mio comforting a sick ritsu 

     This episode begins with Azusa musing about the upcoming cultural festival, and she asks the girls what last years performance was like? Before Ritsu can give her an answer, Mio covers Ritsu’s mouth, but never fear Sawako made a DVD of the show and she plays it for Azusa.

what was last year likeMio being dragged backAzusa seeing stripes

        While the girls are watching the recording of last years performance Nodoka walks in and tells them that they forgot to fill out the stage usage form, just like last year. While the girls are discussing what to call their band they agree to do some practicing and think about the name later. Just before they start practicing, Yui mentions that her guitar isn’t sounding good lately, so Azusa has a look at it and notices that the strings are rusting and the its neck is bent. She asks Yui if she’s taking care of it, and Yui says of course, I sleep with it, and dress it up. Azusa says no I didn’t mean it like that, you have to perform maintenance on it, Yui asks Sawako for help but she says to take it to a music shop, so all the girls head off to the music store.

deciding  the bands namethis guitar sounds badI take care of my guitardon't overload poor Yui

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Yui dressing her guitar 

         Once they reach the store, Azusa and Yui head off to the counter and ask the guy to do a maintenance on Yui’s guitar, and when he looks at her guitar he calls it a vintage model even though it’s only a year old. As he’s cutting off Yui’s old guitar strings, Yui tells Azusa that her guitar is being deflowered, and when Azusa asks Yui why she chose that model all Yui says is that it was cute, Azusa thinks to herself that she has no idea what goes on inside Yui’s mind.

 Mio is window shoppingYui watching her guitarI chose my guitar because its cuteYui watching her guitar getting deflowered

        Once the maintenance is finished on Yui’s guitar it looks brand new, but Yui is shocked to find out that there’s a 5000 yen fee for the service, and she has no money on her. But, the day is saved once the employees find out that Yui is a friend of Mugi, so there’s no charge. Ritsu goes to fetch Mio who’s fawning over a selection of left handed instruments and when she tries to pull Mio back to the girls, Mio says she’s had enough and calls Ritsu stupid. Later, Yui says she has to leave to join Nodoka for tea and Mio asks to tag along with her, Yui says sure, no problem, and they leave, Ritsu looks upset at being left out.

Yui's guitar love

your guitar is finishedthe girls waiting for MioRitsu is getting MioMio going with Yui 

        While Mio, Yui, and Nodoka are having tea and chit chatting we see that Ritsu has brought Mugi and Azusa along as she spies on the other three. Then Ritsu gets up and just slams herself next to Mio and she thanks Yui and Nodoka for caring for Mio. Mio asks Ritsu what is she doing here, and Ritsu says she was in the area and she asks Mio if she has a problem with it?

 the girls watching Yui and MioRitsu butting in on Mio

        The next day, at school, Mio is eating lunch with Nodoka when Ritsu comes and pulls her away to practice. In the clubroom, Ritsu starts messing with Mio, and Mio gets upset and yells and Ritsu, then Ritsu gets upset and say sorry for interrupting her lunch with Nodoka. As the tension between Ritsu and Mio approaches a snapping point Azusa puts on a set of cat ears to try and defuse the the ticking time-bomb, thankfully Azusa’s actions calms the situation down for now.

Ritsu butting in on Mio's lunchRitsu bitching at Miothe girls watching Mio and Ritsu fight

the stopping power of Azusa-nyan 

        Once they begin practicing, Ritsu’s drumming is off and when the girls stop to get Ritsu back on track Ritsu says she doesn’t feel like playing and she leaves the room, Yui wants to go after her but Mio says to leave her alone. A few days have passed, and Ritsu has stopped showing up for practice leaving the girls to wonder what they should do? Sawako points to Mio and tells her that she needs to become Ritsu’s plaything for the sake of the club and their performance, or Ritsu will become wild and drift into heavy metal forever, Yui says just like you did when you got dumped. Mio says they have to practice without Ritsu anyway, it can’t be helped, Sawako says they need a replacement just in case, but Mugi gets upset and says they can’t replace Ritsu so they should just wait for her to return.

you must become a playthingA wild Ritsu 001a wild Ritsu 002 

       The next day, Mio is looking in Ritsu’s homeroom when Mugi and Yui walk up and tell her that she won’t find her there because she’s been absent. Ritsu is lying in bed sick when she hears Mio’s footsteps walking up her stairs and she tells Mio to come in even before Mio announces herself, Mio asks if she’s physic but Ritsu says that she just knows her footsteps. Well, Ritsu and Mio make up with each other, and Mio stays with Ritsu till she falls asleep, then the other girls stop by to see her.

come in miowe miss you at the clubmio's just too damn cute

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don't leave ne mio 

       The next day, Ritsu is fully healed and recharged, and everyone is ready to practice. But, the group gets interrupted by the student counsel president, she tells them they missed the deadline for the stage usage form, so their performance is a no-go, Nodoka begs for more time saying that the group leader was out sick, and the president says she’ll grant them one extra day because of Nodoka’s request. When they sit down to name the band everyone tosses out silly names that get rejected and when Sawako gets angry she grabs the sheets and writes a name down on the sheet, and when the girls see what she’s written they find it’s quite appropriate, Sawako has named the band “afterschool teatime”. Well, as the girls get motivated for their concert a small dark cloud begins to develop, Yui gives a little sneeze at the end of the episode. That’s all for this episode.

i'm back and rechargedthe girls looking at their nameready for the perfornance

       Well, this episode was quite interesting because for the first time in this series we got a little bit of girl strife going. While I originally thought that the separation of Mio and Ritsu would have been much harder or Mio it turns out that their classroom separation has been harder on Ritsu, and she’s not dealing with it in a good way. When we got the Mio and Ritsu back story we found out that they had been together almost as long as Yui and Nodoka. So, when the girls began their second year of school Mio was placed in a different class than Mugi, Yui, and Ritsu it was a much bigger deal for Mio, she had to make new acquittances such as Nodoka or become very lonely. I really didn’t expect Ritsu to become as bitchy to Mio for hanging out with Nodoka.

         The Mio/Ritsu relationship is quite a bit more complicated than the Kagami/Konata that most people compare it to, Ritsu’s actions often serve to pull Mio out of her quiet shy shell, and Konata often tried to get Kagami to losen up but Konata never got mean or bitchy with Kagami. So, this means that in affect that Konata and Kagami are more complete stand alone characters than either Mio or Ritsu, Kagami while being reserved was never so reserved that she had a hard time making new friends or felt so insecure it could be a problem like I think Mio has. Konata and Kagami were also Bffs like Ritsu and Mio, but Konata was never so insecure with her friendship with Kagami that she would worry that she would lose Kagami if she hung out with other people. I think that Mio and Ritsu just might need some long term relationship counseling or it might end poorly for the both of them.