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.