studio : Kyoto Animation
director : Naoko Yamada
serial run : March 16, 2011
total episode : 01 / 27 of 27
score : *****
finally, the last of the episodes for the second season, and for the whole k-on ! series in general - although technically those events seen in the ova predates the actual finale of k-on !! . that said, by far this is our favorite episode of the two post-series extras - mainly due to the heartwarming portion [ among the strength k-on ! is best known for ] that awaits at the end of it. and unlike the 'live house' special released for the first season, the story for this one here however has completely branched off its way from the musical / dream-chasing foundation which shaped the direction of its parent season, and were now more into capturing every precious moments of the girls spending their remaining times together [ with azusa ], crafting sweet lasting memories for each of them to warmly remember on in later times.
storywise, episode 27 closely follows the ho-kago tea time merry party during their final summer vacation [ for the seniors ] as they plan for their upcoming post-graduation trip [ which is to include their junior member azusa as well, thankfully ], and all the necessary chores such as getting their passports done [ which is quite an interesting event for me, most notably that of mio's ]. the general consensus reached between the girls was that they're to embark for an overseas trip, yet a final decision over which country to visit has yet to be made - though the three of them has very clear vision that it'll either be the united kingdom or north america for them, to each their own particular reason indeed.
now as with the second season which precedes this extra episode here, the ova made use of the same exact theme and subject for its plot and storytelling; in which the senior club members were busy preparing themselves for their coming graduation, while at the same time further highlighting just how close, secure and beautiful their friendship and mutual bond are with each other; as finely made apparent through several of yui's thoughtful, heartfelt comments heard in later moments from the final half of the episode [ which had the rest of the characters - azusa especially - and me myself emotionally moved ] and how the four seniors has been trying their best to keep their only junior azusa company as possible prior to the tearful parting that is to come by in the actual season finale.
overall, episode 27 is a [ greatly ] welcomed addition to the story, and to us it was just as interesting and entertaining as the second season that was before it. also, not to mention both yui and the ova in particular personally reminds me of the exact reason why i came to love and enjoy the series in the first place, along with the same level of excitement i had back when both season were still airing then, yeah^^. so anyway, for those who are already into the series [ or the slice of life genre in general ] both myself and zange [ as the editorial collective ] would love to suggest that this ova here to be given a watch or two during your spare time if possible :3
more of our thoughts on k-on !! to be shared soon when the the proper series review has been made ready for your reading later :333