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Early on in Okay-ON! The Film, Yui has a easy thought of how After-College Tea Time has spent its previous three years of highschool. She says, “I’m wondering how a lot tea we’ve consumed in three years.” Mugi thinks that they’ve simply drunk over 1,000 cups, which given how typically they drink tea, isn’t too wild of a guess. Yui’s preliminary thought can be one thing I used to be questioning. Simply what number of cups of tea do they drink all through the course of Okay-ON!’s run? By means of the course of figuring that out, it additionally led me to a different realization. All of those moments of getting tea collectively really are the guts and soul of this present.
It’s simple to joke about what number of tea scenes are scattered all through Okay-ON!, however even I used to be shocked after seeing the ultimate complete. It makes Mugi’s guess appear in no way outlandish by the point we get there. The entire instances when After-College Tea Time gathers collectively and typically with others to drink tea showcase the gentle and subdued nature of the present. There’s severe moments, goofy moments, quiet moments, and emotional moments all baked into having a cup of tea with your folks. They’re not solely a good way to see how these characters work together with each other, nevertheless it offers you an opportunity to actually be taught and perceive who every character is. By the point you’re accomplished with the entire sequence, it’s such as you’ve been pals with these ladies all alongside, which I feel is a cause why this isn’t solely my favourite Kyoto Animation sequence however certainly one of my favourite sequence interval.
So, let’s work out simply how a lot tea they drink all through the primary season. With solely 14 episodes to its identify, Season 1 is ready to pack in a variety of tea to drink. Over the course of the 12 episodes and two OVAs, there’s a complete of 180 cups of tea drank, which averages out to about 13 cups an episode. Each episode doesn’t fairly attain that mark since two episodes solely have three cups consumed whereas the OVA, “Reside Home!” has probably the most with 30. I knew there was going to be so much when by way of the primary three episodes, there have been 54 cups, which was startling. Nonetheless, that’s a variety of time to get to know these characters early on which helps as we transfer by way of the season.
Considered one of my favourite tea scenes in Season 1 is definitely within the second OVA, “Reside Home!” After-College Tea Time is invited to carry out their first present outdoors of a college occasion and must get acclimated with studying the best way to cope with sound checks, stage lighting, and likewise interacting with the opposite bands. The ladies are energetic and nervous all through the day, however they appear to relax as soon as Mugi suggests they’ve some tea. It additionally permits them to have an opportunity to hang around with the opposite bands as soon as the others scent tea and be a part of them.
You’re simply capable of see how shortly their nervousness for his or her forthcoming efficiency and being round different bands washes away simply by this transient second of hanging out. They’re capable of be taught the opposite teams’ motivations for the longer term and break the ice in a approach they have been struggling to determine earlier. It additionally enables you to see once more how effectively the dynamic of the group works. Mugi’s gentleness and allure is ready to invite the opposite teams over, Ritsu and Yui are ready to make use of their extroverted nature to debate objectives and aspirations, and Mio is quiet which permits her to watch simply how effectively their group is ready to overcome these sorts of anxieties. This small session results in the opposite bands with the ability to ease the anxieties of After-College Tea Time throughout their rehearsal, and it exhibits the sort of comradery that goes into small gigs comparable to this.
Typically, we consider Kyoto Animation as a real powerhouse with regards to beautiful animation. There are definitely moments you’ll be able to level to in Okay-ON! which have that, however they’re additionally so good at creating tales that emphasize gradual and methodical storytelling whereas additionally capturing incredible character moments. It’s definitely one thing that sequence director Naoko Yamada excels at, which she places to make use of continuously all through all of Okay-ON! For those who took this sequence and made it much less about all of those small, intimate moments that the characters have, I don’t know if it could be nearly as good or satisfying to observe by way of time and again. These moments spotlight why these ladies work so effectively collectively and likewise how the present is ready to hold you engaged even in a present the place at instances, they solely speak over tea.
Season 2 ups the ante with extra episodes and 311 cases of ingesting tea, which makes amber the colour of the tea they drink. That comes out to about 12 cups of tea per episode, one lower than Season 1, nevertheless it is smart given there are literally two episodes the place they don’t drink tea in any respect. It might sound sacrilegious to not drink tea in Okay-ON!, nevertheless it really works within the context of these two episodes. Nonetheless, that’s an entire lot of tea to drink in a season that may be a single 12 months within the timeline of the sequence.
There are a variety of nice tea moments all through Season 2 to select from. It’d be arduous to choose towards the ultimate time they’ve tea within the membership room within the sequence finale. It’s in all probability among the best instances of framing an emotional second round their each day tea since we see Azusa feeling assured about discovering new members subsequent 12 months, however only some brief moments later, breaking down into tears as a result of she doesn’t need the opposite members to graduate and go away her. The lead up into all of that feels melancholic earlier than something even occurs since you recognize that is the final time they’ll ever have tea like this collectively. Even with the entire episode revolving round commencement, it really provides a weight of finality to the episode that that is really it.
On the alternative facet of the spectrum are their planning conferences for a brand new recruitment video within the OVA, “Planning Dialogue!” This exhibits the comedic facet of what can occur when the group will get collectively to drink tea after they try and provide you with the most effective thought to assist Azusa get extra members subsequent 12 months. It additionally lets you see a number of the unusual nature of the group with concepts comparable to Sawako’s Hollywood film trailer, Mio desirous to have Ton-chan narrate a video, Ritsu wanting to brighten her successes, Yui wanting everybody to decorate up in animal costumes, and Mugi arising with a homicide thriller. Tea time for After-College Tea Time is really the essence of youth.
Now, let’s discover out as soon as and for all of the grand complete of tea that’s consumed all through the entire sequence. Will or not it’s as a lot as you thought? Including up all the things collectively from the TV anime, the film, and the openings and endings, we get a grand complete of 544 cups of tea drank over the course of Okay-ON! Since we don’t get to see daily of their three years of highschool, I feel it’d be protected to say Mugi’s considered at the least 1000 cups can’t be too far off. By means of using some fast math, I’ve additionally estimated how a lot liquid that’s. This isn’t an actual measurement as a result of it’s inconceivable to do this with how typically they’re switching tea units, however by way of the whole sequence, they roughly drank about 107 liters of tea. To place that into perspective, that’s about twice as a lot liquid as the typical automobile can maintain in its gasoline tank. So, yeah, they drank A LOT of tea in Okay-ON! nevertheless it’s additionally why this present is so nice and continues to carry up with each repeated viewing. All of that tea offers you the quiet, enjoyable, emotional, foolish, and enjoyable moments you’d come to count on from this sequence. It’s additionally why that is certainly one of Kyoto Animation’s masterpieces.
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