Damn, Shuu. You didn't have to deny her THAT hard. Better be careful, she might jump ship because of that.
/our boy/ an heroes his own ship yet again. Truly a magnificent display of adolescense. Bravo KyoAni
>This is the real tragedy here
No Ribbons as president was.
I'm not even mad. It's like watching my buddy sperg himself into a rejection. Let's have a drink with the other lads and have a big laugh at his well deserved misfortune so we can move on. huehuehue
>2017 calendar begins with ReinaKumiko; ends with AsukaKumiko
Really makes you think.
>A Fallen Eupho
>begin with Kumiko/Reina
>end with Kumiko/Asuka
What the fuck. Someone translate this properly for me. Fucking HS.
I can´t believe my crackship won in the end
Kumiko agreed. Don't bother her about it.
>tfw hetfags and yurifags are fighting while your otp becames canon
>husband is a workaholic
>older daughter stopped studying because she wanted to be a whore
>youngest daughter is a meme haired dyke that makes weird sounds and jumps from special vagina to special vagina instead of settling down with the nice boy next door
Being Mumiko is suffering
Reminder that the third year players will be replaced by shitters from the Monaka team and noobs that will have to learn from 0, making Taki waste a lot of time.
Reminder that they will never get the gold at the nationals.
Reminder that Reina will never be able to set Taki free from his promise to his dead wife.
>Reminder that the third year players will be replaced by shitters from the Monaka team and noobs that will have to learn from 0, making Taki waste a lot of time.
That's sort of how teaching works, did you not watch the end of the episode?
>not watching this show for the superb background girls
No matter what the game turned out like, I'll never forget the hype.
>implying they won't run away as soon as reina has an autism attack, or Kumiko drops some truth bombs on them, or Roboe do a roboe thing, or Ribbon takes a biased towards her friends decision
This all of this desu. Especially the Ribbons & Reina parts, what if they talk about Taki and then Reina attacks them? That's not gonna attract people or keep anyone. Kumiko not holding back is good though I think
For fuck sakes, they were acting like good, close friends.
It is extremely common for teenage girls that are so good friends to get a little touchy and might explore a bit and maybe kiss each other and things. Specially if they do not have a lot of male friends. This does not make them lesbians.
I wish yurishitters understood that.
I am not reading this, I just started S2.
I will say this: I was not expecting it to be like this at all. I thought I was getting Gundam Wing again, but there it goes making me feel.
I don't think you know much about women, Anon.
And you don't seem to know much about English.
Truly, /a/ is a place where people who know very little gather to speak a lot.
Is there any further novels of Hibike planned?
Despite graduating, will the graduated students have any part to play anymore you think?
If anything, it seems that their relationship is open ended with further development possible.
Just wondering how Kumiko will handle being a senpai herself with Asuka gone now.
>Is there any further novels of Hibike planned?
>Despite graduating, will the graduated students have any part to play anymore you think?
Well, Asuka's popular, so maybe she might pop up.
Ribbons, Natsuki and all the 2nd years are basically doomed to lose gold, that's because all the 2nd years which left the band.
In other words the amount of students who joined the band that year was low, and now they'll feel the consequences of that, lots of newbies, very few experienced and talented people.
Now, when Kumiko and Reina turn into president and vice-president in their 3rd year, I can saw Kitauji having real chances, with the massive amount of student which will want to join these next two years because of the success of the band.
>Reina loves Taki-sensei
>Kumuko and Shuichi romantic relationship building up for two seasons
>retards genuinely believe Reina's and Kumiko's relationship is anything more than that of close friends
I really wish I could personally strangle all of the delusional yurifags and fujos. It's fine if you want to ship characters (it's stupid, but whatever), but don't force your retarded delusions on others like it's the truth.
Senpais, how do they work?
Yuuko's job as president is to maintain the club, motivate members and leading the practice which she can do it well and that probably why she is chosen to be president in the first place.
Choosing who will play in A-team and teaching new members is Taki's job. I don't think there will be any problem with Yuuko as president.
For now, making it to the national for many years in role should be the secondary goal. If they have a fame as a school that appear often in national, it will automatically attract experienced and talented people to their school. In other word, everyone need to work even harder this year to create the future for the band.
Your face when they get fail to get gold yet again next year?
