That’s my review for this episode: “Meh.” I’ve never really been fond of this whole episode-by-episode blogging thing, and I’ve always viewed it as a necessary evil. The format lends itself too much to the “Greatest. Episode. Ever.” or “Worst. Episode. Ever.” magnification effect. There’s also less material to work with, which makes writing a good post harder. There’s no way I could have written any episodic post that could have surpassed “paint it red”.
I find the same troubles for K-On!. It’s one of those series that I know I have bits and pieces of material from every episode– from Mugi’s preferences to Mio’s Mikuruness– that would be better if I had waited. Eh, oh well, meh. That’s how I feel about this episode. It’s a meh episode with a meh blog post and soon riddled with meh comments. Meh.
Only… there’s a problem…
This shouldn’t have been a “meh” episode. It should have been an easy lay up, and instead looks more like a broken play with Marbury tossing up a bad three from the outside corner. Let’s see… the original material had the pop music club performing on stage in outfits that can be best described as “cute crashes into goth” and had an epic Mio panty flash. Not only that, it’s a band performance scene with a ruined for marriage moment. Who else does either better than Kyoto Animation? Maybe the expectations were too high, but it felt like they could have done more. Let’s start with the song…
I’m still not sure of what the name of it is supposed to be. That’s a problem. I blame Ritsu’s poor MC job of not announcing the song’s and band’s name.
(Oh wait, she didn’t MC? No one MC’ed?)
The music video sequence confused me. Was Kyoto afraid that people would be bored staring at Mio singing and sweating? Did they need to apply that weird shading filter? What’s with the futuristicish-retro outfits combined with the Thelma and Louise backdrop? Was the original Sawako-approved cute goth outfits not good enough?
More importantly, why was Yui singing backup during the song? This made no sense– her voice is as cracked as the kneecaps of a cocaine dealer who just failed to pay his Mexican cartel overlords. So she can’t sing the main vocals, but she does backup? You have Mio’s lush vocals and then a split second later Yui’s broken voice? Why have Yui sing at all? She doesn’t sing in the manga.
(I’m sorry. It’ll be another six months or so before I associate “____ and peace” with anything other than meido guitar.)
I’ll never look at a bowl of rice the same way again.
(Kyoto’s been gun shy with their fanservice since Nayuki took off her shirt back in Kanon. Kyoto, you gave us countless amounts of joy with topless Tessa, disrobed Chidori, and purring Mao. Then you gave us a cornucopia of Mikuru and Haruhi. Don’t get shy on us– keep the fanservice rollin’. Dance with the one who brought ya.)
(We’ll forgive you for keeping Kyou fully clothed… what? She was fully clothed. Ahem, we’ll forgive you for keeping Kyou fully clothed for the gym locker scene, but at least give us the Miolicious fanservice that the source material calls for.)
There’s still a slim possibility that we do get that fanservice shot in the widescreen version. Have I mentioned how much I dislike 4:3 recently?
(Or do I need to wait for the 21:9 cinema version?)
I hoped you enjoyed this week’s edition of Mio’s cowering.
(Mio is the evolutionary Mikuru. She’s almost like the missing link between Mikuru and All-Woman Mikuru.)
A Mioblob is purdy darn cute too. Damn, if JC Staff made this show instead, we would have gotten a Mio-tan DVD extra where she’s in a band with Shana-tan (guitar), Index-tan (keyboard), and Potemayo (drums)… and Ritsu would have been a vengeful DFC. Uh, maybe it’s for the better they weren’t involved.
(Mmm… K-On! and Eden of the East crossover… I can imagine Mio’s dialogue… “Wait, how am I supposed to save the world? It’s too embarrassing! Ritsu, you do it!” I feel like this shit just writes itself sometimes. I mean the dialogue, not my blog posts… or was it the other way around?)
Still as moe as a Tsukasa assaulted by a reindeer.
(This would a great shot for a wallpaper…)
Ritsu’s mushroom reminds me of the mutants from Drifting Classroom. They’re safe to eat… safe to eat…eat eat eat and be full…
So while I was on the east coast, I had some time off one afternoon, so I wandered around the downtown of a large east coast city. I ran into a guy with Bleach‘s Kon hanging out from his backpack and a blue-haired lady with him (I’m guessing Scar-tan), so it was then I realized I was in the middle of an anime club meeting… in broad daylight… in the middle of a major metropolis. That’s the 21st century for ya. And not one of these people were dressed in a series that didn’t feature powering up and endless fighting.
(Another random item: apparently, Mio is a company that sells GPS-enabled electronics. I did a double take after seeing a “Mio’s Moov S501 and S401 finally go legit” headline on Engadget. I thought the Moov S501 and S401 were her right and left buttchecks respectively and not a GPS device. Though reading Engadget’s writeup, it doesn’t make me want to abandon my Garmin for a Mio unless that Mio gave directions like Mio… “But I can’t go on US 101… it’s too scary!”)
Mugi 4tw! Always dependable and a great follower. She’s the Itsuki to Yui’s Kyon.
Southpaw 4tw! Just adds to Miolicious’ appeal… bass paizuri… cowering moe mode… barnacles… perfect meido figure… hopes and dreams… and almost utter domination on gelbooru. The 5/8 stats are: Mio at 866, Yui at 460, Ritsu at 344, Mugi at 322, and Sawako-sensei at 17 with K-On! sitting at 1334.
Sawako-sensei (or Sawa-chan) reminds me more and more of the manager from Detroit Metal City. I can’t wait for her to barge into Mio’s room and start “redecorating” it in a manner for fit for whom we want Mio to be.
(Of course, I’m just looking forward to Yui’s epic sale of Mio to Sawako-sensei… “You can do anything you want to Mio for 24 hours!” I feel like this could also be a DVD bestseller. Hell, I even have a pre-order down for this imaginary product at Amazon.)
Sawako’s got some good taste. We need to hook her up with ef‘s Kuze…
(When I first saw this scene, I thought Mugi and Yui were going to chest bump in celebration. I was disappointed that they didn’t.)
I’ve been enthralled by this show on E! called “Fake or Real” where a panel of judges have to guess which one of three contestants have what plastic surgery done. For the most part, most of the people look like they have a bit too much work done. Most of the bodies are to human form as is what Code Geass is to philosophical anime. The judges are also trying too hard to crack sarcastic non-jokes. All-in-all, a fantastic waste of time, especially since it’s been airing after The Soup.
Anyway, I was delighted by last week’s episode where they marched three women on as contestants: one black lady who looked like a dude, one English woman who had teeth that should have, in my opinion, be censored, and an Asian girl who resembled Mio. Long black hair, slender, face with some baby fat, healthy red hue on the cheeks, and melonpan outside the normal measurements of a girl that size… so I thought at first it was a fake breasts episode. Nope. Wrong. It was to guess which one of these three used to be a guy. I said right then and there that it had to be the Asian girl since she had “anime proportions”, and, ten minutes later, I was right. Bottom line is that I went to sleep sobbing that night, which is what probably Mio did after the concert.
And, finally… shouldn’t they have used a striped pattern instead of polka dots for a Mio fan club?