It’s true that some people don’t want to follow in the same footsteps as their parents. From Serizawa’s view, she dreams of becoming a professional musician. Sadly, her dream is now out of reach for some reason.
It seems that Serizawa has a dark past. Sure, her parents make a lot of money from their successful careers, but with her family completely separated made her think differently about her future career. In short, she wants to do something different by pursuing music, namely playing the Clarinet rather than follow the same path like her father and mother.
On the other hand, reality is harsh, which is the focus on this episode as Chika finds out the reason Serizawa decided to fix a Clarinet and not join the band. While she is shy about it, Chika was able to talk to her and find out that her hearing is in decline given that Serizawa happened to break her hearing aid for the left ear while fixing some drums. Still, it’s sad that she has to give up on her dream because of her hearing loss.
It’s sad to see someone lose their hearing at a young age, which can explain why she is pessimistic with the bass band aiming for the big competition. She feels that they won’t be able to make it with the amount of members they have and would rather see them compete in an easier level than the one they are aiming for. Given that the band instructor given up on becoming a conductor as Serizawa revealed, this makes it seem that she is pessimistic rather than being hopeful given her situation.
On the other hand, I don’t think she is a complete defeatist. Maybe things will change and she might get her hearing back through some miracle. Given that she helped the band out by fixing some of the instruments, it just shows that she wants them to succeed, even if she can’t participate.
While this show still does not deliver on the music nor the mystery, I feel that Chika is possibly the only reason why I am still watching this show. She knows how to bring people together and talk to them as seen with her interaction with Serizawa. There is no wonder she can make the band grow from a few members to a decently sized group within the span of one year. As always, it seems that Chika is so attached to Miyoko given how many times she hugged her. This makes me want to ship Chika with Miyoko, although it probably won’t happen. ¶