Team sports where I categorize concert band is a bit contradictory. They need to promote the dual values of cooperation and competition to be successful. Cooperation because concert band cannot be played with only one instrument. Competition to avoid breeding complacency (which we saw settling in the early episodes) and to reach new heights. The thing is cooperation and competition aren’t always aligned. And nowhere is it perhaps more diametrically opposed as when a team is conducting an audition. While they could be happily go hand in hand. If for example – those who are senior;Those who have put forth greater time and effort into the band are the ones who would be rewarded. But, that won’t happen everytime. As Kumiko’s monologue put it: Given that it’s an audition…. It is not unusual for a senior to be rejected in favor of a junior. But, whether that means everyone accepts the results without another complaint is another question. And really, how everyone handles that particular scenario forms the foundation of this episode. There is really a lot of things to talk about here. Let’s start with the most positive one – namely Natsuki and Kumiko.
Since the main manga is on a hiatus until December, I’m having a bit of a Saki withdrawal. I wish Ritz stopped at Chapter 159, then I can pretend that I barely care for the match. Stopping at Chapter 160 is just cruel. Having a long break when my interest is newly rekindled… Beyond more exposition on the Miyanaga family, we get more possible future plot threads such as the World Cup. (Just don’t think about how long THAT will take). So to alleviate my Saki pangs, we are going to talk about the Toshi’s pick for the World Tournament.