「ロミジュリ！」 (Romi Juri!)
“Romeo and Juliet!”
In case you haven’t heard, the next chapter of the K-ON manga will be the last. This marks the end of series’ three-year run at four volumes and just a bit before the anime, which will likely conclude on a similar note with the girls’ high school graduation. It looks like Budokan will forever remain a distant dream, unless we start seeing some university years of our light music band. Is this the end of a moe era!? It could very well be to some people, but the anime isn’t going out until HTT gives us the long-awaited live performance at their final school festival next episode. If it were up to me, I’d be asking for twenty minutes of non-stop new songs with a huge portion of the budget blown on the animation “God Knows…” style; however, I get the feeling that it may only be one song — the one Mugi wrote with Yui’s lyrics attached. Whatever the case, I’m really looking forward to anything that will fill the void since “Pure Pure Heart” way back in episode seven. There’s been a fair bit of talk about the school festival littered throughout all the episodes up until now, so I’ve been kind of dying to see and hear what Kyoto Animation and Pony Canyon’s been building up towards. I’d be lying if I said my expectations aren’t somewhat high — especially with the recent announcement that the manga’s ending — so hopefully they don’t disappoint. If the anime and manga are both going out, let them go out with a bang!
As a precursor to what will hopefully be an episode to remember, we had class 3-2’s Romeo and Juliet play this time around. In all honesty, it wasn’t all that interesting since it went extremely smoothly, even when they couldn’t find the gravestone prop for the final scene. A frantic run over to the occult club by Mugi and Shizuka to borrow their Rosetta Stone served as some quick improvisation for their misplaced one. The only other scare was Yui almost sneezing in her tree role and ruining one particular scene, because Mio and Ritsu both had their acting and lines down the rest of the way. I wish they showed a bit more of the crowd’s reactions, given how there were quite a lot of people and how many of them were probably members of Mio’s fan club. Unfortunately, that was completely glossed over in favor of Azusa’s tearful one when reminded of how they didn’t practice much at all for the live tomorrow. In short, the play itself wasn’t nearly as enjoyable as the antics leading up it last time, but the fact that we can’t have one without the other made it worthwhile in my eyes. I would’ve liked seeing more of the tea house that Azusa, Ui, and Jun’s class put together with their kimono outfits, but I guess it wouldn’t be all that interesting when all the others were busy with the play.
The plus side is that this episode wasn’t without its lighthearted fun before and after the play, with Yui writing “kabocha” (squash/pumpkin) on her palms and Mio actually trying to swallow her fist after writing “hito” 「人」 on it to try and calm herself. I gather the latter might serve as inspiration to some doujinshi artists if they haven’t visited the idea already, but I’d personally like to keep my image of Mio pure and innocent. The girls staying overnight at school for some extra practice led to some funny moments when they were sleep deprived and started acting dumb, though it was a pretty weak attempt at pulling an all-nighter. Sawa-chan on the other hand is a beast, with the way she made costumes for just about every class and only wanted to be thanked in return. I think the bags she had under her eyes may very well rival my own, but like everyone who stays up to get the job done, it wasn’t for naught! I am a bit disappointed that the outfits she made for their live only looks like HTT t-shirts, but maybe we’ll have the off-the-shoulder look going on at the very least. A t-shirt is never just a t-shirt with the things that girls can do to it after all. We’ll find out next time though, as it’s the long-awaited Houkago Tea Time live! Mio’s die-hard fan Sokabe Megumi is attending too, so it should be good!