The big day as come and are they prepared for the SunFes? You bet!
It seems that the concert band also doubles as a marching band. While there were some hints of it in the last episode, it just brings back some memories as marching and playing at the same time is not an easy task, especially if you take account of the drills. Of course, marching down a street is a lot easier in comparison. As for me, the only time I marched down the street is during my last year in high school on Memorial Day and as expected, I was exhausted considering how hot it was.
On the other hand, it’s nice to see them prepare for the festival even if Hazuki looked exhausted during practice. However, I noticed something different regarding the student’s attitudes. Last time, the band wanted to prove Taki wrong and get back at him. It seems that now they are finally cooperating with him instead of rebelling. Yep, they finally got used to him as I already predicted in the last episode.
So, what is the end result with this change? He didn’t have much to say before their performance, which is not so surprising since they managed to surprise the audience by how good they sound in the end. Sure, they got nervous by the big fish, but thankfully he convinced them that it doesn’t matter and that the feedback from the audience is more important. Of course, Reina also help reassure them that they won’t do badly.
While their performance showed that they are not the mediocre band they were once was, Reina’s interaction with Kumiko was the highlight of the episode for me. Sure, Kumiko tried to avoid some topics, specifically on the band instructor. Although Reina eventually asked her about what she thought about the band instructor, it seems that they are finally warming up to each other. Not only that, Reina smiled at her, which is the first.
Still, it’s understandable why Kumiko does not want to see her old classmates even though her former classmate from middle school, Azusa wants to show her around. Maybe it’s because she doesn’t want to be reminded of the past and want to have a new beginning. This might also explain why Reina ultimately decided to attend Kitauji instead of Rikka High School.
With the festival finally over, it makes me wonder where the band will go from here now that they know quite a bit about their rivals? To me, while I predict that there will be some difficulties on the horizon, I feel that most, but all the members will be motivated to try to surpass their biggest competitor they never dream of taking on. ¶