I can't see Hibike without Kumiko as its narrator, and isn't like Kumiko's drama is over, new challenges are approaching, we'll inevitable have some romantic development involving Kumiko, new kouhais with new conflicts, Kumiko will become sempai now and she will be an Asuka for the new members, probably in their 3rd year she'll be really musical skilled (even more than Asuka) and she'll began to consider going into conservatory instead of a default career, and all of that will bring a lot of hard decisions for Kumiko.
I really want to see a college Kumiko, playing in a real band and doing the best motherfucking ufo solo ever heard.
>mfw after they get a bronze for the third time in a row kumiko turns to reina and asks her if she really thought they could get gold
Male members in band are a sad existence.
oh god I miss her already
But Kyoani are literally the best cake studio around.
I remember them being used as working mule but nothing sad. Only Shoe is hated, and the lad from the Clarinet section is bullied hard but that's his fetish.
what the fuck was this scene for? They even had Aoi conveniently popping in to reveal that Shuu's had a crush on Kumiko since they were little. Total asspull scene
Oh well, y/u/ri still won. Actual OTP finally BTFO's the hets
> Kumiko's tale is over
- Kumiko's romantic development, new kouhais could admire Shuichi these next years and that will make Kumiko jealous and more tsun.
- Kumiko helping new members with their troubles, trying to win gold in their 2nd year but failing.
- Kumiko swears to the 3rd years they will win gold this time, and she becomes the president of the kitauji band in her 3rd year, Reina her vice-president. And a lot of new interesting and talented students join.
- Kumiko helping Reina with Taki who will probably fail badly until she's legal.
- Kumiko considering her future choices, in one hand a standard life, with an standard career, an a standar family. In the other hand, a musical career with all the risks that entails.
- Kumiko finally winning gold and reaffirming that her life path is music.
Yeah, totally over dude.
No girl will be able to top her, she was too perfect
>new kouhais could admire Shuichi
Novel author just said she wants to continue writing more hibike series - following Kumiko's life in second and third year.
>the whole thing with shuu didn't progress even at the last minute
>reina couldn't win the gold for sensei and proved to not be as special as asuka-senpai, was lucky the latter graduated before she stole her mountain screaming buddy away
So that's what happened in the cartoon, but what about the book? I keep hearing about how Shuu supposedly had a chance.
Asuka is a lonely wolf. She isn't even interested in having a romantic relationship. She is the kind of person who thinks that couples are a nuisance probably. She just want to aim to the higher spot, and she'll undoubtly crush anyone who stands in the middle.
It's not her fault being cold, it's just a mere consequency of her high intellect.
Why do KyoAni never do third seasons?
The Mamiko and Asuka scenes completely destroyed me. I'm not even sure why they affected me so deeply, or if I'm the only one. This whole anime was a monster and it got under my skin more than any other anime ever has
I still dislike her, nothing much has changed besides Kumiko learning that Asuka's ambition to get to nationals was so her dad would hear. There were occasional sincere moments in her arc, sure:
>Asuka playing alone at the camp
>Asuka inviting Kumiko over was like a weird plea for some comforting attention but even then she was guarded, dropped her guard and played for Kumiko
>Kumiko confronts her about wanting to play with her
>Asuka returns to the band and has a nice genuine smile with Kumiko
>Asuka returns to being an asshole
>Asuka celebrates with Kumiko after her father's message
>Asuka returns to being an asshole
And now she goes off to college or whatever and likely remains an asshole. She doesn't seem to have really learned anything about herself.
She was a cynic who had a negative view of everyone because she believed them to be like her. It's by no means a major scene of the show but the scene that sticks out the most to me the most is when she looks down on Natsuki for wanting Asuka to play when it means she wouldn't get to. Asuka doesn't think she's sincere about it, and when Asuka returns to the club Natsuki welcomes her back and seems happy and leaves the room, and at no point does Asuka acknowledge she was ever wrong about it. Also her view that Mizore is selfish, what the fuck.
If anything I liked her more in season 1.
Congrats anon, Reina has now fallen completely in love with you!
So, wait, how did Katou and Sapphire know about the hairpin? If Shoe and Kumiko both didn't know about it. Or maybe they were the ones who made Shoe give it to Kumiko?
Feels like something broke inside of Reina.
He's talking about the novels and yeah, KumiShuu is a thing in Vol. 4.
damn that sounded weird. It's technically correct but nobody uses it that way.
unfortunate when describing. misfortune when used as noun.
