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K-ON!! Episode 6

May 13, 2010

After a couple of episodes detailing the fun and frolics in Kyoto (and of course the slightly less fun times had by those left behind), normal service is resumed as we hit episode six of K-ON!!… although with Japan’s rainy season in full swing, life is tough for anyone looking to carry an instrument to and from school every day.Well okay, it isn’t that tough unless your Yui, whose love affair with Gitah goes to ever more ridiculous lengths, particularly when it comes to making sure “he” stays dry from the rain at her own expensive – A scenario which at least brings us one great slapstick moment as Yui loses her footing.

Once the soaked Yui arrives at school, she finds herself in the care of the rest of the light music club girls as they go about drying her off, finding her a change of clothes (before quickly learning that a maid outfit isn’t suitable school attire) and eventually helping her to iron and generally sort out her clothes once they’ve dried. The continuing rain eventually leaves to a difficult night without Gitah for Yui after her other efforts to keep “him” dry fail, while her particular brand of enthusiasm even seems to be rubbing off on Mio and Asuza.

By this juncture I think it’s fair to say that the tone has well and truly been set of K-ON!! – It’s all about being light and fluffy, never mind about the substance… or the music for that matter. Yet despite its almost vacuous subject matter, it still continues to work its magic thanks to some excellent character animation and the occasion jokes and comic moments that work perfectly in both execution and timing. I still worry that this particular shtick will become tiring if we really are going all the way to the twenty episode mark and beyond, but for now K-ON!! continues to be the most relaxing anime-related indulgence you can sink into with the guarantee of a bright and breezy smile come rain or shine.

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