Sakurakou Light Music Club reforms as Beach Girls
Wherein the Light Music Club goes to the beach, shapes up, and rocks out.
Respect. My. AUTHORITAH!
Once again, the anime has done a spectacular job of filling out the original manga’s story-line. In this episode we got to see Mio get serious about the music club, which is quite a change from the early days where she was a reluctant recruit. Mio didn’t strike me as an interesting character in the first three episodes, so it was great to see her being pushed to the forefront and being shown her thoughts about the band.
“More jello… wrestling with Mio… heehee…”
Tsumugi also got some well-needed emphasis. To my mind, she was portrayed as a stereotypical “moe-blob”, but her performance in episode 4 acted as a confirmation of her role in the music club – that is, the band’s “quiet strength” and chief morale officer. She manages to ease Mio’s worries about whether the band was just treading water and not achieving anything.
Whenever I feel down, I’m just going to look at this picture.
I loved how Yui and Ritsu were in-sync for pretty much the whole “training camp”. I liked to view it in the sense that Ritsu’s enthusiasm was the catalyst for the band to get into the spirit of the thing, though Yui was already hitting it off with her before the camp with the maid cafe/haunted house tussle.
Yui’s “Budokan rehearsal” was another shining moment in this episode. It was a chance for Yui to show off her passion for the music club, and her rockin’ stage moves. She even picked out the tune from the tape recording – looks like those impromptu practice session during test time actually paid off.
The rest of the band discovers Yui wearing her bikini top “Aya-style”
Editorial: I made a ridiculous number of screen captures for this episode – 155 to be exact. It was really hard picking out just a few to use.
Also, no-one mentioned my Wayne’s World reference in the episode 2 review. I feel so old now.
Missing: one Yui head, stolen by passing sand-hawk.