k-on!! 18

Categories: episodic review, k-on


“I see! Only Mio fits Ro-‘Mio’!”

A pair of star-crossed lovers indeed.


“The weakest goes to the wall.”

The secretly underrated part of this episode is Yui trying to be tree. Awesome. It’s going to be harder for her to master that than for Keanu Reeves to master being a romantic comedy lead in A Walk in the Clouds. (Or, really, any role outside of high school stoner.) But Yui here reminds me of an old Dilbert axiom: remove the idiots from the productive flow, and Nodoka did just that. I’m convinced that if Nodoka were in charge of BP, the oil flow would have been capped ages ago. If she were in charge of Celestial Being, we’d be enjoying a period of unprecedented peace. If she were in charge of Taco Bell, it would win the fast food wars and become the supreme restaurant of a new golden age.


“Not stepping o’er the bounds of modesty”

I’m thinking of a number between 1 and 100. Yeah, it’s not 5.

(I like how Mio just broke down and started laughing. She broke down so often this episode and was absolutely cute each time. Now I see why everyone voted for her. Good choice.)


“Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast”

So cute. I was a bit disappointed that Mugi didn’t put a little Mugilicious flair into the play. I mean… wow… the things she could have done. I’m looking forward to seeing (1) Mio attempt to swordfight (2) Ritsu and Mio dancing (3) Mugi changing the ending such that they don’t kill themselves, Romeo is revealed to not have a Johnny, and they move to Los Angeles where they get married int he presence of George Takai.

(And, yes, I would like to see someone replace the script there with Hitoha’s book. Mio’s reaction to that would be fantastic.)

(Also, yes, gay marriage jokes are as overused right now as “Maybe BP can put a cap on Levi Johnston’s penis” jokes. We need another celebrity to screw up and get into the news. How’s Britney Spears doing? Haven’t heard from her in a while.)


“Alack, there lies more peril in thine eye /
Than twenty of their swords.”

Loved how Mio and Ritsu cowered when Sawa-chan “volunteered” to be the costume designer. Loved how Sawa-chan “volunteered” to be said costume designer. Loved how Sawa-chan gave Nodoka a firm death grip when she “volunteered” to be the costume designer. Perfect choice. We have a pantheon-class costume rapist and two unwilling subjects. Match.com couldn’t have made a better pairing.


“Saint-seducing gold”

So many girls in the class with double ponytails… my gosh… if my high school were populated with disproportionately so many girls with double ponytails, I would have flunked. Twice. We need to get a Head of the Class-ish spin-off with the other girls in this class. Major talent to be mined.


“But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? /
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun. /
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon, /
Who is already sick and pale with grief /
That thou, her maid, art far more fair than she…”

Perfect line for a perfect K-On!! moment. Gotta love how they finally got to the “work as a meido to overcome Mio’s shyness” chapter in. Mio did not disappoint, though Kyoto should have worked in more glamor and moe shots of Mio… in fact, we should get a thirty minute OVA special just for this. Disappointed.


“Her beauty makes /
This vault a feasting presence full of light.”

Mio… butt of another fat joke… and a boob joke. Pobrecita. Though looks like delicious Mugi cakes finally are getting to her. Man, fat jokes and stage freight… she’s taken a beating this chapter like my wallet after I discovered where this meido cafe is.

(Make no mistake about it. If I find this meido cafe with Afternoon Tea Time working there, I would patronize it like Norm and Cliff at Cheers.)


“This bud of love, by summer’s ripening breath, /
May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.”

I think Afternoon Tea Time working at this Mugi cafe is the Miami Heat of meido cafe. Mio and Mugi are LeBron and Wade respectively. They’re going to put up the big numbers and play in crunch time. Azu-nyan is Bosh. Not quite good enough to be the top meido on a championship meido cast, but she is superb as a third wheel and complements Mio and Mugilicious nicely. Yui would be Mike Miller (goofy white perimeter shooter) with Ritsu being Mario Chalmers. And, of course, Nodoka is Pat Riley.

(This has to be my greatest analogy of the month. I can go for another 25 days, and I won’t be able to top Mugi taking over for Mio at crunch time because Mio freezes. Remember, it’s Mugi’s team… Mio is just along for the ride.)

(Enjoy Mugi’s casual clothes… very Mugilicious. I also like Azu-nyan’s blazer/skirt/tights combo. Swiftly approved. She looks like she could have been Samwise Gamgee’s classmate in School Ties.)


“True, I talk of dreams, /
Which are the children of an idle brain, /
Begot of nothing but vain fantasy.”

