K-On!! – Episode 4

“Field Trip!”
“Shūgaku Ryokō!” (修学旅行!)

The light music club seniors go on a school field trip to Kyoto. On the train there, Mio is a little annoyed at Yui and Ritsu’s childish behavior. Mio realizes that she will have to watch over both of them during the trip. After visiting various shrines and attractions, the group returns to the inn where the bad habits of the girls continue to annoy Mio as well as Sawako. The next day, they have a look around Kyoto, though Mio laments that no one wants to participate in any tourist activities. However, when they get lost on the way back to the train station along with Nodoka’s group, Mio gives in to the jokey nature of the others and loosens up for the rest of the trip. Continue reading “K-On!! – Episode 4”

Angel Beats! – Episode 4

Day Game

With Iwasawa gone, Yui suggests she take Iwasawa’s place as the vocalist, but the other SSS members do not agree. Yuri suggests that the SSS illegally participate in the upcoming baseball tournament and any SSS team which does worse than the NPC students will receive a punishment worse than death. Hinata starts with recruiting Otonashi, followed by hyperactive Yui (much to Hinata’s reluctance). Shiina follows as a way to atone for her failure in the descent operation, with Noda being the last to join after failing to get several other more athletic members that already had teams. With still four players needed, Yui gets three NPC girls, who are fans of Yui’s, to join their team. During the first round of the tournament, the SSS teams beat their NPC counterparts, but soon each one falls to Angel’s team made up of members of the school baseball team until only Hinata’s team is left. As the game is nearing its end, Hinata recalls how he missed a fly ball in a similar baseball game in life, and Otonashi believes that Hinata will disappear if they win the game. Just as Hinata is about to catch a pop fly and win the game, Yui comes from behind and places Hinata in a strangle hold. Angel’s team wins as a result much to Yuri’s frustration. Continue reading “Angel Beats! – Episode 4”

K-On!! – Episode 3

“Drummer!”
“Doramā!” (ドラマー!)

After noticing how badly she shows up in videos of the band’s performances, Ritsu decides she does not want to be the drummer anymore as she does not stand out enough. She tries playing the guitar but cannot get beyond the basics. She tries the keyboard next, but only goes as far as playing with all the sound effects. The next day, Yui tries coming up with various ways to make Ritsu stand out, but with no such luck. Later that night, Ritsu recalls when she first started drumming and practicing every day. After watching a video of The Who in concert, she realizes that even though she is not always in the spotlight, she loves playing the drums. The next day, Tsumugi shows off a new song, calling it “Honey Sweet Tea Time”, through the inspiration of when Ritsu tried playing the keyboard the day before. Continue reading “K-On!! – Episode 3”

Angel Beats! – Episode 3

My Song

Yuri decides to have Girls Dead Monster distract Angel long enough to sneak into her room and crack the password on her computer, but Yuri does not think the new ballad called “My Song” the band’s vocalist and guitarist Iwasawa wrote would be useful for the operation. While taking a break from shooting practice, Otonashi hears Girls Dead Monster playing and talks with Iwasawa while the band is taking a break. Iwasawa tells Otonashi how her parents used to always fight and music was her only escape. After she graduated high school and left home, Iwasawa began to follow her dream of making music and soon showed promise. Unknown to her, an old head injury caused during her parents fighting developed into a stroke and subsequently her death. When Yuri’s operation begins, Girls Dead Monster starts playing in the auditorium while the others, with the aide of the hacker Takeyama (who likes to be referred to by his username “Christ”), break into Angel’s room and hack her computer. Girls Dead Monster are soon subdued by several teachers, but Iwasawa breaks free and begins playing “My Song”, but disappears after she is finished. This indicates that one does not necessarily have to obey Angel in order to disappear. The SSS learn that Angel is not getting her powers from God but is making them herself, the same way that the team is creating weapons.
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K-On!! – Episode 2

“Clean-up!”
“Seiton!” (整頓!)

While clearing their personal belongings out of the club room, the girls find an old guitar that used to belong to Sawako. Since it had aged a bit, Sawako allows the girls to sell it and add the money to the club’s budget. After visiting a home superstore to buy a storage shelf, they take the guitar to the music store where they are surprised to find it valued at ¥500,000. When Sawako inquires about the sale, Ritsu tries lying about its value, but it backfires when Sawako asks for a receipt and the club end up getting considerably less money. However, she allows the girls to buy one thing with the money. Noticing that Azusa looks a bit concerned about not having any freshmen to look after, the girls decide to get her a pet turtle, naming it Ton. Continue reading “K-On!! – Episode 2”

Angel Beats! – Episode 2

Guild

Since the SSS is low on supplies, Yuri decides to lead seven SSS members to the Guild far below the surface where their allies make the weapons they use. While the Guild initially disables various traps set for Angel, the SSS find them reactivated due to Angel’s advance on the Guild. Yuri and the others attempt to navigate through the traps, but everyone dies except for Yuri and Otonashi. While taking a short rest, Yuri tells Otonashi how her three younger siblings were murdered after burglars entered their home while their parents were gone. This is Yuri’s impetus for fighting against the cruel fate God gave her. By the time they arrive at the Guild, Angel is almost there, so Yuri decides to destroy the Guild with explosives. The Guild members, led by Chaa, decide to go along with Yuri’s plan and relocate to the previous Guild location which has been out of use for a long time. When Angel arrives at the Guild, Yuri buys them time long enough to escape and make it to the old Guild where the Guild members immediately set to work. Yuri contacts the revived SSS members and tells them the news, while Otonashi watches from afar and recognizes her as a great leader. Continue reading “Angel Beats! – Episode 2”

K-On!! – Episode 1

“Seniors!”
“Kō San!” (高3!)

The light music club starts their senior year at high school. Yui, Mio, Ritsu, and Tsumugi, along with Nodoka, are all surprised that they have been put into the same homeroom class together. It soon becomes apparent that their new homeroom teacher, none other than Sawako, had arranged it that way so she had fewer names to remember. With Azusa being in only her junior year of the light music club, the gang become determined to get new members so that she will not be the sole member when they graduate. However, their various attempts to attract new students fail, so they focus instead on their performance for the freshman reception. Azusa becomes depressed that no new members show up afterward, but after talking with Ui and Jun and overhearing Yui’s comments, she decides it is fine with just the five of them for now. Continue reading “K-On!! – Episode 1”

Angel Beats! – Episode 1

Departure

A boy named Otonashi wakes up in the world of the afterlife with no memories of the time when he was still alive. Immediately after waking up, he meets a girl named Yuri pointing a sniper rifle at a girl in the distance named Angel. Yuri wants him to join her group the SSS—Shinda Sekai Sensen (Afterlife War Front)—in fighting against Angel, but Otonashi goes to talk to Angel instead. After Otonashi asks her to prove he cannot die, as he is already dead, Angel creates a blade out of thin air and stabs him through the heart. He wakes up the next day terrified by what happened and tries to find a way to escape the world he has come to leading him to the headquarters of the SSS. There, he meets many of the other SSS members and decides to join them for the time being. Yuri later explains things about the afterlife to Otonashi, such as the existence of numerous people Yuri deems “non-player characters” (NPCs) as they are not human, but look and act the part. That night, the SSS prepare for “Operation Tornado”, a plan to steal some meal tickets from the NPCs. A girls band named Girls Dead Monster in the SSS distracts the NPCs inside the cafeteria while other members engage in battle against Angel outside long enough for the plan to succeed. After the operation, everyone retreats back to the cafeteria to eat with the meal tickets they obtained. Continue reading “Angel Beats! – Episode 1”