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.