June 18, 2015
-Hibike! Euphonium, Ep11
Or, as in the case of the Goofy Cute this week, she stays as guarded and evasive as ever. Even when Kaori asked her point-blank twice who she thought was better suited to play the solo trumpet part, Asuka deftly danced and deflected the question.
I'll admit that I'm beginning to understand why some people dislike this part of her personality. I'm fairly certain that she's dodging all the drama intentionally... she knows that she's got influence in the band club. The last thing she wants to do with that influence is use it in public; she wants the band to sound the best it can. If that means arranging matters so that there's a second audition for trumpet solo, so be it. That it'll help her friend, Kaori, is merely a side-note.
We desperately need an Asuka episode, but with two broadcast eps and an OVA remaining in this season, I'm pretty sure it's not going to happen. Which means we may never find out what makes her tick, and that disturbs me more than anything right now. I'm sure Ben's forthcoming writeup over at his place will cover the events of this ep in depth; he actually thinks about the show which puts him a step up on me.
Oh well, doesn't matter, we got That Confession Scene out of it, and that's all I care about at this point.
(Yes, I know it's baiting, I know what happens later in the LN series, la la la can't hear you.)
Posted by: GreyDuck at June 18, 2015 07:29 AM (/zxpg)
Posted by: Wonderduck at June 18, 2015 09:36 AM (jGQR+)
Posted by: Mitch H. at June 18, 2015 12:55 PM (jwKxK)
Taki-sensei directly challenged the band to do what they wanted: pick Kaori regardless. Unfortunately, Reina was clearly better. How she played made people look up. The whole event was used to make the band members decide once again how much they wanted to do well at the competition. Including Kaori.
Posted by: Ben at June 18, 2015 01:16 PM (xujhj)
Personally, I think Taki-sensei is a jerk, which was proven before with his humiliation of Aoi in front of the entire band. The entire open audition was a waste of time that ended up making people (Including Reina.) angry, because it almost realized the potential of turning into a popularity contest, and turning students into villains. Asuka actually had the most level-headed response to the entire fiasco in the previous episode.
Whatever merits Taki-sensei has in terms of music skills (Which is considerable.), a good teacher he is not.
BTW, Hello Mitch H. You seem familiar.
Posted by: cxt217 at June 18, 2015 02:00 PM (Oq8pU)
cxt217, I hang around, although I usually get around to comments threads after the subject's been beat senseless.
Posted by: Mitch H. at June 19, 2015 08:50 AM (jwKxK)
Posted by: Riktol at June 19, 2015 12:52 PM (MQZN9)
Taki-sensei should be a lawyer or something.
He should be expelled from teaching. I had my fill of jerks in the teaching profession.
Posted by: cxt217 at June 19, 2015 04:31 PM (Oq8pU)
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