While the Bass Band Club prepare for another performance, there is some drama brewing with Asuka and her mom.
It’s nice that Taki is not only focusing on nationals, but want to take advantage of any opportunities for the whole band to perform together. This time, he decided to have the band perform in a train station. While the members prepared for it, Kumiko witnessed drama unfolding as she brought a stack of notebooks. It’s between Asuka’s mother and Taki in the teacher’s office.
From this exchange, it seems that Asuka’s mom does not like the fact that her daughter is playing in the band. In other words, she is trying to force Asuka to quit the band since her band activities interfering with her entrance exams. To me, her mom acts like a Tiger Mom trying to control Asuka’s life. Thankfully, Taki stood up to her and rejected the forced resignation letter. Still, seeing her mom slap Asuka was not called for, but thankfully she didn’t cause a big scene.
From the looks of it, rumors spread that Asuka quit. Thankfully, the members are happy that she didn’t resign. When Haruka and Kaori confronted her, Asuka said that everything is fine. Haruka doesn’t buy it since she overheard what happened. Kaori offered to help, but Asuka said it’s just a club and everything will be fine. However, it’s not necessarily the case when she suddenly became absent from the club for a whole week.
During Asuka’s absence for a week, everyone started to become worried. Haruka noticed that her music was still at school, which is understandable. To make matters worse, Yuuko heard that the vice principal received a resignation form from Asuka. Taki started to take notice that the band is not playing up to par thanks to all these rumors. Thankfully Taki denied those rumors and asked everyone to practice in sections.
I guess this is the best thing to do so Haruka can address the issues surrounding the rumors. She said that the band shouldn’t keep relying on Asuka forever. She also wants the band to stand by her as president. To me, she did a good job calm everyone down. Thankfully, Asuka showed up on the day of the performance, showing that she might have resolved her problems. Either way, they had an okay performance, although it’s surprising to see that Rikka is still in nationals. I am guessing it’s for the marching band aspect.