Its an early christmas this year!

It's an early christmas this year!

After the adrenaline-rush of last episode’s performance, it’s time to sit back and unwind a little with a more relaxed episode about the Light Music Club throwing a little christmas party.  However we do open with an adorable little flashback of the christmas-related antics of Yui and her younger, more  mature sister Ui. They’re both very close sisters so the scenes with them together are rather heart-warming, particular in this episode; shown in both past and present.

Warmth-sharing sisters will warm your heart.

Warmth-sharing sisters will warm your heart.

They also decide to have a gift exchange; Mio begging Ritsu not to buy any ‘weird things’ as she was wont to do in the past. Of course any mention to the past gets an example.

You can tell from Ritsus face that she did this on purpose.

You can tell from Ritsu's face that she did this on purpose.

Yui and her friend Nodoka go out to buy a present for the gift exchange, and meet up with Mio and Ritsu who are doing the same thing. Now; Mio and Ritsu remark that they cant tell Yui what they bought or it would spoil the surprise. But…isnt it kind of odd if Mio and Ritsu would know what eachother bought, as with Yui and Nodoka, and doesnt that defeat the purpose of the secret? It seems the only one who wouldnt have any idea what any of them bought would be Mugi, who they soon meet having won a lottery. I’m starting to like Mugi alot more; she’s revealing herself as more of an airhead, what with turning down the trip to Hawaii that she won to trade it for a board-game they could play. I know she’s rich enough to afford her own trip to Hawaii but she’s rich enough to afford a million board games too. Then again it could just be Mugi’s caring side; leaving the Hawaii trip to someone who wants it more.

Ritsu probably wants to turn terrorizing Mio into a national sport.

Ritsu probably wants to turn 'terrorizing Mio' into a national sport.

Just thought Id point out how much I love Mugis outfit here...

Just thought I'd point out how much I love Mugi's outfit here...

The party is to be held at Yui’s house (and not Mugi’s, as she regrets to inform them; the use of her house requires a booking made a month in advance….who is she, really?!) which is fine because Yui’s mother and father ‘travel alot’ and wont be in the house, and right now they’re in Germany. Now maybe I missed something but what kind of parents leave their kids at home to go to Germany…on Christmas?!  They seem like pretty ditzy folks in any case; which would at least explain where Yui gets it from. Ui, the dependable little sister, is in charge of making the food, and Yui in charge of decorations. Soon enough, it’s time for the party…

Yui had too much fun making these things.

Yui had too much fun making these things.

I wonder if they actually did drink alcohol. I guess drunk Yui wouldnt be much different.

I wonder if they actually did drink alcohol. I guess drunk Yui wouldnt be much different.

The party is suddenly crashed by someone I’m glad to see again, Sawako-sensei. Exactly how did she get in? No one knows, but the girl’s suspected she may have done so like a ninja.  I’m loving Sawako-sensei more and more, and she’s pretty hilarious in this episode too.

I -had- to include this cap, you know.

I -had- to include this cap, you know.

It turns out that she got dumped by her boyfriend earlier that night and isnt in the best of moods, and took it apon herself to come to their party since she’s their advisor. (how she found out about it is another matter entirely)

She really does carry random outfits around. She demands Yui wear this as punishment for bringing up the topic of her boyfriend.

She really does carry random outfits around. She demands Yui wear this as punishment for bringing up the topic of her boyfriend.

Although the result is adorable it failed to satisfy her as Yui didnt carry the necessary sense of shame.

Although the result is adorable it failed to satisfy her as Yui didnt carry the necessary sense of 'shame'.

There is an amusing sequence in which Sawako in a rather deranged state basically mollests Mio in order to get the santa outfit on her (since, really, who -else- did you expect she had in mind?) before Nodoka finaly arrives, meaning it’s finaly time to begin the gift exchange. Sawako has also brought a present, yet since she remarks she had intended to give it to her boyfriend, she puts a ridiculously sombre mood on the whole affair. The completely serious way everyone passed the presents away whilst Sawako sang ‘jingle bells’ in a nigh-hysterical manner mad me laugh until there were tears. I’m pretty sure Sawako had a rather lengthy stop at a pub before coming here…

I really do find the idea of a depressed teacher mooching in on a gift exchange rather hilarious.

I really do find the idea of a depressed teacher mooching in on a gift exchange rather hilarious.

Of course, with gift exchange scenes in anime you usually get basically the same kind of results; there will be a thoughtful present from a few people, extremely suitable presents for one or two people, at least one interesting or strange gift, and then one person will get one thing that is entirely unsuitable for them whatsoever to the point of hilarity. I knew that it would be Mio, and she was lucky enough to get Sawako’s intended-for-her-boyfriend gift.

Surprise!

Surprise!

Oh, Mio. Even more nightmares for her.

Oh, Mio. Even more nightmares for her.

The ‘suitable’ presents are Yui and Ui’s gifts, which end up being for eachother. At the beginning of the episode we learnt that Ui lost her scarf and Yui lost a mitten, so the thoughtful sisters have got these things. But really…what would they have done had someone else ended up with the presents? The state of Yui’s intellect is common knowledge by now, so I guess Ui isnt all that smart either.

This scene made me think theyre not as different as they seem.

This scene made me think they're not as different as they seem.

Afterwards, they hold a little talent show and have some more fun together before its time for the guests to head home. That night the two sisters share a bed, which looks like a sweet little display of sibling love until Yui hogs all the blankets and leaves poor Ui in the cold… But, as I already said, their bond is rather special.

Ui shows off her ventriloquism skills.

Ui shows off her ventriloquism skills.

Mio shows off her moe skills.

Mio shows off her moe skills.

Ui is so -cute- with her hair down! She looks alot more like Yui, too. I think she looks, and acts, more like an older sister than a younger...

Ui is so -cute- with her hair down! She looks alot more like Yui, too. I think she looks, and acts, more like an older sister than a younger...

Following christmas, we again see the girls at New Year, and learn that no matter how much Yui eats, she never gains weight, much to the mortification and jealousy of Mio and Mugi. (I used to be this way too, until my mid-teens…sob.) They make their New Years prayers; for the continuing success of the Light Music Club, hopefully a sign of great things to come.

Doesnt Mio look absolutley gorgeous in a kimono! This girl seriously looks lovely in just about anything...

Doesnt Mio look absolutley gorgeous in a kimono! This girl seriously looks lovely in just about anything...

Happy New Year! Either very late or -very- early.

Happy New Year! Either very late or -very- early.

It would be pretty unfair to have to judge this episode against the wonder that was episode 6. Of course, I didnt expect episode 7 to be able to top episode 6 even before I’d seen it, but I’m kind of happy that it went for a more subdued and laid-back tone as it helped to prepare for things to come. Even the fact that no one did anything musical whatsoever in this episode wasnt a draw-back for me. It approached mediocrity from time to time, but the amusing antics of the characters saved it, and the appearance of Sawako-sensei made the whole thing more worthwhile. Not the best installment in the series, but not necessarily a weak one, out of 5:

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