K-ON! 14 OVA
When the opportunity arises for the light music club to play at a live house event on New Year’s Eve, the girls are initially divided on whether they should participate. While Ritsu and Yui are enthusiastic about this terrific chance, Azusa and Mio decline.
Voting to participate, Tsumugi even cancels her holiday travel plans to join in, which causes Azusa and Mio to rethink their stance and eventually all the girls agree on participating.
Meeting the live house manager Janice, the girls are excited at the prospect of this first live gig outside of their school bound performances, but they also feel anxious… is their band name cool enough, will their music be liked?
Having been showed around the establishment, seeing the dressing room, the fully equipped stage and other facilities, the girls can hardly wait for the big day to arrive.
Holding a meeting with all band members at Yui’s house, the topic of which outfits to wear for the upcoming performance quickly spawns reluctance from Azusa and Mio who do not share Ritsu’s enthusiasm at having their teacher Sawako prepare them new, daring outfits.
The shy bass player and feisty twin-tailed girl are even less keen on Yui and Tsumugi’s suggestion to have Sawako them some sort of magical girl costumes, prompting them to vehemently advocate to simply wear their school uniforms.
Unable to contain her joy, Yui enthusiastically hands some tickets for the concert to Ui, who treasures them in awe.
Handing a ticket to Nodoka the next day at school, the aloof guitar player even suggests giving Nodoka an autograph for she might be a famous star soon. Naturally Nodoka politely declines, prompting a dejected Yui to offer the autograph she had already prepared ahead.
Walking home from school that afternoon, the girls stop at a store to gaze at the flyer for the live house prominently displayed on the window. They’re looking forward to play at the event, save for poor Mio who’s rather anxious about facing the crowd.
Polishing her treasured Gibson Les Paul guitar that evening, Yui can hardly wait for the next day to arrive!
Spotting several spectators already waiting at the live house club entrance, the girls are shocked when the sight of several serious rocker girls awaits them as they enter the dressing room.
Unsure how to act, the girls are quickly at ease when everyone greets them and Ritsu’s childhood friend Maki heads over to introducing her band ‘Love Crysis’.
When Maki explains their own bass player Aya is a huge fan of Mio, the shy to a fault bass player of ‘Houkago Tea Time’ turns beet red.
Handing them a flyer of their next solo live gig, Aya also gives Yui their latest self made CD which prompts the lively guitar player to suggest they should come up with their own band logo for ‘Houkago Tea Time’.
Soon scribbling on her hand with a marker, Yui draws the onsen symbol which off course gets rejected.
Applying Tsumugi’s idea of adding a tea cup to the logo soon gives birth to ‘Houkago Tea Time’ very own band symbol, which Yui, Azusa and Mio draw on their picks while Ritsu draws it on her drumsticks and Tsumugi on her keyboard.
Being handed their backstage passes, the girls are soon in awe at all the different passes stuck on the other bands instrument cases.
Sticking her own backstage pass on her guitar bag, Yui is told to wear it on her person but when she sticks it first on her thigh and then her shoulder she’s berated by Ritsu and Azusa for goofing off.
Trying to fill out their stage set sheet, the ‘Houkago Tea Time’ girls are unsure what to fill in for all the different options including acoustics and lighting.
Her usual cheery self, Yui spontaneously heads over to one of the other bands for help, prompting awe from her own fellow light music members who are amazed at Yui’s talent to befriend people and fit in so easily with total strangers like that.
Back in the dressing room, Tsumugi suggests having some tea and sweets. Wondering at such an unusual scene, the other bands soon join in and tell the light music club girls how they would like to go pro, keep playing music.
Having forgotten all about their rehearsal slot over the tea and sweets, the girls rush to the stage but their nerves soon get the best of them and their trial performance falls apart, Yui hitting her nose on her microphone, Mio and Tsumugi tripping over wires,…
In despair, the five girls soon pick themselves up when encouraged by the other bands.
Spotting Ui, Nodoka and Jun walking up to the live house club shortly before the start of the show for she was out to grab some more sweets, Yui greets her sister and friends, enthusiastically showing off her backstage pass.
Arriving late, when the ‘Houkago Tea Time’ performance is already in full swing, Sawako spots Janice who turns out to be an old acquaintance.
Happy to see her friend after all this time, Janice observes Sawako doesn’t seem to have changed one bit over the years but the bespectacled leather clad rocker reveals she actually has changed a lot, being the girls’ teacher.
Meeting up with their friends outside after the event, Yui, Azusa, Mio, Tsumugi and Ritsu look in awe at the girls from ‘Love Crysis’ who already seem to have quite a following of fans.
Celebrating New Year’s Eve at Yui’s house, the girls have a lovely time eating year crossing soba (年越しそば), playing old maid.
As the count down to the new year enters its final minute, Ritsu and asks Mio what she thought of the past year but blushes when Mio replies it was a terrific year filled with fun, thanks to her.
Looking at the others, Ritsu is shocked to see Azusa, Yui, Sawako and Tsumugi are fast asleep, but she and Mio soon join them in a peaceful slumber.
Energetically waking everyone up mere hours later, Yui drags her fellow light music club members along outside to watch the first sunrise of the year.
Enjoying the beautiful scenery, the girls wish each other a heartfelt Happy New Year and have a laugh at Azusa still wearing the tiger ears Sawako had put on her earlier.
This “K-ON!” OVA came rather unexpected as I hadn’t read about the latest BluRay volume containing an extra fourteenth episode, but what a great surprise.
Love how this OVA is such a perfect stand-alone story for the けいおん girls that still contained all the typical elements which made the series great, topped off once again with splendid animation work by Kyoto Animation, a feast for the eye to see in high definition like that.
All of the different girls had plenty of key scenes and airtime, even the supporting cast made a welcome appearance.
Felt really great to see Azusa, Mio, Yui, Tsumugi and Ritsu again and made me realize I do miss “K-ON!”. Regardless of negative comments by people about this series, it’s a terrific, fluffy slice-of-life show that’s a joy to watch and full of laughs.
Am looking forward to the second season and can only hope it will be as terrific as this OVA episode. Actually seeing how good “K-ON!” looks in high definition, kind of hope the second season airs broadcast in high definition as well.