I'm sad there wasn't more closure for Reina. She just confessed, twice, and then the season ends with no comment on that from anyone, not even herself. Like, it seems like something she would confront Kumiko about. Or something.
Kumiko is in her first year, she will be going to 2nd year. If Hibikie continues it wouldl be very nice to follow her and see how she deals with everything in high school. Ideally we would see her story up to when she graduates and marries Shoe.
Shoe already said Midori helped him pick out the hairpin. I don't understand how Kumiko thinks Shoe is implicated in telling everyone if she already knows Midori was involved. It was a weird scene
It was mentioned last episode, Shoe asked or learned from Midori what kind of flower Kumiko liked, since Midori's a shipping maniac she knew that would have to be for some kind of gift.
Unfortunately this season didn't have as good of a pose as this.
The way Reina was treated in this season, compared to the way her character was handled in S1, was absolutely unbearable
Removing her from the series altogether would've been better
She's a very realistic character anyway. She was wrote to be imperfect and, bother you or not, Asuka will always think she is better than the rest. She is judging the rest by the same rules she judges herself.
When she thought everyone will be angry with her returning to the band, it's because she will be upset with someone doing the same in the band. She tried hard to not mix her personal life with the band (a really professional way to act, imo), but she couldn't. And even when she had a plan to return to the band, if isn't for Kumiko, she would't ever return, I bet.
Asuka is a asshole, because she is just too smart and egocentrical. Probably she won't have many friends but she'll be very sucessfull in anything she involves.
There's a tall and cute Tromboner boi who's available.
There's also a short and cute Saxboi, if you're into that sort of thing.
Seriously though, Reina should have no problems getting laid within the band.
This bothered me a ton. If you're not going to have any reflection on those events, why even have them happen?
I saw a lot of people shitting on episode 11, but I actually thought it was pretty good, it made Reina out to be kinda crazy, but it was nice, kinda cathartic. What it depended on was what came after it, and what came after it was Reina bungling her confession... and then nothing. Why dedicate a whole episode to her facing this dilemma and then not deal with the fallout? It's fucking strange.
are you clinically retarded? asuka is kumiko's replacement big sister, and kumiko got dumped by her new sister as well
are yurifag brains wired differently? how can anyone be so delusional?
Yeah, it just seems odd.
I wonder if maybe they'll follow up on it in an OVA.
But they could at least have included a conversation with Kumiko about it or something, explaining exactly that.
>Actual OTP finally BTFO's the hets
They're realizing they should've gotten together, right?
Whatever makes you sleep at night, yurifag.
>Kumirei fags of Tumblr are in denial
Glad the true otp win
>in the novel
So there was no followup because there was none in the novel? Well, great, but that doesn't work if the show makes it seem like there should be one, even if the novel it doesn't.
JA IKE DO
AHHHHHHH IT'S FUCKING OVER
What's with the glowing water in these scenes? The sky isn't nearly light enough to make the water this bright cyan colour. It's like there are underwater lights fitted in the riverbank or something
Well, Kumiko did have those flashbacks of her sister, transitioning into flashbacks of Asuka. I reckon this is supposed to hint that Asuka is more of a sister figure to Kumiko. She respects her greatly, and is inspired musically by her, just like she was with her real sister.
Although the confrontation did seem awfully like a confession. Dunno, I think Kyoani is just trolling the shippers and rolling in the potential dosh.
how long till they get married?
I don't get it, don't they have facebook in Japan? Or why don't they just email each other or talk on the phone?
I don't think anyone even understands the effort they put into it. People are still acting like it was yuribait that went nowhere, but the Kumirei subtext in S2 is extremely intricate and subtle. It'll take a few rewatches to fully process it
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The only KumiRei scenes were the fireworks scene from episode one, and that scene where Reina talks about removing Kumiko's mask again and gets right up to her face. That scene almost felt like it belonged in season 1.
Storytelling in general hasn't evolved to encompass the more modern communication. And when it does, so far it's only seemed very tacky. The physical interaction of people is also easier to use when conveying stuff visually. Hard to include body language in an internet conversation.
Maybe Keit-Ai will revolutionize that.
The OVA should be about them. It's only fair.
