2010 at 8:49 pmShirt

      It’s not exactly Clannad… right? D:

  • August 3, 2010 at 8:51 pmRei


    • August 3, 2010 at 8:55 pmDivine

      According to Yui, Mio’s made for the role since she’s Ro-Mio!

  • August 3, 2010 at 9:04 pmstarss

    Awwwwwww no play this week!


  • August 3, 2010 at 9:23 pmkyonkun

    It’s going to be hard to let K-ON!! go after all these episodes
    Had keion trending last week on Twitter for 3 hours

    Ritsu was really awesome for this episode :) Never seen her so frustrated and out of sorts, but the 2 of them will work it out together

    Can’t wait to see how they do the school festival musically hmmm…
    Be disappointed if Tsumugi doesn’t perform her song, but I’ll settle for it another way:)

  • August 3, 2010 at 10:23 pmCi23

    If it haven’t been for their MOE BLOB faces, K-ON would have been better. See, the hardcore anime “story and depth over fun-service and moe” fans are using this anime as a bad example. They say, “if this anime is the future of Japanese animation, then anime is dead”. If you win the hearts of otakus then merchandise will sell. If this trend continues, I fear the survival of why anime is anime.

    Still, anime is here for entrainment purposes only, and K-ON….. well it delivers for many.

    • August 4, 2010 at 9:35 amkyonkun

      Even if the K-ON! girls looked like this
      It still wouldn’t be acceptable to the old school otaku because they’re cling on the hope of 2006 again

  • August 3, 2010 at 10:34 pmFlamingYu

    so many screens of Maid in the last few shots.

    • August 3, 2010 at 11:35 pminfo600

      they’re in a maid-themed cafe, what can we expect out of that?

      on the other hand, it’s weird on how they did 2 chapters this nice (after the anime originals during the last few weeks)

  • August 4, 2010 at 12:15 amewok40k

    awww… expect K-on!!: Romeo X Juliet doujin flood…
    and Screen 25 looks like instant print for otaku sleeping accessory

  • August 4, 2010 at 12:51 amfall3nbs

    Alright! It’s the Ro-Mio and Ritsu-let chapter! Lovin the parts where Azusa makes fun of Ritsu and her little brothers reaction.

    …and everyone who watches this wishes they were a bass or vienna sausage pillow.

  • August 4, 2010 at 1:04 amMio Lover

    *Who would’ve thunk that Yui actually has the bigger bust out of the two and Mio the bigger waist/hips!*
    Who would’ve “think” right? =)

    • August 4, 2010 at 1:26 amReddyRedWolf

      According to Sawa-chan last season Ui has a bigger bust than Yui. Whatever happened to metabolism? Now its going to Yui’s boobs.

  • August 4, 2010 at 3:49 amZeross

    and in the first season its clearly say that mio as the bigger bust.
    Well let’s say that they did not just forget that and it’s ’cause yui is still growing ^^

  • August 4, 2010 at 3:58 ammrwan

    I’m pretty certain Mio still has the bigger bust…
    Show Spoiler ▼

    • August 4, 2010 at 10:20 amZeross

      Thanks a lot for the clarification, it was realy not right the way things were understood ^^

    • August 4, 2010 at 11:25 amDivine

      True about them giving their sizes for the uniform, but if Yui’s still growing up there and Mio’s only growing down there, who knows who’s winning the bust size race.

      • August 4, 2010 at 11:48 aminnerchihiro

        Nope, Mio is definitely winning—> http://gallery.minitokyo.net/view/480055

      • August 4, 2010 at 12:45 pmDivine

        For now! :P

        Speaking of which, I don’t know why I’m on the Yui bandwagon all of a sudden. I’m supposed to be all about Mio.

      • August 4, 2010 at 1:23 pmZeross

        cuz Yui is cute and fun =D

        i think mio is a little less good on this season, while other characters (mugi :o) have won a lot of popularity

  • August 4, 2010 at 5:29 ammegalith

    Wow.. Azusa really picked up some notes on Jun’s trolling nature. This episode was entertaining primarily because of the people’s reaction about Ritsu being Juliet. I laughed so hard when Satoshi was surprised about it.

    I’m quite surprised that kyoani decided to join the play chapter and the maid cafe chapter together. Good thing they kept the part where they switched roles. Mio was out of character but still looks ok with that.

    On a side note I’m quite surprised that the extra from the gym(Ichigo as Ritsu called her) last ep was their classmate. Some folks at /a/ began postin fanarts of her like this one. I must say I’m liking her! :D

    Overall this episode was quite hilarious. I lol’d when Yui was doing her tree impression. Fast dawdling walk. (No gifs for now.. Too tired… And I’ll trip the spam yet again.) Everything in this ep satisfied me. More extras, nice reactions, trolling Azusa, etc…

    Also to point out.. The tall girl their resembled one character from ROD TV. The tallest sister.

    • August 8, 2010 at 10:18 pmMaidNiac

      I need to agree, Ichigo really turned me on due to her Ojou-sama cuteness and for being the Class cold kuudere character; the way she rejected Ritsu’s suggestion to have her taking the Juliet role was short yet too priceless.

      Though, I’m really disappointed on Mio denying that she has a twin sister.. For God’s sake, she (Mio’s twin sis) is just sitting next to her!!


