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Wow, where do we even go from here? This felt very much like the last episode of season 1, putting a neat little bow on most everything and packing all the emotional punch that comes with that. We see the epilogue of Miyore and Nozomi’s mended relationship, putting Miyore in a much better state of mind for her performance. We get to draw parallels between their rift and the former awkwardness between Kumiko and Reina, re-affirming how important they’ve become to each other. Look at that fire in Kumiko’s eyes! Even Asuka has her moment, sharing her true feelings and being completely sincere for the first time that we’ve ever seen.
There’s really not much more to say as a large portion of the episode is consumed by the performance, all played in real time. It’s something best experienced rather than me trying to write about it. At this point we all expect the presentation to be gorgeous but I want to make sure we don’t take for granted how beautiful this show looks when it’s at its best, which is pretty much every episode. Of course there’s no diaglogue while everyone plays, but little details like the photos taped to the girls’ sheet music and Kumiko’s memories during the trumpet solo really hit home.
Needless to say this was a great episode and I am looking forward to seeing how they can top this for the performance at the Nationals. We just cashed in for a lot of emotional payoff so I’m hoping there will be enough time to build the tension back up in the second half. I mentioned last week there are still some open plot threads like whatever is up with Kumiko’s sister and I’m sure there will be some new band drama to deal with, so I’m not too worried about it.