But anon, you are the faggots. Straight men love cute girls doing cute girls. It's almost exclusively homosexual men and tumblr landwhales who are triggered by cute 2D lesbians.
>and every bit of voice acting
This is definitely true. I'm in awe at how good Kumiko's VA is. And no I'm not talking about the meme noises, those are nice and all, but how natural and non-acted her lines sound is spectacular. I felt the same in season 1, but even more so in season 2. I've never heard a VA like her, everyone just seems to have 3 or 4 stereotypical voices for different character archetypes, and none of them ever sound 'natural'. Kumiko sounds like a fucking human, it almost weirded me out in the beginning.
They aren't 100% lesbians. That's the point.
No idea why you're being sarcastic about the facial expressions and voice acting when everyone has acknowledged how exceptional they are since S1 (and went even further with the VA in S2)
I don't know if you're trolling or not, but it's been true for a long while now that Kyoani put a lot of work into their really nuanced character acting compared to most anime studios. I'd say their animation philosophy is closer to Ghibli than most others, who will often animate scenes of dialogue pretty much on autopilot.
It especially stood out in Hibike, where the characters are written with a lot of depth rather than just as walking archetypes.
Not really. Only when those 2 characters are incredibly close and / or flat out say "I love you" to each other. But obviously, saying "geh" and looking annoyed as fuck every time she had to talk to Shuu for more than 10 seconds was true love.
Again this is a shallow reading of why Kumiko acts. If you notice she's grown and become more accepting of Shuichi. Tons of girls in my country act like Kumiko to their SO because of a slight. It stems from non confrontational attitudes and of man Asians
>no one won
Damn shit, all those shit posting are just for nothing. See you in the upcoming movie I think.
Did i say I don't like it? What I don't like, is obnoxious yuris and fujos, who push their delusions onto everyone else and act like it's the unquestionable truth, despite lack of evidence or evidence proving the opposite.
Ladies and gentlemen.
The president elect of Hibike! Euphonium.
>Asuka, Shuuichi, and Reina are just replacements for Mamiko
Such deep writing
No need to be assertive when Asuka was around, Buchou was the nice mother and Asuka the strict father.
Now the mom is Yuuko, a biased violent woman, and the dad is Natsuki, a lazy scrub.
Am I the only one who felt the soundtrack choice for this scene didn't fit at all?
It starts off tense and then the moment Natsuki stands up front with Ribbons it goes into a sombre, almost melancholic melody - yet the scene itself, like most scenes with Natsuki and Ribbons bickering, played out like a comedy.
I get that it suits the general tone of the episode with the 3rd years leaving, but it didn't remotely suit that particular scene. It bleeds into the next brief scene of Kumiko looking up at the grey sky and feeling pensive, but at that point it's winding down and then over by the time the title card comes up.
If they wanted to set the tone for the episode the music was a fine choice but that scene sorta played against it, it was weird.
Asuka was like a strange confluence of parallels between Mamiko and Reina.
>He's even more of a sibling figure than Asuka
what is childhood friend love interest trope
>exists solely inside your head.
and the novel? so i guess the opinion of the author of this story doesn't matter, only yurifag opinion is canon
nope, that's totally not delusional
I didn't even notice that parallel. And now I feel like Reina & Taki finally clicked for me. Fuck this show gets me emotional
>biased violent woman
Her source of bias (Kaori) is now gone and she's never violent. She'll be a great president and make Kitauji great again.
Natsuki's laziness could be a problem, yes. Perhaps Yuuko should whip her more often.
I haven't read the novel and I'm talking about the anime. I'm not talking about opinions either but about facts.
If throughout 2 seasons Kumiko keeps saying she doesn't like the guy romantically and then the show ENDS without them ever getting close romantically, then maybe she really didn't like the guy in that way and that's all there is to it. Take out any and all yuri shipping and there still wouldn't be the slightest bit of a romance story between Kumiko and Shuichi.
Well, there was no explanation given for how Reina knows its relevant to Taki's dead wife. It was just a piece of music Taki gave her at a time she was unaware he'd even had a wife.
Maybe she connected the dots on her own but it's a big assumption to make without any sort of confirmation. I guess the book could have had her name in it so visiting the grave made it clear. "Taki-sensei gave me his dead wife's music"
Now that I think of it, that's a pretty solid reason for visiting the grave. If the show had included that, Reina wouldn't have seemed quite as crazy.
