Before I go to the meat of the episode, I would like to touch on the reconciliation of Reina and Kumiko. A terribly understated event given the hurricane that is Taki-sensei’s entrance on episode 2.
But, perhaps reconciled isn’t the right word. Because its apparent that all of Reina’s perceived “animosity” is just Kumiko blowing things up out of proportion. On the previous episodes, you have to wonder if Reina actually remembered Kumiko at all.
Still, at the end of the last episode, we get this scene which I believe is important for Kumiko (if only for herself).
Reina: You’re still playing Euph in high school?
Reina: I see.
Narration(Kumiko) : That was all we said to each other. But, somehow, I was relieved.
As I’ve said understated but I believe that this is Kumiko’s answer to – Taki-sensei’s question – to Reina’s tears of frustration at the beginning.
Kumiko might not know on which side she is leaning on the “fun” or “nationals” side. But, Kumiko is playing the euphonium still.
And perhaps that answer is enough.
I also think that its important that Reina is the one who asked this of Kumiko. Not only because sort of acknowledgement that Reina noticed Kumiko at all. But, because Reina’s opinion matters a lot to Kumiko. Heck most of Kumiko’s major decisions are being influenced by Reina one way or another.
A bit too much if you ask me.
And then there is this.
…. That dope look just for being asked to move a chair…..
How exactly am I supposed to read this any other way except: KUMIKO DEVELOPING A HUMONGOUS CRUSH ON REINA