Hibike Euphonium 10.1 – Natsuki-senpai and Kumiko-kouhai

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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.

Saki Manga 160 – World Competitor Toshi Pick

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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.

Hibike Euphonium Concert Band Incomplete: Implications with a dash of Wishful Thinking

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While I was making the blog post about episode 10 (in particular about salty senpai’s comment that Kumiko is the reason that she didn’t make it in the band)… when I noticed that the numbers aren’t adding up. KITAUJI CONCERT BAND IS ACTUALLY INCOMPLETE!

Hibike Euphonium 9.4 – On Not Knowing Ones Feelings

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An analysis of this episode would not be complete without mentioning the most controversial part of it, I suppose. That’s right. The infamous assertion by Hazuki that “Kumiko doesn’t know her own feelings.”  

Hibike Euphonium 9.3 – Kumiko on Hazuki and Midori

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For this post, I want to talk about the first year trio of Kumiko, Hazuki and Midori’s friendship. To be honest, even if it only amounts to just background detail on most episode, I really like the trio’s camaraderie. And I really like how its demonstrated in this episode, with all its up and down.