It's deeper than that. Kumiko has no train to keep the guy at arms length since he is a close childhood friend. Her attitude is more about her non confrontational attitudes which the show hammers you over whither. I Kumiko dislikes Shuichi as much as she dislikes her sister. I in fact in the novel she comes to a re altar I on about Shuichi do to her experiences with her sister and Asuka. KyoAni didn't want to portray this. I but they at least show that she's opening up to him and even willingly goes after him in the final episode.
>Also her view that Mizore is selfish, what the fuck.
The worst thing about this is that she turned out to be right. The moment Nozomi reconciled with her, Mizore completely forgot about Yuuko and proceeded to follow Nozomi around like a lovesick puppy.
It's deeper than that. Kumiko has no reason to keep the guy at arms length since he is a close childhood friend. Her attitude is more about her non confrontational attitudes which the show hammers you over with. Kumiko dislikes Shuichi as much as she dislikes her sister. In fact in the novel she comes to a realization about Shuichi do to her experiences with her sister and Asuka. KyoAni didn't want to portray this but they at least show that she's opening up to him and even willingly goes after him in the final episode.
In a way, yes. It's like Oreimo. If Mamiko didn't push her away when they were younger, they would've remained close and westermarcked each other. But because they've been so distant to each other for so long, the conflicted feelings that Kumiko had towards her may have turned into something romantic. Kumiko's relationship with her sister was quite unhealthy, now that I think about it.
Well, if you get bronze 3 times in a row, the probability it was all a fluke is pretty low and the differences between first, second and third place are pretty small, especially in a field where you can't exactly measure the results in an unbiased way, so if it does happen, it will be a "proof" that they had a chance.
She's opening up to him and shows that she can forgive him for being a dick to her when they were kids. Meaning they can go back to being friends. But how does that imply she is in any way interested in him romantically? To use the same argument the anti-yurifags keep using, why can't a male and a female character have a friendly interaction without wanting to fuck each other?
Would be pointless anyway since best girl is gone.
Not this shit again. Even if it is correct, even the original research showed that the are always exceptions, so fuck off, maybe they would fall in love either way.
It's more like they all notice Shuichi likes her. Only Hazuki thinks it might be mutual, everyone else is just teasing her about it. Reina even flat out says she was wrong about it after seeing how Kumiko reacts to Shuichi.
I lost some respect for KyoAni for that. I hate when directors take the cop-out ending because they're too afraid to piss off the fanbase. Is your priority telling a good story or pleasing the fanbase? Fanbases come and go, stories remain.
Legend of Korra was butchered because Bryke were wishy washy and didn't have the spine to stick to the original ship. Then they went the opposite direction and inserted lesbian relationship in the last 10 seconds of the finale for some 5 minutes of fame.
But Shuichi was a complete background character for all 2 seasons. If you hated how forced the ending of LoK felt, why would you have wanted a Shuichi ending? From start to finish, this story was about Kumiko and Reina and later Asuka.
So this happened.
There's a fourth novel that has little short stories, including the big Shuuichi confession everyone was waiting for that didn't come. Some of those scenes were in the show.
There's another more recent novel that I have no idea about, it's a sequel that combines both the main story and the spinoff Rikka characters
It's because KyoAni fucking sidelined his importance from the novels. Shortening his scenes and giving some to other characters or even outright removing interactions. You know Shuichi consoles Kumiko about Mamiko? The anime made it that Shuichi went straight to Mamiko to fix things.
The election is secured, the polls show she has a 95% chance to win. There's no way she can lose now
>It's because KyoAni fucking sidelined his importance from the novels. Shortening his scenes and giving some to other characters or even outright removing interactions.
Well yes, exactly. You said you lost respect for Kyoani due to them doing a cop-out ending. But as you said, they have kept Shuichi as an unimportant background character from the very beginning all the way to the end. That means it was a planned change to the source material and not a cop-out at all. They always planned Shuichi to stay irrelevant to the plot and to never flesh out his relationship with Kumiko, they stayed true to their creative vision.
Why is it good? He's a pretty good character in the novels. More so than Hazuki or Midori. He supports Kumiko and is her confidant. Why did KyoAni remove this aspect of their relationship?
No one is perfect. Everyone have their good point and bad point.