  • August 4, 2010 at 6:14 amZaku Fan

    Azunyan looks kind of lonely at the end there.

  • August 4, 2010 at 7:25 amrichfeet

    yay! one one of the kon girls is barefoot in this episode!

    must watch!

  • August 4, 2010 at 7:47 amKinny Riddle

    Ro-MIO x Ju-RITSU (OK, lame attempt at pun) – Script by Mugi

    I think I just heard Mugi whisper “Just as planned!” XDD

    Good job Mugi, even the usually straight-faced Azu-nyan couldn’t resist giggling. And then there’s Satoshi’s epic reaction. LMAO

    Yui seems to be catching up with her sister in terms of bust size, which cannot be a bad thing. New bikinis for her, perhaps? :) And LOL at her “practicing” as “Tree G”.

  • August 4, 2010 at 7:51 amKinny Riddle

    Speaking of the release of the new OP and ED, here’s a very impressive acoustic rendition of “No, Thank you!”


    Judging by his age, either he’s a veteran otaku, or he’s a pro-player that just happens to hear the song, being impressed by it and decides to make a rendition, or both.

  • August 4, 2010 at 11:55 aminnerchihiro


  • August 4, 2010 at 12:13 pmRtDK

    We WILL have yuri in this series, dammit! X(

  • August 4, 2010 at 1:14 pmXei

    Ro-mio and Ju-ri(e)tsu!

    I haven’t seen this episode yet but I’ve read this part. Oh so entertaining! :3

  • August 4, 2010 at 6:22 pmstarss

    Coalguys is still on vacation… in China this time. He says on his blog that this week will likely be the last time in this series he’ll be late. Subbing in the summer sucks, but he should KNOW what he’s getting into before planning a vacation and subbing a show at the same time!

  • August 4, 2010 at 6:53 pmphossil

    I think Mio will make good use of a Dakimakura. ;)

  • August 5, 2010 at 2:06 amPao

    Just keeps getting better. :D!!

  • August 5, 2010 at 12:27 pminnerchihiro

    This episode is a win win win win. I’ve been waiting for a Mio centric episode for a while now, and I love the way they combined the two chapters from the manga :)

  • August 5, 2010 at 1:04 pmUmaro

    Awww, they didn’t show Mugi taking pictures of Mio in a maid outfit like in the manga.

    • August 5, 2010 at 5:54 pmstarss

      They appear to have completely dropped Mugi’s lesbian quirks this season.

  • August 5, 2010 at 6:10 pmLaN

    Hah, I know it’s fun and all to tease Mio, but I would think some people would be worried if she changed too much.

  • August 5, 2010 at 6:20 pmakani

    For some reason, this episode was by far the one that made me laugh out loud the most. From Yui’s TREE G! to Ritsu’s complaints about Shakespeare to Satoshi’s reaction to the Ritsu army, this episode was full of win.

    I was disappointed that they didn’t put a MOE MOE KYUN in there though. They had the perfect chance…

  • August 5, 2010 at 7:03 pmkaineng

    great episode, laughed quite a lot due to Mio…

    next would be better! and I think they would only focus on the romeo and juliet instead of their band performancem which is gonna be interesting…

  • August 5, 2010 at 7:11 pmLQY

    A glooming peace this morning with it brings;
    The cake, for smile, will not show her head:
    Go hence, to have more talk of these HTT things;
    Some shall be pardon’d, and some punished:
    For never was a story of more moe
    Than this of Tsu-liet and her Ro-Mio.

  • August 5, 2010 at 9:18 pmholy_

    Satoshi reaction FTW

  • August 6, 2010 at 10:41 amRazgriz

    Let’s have a run over, shall we?

    Show Spoiler ▼

    Just goes to show that the animators are always one step ahead. They know what we expect and they make it a notch up.

  • August 6, 2010 at 8:11 pmGoblo

    I wish i was that pillow Mio’s hugging. hahaha

  • August 8, 2010 at 3:56 amIncognito

    Who knew that Mio would look good as an unkempt beauty?

    And it’s nice to have Himeko appear again after all this time! Woot!

    I can’t believe how much I’ll miss this show once it ends, more so now that the manga is wrapping up next month… But even if K-On! ends, I’m sure it will live on through shout outs and take thats from other anime… Not to mention the merch… THE MERCH!

  • August 8, 2010 at 9:48 pmlol

    hahaha awesomeness! RO-MIO XDDDD

  • August 8, 2010 at 10:09 pmMaidNiac

    Damn, I keep on switching my Most Favourite Episode of K-on! almost everyweek. So far, I’d say this (and the Mugicentric ep14) is the best so far among all episodes including Season 1 due to the screentime and detailed characteristic KyoAni gave to the background casts of Class 3-2.. I’m demanding a spinoff OVA featuring the whole class now~!!

  • August 8, 2010 at 10:53 pmalyxva

    for some reason the shop guy reminded me of the butler in haruhi.

  • August 10, 2010 at 11:36 pmokami

    This was a fun episode ^_^
    Didn’t Mio have Azusa’s hairstyle when she was dressed like a tomboy?

    • August 11, 2010 at 12:25 amokami

      Never mind, I answered my own question.