The BEST Episodes of K-ON!
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: May 11, 2020
Network: Tokyo Broadcasting System
Four aspiring female musicians getting through high school the only way they know how—by starting a band! Yui is the lead guitarist (though she's never played before), Tsumugi the keyboardist, Mio the bassist, and Ritsu the drummer. With their big show at the annual school festival getting ever closer, the girls will have to practice hard—while dealing with homework, boys, and lots of other hilarious mishaps along the way—if they want to truly rock!
#1 - School Festival!
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired May 8, 2009
On the day of the school festival, Mio wants to practice for the club's live event, but everyone else is helping with their classes' other stands. They later get some practice done, but Mio is still nervous about singing center stage, even with Sawako's costume choices not helping the matter. Ritsu decides to hold a mock concert introduction to calm her nerves, although she still has jitters when the concert starts. Having seen her secret vocal practice beforehand, the others encourage her to do her best and the show manages to be a success. However, leaving the stage Mio trips over the guitar cable and accidentally exposes her underwear to the audience. She ends up getting a fan club, but cannot get over her embarrassment.
#2 - Graduation Ceremony!
Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired Sep 14, 2010
On the day of the girls' graduation, Yui gets off to a rough start by being late and ripping her tights. Meanwhile, Azusa is similarly distracted and ends up banging her head. The girls hold onto something, though Yui's attempts to hide it during the graduation ceremony cause Sawako to grow suspicious. They later give Sawako the present, a card signed by the entire class, later that day as thanks for being their teacher. After the classroom empties, leaving behind several goodbye messages for Sawako, the girls go to the light music room, shortly followed by Azusa. Azusa, who had been holding in her feelings all day, finally breaks down into tears, begging them not to graduate. To cheer her up, the girls perform a special song they wrote just for her.
#3 - Yet Another School Festival!
Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Aug 17, 2010
The girls get on stage for their performance and are surprised to find everyone in the audience wearing the same shirts as they are, which moves Yui a lot. During their performance, they sing two new songs, and Yui gives her thanks to the people who have helped her, and even gets thanks in return from the others. After their performance, the girls look back on their previous years and start to become upset knowing that this is their last year together, but manage to cheer each other up.
#4 - Field Trip!
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 27, 2010
The third years go on a school field trip to Kyoto. On the train there, Mio is a little annoyed at Yui's and Ritsu's childish behavior. Mio realizes that she will have to watch over both of them during the trip. After visiting various shrines and attractions, the group returns to the inn where the girls' bad habits continue to annoy Mio. The next day, they have a look around Kyoto, though Mio laments that no one wants to participate in any tourist activities. However, when they get lost on the way back to the train station along with Nodoka's group, Mio gives in to the jokey nature of the others and loosens up for the rest of the trip.
#5 - Summer Festival!
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 23, 2010
With summer vacation starting, everyone initially decides to do another training camp, but instead they decide this year to go to a summer rock festival in the mountains, which Sawako conveniently has tickets for. After following Sawako's strict survival guide, the festival starts and everyone gets into it, especially Mio, although Tsumugi and Yui become depressed when they cannot eat the foods they want. Meanwhile, the girls shortly go separate ways to listen to different bands. While Mio gets entranced by a left-handed guitarist, Sawako enjoys headbanging to a heavy metal band far from the others. After a day of music, the girls sit under the stars, listen to the bands far away, and agree to perform at the next Summer Festival.
#6 - Teacher!
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 8, 2010
After Sawako gets a call on her phone from someone in the clubroom, the girls decide to follow her. There, they find her meeting up with one of her friends, and although they are easily noticed by her, she does not alert Sawako to their position. After Sawako leaves, her friend introduces herself to the others as Christy, a guitarist from the previous light music club during Sawako's punk phase, and reveals that one of their group's other members is getting married. At the wedding, Sawako is shocked to find her old death metal band on stage with Yui as the guitarist. When Yui gets off to a nervous start, Sawako sheds off her shameful pride and takes her place on stage.
