k-on!! episode five

Last week we followed our seniors (Mio, Ritsu, Mugi, and Yui) to Kyoto for their senior trip while this week, we stay home with the girls left behind: Azusa, Ui, and the new girl: Jun. While our dynamic trio of juniors don’t have quite the same charisma as our seniors, it’s made quite clear that every year and grade has their own set of unique characters.


We all know Azusa and Ui, but Jun is fairly new to the series having made an appearance halfway through the first season but never focused on thereafter. If I had to describe her in a sentence, I’d have to say that she’s a mix of Ritsu and Yui: energetic, impulsive, with a hint of narcolepsy. I can’t say I’m completely comfortable with her yet, but it’ll probably just be a matter of time before she’s just one of the crew.

There was some speculation that Jun would be the new member of the Light Music Club, but she’s currently part of the Jazz Club (which trumps the Light Music Club in members), so if a switch is to be made, there’ll have to be some strong persuasion. Ui would be a good candidate for new member as well – though hopefully she won’t be playing the organ. I have nothing against the organ or the music it produces, but it just doesn’t fit that well with the rest of the Light Music Club as things stand; things could always change, of course. Let’s not forget that Ui can play the guitar as well; at the end of the first season, she was prepared to stand in for her sister when she got sick. But even if these two were recruited into the Light Music Club for the following year (after or four musketeers graduate), their number will still be lacking by one according to school council guidelines. (And in this case I’m pretty sure Ton-chan doesn’t count. Sorry Ton-chan’s fan club.)

I’ve always liked Ui. Maybe because in comparison to Yui’s utter uselessness, Ui is super woman, but more so because of her heart and love for her older sister. It’s refreshing to see such dedication and care between siblings – and even though Yui isn’t as helpful to Ui, she does love her, as illustrated through the numerous text messages sent during her trip among other examples from the first season. It was really impressive to see Ui’s talents extend beyond being her older sister’s keeper: learning to play the guitar (and having nimble enough fingers to form chords) is one thing but hitting a home run after a very brief lesson? Awesome. Azusa had better recruit her into the Light Music Club before the baseball team gets a hold of her. More interesting than Ui’s talents is Azusa’s comment about how Ui was a fast learner – unsurprising to her because Yui is also a fast learner. Huh. Yui a fast learner? But it’s true. She picked up guitar really quickly (even if she still isn’t pro star at it). I suppose that means they share good genes…

I think one of the main focuses of this season thus far is that while it’s important to think about the future and plan for it (ie the survival of the Light Music Club for Asuza’s sake), it’s also just as important to put those things aside at times so as to enjoy what exists in the present. Azusa experienced loneliness without the four seniors around even doubting that they’d remember to bring her a souvenir because they were having too much fun, but upon their return, her friendship with the others as well as her standing in the club is reaffirmed. There’s a beautiful bond between these five girls that I’m convinced will go beyond Sakura High and even the Light Music Club; they are After School Tea Time (Ho-Kago Tea Time) regardless of who joins next or where they end up after this year of school. And now they have the matching key chains to prove it!

I never knew the school carried such a poor impression of the Light Music Club, though… They probably think all they do is play “Kick the Can” because they haven’t heard any music from them lately. Can’t blame them for that…

6 Responses to “k-on!! episode five”

  1. 6 May 2010 at 8:53 pm

    The kick-the-can scene was just hilarious, with all their instruments struck to the ground behind^^;

    • 2 blindability
      6 May 2010 at 11:12 pm

      I’m surprised that the other students would think Mio is so irresponsible! Yui and Ritsu I can understand; even Mugi, but Mio!?

  2. 7 May 2010 at 10:19 am

    *sigh* I guess Mr. Turtle is not truly a member of the Light Music club. If we have to be technical.

    It always strikes me as odd as how “serious business” souvenirs are in Japan. Just one of those cultural differences that one will never understand I suppose. XD I’m just glad they didn’t get her the ugly monkey merchandise.

    After this episode I wish there was more of Jun. She seems like the typical teenage girl. She isn’t as extreme as the other girls in terms of personality. She’s a bit crazy but gets the inside jokes. She is fine with wasting time but can be serious when the moment calls for it. So while I know the show is more focused on the older girls I am hoping the show takes a Lucky Star turn and focuses on the younger girls too.


    • 4 blindability
      7 May 2010 at 11:42 am

      I think Jun will still show up now and then; if anything, there’s been a strong sense of what’s going to happen after our seniors graduate which is why we’ve even had an entire episode with Azusa, Ui, and Jun as central characters. I thought she was really cute with the chocolate bread, haha.


  3. 7 May 2010 at 2:40 pm

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