Om nom nom
What’s this now, a yuri harem anime?
Okay, which one of you lunkheads confessed to Yui?
This episode was an all-Azusa special. We got to find out about the pint-sized guitar player’s personality and skill, and had some drama thrown into this mostly light-hearted series.
Newbie looking too damn cute
Azusa may be a new member to the light music club but her skill with a guitar isn’t a beginner’s. Heck, with her parents being in a jazz band, you might say that music’s in her blood. Contrast that with Yui’s amateurism and we get an interesting senpai-kohai role reversal.
GET MAD ABOUT MUSIC!!
However Yui isn’t above asking (read: begging) Azusa for help. Yui also proves what some may have suspected: her guitar-playing has more of an instinctive nature rather than technical. Cast your mind back to episode 4, when she quickly picked up the tune from last year’s live performance.
Yui’s special technique: Vulcan Moé Embrace
I get the feeling that Yui’s older-sister instincts were bottled up until now, when she gets to unleash them upon Azusa with much enthusiasm (and joy for Tsumugi). Her techniques wouldn’t have been of any use to Ui who’s the more composed of the two siblings.
The creation of Azu-nyan results…
… in delight for (almost) all
Azusa needed some sort of gimmick to further make her stand out from the rest of the band, and of course Sawako was the one to enact this. She is the kitten of the group, and Yui at least is probably going to keep treating her as such.
Mugi Moment number… Too Many To Count
The problem with Azusa for most of this episode is that she’s almost too eager to be playing music with the rest of the music club. She’s acting on the assumption that she’s in the club to play music and nothing else, and it isn’t until she almost quits that Azusa figures out the real reason why she joined the club.
It’s a must to smile when you rock
In fact this is a life lesson that can apply to people in all walks of life: it’s not what you do, it’s who you do it with. Doubly so when you’re still in school, because when you’re released from this closed environment into the world, you might not see a lot of your classmates again (for better or for worse).
Incidentally it’s Ritsu who figures out to break the tension by putting on an impromptu performance for Azusa, which also lets her meditate upon her reason for being in the clubroom. More indisputable evidence that Ritsu freakin’ owns.
Azusa, I think this is the start of a beautiful friendship
Editorial: I took a ridiculous number of screen captures for this episode, and had one hell of a time narrowing the selection down to just these.
Oh captain my captain <3