You only judged Yuuko and Natsuki based on their bad points and ignored their good points that made them got selected to be president and vice president in the first place.
Yuuko has high self-confident and charisma. She can lead the band and encourage other band members. All development for her in S2, has showed that she is now know what is really important for the band to win a gold and will do everything to make sure they will get it. (it's her beloved senpai's wish anyway).
Natsuki is level-headed an dependable. She can support Yuuko as vice-president very well. In fact, Natsuki and Yuuko will be able to support each other as president and vice president better than Haruka and Asuka.
Asuka and Haruka are also not perfect as leader. Haruka lacked self-confident and charisma as leader but she is hard-working while Asuka lacked good responsibility as leader by ignoring about most problem in the band (excepts the one that might affect her goal.) but she has high charisma and leadership skill.
You're delusional if you think the changes were because some "artistic vision" and not outright pandering. KyoAni wanted to eat their cake and have it at the same time. The end result were them failing miserably at it.
>unimportant background character
That would be one of the no-name, mute band members. Shuichi's scenes were cut, but he was still one of the main characters.
>they stayed true to their creative vision.
What vision is that? Butcher the story and leave the relationships open-ended to not offend any of the ships?
When has Yuuko had charisma? That's an odd observation to make. In most scenes she's just being abrasive.
I would have said Natsuki has more charisma than Yuuko, except she's lazy so she barely makes use of it. After the auditions she was plenty charismatic in the scenes she shared with the nervous Kumiko
>What vision is that? Butcher the story and leave the relationships open-ended to not offend any of the ships?
The choice to cut out Shuichi's and Kumiko's romantic subplot. How is that butchering the story? Aren't you guys the ones who kept saying this isn't a show about romance but rather highschool music drama and friendship? Well, that's what Kyoani ended up focusing on. With a good bit of yuri bait inbetween.
So why are you so mad and call it "butchering" the original story if the romance between the 2 was never important anyway? Seems fairly irrelevant to cut it out when you yourself admit that the novels never were about Kumiko and Shuichi's relationship.
I think they executed everything perfectly. You can still easily interpret Kumiko and Shuuichi's relationship the same way as the novel. You can also easily interpret Kumiko and Reina, or Kumiko and Asuka, or Kumiko and Mamiko, and that's the great. I think Kumiko is in love with all of them and that's what makes the anime so powerful.
What are you basing this opinion? You are the so biased. He was a great character in the novels with importace that is just below Reina and Asuka. KyoAni didn't want him to be as important for some reason. Most of his interactions are not romantic overtures to Kumiko. He is Kumiko's confidant.
This. The fact that the anime can make so many people be so sure of completely different things about the relationships in it just means Kyoani nailed it and know how to create a successful series that won't be forgotten.
>Of course I'm not surprised. I'm too old for that.
>Of course I'm not surprised. I'm too old for that
"You enrolled in Kitauji huh."
While walking in cheery spirits, a jolt ran along her back at the same time those words rang out from behind her. It seemed like she was pushed from behind. As she pitched forward, she forced herself to regain her balance and immediately turned around.
"Hey, what're you doing out of the blue?"
"Er, I just happened to catch sight of you."
The one who replied with a completely innocent face was Kumiko's childhood friend. Tsukamoto Shuuichi. A slender man at 180 centimeters in height. He was not only in the same concert band as Kumiko in junior high, but as a result of some unknown karma, they were in the same class for all 3 years. Since there were different classes for the science and humanity streams in high schools, even fate could not go that far to put them in the same class again.
"You never told me you were going to Kitauji."
"It's none of your concern anyway."
"Normally, you'd have told me? We would be in the same high school after all."
"Hmph? Normally huh."
Kumiko curled the corner of her mouth upward meaningfully and with that, she turned on her heel. Once she reached Ajirogi road, which extended from Byōdō-in street and was laid to run alongside Uji river, she would be able to arrive at the path that would lead to the condominium where she lived.
"Hey wait up."
Shuuichi appeared flustered and increased his walking speed to walk alongside Kumiko. Since he lived in the same building as Kumiko.
"What're you mad about?"
"What am I mad about? Are you saying that for real?"
Kumiko answered without even a single glance at Shuuichi. Yeah, he folded his arm as he acknowledged with a troubled look.
"I don't really have any clue."
"Really, I see. Goodbye."
Just as Kumiko was about to walk away from him, Shuuichi grabbed her arm hastily.