#7 - Marathon Tournament!
Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Jul 13, 2010
Upon returning to school after summer vacation, the girls learn of a school-wide marathon, which Yui is not keen on participating in. Seeing the marathon course while riding in Sawako's car does little to make her look forward to it. During the marathon, Yui constantly gets distracted and later everyone starts getting tired, trying to come up with various ways to keep them motivated. After reaching the top of a steep hill, the girls discover Yui has gone missing and go search for her. When Ui hears about this, she deduces that Yui had been staying at the old lady's house after scraping her knee. At the final stretch, Yui assumes that there will not be a rice cake for the person in last place, causing everyone to make a dash for the ending, resulting in Mio, who did not want to finish last due to it being embarrassing, performing an extravagant roll upon tripping at the finish line. While everyone enjoys red bean soup and rice cakes, Sawako is still searching for Yui.
#8 - Rainy Season!
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired May 11, 2010
On a very rainy day, Yui gets completely soaked trying to keep her guitar from getting wet. While Yui lets her clothes dry, she temporarily wears a maid costume made by Sawako until she gets told off about it. Azusa later helps Yui maintain her guitar. When it continues to rain the next day, the others recommend Yui keep her guitar in the clubroom overnight, though it causes her to worry late at night. The following day, Yui is so overjoyed to be reunited with her guitar that she brings it to class, but Sawako tells her to put it away.
#9 - Training Camp!
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 24, 2009
After listening to the live performance of the previous year's Light Music Club, Mio is inspired to get the gang together to practice over the summer break for the upcoming Budokan school festival. They travel to Tsumugi's oceanside villa, where music and summer fun mix.
#10 - Exams
Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Aug 31, 2010
As the seniors prepare for their entrance exams, Azusa decides to make them a chocolate cake for Valentine's Day, getting Ui and Jun to help. When the day comes, Azusa becomes nervous about presenting the cake to them, also worried about their impending graduation. However, her friends encourage her and the cake is well received, even getting a speedy White Day gift from Yui. The next day, Azusa makes an expensive prayer at the shrine for the girls' success, and later receives word that they have all passed their entrance exams.
#11 - Tea Party!
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired May 18, 2010
Mio gets the feeling that someone is watching her, making her feel uneasy, though it turns out to be because she had a sticker on her hair. She is visited by Nodoka, along with a couple of members from Mio's fan club. The girls are reminded of the previous year, where Mio felt like she was being stalked by someone and went to the student council for advice. There, she met the former student council president Megumi Sogabe, who suspiciously appeared to know a lot about her and the light music club. It was soon revealed that Megumi was not only Mio's stalker, but was also president of her fan club who had wanted to see as much of her as possible before she graduated. As a graduation gift, Mio and the girls held a private concert just for her. After Megumi graduated, she passed the position of fan club president over to Nodoka. Since she had not found time to do anything for the club, Nodoka asks the light music club to hold a special tea party for them. Mio is initially embarrassed by all the skits, interviews and service she has to put up with, but warms up when she sees a slideshow of her times with the light music club. The event ends with a performance and a group photo, which Azusa sends to Megumi.
#12 - Staying Behind!
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired May 4, 2010
Azusa and Ui, along with their classmate Jun, spend time together while the third years are on their trip to Kyoto. Noticing that Ui would be lonely without her sister around, Jun and Azusa decide to sleepover at her house, in exchange for Azusa helping out with her underclassmen in the jazz club. After spending the night, they wake up to a rainy day. They go to an arcade where Ui hits a home run in a batting game, before Azusa is reminded that she needs to feed Ton. While in the music room, the three decide to have a jam session together. The other girls return the next day and give Azusa a keychain, one of a set that spells out 'light music club'.
#13 - Drummer!
