k-on!! episode twelve

No. School. Uniforms. At. All!

No music either though… And here I thought we might get some music (though I hadn’t been foolish enough to anticipate hearing from our After School Tea Time girls in particular) this episode considering the setting was a two-day, non-stop summer music festival. My greatest hope for this episode though, is that it’ll spawn a one-shot episode where the girls perform live at the festival themselves (like the “Live” episode we got last season). Though, to be fair, there was barely any performing in that extra. Why do I watch this show again?

Oh yeah: Because of her.

And them – everyone, really.

No: really. These girls are great. Despite the lack of music, the lack of a real plot, and lack of deep character development, I’ll always like K-On.

What a great idea it was to spend summer training watching a series of bands performing live. You really can learn a lot from watching others who are better than you, and I hear that a live concert experience is really amazing (even when the band itself isn’t so great). It was amusing to see Sawa-sensei drill the girls on what to pack and how to prepare. She shouldn’t have assumed they would know what footwear to bring though – though it seems like common sense to not wear fancy shoes to an over-night music festival, what’s common to most people clearly isn’t “common” for Mugi. At least Yui had flip flops for her, but her feet must have been in pain after that trip. And blistery. (Nothing a good pedicure and food massage won’t fix, though.)

After watching Mio get excited about music, Ritsu acting rather responsible, Mugi being silly, and the last two being… themselves, the episode ended with one of the over-arching thoughts carried through from the beginning of the season: Will the girls be playing together after they graduate? We all know that the four seniors will have to graduate, leaving behind Azu-nyan to lead the next generation of Light Music Club (should they be able to recruit at least three new members), but will Ho-kago Tea Time still prevail while the girls go off to college? I guess time (and the four-panel manga) can only tell if they’ll make it as a long-standing band. It would be nice to see them go pro, but that’s probably wishful thinking. …Especially with their current skill level. If we learned anything from meeting Norimi-san is that our current members of the Light Music Club are no where near as good as they need to be if they want to leave a legacy behind them.

And with one episode left (sorry people, but I haven’t seen anything that says there are 24 or even 26 episodes to this second season; if you’ve got a link, please let me know) I think we’ll see just how far our girls have come since “Light and Fluffy Time”.

16 Responses to “k-on!! episode twelve”

  1. 1 bloo
    24 June 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Although there has been no official announcements, it’s pretty definite that were getting at least 26 episodes aired. This comes from the Blu-ray/DVD info we have. So far we’ve had nine Blu-ray’s solicited with release dates and price info. We get the 26 episodes from the fact that the first Blu-ray has been announced to hold three episodes, and since every disc is priced the same, I’d say it’s a safe bet that they’re all going to hold three episodes each. This leaves us with a total of 27 episodes. So I’m guessing were going to have 26 episodes aired, and one episode as a Blu-ray/DVD exclusive.

    As for this week’s episode, I thought it was pretty awesome. The one thing I think kyoani really nailed was the atmosphere of the festival. I could really feel the energy and the excitement that the girls were experiencing. Can’t wait for the next episode. I nearly had a heart attack when I saw the preview.

    Ui + swimsuit = GODLY!!

    • 2 blindability
      25 June 2010 at 12:34 pm

      That’s very helpful Bloo; thanks! Didn’t think to check the DVD for episode information. I wonder if the other episodes will be like the mini-episodes of last season – like the one where Yui wonders about Mugi’s eyebrows…. I guess we’ll just have to wait to find out though.

      As for next week, if they don’t perform – and by perform, I mean if Mugi doesn’t SING – then I’ll be really upset.

  2. 25 June 2010 at 12:43 pm

    MUGI! You are so lovable yet gooberish at the same time. But surely she has gone vacation before and knows dress shoes aren’t really a great thing to wear.. However they ran out of her favorite snack so I am totally feeling bad for her.

    I too wonder what will happen to our girls after graduation. Such a bittersweet time in their lives. I think seeing how Sawako has handled life after her band makes the girls think (or at least it should).

  3. 4 Kikuri
    26 June 2010 at 10:38 pm

    I quite enjoy this week’s episode. It is so refreshing as the girls are having so much fun basking in the sun while enjoying the Summerfest. I really pity Mugi though… No yakisoba…

    But still no new song!

    I have to admit it, this season of K-ON is a tad boring. However, for some mysterious reasons, I still wanna watch it and always anticipate each new episode week after week…

    • 5 blindability
      27 June 2010 at 4:42 am

      You know, I think that’s one of the great mysteries of K-On: It’s not a particularly stellar show, but somehow, we all still like it and watch it consistently. This season did seem to have a few really dull episodes, but there were also a few that were really good. This episode was an example of one that was pretty good – enjoyable, at least. I still think the episode with Death Devil and Norimi-san was the best though, haha.

  4. 6 Yi
    30 June 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Besides the really pretty clothes and chocolate Azunyan, this episode was actually kind of boring for me. I didn’t particularly care for Mio’s groupie feel. Still, it has its cute momments.

    • 7 blindability
      1 July 2010 at 2:55 am

      Normally I quite like Mio but yeah, this episode – despite the fact that she was a little more uninhibited – wasn’t about her. It was about MUGI, haha.

  5. 8 Seigetzu
    1 July 2010 at 5:52 am

    Check AniDB or mahou.org/Showtime they say the same about 26 Episodes and they never lie 😛

  6. 9 yui
    1 July 2010 at 3:06 pm

    how many episode this 2nd session?
    i think it ended at episode 9
    that why i don`t check it anymore

  7. 5 July 2010 at 5:59 pm

    yeah, ANN & MAL both say 26 episodes. Given this i dont expect any music anytime soon, although Im perfectly happy just watching Yui & Mugi all the time.

    • 12 blindability
      5 July 2010 at 11:59 pm

      I wouldn’t mind a little more Mugi though. She’s probably the only character who we haven’t learned too much about.

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