k-on!! episode eighteen

I begin with some semi-but not really-related information pertaining to myself: I’m incredibly brand loyal. And my brand loyalism carries over to where, and from whom I obtain my anime. In the case of K-On!!, I turn to – and only to – CoalGuys. This week, due to some personal conflicts (you can visit them to read more about it), K-On!! Episode Eighteen was subbed and released late. But that’s okay. It gave me a whole extra day to build up my anticipation for what would ultimately be a great disappointment.

Episode Eighteen was an episode of Nothing. Even more Nothing than Episode Fifteen which was the episode with the marathon. I can’t even pinpoint a personal highlight of this episode. I’m sure some of you would say seeing the girls in maid costume was pretty fun, but we’ve also seen them in other get-ups that were cuter and looked better so that highlight is invalid. Besides, it wasn’t so much a “hobby” maid café where the waitresses are dressed up as maids for… personal interest and entertainment, but rather the experience continuity of an upper class establishment. Considering the building the café operates out of – and the pricing of the menu – you can imagine how swanky the Afternoon Tea there must be.

I can’t imagine why an entire class of girls would vote Mio for the role of Romeo. While Ritsu’s theory that their classmates are teasing her is plausible, it’s more likely that they wanted to see Mio and Ritsu in a romantic pairing; a realization of their unspoken dreams, I’m sure. Unfortunately, Mio is as bad a Romeo as Ritsu is a Juliet. It was kind of cute to see them rehearsing together in Ritsu’s room though – and unlike all those with yuri on their mind, I was reminded of the close bond girls share with each other, especially between a set of best friends.

The other great friend pairing this episode was Yui and Nodoka, displayed when Yui was cast as a tree for the play and Nodoka told her to practice standing still. Only friends can direct friends to practice standing still; and only someone like Yui would actually listen and do it for a length of time.

Other than the second and inconsequential appearance of Ritsu’s younger brother, Satoshi, there’s really nothing else to mention. Sad, isn’t it? And from the looks of it, I doubt we’re going to get a performance next episode either since it seems to be focused on the play on the day of the school festival. Actually, I think I would prefer it that way, for Romeo et Juliet to get its own episode, so to speak, because I wouldn’t want them to cram a new song and a lack-lustre performance of said new song into the last five minutes of an episode.

For now, I’m just watching K-On!! for its animation and cuteness, though I realize that I can get a dosage of good animation and cuteness from Ookami-san too (though I’d like to minus that really irritating narration). What I’d like to start watching K-On!! for again is the pleasure of Ho-Kago Tea Time (aka After School Tea Time) actually playing music.

10 Responses to “k-on!! episode eighteen”

  1. 1 Windaerie
    8 August 2010 at 4:05 am

    Thanks for the post!

    Totally agree with you, I actually dropped the show and am waiting for a good performance so I can have a reason to watch an episode. A few episodes of nothingness is okay. A whole season with nothingness is too much to bear. ><

    • 2 blindability
      8 August 2010 at 6:56 am

      I totally agree with YOU! There have been far more below-average episodes than actual good episodes; I think there’ve only been two or three good episodes this season.

      But believe me, when there finally is a performance, the world will know (or at least the aniblogsphere will).

  2. 8 August 2010 at 7:12 am

    Not a bad episode but more of the same of them being crazy and having fun, besides playing music which is what everyone is waiting to see! but guess this was kind of funny to watch too definitely a good one for all the Mio fans -nod- Yui made me laugh the whole time she is very excited to be a tree lol.

    Well at least we know what to expect next week their play and yes I agree hopefully they don’t shove in a musical performance at the tail end of 19..

    • 4 blindability
      10 August 2010 at 9:30 am

      Well I’m glad someone enjoyed it. I’m not sure if it really was a BAD episode or if I’m just in a bad mood at this point. I really, really want to see some music!

  3. 5 luffyluffy
    9 August 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Why would they pick a play that has a male part and a female part in romantic relationships if they’re at an all girls school?

    • 6 blindability
      10 August 2010 at 9:30 am

      Because Mugi is in charge of the script and Mugi likes girls, haha. Not sure but I guess they didn’t want to ignore literary classics just because they’re an all girls school. I’m not sure what other plays they could have picked being all girls, but that’s because I don’t like Shakespeare and don’t know any plays that I wasn’t forced to read in school.

  4. 10 August 2010 at 5:53 pm

    LOL at the Mugi script choice hint 😀

    Also, ALL of Shakespeare’s plays had male only casts, so nothing wrong with a female only cast either.

  5. 17 August 2010 at 2:19 am

    Same here in regards to brand loyalty. My limit is 6 months; If I don’t get subs within that time frame, I switch to another group (I take my subs very seriously, lol… or perhaps I need help?). But yea, there’s a ton of things that factor into this, like getting used to a different typeface/font of a new sub group, color of said typeface/font, etc. Man, I sound so picky!

    In regards to the episode, I actually enjoyed it a lot. Sometimes I have those same anxious feelings that Mio has, though I guess people might find that annoying. Like Foshizzel, I enjoyed Yui’s tree role! That Yui is something else =3

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