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"Tea Party!"
Tea Party!
お茶会!
Ochakai!
Season 2
Episode 7
Japanese air date May 18, 2010
Previous Rainy Season!
Next Career!


K-ON!! Season 2 episode #7

Summary

Following Nodoka Manabe's request to do something for Mio Akiyama's fan club, the Light Music Club prepares a tea party.

Plot

Nodoka with card

Nodoka with the card she found.

While rearranging the student council's room, Nodoka a red card with an image of Ho-kago Tea Time's bassist, Mio, slips out of a book. Remembering the owner of the card, Nodoka decides to send a letter to the card's owner.

In the meantime, Mio is walking to class alongside her friends Yui, Tsumugi and Ritsu. Clearly worried about something, Mio keeps looking behind her until Yui asks her about it. She tells them that she's felt like someone was watching her all day, causing the others to stare at her.

Sawako finished Mio

Sawako finished Mio.

Mio, unamused, still insists that someone's watching her. When Ritsu tries to calm her down, a person approaches Mio from behind, startling her by covering her eyes, asking who she might be. Mio, petrified by the joke, can't answer the question, confusing Sawako Yamanaka, who was the one who approached her.

Tsumugi the detective

Tsumugi solves the mystery.

Inside the Light Music Club's room, the problem is discussed again, but nobody except for Azusa takes the issue seriously. Tsumugi suddenly declares that she has discovered the truth. She then stands up and blames a nonexistent person to be the culprit, acting like a the detective she apparently always wanted to be. Her statement that she knows the truth was no lie however, and Tsumugi reveals that a tag from Mio's breakfast had been stuck in her hair the whole morning, which had caused people to stare at her.

Mio's fans with card

The two fan club members show up.

Ashamed, Mio is speechless. At that moment, they hear Nodoka talking to somebody outside of the room. The next moment, the door opens and two first-year students fall on the ground. Mio asks Nodoka who they are, to which the two girls declare that they are members of the Mio Akiyama Fan Club and that they wanted nothing more than seeing the sticker in her hair. Mio, mortified by the thought that a fan club about her still exists, falls on the table in front of her. Yui tells her that she thought that Mio put the sticker in her hair on purpose, leading Mio to scold her since Yui did not tell her about it.

After the two fan club members leave, Nodoka apologizes to the others. Yui and Tsumugi wonder about how the fan club could still exist despite Megumi Sokabe not being around anymore. This leads Azusa to ask who Megumi Sokabe is. Ritsu starts to spin a yarn about Mio being troubled by the belief that she's being watched and how Ritsu heroically aided her. Mio promptly destroys Ritsu's shining delusion and starts telling the real story.

Mio and Megumi

The flashback of Mio's and Megumi's first encounter.

The previous school year, Mio felt like she was being being watched and none of the Light Music Club members were of any help. Thus she went to the student council to discuss the case with Nodoka, who takes her seriously right from the start. After a while, the president of the student council, Megumi Sokabe, shows up, greeting Mio like an old friend. She offers her tea and apologizes, saying it's probably inferior to the tea the Light Music Club drinks every day. Megumi and Nodoka then discuss the first steps to find Mio's stalker.

Megumi confession

Megumi admits being Mio's stalker.

When Megumi mentions the fan club as a potential source for the stalker, Mio comments that Megumi seems to know a lot about her own club, making the atmosphere in the room awkward. As Megumi's about to leave the room, she drops a membership card for the Mio fan club with her name on it, creating an intense pressure in the room which Mio tried to decrease by humorously blaming Megumi to be the stalker herself in a Manzai-style. Her non-serious accusation turns out to be true and Megumi, cornered by Mio and Nodoka, admits being the stalker while crying, much to the shock of Nodoka and especially Mio.

Megumi founded the fan club

Megumi was also the one who founded the fanclub.

Megumi justifies her actions with her fear of not being able to see Mio anymore once she graduated. Mio, despite being pretty embarrassed, calms her down and says that she actually feels kind of honored that Megumi feels that way. Nodoka, looking over the card, discovered that Megumi was member number one, which means that she was also the founder and president of the fan club, a thought which scares Mio all over again.

Megumi thanks the LMC

Megumi thanked the Light Music Club for their efforts.

Back in the present, the group tells Azusa that the Light Music Club then prepared a special concert just for Megumi to congratulate her on her graduation. After they played Fuwa Fuwa Time for her, Megumi pretends to scold them before giddily thanking them and ecstatically asking Mio to sign an autograph for her in baby talk.

The tea party is accepted

The group is excited by the idea of a tea party for the fanclub.

After the story comes to an end, Nodoka pulls out her fan club card, revealing that she actually inherited the club president title from Megumi. She regrets that she could not do anything for the club despite being its president and asks the Light Music Club to host a tea party for the fan club members, citing that she wouldn't be able to face Megumi if she never did anything. The whole club, excluding Mio, is excited by the idea and the party scheduling begins.

A few days later, many accessories like backscratchers and bottle openers with Mio's face on them lie on the club's table, ready to be distributed. The fan club freshmen show up to share some snacks with them, looking forward to the party. Ritsu asks Nodoka if Megumi will come along as well, but Nodoka says that she cannot since Megumi is already busy with college. Because of this, the club members begin to think that the party is no longer worth it, but recommendations to cancel the party are rejected because Megumi said she wanted the fan club to have a good time and asked Nodoka to go on with the program without her.

Mio biting her tongue

Mio biting her tongue.

Finally, the day of the party arrives. The school's music room is full of students of all three grade levels. Yui and Ritsu, being the masters of ceremonies, greet the guests and declare the start of the party by asking the guest of honor, Mio herself, to come in. Mio, acknowledged with applause, goes to the microphone to hold a welcoming speech, during which she bites her own tongue twice, to the amusement of the audience.

Mio's slide show

Mio in front of her slide show.

The next step on the program is the cutting of the cake, a task Azusa reluctantly has to help Mio with. After serving tea and cake to each member, a special Q&A session is held. Mio, greatly insecure after all the personal questions, is exhausted when the next activity, a slide show of her growth, starts. The images, although mostly focused on Ritsu, leave a great impression on Mio, even cheering her up a little.

Pure Pure Heart

Ho-Kago Tea Time performing "Pure Pure Heart".

After the slideshow ends, Ritsu is about to declare the last step on the program, but Mio intercepts and tells her fans that she wrote a poem for them. The surprise is initially met with raucous applause, but the corny nature of Mio's writing quickly dampens everyone's enthusiasm. Not even the club members can keep up with it, so Yui, Ritsu and Tsumugi save the situation by quickly moving on to the actual next step.

Mio and her fanclub

The fanclub and Mio posing for the cameras.

Shortly afterwards, Ho-Kago Tea Time stands on the stage, presenting a new song called Pure Pure Heart. The crowd is thrilled and the party ends with a group picture of the full club with Mio in the middle.

After Nodoka expresses her wish for Megumi to see the event somehow, Azusa takes a picture with the intention of sending it to her by looking up Megumi in the student registry. Subsequently, Megumi can be seen somewhere in Japan receiving the image during her club's trip. Satisfied that the fan club still thrives, she thanks the Light Music Club for giving her another wonderful present.

Megumi happy

Megumi happy about Azusa's message.

The episode ends with the text of another letter of Nodoka, hoping Megumi will be able to attend the next party.

Trivia

  • The poem Mio wrote eventually became the lyrics for Ho-Kago Tea Time's song "Tokimeki Sugar".

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