Oh my goodness. I’m seriously regretting not writing a fanfiction for this right now!!!
So yeah, everyone is an Asuka fan and you know it. This show is the greatest and Asuka is the best part.
Although the rest is hilarious too! I can’t wait for the episode where she discovers Tubacabara’s spit valve!
We even got to see Tubacabara dismemebered! Truly the most realistic depiction of brass instruments in the history of anime.
I’m only disappointed that one of the main characters doesn’t play trombone. Although the one trombone player is popular with the girls at least so maybe I can forgive them.
But yeah, most of what I remember from concert band as well was just goofing around and laughing all the time. Any organization like that eventually assembles its own repertoire of in-jokes and humor, i.e., Tubacabara, Sapphire-chan, etc. All of the bands I was part of, as well as each section in those bands, had their own share of jokes like this.
I think this is what makes Hibike Euphonium so successfully true to live: its portrayal of politics. Yes, this is politics. Some people will say they aren’t interested in politics, but they are either ignorant or foolish. Politics is what makes the world turn. Any organization— or any group of people— has its own intricate politics, which are fundamental to the group’s very existence.
We see jokes established to bond the group together. We witness the leader’s fears about infighting among the group and their existential angst. We see each of the members insecurities and how others strive to assuage them. We witness how the group’s leaders exercise their power to bind the group together, and the ultimate fragility of that power and indeed fragility of the group’s very existence. It’s all about politics.
I will continue to maintain that the teacher is really terrible at politics. Public humiliation generally is not the best teaching technique. But I’m impressed that this girl had the balls to quit publicly like that. Way to go!
I’m sure that in the next couple of episodes, everyone’s going to be begging her to come back. And I can sympathize with that. But here’s the thing. Sometimes you have to quit. Your time is limited. You need to choose what’s most important to you, and put your effort into that.
One of the best decisions I ever made in high school was quitting. I was in some program at my high school called “International Baccalaureate (IB)”. It is exactly as pretentious and obnoxious as it sounds, and most of the people in it were totally full of themselves. Anyway, my IB counselor told me I needed to either quit band, quit Spanish, or quit Physics so that I could take her pretentious philosophy class. I politely said “fuck you” and quit IB. Best decision I ever made. The point is, to do what you truly want to do, you have to sometimes choose *not* to do other things. She tried to guilt me into staying because she was concerned with her organization’s survival, but what’s best for the organization isn’t necessarily what’s best for its members. Same with this band.
The “Bariton Saxophone”. Sounds pretty heavy haha.
Quite the philosopher here. The tuba doesn’t have much going for it, but it’s what keeps the band together. Quite possibly the most critical instrument in the band. But it never gets the flashy parts like those stupid trumpets, so many people (including tuba players) never figure this out. As a trombone I fell somewhere in the middle. But as a bass trombone player I fell closer to the tubas. (Although our parts are just usually boring, not always boring. Big difference.)
Now that’s the stuff of nightmares. My morning checklist, in order:
- Keys? (If keys are missing, am I driving the car? If so I’m probably good.)
- Is the fly on my pants closed?
- Am I wearing pants?