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"Summer Festival!"
Summer Festival!
夏フェス!
Natsu Fesu!
Season 2
Episode 12
Japanese air date June 22, 2010
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K-ON!! Season 2 episode #12

Summary

Sawako Yamanaka invites Ho-Kago Tea Time to go to the "Natsu Rock Festival" in the mountains with her together.

Plot

The next training camp is settled

Having another training camp is settled.

It is the last day of school before the summer break begins. Sawako Yamanaka wishes her class well but also reminds them that they have to study for entrance exams and take summer classes now that they are seniors. Yui, excited about the fun that might lie ahead asks her friends Mio, Ritsu and Tsumugi about holding a third training camp for their club. Ritsu and Tsumgi agree, but Mio tries to resist since they should be studying as seniors. She suggests that they ask the band's fifth member Azusa too, to which Yui reveals an image of Azusa raising her hand in agreement to having another training camp, settling the matter.

Azusa's English is hard to understand

Yui and Tsumugi misunderstood Azusa's English.

Some time later at the Hirasawa household, Yui's sister Ui greets the four other Light Music Club members who came to discuss the upcoming trip. Yui, playing some video games, invites the others to play as well. Mio and Azusa remind them about the real purpose of their visit and start the meeting. Since they went to the beach two times before, Ritsu proposes visiting the mountains this time. At first, Yui struggles with the idea but Ritsu convinces her with the idea of having caught fish for lunch right on the spot. Mio asks Azusa where she wishes to go this time to which Azusa answers that she wants to attend the "Natsu Rock Fest". Due to her unclear pronunciation, Tsumugi and Yui both misunderstand the English part, embarrassing Azusa.

Sawako has the tickets

Sawako has the tickets.

Nevertheless, the group agrees to Azusa's proposal. Yui, thinking about the mountains being inhabited by Neanderthals, gets nervous until Mio tells her that her imagination is completely off. Ritsu then asks how they should get tickets for it, stumping everyone. The answer comes from Sawako who appeared once again out of nowhere with six tickets in her hand, astonishing the girls.

Now that everything is set, Mio can't wait for the day of the festival to come. Sawako, claiming to be a veteran, encourages her with a stirring speech about the dangers that a festival contains, pumping Mio up to weather the danger in pursuit of hearing as many bands as possible.

Sawako with an hangover is not cute

Sawako stayed up the whole night drinking.

Finally, the day of the festival arrives. Early in the morning, Azusa is on her own at the bus stop, wondering how she could be the first of the group to arrive. Moments later, Tsumugi shows up and Ritsu and Mio arrive seconds later. Mio, has dark circles under her eyes, having been to psyched about the festival to sleep properly. When the bus arrives, everybody starts worrying about Yui and Azusa starts texting her. At that moment, Yui removes her sunglasses, revealing that she was in the background the whole time. After a few moments, Sawako shows up as well, crapulous to no end and barely standing up straight.

Sawako and Yui ill

Sawako and Yui are ill during the journey.

On the way, Yui starts feeling carsick and looks as ill as Sawako is. Mio declares that she wants to watch every single performance, even though it is physically impossible. Ritsu tries to appeal to her common sense without success. Tsumugi, also starting to get pumped up, declares that she is going to eat yakisoba at all costs.

During a stop at a service area, Yui starts feeling better and buys some ice cream which she shares with Azusa. After telling them that the bus is going to continue the journey, Tsumugi scolds Yui for her desire to buy souvenirs at the service area since it isn't her destination where they are going to eat yakisoba. During the rest of the journey, the five club members get more and more exited, annoying the rest of their fellow passengers.

HTT at the Summer festival

The group arrives at the festival.

Finally, the group arrives at the mountain where the festival is going to be held. Shocked by the sight of thousands of other visitors, they start getting nervous until Sawako, magically healed from her hangover, gives them courage with her advice from experience. First, they try to find a place where they can strike up their tent. Since the flat ground is already taken, they have to take a spot on the sloped ground.

Tsumugi has the wrong shoes

Sawako is shocked by the sight of Tsumugi's shoes.

The tent is pitched in no time. Afterwards, Sawako gives the group tips of how to effectively "survive" the festival until her tirade is halted when she notices how inappropriate Tsumugi's footwear is for running around all day. Yui solves the problem by lending Tsumugi her beach sandals. Tsumugi then starts putting bug spray on the others and, after a bit of nagging, passes it on to Yui. Sawako impatiently asks them to hurry up and so they enter the main festival ground.