I liked Mio trying to convince herself it’s still a dream… spin the top, Mio… spin the top. And, yes, an Inception parody of K-On! or vice-versa would just be the collision of two worlds never meant to collide. I.e., Capulet and Montague.


“Adversity’s sweet milk, philosophy.”

Loved the scene with Mio trying to obtain a pen from Yui. It was like watching Abbott and Costello or Fry and Bender or Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld or Dana Carvey and Mike Myers or Hosaka and Haruka or Ron Artest and Ron Artest.


“When King Cophetua loved the beggar maid”

Sounds poetic right? Well, if you translate that into 2010 terms, it actually turns out to be:

“When the hordes of fanboys twitpic’ed the meido Mio PVC statues at Comiket 78”

I think that’s about right. Honestly, I think meido Mio needs to make an appearance at least every five episodes and needs to spill at least one drink. Let’s put it into her contract. Anyway, I first read Romeo and Juliet for a book report in high school. Now that I think about it (i.e. skimming Cliff Notes because of this episode), it’s yet another story that could have been resolved by technology. Imagine if Romeo and Juliet could text or tweet each other. None of this would have happened. Instead, the Capulets and Montagues would just deface each other’s Facebook walls while leaving poor Yelp reviews for each other’s restaurants. That’s why we can’t have another Romeo and Juliet… technology has just made everything immediate and anti-romantic. Sigh. Technology does ruin everything.

*hugs my iPad*


“See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand! /
O that I were a glove upon that hand, /
That I might touch that cheek!”

We need to surround Mio with throw pillows at all times. You hear me? At all times.

16 Responses to “k-on!! 18”

  1. O –Mio, –Mio! wherefore art thou –Mio?
    Deny thy father and refuse thy name!
    Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
    And I’ll no longer be a Tainaka.

  2. Needs more pictures.
    But aside from that everything is just fine.

  3. If Nodaka were in charge of the Wolves, they might actually be relevant.

  4. What I found a bit weird was that the entire class didn’t have the common sense to reverse Mio’s and Ritsu’s roles, because Ritsu is obviously the tomboy and Mio the girly girl. Either that or they were too overcome by the prospect of seeing Mio much more embarrassed than usual. And yes, I realize that doing it the other way around won’t make for a lot of laughs. Oh well, there’s still the next episode, so I’ll just keep expecting the twist will be that they decide to swap roles at the last moment.

  5. Oh, if only Nodoka was the head of Celestial Being. Well she could be in some re-write that could be plot twist. I can see it now, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ok0_sjTF4PQ : head of CB yet actually the mastermind behind everything as a Ribbons.
    Can’t wait for the play performance next week.

  6. Now that Jason mentioned it there ARE a lot of twintail variations in Sawako’s class. Who’s willing to bet that there was a twintail-lovers revolt in KyoAni recently that overthrew the old ponytail-loving hierarchy?

  7. Huzzah! My Mio episode, and it did not disappoint!!

    On top of that, we got a Mio-ponytail in the set, so I will not complain!

    Roles – everyone knows Romio gets all the cool parts, and people of Mio-fanclub will want to see that, instead of her flustering about to her eventual death.

  8. Her fangirls want her to be their personal Romeo.

  9. Was I the only one who found the fact that Himeko (Tachibana) was the one going against Mio for the role of Romeo?

  10. Funny, I mean. (My kingdom for an edit function!)

  11. I was a bit disappointed that Mugi didn’t put a little Mugilicious flair into the play.

    Well we haven’t actually seen much of the play so far, and Mugi did say she’d have to rewrite the screen play when Mio and Ritsu were voted in. I’m expecting she’ll try to add an extra scene in Act 3, between Scenes 3 and 5.

  12. I would patronize it like Norm and Cliff at Cheers.
    I think you mean like the san baka at Maid Latte.
    And you could easily get a modern day Romeo and Juliet if the phone died or the power went out. The rivalling families is more problematic, maybe 2 hardline political parties? There must be tons of modernizations of it by now… (surprised you didn’t refer to the anime version of it as well)

  13. To be honest, the Azusa blue blazer thing just doesn’t work in my opinion. And Mio’s hoodie looks a bit on the chavish side. The rest were dressed fine though.

  14. Holy fucking shit, they did it. It really did brought a tear to my eye. Oh man, best day ever.

  15. he he he

    i read romeo and juliet for english last year guess it was of some use

  16. Nice Demolition Man reference, Jason. Mugi is indeed extremely competent – if she and Yuki Nagato had a contest of competence, I think it’s even money either way.

    And I finally realized that the “Derailed by Darry” RSS feed was no longer updating and switched to the Blogsuki one. Just caught up on a few months of entries all at once.

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