Well someone lied and led me to believe K-On!! would be 26 episodes, but it turns out there’s only 24. Which is okay in a way since I’d originally thought there would only be 13 episodes. It’s also better that they quit while they’re on top, though I’m sure K-On could continue without purpose and still hold a large fan base.
As things wind down, we come back to the heart and soul of what K-On is all about: the friendship shared between Yui, Mugi, Ritsu, and Mio. On the day before their graduation, they decide to go to school (despite not having any classes to attend) and just hang out together. They take this time to clean up the music room, empty out their desks (well Yui and Ritsu do since the others had already completed this task), follow Nodoka around, and have tea. Now that I think back through the episode, it’s sort of like watching them do nothing since nothing they did was of great significance, but at the same time, it wasn’t boring to watch. It was good they started with the mundane things though (what do you do in school when you don’t have class?) and finished the episode with more important matters like leaving behind a legacy. Sure cassette tapes are sorely outdated but it was a great idea to record all their songs to leave for future generations. I just hope they didn’t record over the previous Light Music Club’s songs…
What kills me is knowing that the chances of us hearing “Honey Sweet Tea Time” now are pretty much nil – but it was on their list of songs to record! I’d settle for having it played in the background while something else happens in the foreground of the show; I won’t ask for a flashy performance or any fancy costumes. Just give Mugi her song! And please: Give the people what they want – which is more Mugi in this case.
It’s interesting that the creators got the sentimentality of our girls graduating out of the way (so to speak) in earlier episodes, like after the School Festival and last week with Azusa coming to realize that her sempai were leaving her. This week there were reminders that things were coming to a close (like when Yui finally realized it was their last day, or Mugi and Mio noting that their classroom felt “different”) but nothing that stirs the heart enough to warrant tears, which, in a way, is also suitable, because while the girls are indeed moving on, it’s just another part of life. If these girls are lucky, they’ll be like Sawako and her friends from high school, though hopefully they’ll jam a little more.
Though next week’s episode will be the last (I’m presuming), I’m excited for it to come. I want to see how the show will be wrapped up and what happens to the Light Music Club after our seniors are graduated, gone, and have passed it down to Azusa to continue. Will Jun and Ui join? They’d still be missing one person to make it a proper club. It would be sad if the Light Music Club dissolved after this year but at the same time, I’m not exactly interested in seeing how it continues without Mugi and the others (entertaining though it may be, it’s just not the same). And I say Mugi not just because she’s my favourite, but who would provide the tea after she’s gone? …Ui would, I suppose. She is well suited for that. But then again, the Light Music Club and After School Tea Time will no longer be synonymous once the four seniors have graduated.
My last wish from the last episode would be to see a glimpse of our girls in University/College and to see how Azusa fares as the new senior in Sakura High. I’m still wondering if After School Tea Time will stay together, and I wonder if they’d stay together as a band, playing in public venues. …I wonder if they’ll do that in an extra episode like how they did with the “Live” last season.
Whatever we get, and however it goes, I’m prepared to say good-bye to K-On. But I’ll save that for next week.