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 20, 2010
After noticing how badly she shows up in videos of the band's performances, Ritsu decides she does not want to be the drummer anymore as she does not stand out enough. She tries playing the guitar but cannot get beyond the basics. She tries the keyboard next, but only goes as far as playing with all the sound effects. The next day, Yui tries coming up with various ways to make Ritsu stand out, with no such luck. Later that night, Ritsu recalls when she first started drumming and practicing every day. After watching a DVD of The Who, she realizes that even though she is not always in the spotlight, she loves playing the drums. The next day, Tsumugi shows off a new song that Ritsu helped her come up with.
#14 - Cleanup!
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 14, 2010
While clearing their personal belongings out of the club room, the girls find an old guitar that used to belong to Sawako. Since it had aged a bit, Sawako allows the girls to sell it and add the money to the club's budget. After visiting a home superstore to buy a storage shelf, they take the guitar to the music store where they are surprised to find it valued at ¥500,000. When Sawako inquires about the sale, Ritsu tries lying about its value, but it backfires when Sawako asks for a receipt and the club end up getting considerably less money. However, she allows the girls to buy one thing with the money. Noticing that Azusa looks a bit concerned about not having any freshmen to look after, the girls decide to get her a pet turtle named Ton.
#15 - Visit!
Season 2 - Episode 26 - Aired Sep 28, 2010
Set before episode 23, Nodoka arrives in the clubroom with a sample of the graduation yearbook. The yearbook needs to be checked by Sawako, who is sick with a cold. Curious about what her apartment looks like, the girls decide to pay her a visit. Whilst looking through the album, they find a mysterious hand in the group photo, which turns out to be Ritsu's. Despite Sawako's objection, the girls decide to help her out around the apartment. They briefly visit Azusa, who is busy rehearsing for her freshman reception with Ui and Jun.
#16 - Romeo and Juliet!
Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Aug 10, 2010
As the seniors prepare for the play, Azusa worries that there has not been enough practice for the live performance. As the play goes on, the backstage crew realize they are missing Juliet's gravestone needed for the climax, but manage to borrow something from the occult club in time. After a successful play, the girls apologize to Azusa for making her worry and decide to hold an overnight practice session at school. Later that night, they browse through the closed stalls, where they find the missing gravestone, and give their thanks to the occult club. The next morning, Sawako gives the girls special Ho-kago Tea Time t-shirts for their performance.
#17 - Planning Discussion!
Season 2 - Episode 25 - Aired Sep 21, 2010
Set just after episode 21, Azusa finds the light music club's attempted recruitment video from before she joined the club, which was so embarrassing that Mio hid it in a cookie can. In order to recruit some new members for the next year, the girls try to come up with pitches for a new recruitment video, but to no avail. After talking with Ui and Jun, Azusa comes up with the idea of filming a documentary of their activities, intersected with interviews from fellow students and staff. The video turns out great, besides one scene at the end which Azusa is not too keen on.
#18 - Light Music!
Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 19, 2009
Yui is still sick from her cold, which is possibly attributed to her wearing a short yukata for too long. As the band tries to make do with Azusa as lead guitarist, Yui supposedly shows up over with her cold. However, her playing is too perfect and a slip of the tongue reveals that she is actually Ui, who had managed to play after a few days practice. Yui appears, but is still in no condition to play, so Mio suggests that she stay home until the day of the live performance. Yui eventually makes it in time, but forgets her guitar at home, so Sawako fills in for her while she goes to get it. Yui returns in time for the second song and the performance goes well, and the band even does an encore.
#19 - After School!
Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired Sep 7, 2010
Although they are not supposed to be at school until graduation the next day, Yui and the others decide to hang around the club room, though they have trouble figuring out how to pass the time. They clear out their desks and visit the student council room before getting Azusa to buy them some lunch. Wanting to leave something behind after they graduate, the girls decide to record an album of their songs.
#20 - Freshman Reception!