After entering, Sawako shows them the festival map. While Mio gets even more nervous, Yui and Tsumugi have nothing but food in mind. Ritsu bothers to ask Sawako why she happened to have so many extra tickets. Sawako answers that she visits the festival every year with her friends, but unfortunately, they were busy this time. The playful question from the band if Sawako's friends are avoiding her stays unanswered, depressing the group.

Mio got into the festival

Mio finally got into the Festival.

At the main stage right before the first performance, Yui asks Mio if she is alright, to which Mio answers that the real thing is actually kind of exhausting. She gets interrupted by the first band called BCS, which starts with the performance right away. Everybody except Mio, who is daunted by the immense sound, starts dancing to the music right away. Mio, needing some time to come to terms with where she is, joins them moments later with much more enthusiasm, surprising Ritsu and Yui. After a few moments, Sawako asks them to leave the stage to run to the secondary one since her favorite band is about to perform there. At first, nobody is willing to come along until Mio encourages Ritsu to follow their teacher. The group splits up with the plan to meet up later. Tsumugi, despite being willing to follow Mio and Ritsu, stays with Yui and Azusa since she can't run in beach sandals.

Mio annoys Ritsu

Mio, happy about seeing another left-handed musician.

While Mio and Ritsu are listening to KAMAKIRI's emceeing at the "Thunder Stage", Mio notices that the band's guitarist is left-handed, just as she is. Overjoyed to see some of her kind, she starts shaking Ritsu, claiming that lefties look "weird".

Back at the "Fire Stage", Azusa, Yui and Tsumugi are listening to D-hoppers' song Actress when Azusa notices Yui eagerly watching the musicians on stage. At first she hopes that Yui actually gets inspired by the performance to practice more playing on her own guitar, but it turns out that all Yui was interested in was the band's bassist's hairstyle, something Tsumugi was also interested in.

Tsumugi trips

Tsumugi nearly falls down.

Afterwards, the three set out to buy Tsumugi's yakisoba, but it turns out it will be sold out in a few moments, a fact that brutally stuns Tsumugi. However she snaps out of her state of shock in a few seconds and asks Yui about her food wish. Yui wants to eat marinara pizza, which is sold out as well. Unlike Tsumugi, Yui does not snap out of her depression and starts whining like a child until she gets a text from Ritsu about their packed afternoon schedule. Tsumugi, pumped up, starts running and nearly falls down when she loses one sandal.

Yui, Mugi and Ritsu dancing in the rain

Yui, Tsumugi and Ritsu dancing in the rain.

Inside an indoor stage, Sawako is headbanging violently to her favorite band's music. Meanwhile, it starts raining outside but the festival continues as the visitors dance while wearing raincoats. After the rain stops, the group decides to go somewhere to eat since they have some free time until the next band they want to see performs. Mio voluntarily offers to buy food while the rest search for a good spot to eat.

Mio wearing her KAMAKIRI shirt

Mio wearing her KAMAKIRI shirt.

As Azusa and Ritsu are about to spread a blanket to sit on, Yui jumps on it, ending in her falling painfully to the ground as Azusa and Ritsu can't support her weight. At that moment, Mio arrives with a KAMAKIRI t-shirt instead of food, disappointing everyone. After she puts it on, however, their mind changes and Ritsu and Tsumugi want to buy one too. Sawako then texts them that she bought takoyaki and is on her way.

Azusa got sunburned again

Azusa got another sunburn.

Inevitably, the day comes to an end. After refreshing themselves at a public bath, the group notices Azusa's new sunburn she received even though she put on sunscreen, something that highly depresses her. As Yui calms her down, Sawako declares that she's going to sleep. After hesitating for a moment, she menacingly blames them for thinking about her being old, leading Ritsu to defend them in panic.

HTT watching the starry sky

Ho-Kago Tea Time talking about the festival.

Some time later, Yui is sitting alone on top of a hill listening to the distant music that plays in the dark. Azusa comes by and sits down next to her after a short while. The two listen to the music together, Yui giving Azusa a bug repelling wristband in the process. Before too long, the other three band members join them. While lying down watching the starry sky, they admire the whole festival and the bands they saw. All of the sudden, Yui claims that their band Ho-kago Tea Time is even better than the other bands they saw today, confusing the others. Ritsu scolds her for such a naïve statement, but Yui still insists on them being better and tries to explain it with the bond they share with each other while being together as a band.

Summer Festival at night

The band hopes to be able to spend much more time together.

Ritsu remains skeptical, but after Mio, Tsumugi and even Azusa join Yui's side and support her claim, she agrees as well. As the music around them continues into the night, everybody wishes for the band to stay as it is forever.

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