Wednesday, 30 June 2010

K-ON!! - Episode 13

It's still very much summer - Not just here, but also in the world of K-ON, as we return to the light music club girls after their Summer Fest adventure last episode. However, this post-festival time is proving to be a rather boring one for Azusa, who is left feeling tired and with nothing to do while the rest of her band-mates get down to the serious business of studying at this important time in their school lives.

Luckily for Azusa she still has Ui and, later, Jun, to hang out with, although her tiredness means that such scenes are intermingled with trips into the wonderful world of the littlest light music club member's head - One can only wonder what substances Azusa partook in the consumption of during the Summer Fest juding by what we see here, from Yui's watermelon eating fantasies through to Mugi's desperate desire to win a pack of tissues and the new craze sweeping the nation that is navigating water slides at the pool while holding a bowl of yakisoba. Actually, now I come to think about it none of these things really are that bizarre when you place them into the context of Yui and company.

Anyway, as per usual K-ON manages to make something out of nothing, taking a character's boredom and yet making it both funny and oddly relaxing to watch after a long day at the office. It's also quite nice to get a bit of a break from the regular girls and give the younger characters another outing, which helps to keep things fresh over what's going to be a pretty long season for a series of this ilk. The only downside to this particular instalment is that it reminded me of a certain other Kyoto Animation series that decided to repeat a similar set of summer activities eight times. Now that was a long, long summer.... KyoAni knows what I did last summer, but I'll be damned if I'm taking part in the sequel!


Anonymous said...

Unlike a certain fiasco, however, all the iterations took place within the same episode. If they had done so last year, they wouldn't have alienated all their fans, while being able to convey a feeling of repetition - which by definition is dull.

Not the best K-ON episode by a long chalk, but it wasn't terrible either. If anything, Azusa was really cute

Anonymous said...

I may be reading into this too much, but in the festival scene when Yui takes Azusa's hand but loses her in the crowd, did that symbolize their eventual separation? The crowd representing life or society and the separation meaning that Azusa cannot follow them? Then Jun and Ui coming out meaning that they'll still be together or something like that? I hope they remain a band after high school. I mean, they only have 10 or 11 more episodes right? Hopefully (but unlikely of course) KyoAni decides to take this series in a slightly more serious direction. That's a pipe dream of course...