The big day is finally here. With tensions high, Reina and Kumiko continue to support each other in reaching their goal.
With Reina’s drama over, Kumiko focuses back on herself. Despite her experience, she is finding the high level parts of the piece difficult to master. After being taken out from a particularly tough section, she finds the strength to play in Reina’s indomitable drive. Jel swears it’s a metaphor for lesbianism.
Kaori and Kousaka start practicing vigorously for the new audition. As the results start to seem one-sided, that asshole with the bow tries one last desperate plea to get Reina to throw the competition. With the stress finally getting too much, Reina reaches out to Kumiko for consolation.
The results of the audition leave everyone shocked. A vicious rumor brings band development to a halt as Reina and Mr. Taki find themselves under fire.
Days later and Sapphire is still feeling responsible for Hazuki’s hurt feelings. After a quick pep talk from Hazuki, everyone focuses back on the audition.
Love abounds as the classic date festival comes to everyone’s minds. Hazuki confirms Kumiko’s lack of feelings for Shuichi, only to have Shuichi ask Kumiko out the next day. The next day, Shuichi presses for an answer, and an awkward dodge coincidentally lands her with Reina.
Aoi grows more and more distant from the band as exam pressures start to mount. After being pressed by Mr. Taki, she quits, causing the President to question her ability to lead. Elsewhere, Kumiko and the gang learn about the truth of last year’s falling out.
The band receives a big shock when Mr. Taki announces that they will have to audition for parts, y’know, like they’re actually part of a competitive band or something. Most of our girls take it in stride, but Hazuki’s lack of experience compounds on her lack of motivation for playing the Tuba. With only a week until the auditions, the girls try to show her that no part is unimportant when you’re in a band.
The band is on the move, marching to prepare for the upcoming SunFes. At the festival, we get a first taste of their rivals, and the band finally gets a chance to prove itself. Also, more legs than ever before.
The parts are broken up as Mr. Taki starts his tough training regimen. While dissent is high among the lackadaisical band members, others like Reina are quickly backing his attempts to whip the band into shape. When Kumiko vents with Shuichi, this unintentionally brings Reina to her attention. With SunFes coming up, the next ensemble is make or break for the band.
The band starts breaking into parts, but not everyone is taking practice seriously. Their new conductor realizes this, and gives them a harsh ultimatum before giving his assistance.
Kumiko is still agonizing over her reconciliation with Reina. Meanwhile, everyone finally picks their instruments, and the VP is the best character once again. With a new conductor in town, it seems changes will come to the band.