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It took this series over 20 episodes to finally confront Kumiko with some hard truths. If this show isn’t getting a third season, it’s a weird decision to only acknowledge shortly before the end that the series-protagonist is a big wimp who has a lot of growing-up to do.
Hibike! Euphonium S2 10: Kumiko’s little visit to Asuka hasn’t changed anything unsurprisingly.
After this failure, things only get tougher for Kumiko as both Mamiko and Asuka show her that she’s still far away from being an efficient trouble-solver.
But hey, she’s just a child, so it’s fine, right? No need to already behave like an adult in high school. I’m sure there are a ton of YA-stories out there that show how growing up isn’t a priority when you’re in high school, right? The coming-of-age-genre generally deals with all these kids in their twenties who finally learn what being an adult means, right?!
You just have to applaud the writers of this episode for their financial conscience to leave this colorful space-environment behind and go to a… bland empty white room. Animes get so much cheaper when the world’s empty and white.
Flip Flappers 09: Yayaka is about to be replaced by a new Amorphous Child. This is very sudden for Yayaka who seems to have forgotten that she has been constantly prioritizing Cocona’s safety so far. But she manages to convince her bosses that she should be given a last chance (spoiler: … to make the same mistakes again).
Also, Cocona doesn’t trust Papika (again) and Papika wins her trust back (again) by obsessively chasing after her (again).
And only at the end of this episode does it occur to Cocona to ask who Mimi is. (At this rate, we will find out what the stones are for around episode 20 or so, I imagine.)
I wonder if Natsuki could still pass the Turing-test in that moment. Forget about the question if a teenager could be this selfless, can a person, in general, be THAT selfless?! Isn’t the whole point of her relentless practicing to get the position she currently has? Shouldn’t she sound at least a tiny bit conflicted…?
Hibike Euphonium S2 09: Asuka is still in self-imposed exile and there’s only ONE person who can save her!
Or at least that’s what everyone seems to think.
I don’t know, does Asuka have any friends who might have an interest in helping her…? I guess not… And so it falls to Kumiko to be the most Euphonium-like person ever – which is a good thing apparently.
As they say: Hell is other people.
Flip Flappers 06-08 Review: Cocona & Papika continue to have wacky adventures in Pure Illusion… more or less.
On one of their adventures, they inadvertently do the whole Inception-thing and on another Cocona is spending the entire time with various versions of Papika that try to please her.
Oh, and Yayaka has grown a conscience because of Cocona.
Then simply don’t do it!
Hibike! Euphonium 05-08: And with that, the ensemble wins another competition!
And… since this wasn’t the Nationals, literally nothing has changed for the ensemble. I guess, they just have to continue being try-hards and it will all be fine.
Asuka’s mother raises her daughter alone and has decided to start some trouble. Trouble, which keeps Asuka away from the ensemble despite her wishes. And Kumiko’s sister’s in trouble because she has stopped playing the trombone despite her own wishes all those years ago! What a coincidence!
Also, Taki has a dead wife. Good to know and… that’s really all you need to know about that character.
One of the series’ strengths is to tell so much visually instead of just offering bland backgrounds for characters telling you what’s going on.
3-gatsu no Lion 01-04: Rei is a genius-Shogi-player (is there any other kind when you’re an anime/manga-protagonist…?) and he becomes sort-of a part of an unusual little family-household. Hilarity ensues!
Well, sometimes things get serious, too.
Actually, it’s a pretty good series if that didn’t sound like a good pitch.
The series remains “subtle” as ever in what genres it tackles…
Flip Flappers 04/05: Teamwork is all about friendship. And so to improve their teamwork, Cocona and Papika start living together which leads to them getting stranded on a deserted island. (Go figure how someone thought that was a good idea for an episodic plot.)
Having escaped the island… Papika and Cocona try to end their losing streak. Due to this, they end up in a creepy all-girls-school with a little Groundhog-Day-problem. And while it’s raining blood outside, everybody’s gay inside the school.
I guess, this robot’s AI still needs some work.
Hibike! Euphonium S2 04: For a moment, I really feared that Yoroizuka’s problems won’t ever get resolved. Especially since her BFF turned out to be a huge asshole. It’s incredible how much Nozomi thinks doesn’t need to be said. But somehow, it’s still Yoroizuka’s fault for not getting that, of course. How dare she make assumptions about Nozomi’s opinion, right?! When someone isn’t talking to you and suddenly does something drastic and surprising, you go to that person and demand answers!
Oh, and if you’re the person who decided to do something drastic and surprising… Well, you just sit back and have fun! Nothing wrong with that!
Guess, somebody’s watched Mad Max: Fury Road…
Flip Flappers 01-03: Take a teenager who doesn’t enjoy life, lives in a weird world and then catapult them into the center of the universe, figuratively. It’s certainly one hell of a way to grow up, I guess. Cocona, a girl who lives a comfortable life with her weird grandma, suddenly gets thrown into the world of Pure Illusion. With her new friend Papika and some robot called Bu-chan they do the usual adventuring in order to weird jewels that make wishes come true. Of course, that isn’t of much value to Cocona who still has no idea what to do with her life. Thankfully, the world of Pure Illusion is a nice distraction from having to deal with that.
It’s strange when moments like this happen. The tone of the series is very at odds with this action-imagery as it’s more about morals than anything else.
Shuumatsu no Izetta 01-04: World Wars are bad. But shit happens sometimes, right? In this particular alternate universe, Germany takes on the mantle of villainy once again. Eylstadt, a little country in the mountains, is supposed to be its next victim. But Eylstadt has two weapons: One is the princess Fine who doesn’t seem to have any flaws and the other is the last witch Izetta who conveniently is also a super-powerful witch (and naturally Fine has saved her life at some point).
Fine seems to do everything right so far and Izetta is ignoring every piece of advice she has gotten from her grandma. But hey, what can go possibly wrong…?