Released By: Manga Entertainment
Running Time: 80 Mins
Audio: English & Japanese DD 5.1
Release Date: 22/7/2013
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes
Mio is busy studying for her exams, and wonders why it is that no one else she knows wants to do the same. Her friends spend too much leisure time as far as she is concerned, but she can't stop them from trying to get her out of her room to enjoy some fun with them, can she? Risu is still insistant that she should go somewhere with her, but as she keeps turning her down, she sees another friend and takes her away from all the stress of exam hell before it all starts. Everyone besides Mio has fun in the next few episodes.
For most of the cast of the Light Music Club, this second part of the second series changes their perspective from being high school students to having to take their exams and start to think seriously about what they will do with their lives once they leave. This is a big transition for them, and not something they can take lightly as there will be a lot of hugging and tears as they might not be able to see each other again. as they all have different responsibilities. Rather than it being an overly cute standard 12 rated anime series as we are used to when it concerns shojo aimed characters, there are a lot of personal situations that the characters have to deal with in their day to day lives; how to cope with the mass of school work they have to cram into, their near lonely private lives outside of the school and its musical activities, their lives around their friends they seem to grasp at in the hope of feeling as though they actually have a life, and the fears and hopes when they leave. Performance is another thing that they have to deal with as there is a traditional culture festival and a final live performance as well as a school marathon (we all remember those, don't we) that gets the competitive spirit going.
As we have come to know, each character has their own personality but highly exaggerated. There are the good natured humorous sequences in this anime we have now come to expect, but the emotional sequences are a surprise to anyone who has watched this series all the way though up until now. It can be said that this also makes the series unpredictable and at times interesting to watch in a way that hasn't been seen before. It might not be to everyones taste, and to be honest if the characters didn't pique your interest the first time, they might not now - however, if you like this series or are a die hard fan of it, you will notice the merits of watching it, the lighthearted comedy, the situations the characters always seem to get in despite what happens, and the emotional effort that is put into the series in general.
Bonus Material: Text less Opening and Closing Animations.
Verdict: Fun and upbeat - an all singing and alll dancing series of entertainment at its best!