My relationship with K-ON! has been a complicated one.
It’s been an interesting ride since my initial derision of the 4koma-inspired iyashikei series about foetal high school girls eating cake and occasionally picking up instruments, but it has ultimately been a rewarding one.
There are so many gripping moments in the final episode of K-ON! that it would be impossible to list them all. But there are definitely words that will stay with me for a long time, Sawako’s “how could I possibly erase this” being foremost among them.
Is K-ON! a favorite? Yes.
Is it in the top 10? I don’t know. I did away with rankings when Aria the Origination ended.
But Yui and Nodoka exchanging their secret handshake, Azusa turning to follow her bandmates with her eyes and running into a wall, Sawako’s fretting during the ceremony, a failed game of telephone, Yui’s relaxing metaphors… who would have thought that ultimately Yui would prove the best rhetor of Houkago Tea Time?
It’s the stuff of beauty.
It’s “wonderful”—and that’s what’s so wonderful about it.
Tomorrow morning, Azusa will wake up, greet President Ton-chan, and head downstairs to lift the storefront blinds. But it isn’t time for “her” keionbu, it isn’t time for “her” Aqua. Because she, unlike Akari, is not alone.
The rest of HTT will be with her forever.
Another mythic line to add to the collection.
these notes are like lelouch's head to the boot of this post's suzaku
it is moist & delicious meta
and it's not even a lie!