Best episode EVER. And not just because there was more Mugi this episode which was awesome too since I heart Mugi. Everything we look for in K-On!! we got – and it’s about bloody time!
With the focus more on Sawa-sensei this episode I was originally disappointed since it’s past due for some Mugi-centrality, but I didn’t stay disappointed for long. Once Christina aka Norimi was introduced things just went from good to great. Watching Norimi play around with Gitah was a thing of beauty; not only was her tune pleasant, but she displayed a level of talent we haven’t seen on the show yet – and possibly never will. Presumably Norimi hasn’t been playing the guitar professionally if at all considering her comment on feeling nostalgic just plucking away on Yui’s guitar. I guess for some people, no matter how out of practice you are or how much time you’ve spent away from something you love, you never really lose it.
As for Sawa-sensei herself, we’ve seen her play once: at the yearend concert in place of Yui in Season One. This time around, she plays with her old band (Death Devil) and in a manner that’s more akin to her soul. After making a dramatic entrance onto the stage, she puts forth a little effort (probably out of irritation for how badly Yui kept screwing up which most likely wasn’t on purpose, but we can’t expect her to learn something like that overnight and just through audio… though some people are really good at that) and shreds the hell out of Gitah. (A note to guitar purists: Forgive me if I misused the term “shred” in my last sentence. I’m sure you can tell that I don’t play.) Considering not just the difference in skill, but the difference in style, Death Devil’s performance was a treat. It was also nice to see Sawa-sensei be true to herself as opposed to always keeping up her “pretty teacher” facade – which is unaffected by her head banging, hoarse throated display of musical talent anyhow.
The other plus from this episode was plain clothes pushed to the extreme (and therefore more like costumes) and Mugi screen time. Sure our girls didn’t play this time around, but to see them dressed up heavy metal style was more than enough to make up for their lack of music – this episode. There’s no excuse for all those other episodes we were left music-less (though after reviewing the last season, K-On! doesn’t play music more than they do); I wouldn’t consider last week’s remix as proper music either.
But oh my, Mugi~! She’s my darling of the show which is sad because we don’t see very much of her. At least we got more fluffy Mugi character in on the sides of this episode, doing things for the sake of life experience. Generally, children of wealth are stereotyped to be spoiled and having experienced everything worth experiencing, but here we have Mugi who is down-to-earth in the sense that she doesn’t flaunt her family’s affluence and takes great joy in the simple things that “middle-class” society takes for granted. Things like ganmodoki (which according to CoalGuys is pseudo-goose) and getting kicked out of class for misbehaving.
I’m getting the feeling that we’re never really going to have a Mugi-centric episode, but knowing that she still has her vocal debut coming is fair compensation. Three more episodes left to the season, one of which is dedicated to how hot the summer is… apparently.
(Bonus: If you liked the guy playing the K-On guitar cover, then here’s one more – but click at your own discretion: Amazing bassist plus pantsu flash. You have been warned!)