A bikini-skirt! Thats just adorable.

A bikini-skirt! That's just adorable.

What have I thought of the show so far? I love KyoAni. I expected to love K-On!, and I wasnt disappointed; so far it may actually be fair to say that it exceeded my initial expectations. This is a show that is not only cute, but also funny and relaxing, and also with the potential to have some awesome music. (Particularly if the end theme is any indication. It’s one of the best end theme’s I’ve ever seen). When it comes to cute girls doing cute things in cute ways, KyoAni always knows what they’re doing, and they’re masters at it.

Episode 4 brings us swimsuits, beach antics, music training and extreme overdoses of Mio-moe.  In other words, a great episode; often ‘they got to the beach’ episodes of anime, particularly the slice of life variety, fall into a load of cliches and become tedious, but the K-On! version of this tried and true staple manages to instead be entertaining in a variety of ways instead of relying on fanservice alone.
Mio decides that that their musical skills really arent going anywhere, and when she finds a tape of the previous Light Music Club’s performance she is spurred to action; announcing a training camp for the group so they can hone their skills.

Hey Ozzy, youre liking kind of cool.

Hey Ozzy, you're looking kind of cool.

I’d like to mention that so far I really like all the K-On! girls alot, yet Mugi seems a little too ‘flat’, and hasnt done much to separate herself from every other kind, rich young lady character. With this in mind however it was pretty amusing to have Mio ask her if she had a villa (as the kind rich young lady characters always seem to) and then was surprised when she said yes. It was as though the series knows that Mugi is still pretty cliche, so I’m hoping we’ll see more depth to her personality in future. Anyway, using said villa the girls have their training camp at the beach. Not the best idea as it’s full of distractions.

I love these two together. Its more amusing still if you consider that Ritsu likely puts the dumb act on, but with Yui, its genuine.

I love these two together. It's more amusing still if you consider that Ritsu likely puts the dumb act on, but with Yui, it's genuine.

Figures that the shyest characters are the ones that end up with the largest busts. Poor Mio; although I cant help wondering why someone as seemingly shy as her would be wearing the most revealing swimsuit.

Figures that the shyest characters are the ones that end up with the largest busts. Poor Mio; although I cant help wondering why someone as seemingly shy as her would be wearing the most revealing swimsuit.

I somehow doubt the possibility of this given the amount of time.

I somehow doubt the possibility of this given the amount of time.

Eventually they remember the reason they even came and try to hurry up with their music training.  Ritsu and Yui are being intentionally lazy; both of them would rather not do a live show and want to do something else for the school festival.

Oh Mio, thats just not nice~

Oh Mio, that's just not nice~

Ritsu wants a maid cafe, because Mio, she says, is perfect for it. Just in case we doubted her word we are treated to an approximation of how this would look, and 98% of the world’s otaku go into simultaneous convulsions.

Moe Moe~ Kyun!

"Moe Moe~ Kyun!"

We finaly get treated to some actual practice in which the shocking discovery is made: Yui can play by ear? And she’s not half bad! I just have to say…the scene with Yui playing in front of the fireworks was amazing. It looked spectacular! Seeing just her alone having that much fun playing makes me really want to see the whole band doing the same. I have high expectations for whenever this happens, so I better not be let down!

Doesnt she look like shes having fun?

Doesnt she look like she's having fun?

Somehow, the lack of the sound of her guitar made this more effective.

Somehow, the lack of the sound of her guitar made this more effective.

They all listen to the past Light Music Club’s tape again and decide that their goal for now is to get better than them.  And I just know that it’s going to be a whole load of fun watching them get there.

Mio must not have listened to the whole tape the first time, because the song suddenly got really creepy and scared the crap out of everyone.

Mio must not have listened to the whole tape the first time, because the song suddenly got really creepy and scared the crap out of everyone.

Especially Mio. I didnt hear that...

Especially Mio. "I didnt hear that..."

Just in case Maid-Mio hadnt sent all the otaku into a sugary coma already.

Just in case Maid-Mio hadnt sent all the otaku into a sugary coma already.

I could have said it better myself!

I could have said it better myself!

Now that Yui seems to have picked up a few more skills, I hope we get to see them playing together in the next episode. (For some reason, it didnt seem like anyone else really got any practice in for this episode. Ritsu banged the drums a little, but Yui did the most). On top of that…I wonder if they’re going to give their band a name? Unless it’s just K-On!

Ritsu sure looks different when her fringe isnt pulled back.

Ritsu sure looks different when her fringe isnt pulled back.

A shot Ritsu took as a memory of the trip. Oh Mio...

A shot Ritsu took as a memory of the trip. Oh Mio...

..again, oh Mio~

..again, oh Mio~

Another highly entertaining installment in a highly entertaining series. This episode gets this many melonpan: