K-ON!! Episode 3

April 21, 2010

We’re only three episodes into K-ON!!, but already there’s potential for a full-on band crisis, as Ritsu makes the shocking revelation that she doesn’t want to be the drummer any more. So, what is the reason for this sudden change of heart? Put simply, some DVDs of previous performances have brought to her attention the fact that she’s hidden away in the shadows behind her drum kit all the time, meaning that she doesn’t get any of the exposure or attention afforded the other girls.So, Ritsu takes it upon herself to try out some of the band’s other instruments, with a short but quickly abortive attempt at playing guitar (which reminded me rather too vividly on my own attempts to be taught to play a few chords by friends in the past) and a rather more “successful” (or at least entertaining) stint with Mugi’s keyboard. As for Mio’s bass, she won’t let anyone touch her position in the band, so that’s off-limits from the outset.

Of course, it’s no spoiler to say that all’s well that ends well and come the end of the episode normal service has been resumed after a second change of heart from Ritsu, but the intervening period is by far the funniest and best episode of K-ON!! thus far for me, and possibly one of the better episodes of the franchise overall in terms of comedy. Almost from beginning to end, this instalment was packed with funny moments and great little one-liners, the likes of which the series occasionally forgets to employ but used almost perfectly here without losing the usual light and fluffy touch that we’ve all come to expect from the series. If you’re really looking to be critical then you could argue that we could have delved into the deeper reasoning behind Ritsu’s crisis behind the drum kit than we did here, but at the end of the day this is K-ON!!, and I’m pretty confident in saying that nobody is sitting down to watch this every week for deep character introspection – Nor should they be, this was the franchise at its funniest and most fun.

Oh, and this episode references both Keith Moon and the The Who, which makes me a very happy man indeed.



  1. Awesome as usual..the art/animation budget on this is at a whole new level it seems. They really are putting a fair amount of cash into the sequel unlike the first season which had shoddy animation and lousy art compared to other KyoAni stuff. I guess they’re using the mountains of money they got from the first season to animate this one.

  2. Yui is what makes this show so enjoyable =D
    Everything she say and does is always so cute and out of the blue it’s impossible not to smile (^.^)

    Glad Ritsu realised just how awesome drums really are, even though the (as pointed her to the extreme) is usually the one least seen it’s definitely the instrument most heard. Drums are the rhythm and heartbeat of a great song.

  3. I’m not a fan of Ritsu so………… 3/5. It was okay but… meh need more about Azusa, it is like she is not even important anymore.

  4. K-ON just seems to… be losing a lot of its touch. I was completely bored of this episode and nearly sick and tired of them playing Mio’s scaredy cat routine again.

    • In a way this is true. They are portraying Mio in a totally different way so far this season. Mio is my favorite character next to Azu~nyan so I am sad about that too D=

  5. This episode was cute =3
    I always like to feel closer to the characters, to learn about their background, why they are doing things, and that’s what this episode was all about.
    Honestly, these things get lost in most stories, not only anime, so I especially liked to see a touch of it in K-ON!! =3

  6. Mio getting scared at every little thing is getting quite annoying, though.. I got a good laugh at the part where Yui “communicates” with Ritsu.

    “Just as Planned….”

    Is Sawa-chan too hot for words or what? lol

  7. K-on!! is a bit more serious (just a tiny bit) than its predecessor, or so it seems.

    I quite liked this episode, although I would agree that Ritsu is not exactly the most exciting thing to watch for twenty minutes. Mio’s gags, too, are wearing a bit thin, but I guess that’s okay.

  8. Mio was scared of a god damn turtle. Why would I want to keep on watching a girl that’s literally scared of every and any thing? It’s not moe anymore. It’s just pitiful and pathetic on her part. 😦

  9. You can tell that Yui, despite still being a ditz, has matured a bit. In the end, she actually gave some worthy advice. Also, we again see that when she starts something, she doesn’t stop till she gets results.

    It was to be expected that Ritsu couldn’t play anything else but drums. Pretty much every band member has her own designated spot and it’s not easy to change that.

  10. Another great episode, and watching Yui with the turtle I felt like doing the same the same watching her through this monitor. Ritsu has interesting problems, though I won’t fully get most of it untill the subs. That teachers getto mask was too funny.

  11. You can tell that Yui, despite still being a ditz, has matured a bit. In the end, she actually gave some worthy advice. Also, we again see that when she starts something, she doesn’t stop till she gets results.

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  13. Yay they got a new song!
    Nice to see more Ritsu. Yui is cute as always.
    The reference to Moon was cool too.

  14. So we don’t get to hear the new song next episode? Signs of music here but we’ll have to wait a while…

    Ritsu isn’t my favorite character, so an episode about her is meh. It was good, but just didn’t like it very much.

    Yeah, everyone forgot Ton-chan…will he get an episode of his own too?

    Wonder what Sawa-chan looked like behind that mask?

    Field trip eh? Without Azusa and Ton-chan?

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