K-ON! 09Posted: May 30, 2009
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Some things I liked:
Azusa’s character: she isn’t just your average loli, nor is she copypasta from Lucky Star. Though some might find her desire to be productive as annoying, I find it unique and refreshing, bringing something new to an otherwise pretty predictable anime.
The humor: for the first time since episode 1, I felt that this was a true KyoAni work (though of course, it doesn’t make up for all that painfully direct and stupid humor in recent episodes).
We can see a few more recurring jokes starting to form in this episode: Azusa’s love for cake, Azusa’s treatment as the new Mio, etc. I can only hope that they aren’t used too much, or else their effect will probably become as bad as Mio’s “fetal position in a corner” deal.
Some things I didn’t like:
Just about anything with Sawako-sensei in it: she makes what could have been an incredible episode into a pile of stupid humor. I don’t care how insistent KyoAni/original mangaka is/was on delivering fanservice via random outfits courtesy of Sawako-sensei, but I think it’s just stupid. Non-sequitur may work well in some anime, but it flat-out fails in K-ON!.
The ending: because every anime needs a clichéd theme, be it “the power of friendship,” “believing in oneself,” or “life sucks.”
The OP: Either put Azusa in all of the scenes, or leave her out! What’s the point of inserting her in the band scenes and not the random running/stepping on stones/etc. scenes?
Oh, and I liked the new ED: