k-on!! episode nineteen

After seeing Episode Nineteen, I believe there is one reason and one reason only why all of class 3-2 voted Mio to play the part of Romeo and Ritsu to play Juliet:

Now everyone can graduate with no regrets.

While Mio obviously would’ve made a better Juliet, she pulled off Romeo without a hitch – and with no thanks to Ritsu who almost made her crack up in the middle of the performance. In some ways, it was kind of nice to see the school festival split into two separate episodes, and it was kind of nice to see our seniors doing something more than just a live performance (even though we’ve been waiting nearly the whole season for some honest to good music from Ho-Kago Tea Time).

It was also kind of nice to see a little more of the other girls in class 3-2, even if we have no idea who they are (I know there’s a K-On! art book or guidebook or something along those lines that not only illustrates some of these classmates, but actually describes who they are to some extent). But all in all, this episode was only “kind of nice”. Maybe it’s because I don’t have a grand appreciation for Shakespeare or theatre in general. Or maybe it’s just because I feel so music deprived that no episode will be satisfying unless it contains music – preferably something we haven’t heard yet. The sad thing is that, though the girls have written at least two new songs (I’d even like to think three), we may only hear one. And what’s even sadder is that it’s been so long since we’ve heard anything musical from our girls, even just one, single song would be enough to make us all happy.

Now since next week we’ll be hearing music FOR SURE (or at least we’d better be…) it’s a toss up as to whether or not we’re going to get “U & I” or “Honey Sweet Tea Time”. Whichever it ends up being (or even if it ends up being some mystery song we’ve never heard of), it’d better be good. However, after watching the preview for Episode Twenty, I’m concerned that Mugi won’t be making a vocal debut after all; it seems more like Mio is going to be doing …something. Since Yui normally sings lead and Mio does back-up, she’s either singing solo or (even better, in my opinion) she’s going to have a bass solo. Hopefully Mio can have a bass solo while Mugi gets lead vocals. I’d be very pleased with that arrangement.

But while I’m excited for the live performance, I’m already a little disappointed in the “costumes” Sawako’s put together for the girls: They’re just t-shirts that have “HTT” printed on the front. I understand the poor thing’s tired from all the work she’s put into the festival, making nearly all the costumes for all the different class stalls, but what happened to her creativity? What happened to the maid costumes, or the gothic Lolita dresses? Come on Sawako! Look at what you’ve got to work with; surely you can make something better – or perhaps throw something more interesting on them. Maybe if she’d let the students do the work sometime, people like Ritsu wouldn’t have problems putting a skirt together in home ec.

And while Mio et al are busy with their play Azu-nyan dwells on feeling lonely and worried about their upcoming performance. Yes the play is important, and yes they’ve worked hard on it, but on the other hand, the Light Music Club barely practiced (during dedicated practice time) as things were, and with their performance the following day, Azu-nyan has every reason to be worried. Now I know our girls did spend some time practicing after school hours before spending the remainder of their evening eating, walking around school grounds, and joking with each other, but what upset me a little is that the song they played was “Light and Fluffy Time”… Getting a little lazy, are we? Couldn’t have put in a new song even as a teaser? Sigh.

Well here’s looking to next week.


11 Responses to “k-on!! episode nineteen”

  1. 1 ryosj
    17 August 2010 at 11:46 am

    If the next episode is going to turn out as how the manga story turned out, then there is a very good reason why Sawako only came up with ‘just t-shirts’.

    • 2 blindability
      18 August 2010 at 12:23 am

      Ooh… Don’t spoil it for us! But I am THAT much more excited now. If it’s a good enough reason, I’ll gladly accept the lame t-shirts.

  2. 17 August 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Music? Why would we get music in a series about a Light Music Club? That is silly talk!

    To be honest I don’t think I want to know the other girls in class if they were going to be mean enough to make Mio front and center on stage. :*( Also I am a little sad that Mugi didn’t have a bigger role. Yui….was a rock yay.

    I think the shirts are kinda lame too given how much detail has gone into their costumes before. But after all the dressing up in this episode maybe the girls just need to look more “hey we don’t really care how we look enjoy our music”.

    • 4 blindability
      18 August 2010 at 12:25 am

      Why must you be so diplomatic and reasonable, Christina? Yes, yes music is the main focus but it doesn’t hurt when they’re wearing costumes! I want costumes!

      And expecting music from a show about girls in a music club… What was I thinking?

  3. 5 Windaerie
    17 August 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Nice post, blindability!

    I, like you, am so tired of the lack of music that just one song will be enough. I’m hoping for 2 and will be ecstatic with 3. ><

    Mugiiiiii! Maybe they'll surprise us with her singing a solo, or even backup. She's so cute, and definitely underrated compared to Mio and Yui. (My favorite will always be Ritsu, she's such a funny grungy-but-cute character).

    • 6 blindability
      18 August 2010 at 12:30 am

      I totally agree Mugi is underrated compared to Yui and some of the others. I used to not like Ritsu very much at the start of the series, but she’s really grown on me. She’s versatile and definitely the funnest member of the club.

  4. 7 Zeta
    18 August 2010 at 1:19 am

    An School od Lesbian!

  5. 8 Yu
    19 August 2010 at 5:50 am

    Is that.. thing coming out of the back of Ritsu’s head supposed to be hair?

    It looks like French bread wrapped in yellow ribbons in the first picture.

    I evidently haven’t watched the episode yet.

    • 9 blindability
      19 August 2010 at 12:09 pm

      Yes; the baguette. It’s her snack-on-the-go. If only all hair tasted like bread; we’d never go hungry, and it’d be a lot more fun to chomp on. (Though I also suspect there would be rampant baldness in the world.)

  6. 11 November 2011 at 1:44 am

    The first picture give me nosebleeds

    • 11 blindability
      12 November 2011 at 5:30 am

      I’m sure lots of people were excited to see that scene, haha. it was like the almost-actualization of so many K-On! fans.

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