Friday, 12 June 2009

K-ON! - Episode 11

As another school festival rolls around once again, it seems like the light music club are lurching from one crisis to the next as they prepare for said festival.

For starters, and as per club tradition, Ritsu has forgotten to hand in the paperwork to book the auditorium for the band's performance, which in turn raises another question - Just what is their band called anyhow? There's little time to worry about that though, as Azusa notices the shocking state of Yui's guitar, which is in dire need of some maintenance. So, off to the guitar shop the group trudges, leaving Mugi to save the say once again on account of Yui's... err... "lack of common sense", let's just politely say.

So, Yui's guitar is fixed, but the same can't be said for some of the relationship's within the club, as Mio and Ritsu's friendship becomes strained seemingly to breaking point, until one day Ritsu simply stops turning up to the club. Have things really gotten that bad between the pair of them? This is K-ON!, of course it isn't that bad!

It may be lacking in the actual music department, but once again this (seemingly penultimate) episode of K-ON! contained everything you could ask for from it, giving you that wonderful warm and fuzzy Friday feeling in which it delights while also serving up some genuinely funny and/or sweet moments during the course of the episode (with my personal highlight this time around being Yui's revelation that she dresses up her guitar... like you do). It may not be a classic in the same way of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya or Lucky Star, but in its own way K-ON! is proving itself worthy of its intense fan adoration much of the time, not just for being "moe", but for being a genuinely warm and funny slice of life series. Now, if they can just finish it off with a closing episode depicting the girls school festival performance, in full and without cutting away to anything else, then we can all go away exceedingly happy. How's that for a deal, KyoAni?


CH Makoto said...

From what I can tell from the preview it looks like Ui is going to fill in for her sister and steal her thunder in the next episode, which I hope isn't the last. It would be sad to see Yui outclassed in everything by Ui.

Nikhil Rajagopalan said...

Somehow the charm that this show started off with is starting to fade. I remember how I used to love Kannagi and couldn't wait till the next episode aired. K-On! shows a lot of potential but it turned out to be a moe-fest by episode 9-10.Sadly I have to add this to my dropped list.