"Wait wait wait! Don't just ignore me."
"Then please apologize for your past wrong."
"Wow, what's wrong, what's with the cold shoulder?"
"I'm not being cold."
Shuuichi sighed out, dumbfounded. Clad in a black stand-up collared uniform, he had grown much taller since junior high. Though he used to be smaller in size than Kumiko. Pissed by the fact that she could not see his face if she did not look up, Kumiko gave a hard slap to his back. Ouch! Shuuichi seemed to groan on purpose.
"Don't talk to me ugly woman! You said that to me in our third year in junior, didn't you?"
"Oh, that...... it was just, you know, that."
Shuuichi clearly lost his composure on hearing Kumiko's words. Maybe it was because he remembered what he did then. Huh?, Kumiko hit his back again.
"What do you mean by 'that'?"
"That's because you were asking me whether I was going over to your place for dinner, right in front of the other guys. We were at the height of our pubescent years and I was trying to hide my embarrassment, you know."
"What kind of excuse is that? Was it a bad thing for others to know that you were having dinner at my place?"
"No, it's not that it was a bad thing or anything like that...... I was just feeling embarrassed."
"All right I see now I got it that's fine please don't come close to me."
"You don't need to tell me that in one breath! What's with you? It happened like a year ago, it's high time you forgive me. Mom's also sad and has been asking why you haven't been coming to our place."
"I'll think about it once you apologize."
"Ok ok I'll do it. Sorry sorry."
"Wow, you're really cheesing me off."
Without bothering to hide her anger, Kumiko's brows knitted together. Shuuichi put his hands together and kept repeating 'sorry' over and over again. Finding the sight of a big man like him bowing over and saying 'sorry' repeatedly comical, Kumiko sighed out loudly in resignation.
"Forget it, this is becoming a pain anyway."
"Oh! You're forgiving me?"
"I never did say that though."
"Oh, I see. Please forgive me."
Taking a glance at Shuuichi, who had adopted a laudable attitude, Kumiko snorted. She switched her bag that was filled with textbooks over to her left shoulder. Easing off her brisk pace, she shrugged softly.
"...... which club are you planning to join in high school?"
Relieved at the change in subject perhaps, Shuuichi's face relaxed visibly. His sneakers, which were probably bought by his mother given his bad taste, made pleasing sounds as they kicked off the pavement.
"I was just fretting about that."
"At any rate, you'll just join the band again right?"
"Don't make it sound like I'm no good for anything else! How about you?"
"Me? Well...... probably the band I guess."
"The band again? Look who's talking."
"I didn't really want to join the band originally."
"Then why're you joining?"
Shuuichi peered into her face. Kumiko averted her eyes somehow and tried to fudge off with a vague smile and reply. But her childhood friend saw through all of that.
"Don't tell me it happened again? Getting caught up in the flow of others around you?"
"...... well, you can say that I guess."
"Don't you think it's high time you fix that personality of yours? Things can get messy if you can't voice out your own opinion."
"I know that already."
Kumiko puckered her lips at the lecture she received. Things were becoming not so amusing.
"But well, if you're joining, then I'll join the band too. What instrument should I play, hmm."
Shuuichi said without hesitation and stretched himself. His pale wrists extended slightly from his sleeves. He's like a cat, thought Kumiko somehow.
"Is it okay to just decide on your club like that?"
"Yeah. I'm not athletic so my choices are pretty limited anyway."
"............ oh right."
Kumiko muttered, trying to feign apathy as best as she could. Bathed in the rays of the setting sun, the dark brown loafers she just bought shone dully. The young man before her smiled as if embarrassed, and made a flimsy attempt in changing the topic. By the way you know, there's a really beautiful girl in my class. Upon hearing those words, Kumiko unwittingly gave him a good and hard kick from behind.
It was less Asuka being active in that than Kumiko's devastation after her sister left making her desperate to reach out
Or do you mean just in general that Asuka was able to see through Kumiko? She sees through everyone somehow. Through Kumiko, through Mizore, through Kaori, through Haurka, there's even a scene that implies she maybe even sees through Reina, a character she literally never interacts with or acknowledges as existing
>Reina Goes Full Retard in S2
>Kumiko dumps her ass for glorious senpai
>"Hur dur, Kumiko's a cheating bitch!"