You just gotta love this series for its “subtle” commentary on history.
Shuumatsu no Izetta 12: It’s all or nothing for Eylstadt! Germania has a nuke! And the only thing that can prevent its use is (of course) Izetta!
Coincidentally, though, she has just received a power-up that allows her to battle the clone-witch…
This series is obsessed with mentioning other schools and describing how successful they’ve been in the past. For a series, that’s supposedly all about the “trying hard is enough”-mentality, it’s strange just how often it can’t help itself but make it a status thing when characters mention other schools.
Hibike! Euphonium S2 12: As they say, it’s all about the journey and not the destination… even if during the journey all everybody could think about was to finally get to a destination. And I guess, usually the saying also implies that you actually got where you wanted to go. But let’s not dwell on that! Everything’s fine – no matter what the actual results are!
But on the bright side of things: Asuka’s dad still knew what his daughter looked like and Kumiko’s sister was there (who has been less of an asshole since she had confessed her problems to Kumiko).
And Reina confessed! The event so many people didn’t really wait for and that predictably didn’t go anywhere either…
Great job heckling the teenager who just has gone through a lot in her private life!
Hibike! Euphonium S2 11: The question you gotta ask yourself is: “Do characters in this show actually have a life when Kumiko isn’t around to just observe it?”
Not that Kumiko personally cares. But Reina’s such a drag, she just has to give a shit about that teacher she’s supposedly in love with! So high-maintenance, right?! When you have friends like that… and so on and so forth.
That’s just a given in this series. Nobody looks closer at why exactly Eylstadt is supposed to be this idyllic paradise. Instead, it’s just assumed that everyone in Eylstadt is a good guy.
Shuumatsu no Izetta 05-11: The war goes swimmingly for Eylstadt and the rest of not-Europe. Izetta has become the most powerful person in the world (which naturally prompts not-US to start thinking about invading Eylstadt themselves).
But before that, Germania unveils its secret weapon: A clone of the White Witch!
And just to make matters worse, there’s suddenly something like a Witchstone which allows a Witch to be even more of a badass.
Except it turns out, things can get even worse than THAT. Because now Germania has a nuke as well!
With Eylstadt-soldiers dying left and right, it seems like Izetta has to prepare herself for a hard battle.
The things you (have to) do for your country, right?
Does this evil cult that can experiment on kids, has a robot-army and can indoctrinate grandmas really need world-domination? The way it looks to me, they already control the world.
Flip Flappers 10: Shit hits the fan!
… Also, a lot of exposition!
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.