With another school year for the girls of Sakura High, another summer vacation dawns in Episode 10, and much like the previous summer vacation, the Light Music Club organizes another training camp – and that means FUN. We spend another episode watching the girls clad in their cute swimsuits, playing on the beautiful beach under the shining sun, splashing around in the clear blue waters… Ironically enough, the only thing we may not see any of is actual PRACTICE; something that may not sit well with the disciplined Azu-nyan. But if you want to see how her very first Light Music Club Training Camp goes, you’ll have to read on!
The episode opens with Ui meeting up with Azu-nyan and discussing the Light Music Club: Ui is interested in what her classmate thinks of their seniors – including her own sister, Yui. Azu-nyan very honestly points out how Yui doesn’t practice, likes to give her weird nicknames, and hugs her incessantly. She also mentions she would prefer an older sister like Mio who is more responsible and serious. This short scene is concluded when the two girls bump into Ritsu at the fast food restaurant they’re eating at, and Ui invites the other two home for some watermelon – a welcome refreshing treat on a hot summer’s day.
Next, Yui and Ritsu are seen visiting Sawako-Sensei at school; they invite her to their training camp but she declines the offer. However, she immediately regrets turning the girls down when she learns that they’ll be swimming and having BBQs the entire time. The location of the camp is one of the large and luxurious beach houses that belong to Mugi’s family. Upon arrival, the girls fall into a deadlock vote: Ritsu and Yui want to play before practice while Mio and Azu-nyan want to practice first. Much to Mio and Azu-nyan’s surprise, Mugi sides with Ritsu and Yui. The remainder of the day is spent outside on the beach, swimming, playing, and sunning. At first Azu-nyan sulks in the shade but is lured out by the other girls; as a result, not only does she get a tan (or sunburn), she has a lot of fun! But when beach time ends, practice begins and everyone files into the studio where they manage to work on one song before Ritsu demands dinner. After a hearty meal of barbeque and onigiri (rice balls – erm, pyramids), Mugi presents the girls with fireworks which thoroughly distracts everyone from returning to practice. When all the fireworks have all been used, Ritsu declares that they should have a test of courage.
At first Mio refuses to participate for obvious reasons, but not wanting to be teased about being scared of, well, nearly everything, she reluctantly joins, teaming up with Azu-nyan for the course. While out walking around the dark beach with just a flashlight, the two girls are surprised when Sawako-Sensei suddenly shows up, looking very disheveled. Turns out, she had planned to surprise the girls by showing up for training camp but got lost instead. The evening concludes with a group bath in a pool-sized hot tub; it’s large enough for Ritsu to do laps in!
After a midnight pee break, Azu-nyan discovers Yui in the studio practicing alone. She joins her Senpai, helping her with a certain part of a song that she (Yui) is struggling with. When Yui manages to play through the difficult section of the song, she becomes overjoyed; she knock’s Azu-nyan over with a hug and shares how happy she is that they met.
Much like how it starts, the episode ends with Ui meeting Azu-nyan, only this time, Ui doesn’t recognize Azu-nyan at first because of her tan. When Ui asks her friend about training camp, Azu-nyan expresses her disappointment at the overall lack of practicing, but despite that she’s really glad she went.
This is a really cute and fun episode. I can’t help but feel a little relaxed watching the girls of K-ON! enjoying their summer vacation on an almost tropical beach; of course, it also makes me a little jealous (considering how it’s nearly mid-June and I still have to wear a sweater at night). To be honest, I didn’t like this episode at first: I was feeling frustrated (much like Azu-nyan) at the lack of seriousness and practice; it’s a training camp after all. But when I thought about it more, I realized that it’s not about the music: it’s about the friendship.
P.S. Mugi is my star character of the episode:
She’s often overlooked as her sweet and gentle personality is easily overwhelmed by Ritsu and Yui’s loud flakiness. We learn a little more about our fair-haired keyboardist’s wealthy background when Ritsu tries to call her only to learn – from their family butler – that “Tsumugi Ojou-sama” is on vacation with her family in Finland. She’s treated well by her family and attendants, nearly being spoiled if not for her modesty and generosity. Mugi is shown to be the one most concerned for the other members of the club, often consoling Mio when she’s frightened, as well as being the bringer of food and tea; but she also has a child-like innocence to her, enjoying simple things like playing and sparklers.