“Everyone’s subtly hiding their true feelings and gathering in the safest direction. The school, the band, the teacher, the students…” – Aoi
Hey guys, this week we’re back with Hibike Euphonium Episode 2 where Kumiko is still trying to make peace with Reina after that awkward middle school exchange. Midori, Hazuki and Kumiko set about choosing their instruments for orchestra. As Kumiko’s been stuck with Euphonium for as long as she’s remembered, she endeavours to switch to trombone this time.
I personally found the introductions to the instruments in the band quite informative and helpful because I really don’t know anything about orchestra. For others, the episode might have seemed a bit slow or dragged on but if anything it provided a lot of opportunities to show off supporting characters and club members as well as throw a bit comedy into the dialogue mix.
Asuka in particular is a hilarious supporting character in the club. She reminds me a bit of Sawako from K-On who’s totally shameless and outgoing and just the right amount of insane that a slice of life anime needs. As the students are drifting around different tables, trying out instruments, due to an all-too-revealing exchange between Kumiko and an old friend named Aoi, the club finds out that Kumiko used to play Euphonium. As a result, Kumiko gets stuck on Euphonium YET AGAIN. Oh poor Kumiko, she and that instrument are just inseparable.
Later, the club advisor encourages the orchestra to set a goal for themselves, whether that goal is Nationals or “having fun” is up to the members to decide. Of course the majority wishes to aim for Nationals though Aoi doesn’t. Kumiko ends up having a vague and intriguing exchange with Aoi at the end of the day regarding Aoi’s decision to vote against Nationals and Kumiko’s decision not to vote at all. At this point, we get the sense that Kumiko really doesn’t know what she wants for herself. Midori points out that Kumiko must have refrained from voting because she was worried of what Reina might have thought. Kumiko needs some serious character development before she starts to take control of her life.
I’m really enjoying the comfortable and welcoming pace that the series is setting after the second week and I find the characters quite endearing. Even Kumiko’s brief but quiet pieces of inner monologue accompanying the storyline are quite refreshing. Can’t wait to see more of Hibike Euphonium =)
What are you pondering today?