k-on!! episode thirteen

This would have been a terrible ending had it been the last episode of this second season of K-On!!, but since it wasn’t the last episode (I’ve received a lot of comments and support that indicate we’re getting 26 episodes – yay) I have to say… It was still kind of boring. It did serve to bring up one very important question that’s been lingering in the background since the beginning of this season though, and that is what will happen to the Light Music Club (and Azu-nyan) once the four senior girls graduate.

I’m convinced that, unless we follow Mio, Ritsu, Mugi, and Yui to College/University, there can be no third season of K-On because Azusa and her troop aren’t enough to carry the show on by themselves. They are nowhere quirky enough, nor entertaining enough, and unfortunately, not even cute enough to be the main characters of K-On going forward. Sadly, this means that K-On must end. But not for another 13 episodes, haha.

Azu-nyan has always been a great accessory to the other girls (namely Yui) but to stand on her own, she’s a bit weak as a main character. As is Ui, who’s a bit too mild and quiet to be a focal point in the show. Jun has some spunk but one person alone isn’t enough. What we learn most from Ritsu and Mio is that for every out-of-control and ridiculously fun character, you have to have an equally balanced counter-partner; Jun has none. Actually, the better lesson comes from the American show Friends (which is one of my favourite shows of all time), specifically what happened when Friends ended and the spin-off Joey began: when you have a group of characters in a controlled setting, and these characters have been developed and built up alongside each other, it’s very difficult to remove one character from the others – or in the case of K-On, peel the other characters away, leaving one behind – and continue. …Successfully.

This episode was a prime example of how Azu-nyan cannot support the show alone, nor even with the assistance of Ui and Jun; the show needs Yui, Mugi, Mio, and Ritsu. Without them, life is dull. This was also the second time the four pillar girls of the show were absent from an episode, the first time being when they were in Kyoto and the show focused on what Azu-nyan was doing (Episode Five). I suppose this was an important episode though, seeing as how it takes a close look at Azu-nyan’s relationship with her senpai and how life might be like without them around her. One of the best scenes was when Yui had grabbed Azu-nyan’s hand, and was pulling her behind them as they ran toward the fireworks, but once they hit the crowd, they separated. It was a clear visualization that they (Mio, Ritsu, Mugi, and Yui) were going somewhere where Azu-nyan couldn’t follow yet. And as she hit that wall of people, Azu-nyan was left behind.

However, Azu-nyan’s not alone.

She does have Ui and Jun, and hopefully, these are the people she starts to focus a little more on, realizing that they are the ones who are – being of the same age and grade – the ones she’ll be moving forward with together.

Oh and Jun agreed to join the Light Music Club the following year – if Azu-nyan doesn’t manage to find any new members. I’ll bet Ui will join too which leaves one vacant spot for someone to fill.


4 Responses to “k-on!! episode thirteen”

  1. 3 July 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Nice episode this week everyone loves a Azu-nyan episode! well most do, but I agree she couldn’t really hold a show together if they gave her a spin off series or something. Great to hear theres 13 more episodes! yay! but now waiting for the big musical number….

  2. 3 July 2010 at 5:24 pm

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  3. 3 Yi
    10 July 2010 at 3:50 am

    I disagree a bit. I think this episode showed that Azusa is capable of being the core of the show. Although they certainly do not go on the type of events sponsored by Mugi, the daily interactions of the younger girls are still very interesting to watch. Of course, it’d be hard to imagine K-On! without the other characters anyways, so I doubt K-On! will ever have a season without the main cast.

    • 4 blindability
      10 July 2010 at 10:20 pm

      Don’t get me wrong: I like Azu-nyan and her friends but I stand by that they’re not strong enough characters to carry the show because of the tone the others have already set. Had Azu-nyan and the others been given their own show without the influence of the others, it might be interesting.

      But you do have a point in that Azu-nyan was the main focus and despite the fact she spent half the episode dreaming of her senpai, the episode held together.

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