K-On Season 2 Episode 27
What this is about: Watching all of the anime shows so you don’t have to! — In addition to taking a look at the first episode of every show from the Spring 2011 anime season that has been subtitled and giving it a thumbs-up or thumbs-down, I am also going back and cleaning up loose ends for shows from 2010 I may have missed or have recently become available. For more information about me and my reviews, click here.
Series Premise: Yui has always been a carefree soul, wandering her way through school without any goals in life — until the day she decided to join the Light Music Club, despite not knowing how to play any instrument. With only four members in the club, they form a band, After School Tea-Time, and in the process form a close friendship that lasts throughout their high school years. Now the original members are all seniors, and with four members of the club graduating at the end of the year, that will leave just one junior member, and they decide to make the best of their final year while they can. A 13-episode series in 2009 was followed by a 26-episode series in 2010, with an extra DVD 27th episode in March 2011.
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ep. tl;dr review: Girls plan for an overseas trip; Just more of the girls acting stupid and doing pointless things, as usual.
Episode Summary: On a whim, the girls of the light music club decide to plan for a grand overseas adventure for graduation. They spend some time discussing where they want to go, without coming to any decisions. They do some light shopping without really buying anything, and then realize that most of them do not have passports. After gathering all of their documents together and some unexpected tribulations, they finally get their passports — ready for a trip if they could ever decide exactly what they want to do.
My Reaction: K-On has been one of the most popular and successful anime shows of the past few years, and people seem to either love it or hate it with a seething passion. I’m kinda in the middle, I found the original series decent enough but nothing special (final grade: “B”), but ended up largely unimpressed with the second season, dropping it after the 9th episode. I did return eventually to complete the series, giving the second season a tepid final grade of “C”. There were occasional funny parts, but by-and-large it was a show where nothing happened, and I left it feeling as if there was no point in watching it at all.
Part of my problem, I believe, is that I was hoping that there would be something that would happen during the series, especially with the one junior member going through great angst about being left behind when everyone else graduates. Perhaps I should not have expected much of anything, because ultimately it was just one episode after another of the girls doing stupid/silly/inconsequential stuff, just being silly high school friends and goofing around. I like to compare it to Seinfeld, where it is a show about “nothing”, where the destination is irrelevant and it’s all about the journey. Perhaps if I had that frame of mind in the first place, I might have judged the second season of pointless meandering more kindly.
This extra 27th episode is a perfect example of what the second season was all about. It starts out with grand plans for a big trip outside of Japan. But they can’t come to any consensus, and only have vague ideas of what they like. They get distracted with side projects such as taking self-defense lessons and fooling around while taking passport photos. As the episode closes, the concept of a vacation is still nothing more than a vague concept, but it doesn’t really matter because the girls had fun just playing around at planning…the end.
Frankly, it’s quite simple. If you enjoyed the second season of K-On, then you’ll enjoy this extra episode just the same. For me, however, I ended up somewhat disappointed with the season, and ended up equally disappointed with the extra episode.
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- A Sampling of the Blog-Roll of Reviews:
- “In a lot of ways, this bonus episode felt like the perfect setup towards the movie that will be released at the end of this year. The thought of “the adventures of HTT overseas” had crossed my mind, but in reality the movie will focus on a period of time back in Sakura High that hasn’t been shown yet.” – Random Curiosity
- “The only bad thing I can say about this episode is, it ends too soon. Ugh, I guess I’ll have to wait until the movie comes out to get my adorable slice of life fix. Grade: 5/5.” – Geek Revolt
- “While I’m not really the biggest fan of this series, I will admit that I got a few good laughs here, especially at some of Yui’s antics near the middle of the episode. In the end, this OVA is pretty much the typical slice of life episode that this series is well known for. Grade: 3.5/5.” – Emory Anime Club
- “I must say that an episode about getting passports might of been very boring. Yet… it was brilliantly executed to bring out comedy and interest. Mio freaking out during the photo moment was golden~ Bringing out each characters characteristics in one episode was greatly executed as well. Grade: 9.9/10.” – Sekijitsu
- “In short, this is typical K-ON – it’s light, it’s fluffy, it provides a few good laughs and it’s simply a slice of enjoyable entertainment; exactly why most of us are hooked on this series in the first place.” – Hanners’ Anime Blog