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired May 22, 2009
Ui makes it into Yui's school as a freshman, as well as new student Azusa Nakano. When the class arrangements are announced, Yui, Mugi and Ritsu end up in the same class, whilst Mio ends up in a different class with Nodoka. The group put up with Sawako's ideas of promoting the club by dressing them up as animals. Ui and her friend visit the club only to find everyone dressed as maids. However, the band find it impossible to play with the outfits on. Meanwhile Azusa walks around looking for a club that's right for her. The group gets ready for a live performance, but Mio is too embarrassed to do the vocals, so Yui does them instead. Yui forgets the lyrics, but Mio manages to back her up. Ui brings Azusa to watch the show, who is so moved by it that she goes to join the club.
#21 - Leading Role!
Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Aug 3, 2010
Much to their dismay, Mio and Ritsu are respectively nominated for the roles of Romeo and Juliet in the class play. Mio has her usual problems with the pressure of being centre stage, whilst Ritsu can't act lady-like enough for her role. After not being impressed with the other girls' 'training' for them, Ritsu and Mio decide to have a cram session. Whilst doing impersonations of each other if they switched roles, they find the key to successfully acting out their parts. Noticing Mio still lacks confidence, Tsumugi arranges for her and the others to work as maids in her family's tea shop to help get over her embarrassment. Although she gains some confidence, Mio still is reluctant about being centre stage. Meanwhile, Azusa grows concerned that, with everyone rehearsing for the play, no one's preparing for the live concert.
#22 - Career!
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired May 25, 2010
While filling in University Choice forms, Yui and Ritsu get in trouble for not being decisive enough about their future. Nodoka tells the others about how Yui somehow became friends with her after they met in kindergarten and how she has improved since joining the light music club. Mio and Ritsu later tell how they met and how Ritsu helped Mio when she was nervous about reading her award-winning essay in front of others in fourth grade. When Yui attempts to put 'musician' as her career choice only to be rejected, Nodoka cannot help but laugh. Yui asks her classmates for some advice, but still gets confused, so she just says she will do her best for now, which is still rejected.
#23 - Finals!
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 2, 2010
As the finals approach, Yui is struggling with her studies. One of Yui's neighbours, a kindly old lady who's always taken care of her, tells Yui about an upcoming talent show event taking place right after the finals. Wanting to pay her back, Yui decides to enter, though the others are concerned about her juggling two priorities. Azusa decides to join her act and help her study for the finals. After their tests, Yui and Azusa perform their routine. Though they didn't win, Yui gives her participation prize to the old lady as thanks. Yui manages to pass her test with high scores.
#24 - Another Training Camp!
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 5, 2009
Azusa meets up with Ui for lunch and are later joined by Ritsu. They try to call Tsumugi but end up talking to her butler. Yui and Ritsu invite Sawako to join their next training camp, but she appears disinterested. The gang arrive at an even bigger villa than last year, though Mugi points out it still isn't the one she desired. Yui and Ritsu want to play and Mio and Azusa want to practise, but the latter gets outvoted by Tsumugi in favour of playing. Azusa objects, but ends up having the most fun anyway, even getting sunburnt in the process. After practise, dinner and fireworks, Ritsu suggests a test of courage, and Mio and Azusa are shocked by the sudden appearance of Sawako. Later that night, Azusa joins Yui practising guitar. Azusa meets up with Ui again, although she can barely recognise her with all the sunburn.
#25 - Graduation Yearbook!
Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Aug 24, 2010
With photos for the graduation yearbook coming up, Yui uses Ui as a model to determine the best hairstyle, though feels weird when she leaves her hairpin on her. Although the seniors have finished their clubs, the girls decide to use the music room to study for their entrance exams, though Yui and Ritsu still have yet to decide on their university choices. While trying to trim her bangs for her yearbook photo, Yui sneezes and accidentally cuts them off, giving her a completely different look. After their pictures are taken, the girls learn Mio had turned down a recommendation for a university because she wanted to study together with everyone. Upon hearing this, Yui, Ritsu and Mio turn in their university preference applications to Sawako, opting to go to the same women's university as Tsumugi.