K-On 27: This is the series that never ends, and this is how it goes…

Recently released was the extra K-On episode that came out with the DVDs. While the episode has been floating around for a wee bit, the subs that had been released were questionable at best, so I waited for the Coalguys release. Now with that release, I can finally get one more taste of the adventures of the five girls before saying good-bye forev-

Oh, who am I kidding? With recent announcements of not just one, but two sequel mangas, it should be obvious by now that the adventures of the girls with continue on forever, or at least as long as the fans demand it. We’ll eventually end up with a Crankshaft version of K-On with the girls in old age. That’s one thing you can bet on.

But there’s nothing wrong with more episodes of these cute girls in action. Fyi, check out the new writers and say hi while you’re here reading this, if you haven’t already.

No, this is not a Christmas episode, despite what the opening shots might make it seem.

In summery, some gifts from Mugi’s last oversea trip inspire the girls to take an oversea trip after graduation. They debate over where to go, and then without reaching a conclusion, start to prepare for their trip. The cover some basic concerns, such as self defense, and the language barrier. From there, the girls go on to get passports and start to pack. By the end of the episode, the girls still haven’t decided where to go, but they’re excited to have something to look forward to.

Yui knows how to say the important things.

As an extra episode, I felt that this was excellent. The pacing was consistent through the episode and it felt complete, which are some of the most important things for me regarding an episode. That and it just hit all the right keys with me, being funny at points yet touching at others. If you’re going to tell a complete story in one episode, this is how it should be done. It was disappointing that the girls never decided where to go and we never got to see the trip but unfortunately it makes sense. The 4-koma ended when the girls graduated and the trip would have happened post graduation. Other high points include the high quality of animation. It was top notch in this episode.

I love her eternal optimisim.

One part of interest to me was seeing the differences between getting a passport in Japan and here in America.When I ended up getting a passport picture taken, I don’t remember it too clearly, but I do remember I had to get a picture taken just for the passport, and that submitting a photo wasn’t an option.

Sawako deserves a mention. Poor Sawako also appeared in this episode, who ends up with the fantasy that she’ll go overseas for her honeymoon. Don’t worry Sawako, I believe you’ll be married someday! Gay marriage will be legal, and then you can marry your bff from your former band days!