The calm before the storm
In which Ritsu finally snaps and gives Mio some “yan-yan”. Higurashi ain’t got nothin’ on this plot twist.
Okay, that’s not how the episode quite pans out. The light music club is gearing up for the next school festival and, against Mio’s protests, Sawako shows the footage from last year to Azusa – including “that stage accident”. In her usual airheaded style, Yui shows her lack of knowledge with guitar maintenance, prompting a trip to the music store.
The Mugi-Mania Mob makes its move
While Mio goes bonkers over a new bunch of left-handed instruments, Yui’s guitar (sorry, Gitah) gets a once-over. Yui looks especially precious when her guitar is being “deflowered”. Luckily, Tsumugi’s status as the store-owner’s daughter means they get this one for free. However, something goes awry between Ritsu and Mio.
You gotta problem wit’ dat?
Seeing as they’ve been friends since they were young, Ritsu is getting just a bit jealous of Mio’s friendship with Nodoka. Things come to a head when they confront each other about this during practice, leading to an awkward stand-off.
This time, Azusa’s distraction pays off to get the ball rolling again. Nice use of the cat-ears, kiddo. But Ritsu doesn’t seem to be in the mood for practice – angst-caused apathy, perhaps?
It’s tiring work being this cute
Thankfully it’s nothing quite so dramatic: Ritsu’s down for the count with the flu. Mio visits her and they have a little bonding session (NOT LIKE THAT), and the rest of the band get to see Ritsu convalescing in a moéful manner. Yui then proceeds to “match wavelengths” once again and promptly falls asleep too.
Another prospective album cover
With Ritsu back in action, the band is at full strength. Sawako reaches the end of her tether and gives the band a name, and everything looks peachy-keen. Until Yui sneezes.
At least they weren’t out of breath
Editorial: when Mio is wondering why Ritsu isn’t around, Tsumugi and Yui arrive at the classroom together. Furthermore, at 17:50, it’s clearly visible that their hair is slightly dishevelled. Just what kind of after-school activity were they up to…? *a scent of lilies wafts through the room*
Oh God the moé