Both episodes had straightforward plots this week so I figured instead of two short posts why not combine them.
Hinako Note episode 2 started with Hinako dreaming about her younger days. A very convenient dream I must say. The first point of the first segment was to show the origin of Hinako’s reverse-scarecrow power and that she had the ability to communicate with animals, or as she put it, sense what they were trying to say.
The second point wa can recall from the previous episode Hinako has had a hard time talking to people from a young age but she did her best to cope with it though in present time she’s still having difficulties.
The third point was to show us how wonderful Hinako’s mom is.
The next segment was about getting to know Chiaki better and the girls discussing how they will start the new theater club led by Hinako. First of all Chiaki. She’s good at acting because her parents are famous actors though her dad is an oddball. Chiaki told the girls about this to help cheer Hinako up by telling her it’s okay to be nervous. Take it slow and with enough experience you’ll be a natural in no time…though the girls thought a good “Plan B” would be for Hinako to join a circus because of her ability.
Also the Theater Club’s advisor ran off because she seemingly thought of herself as unworthy to guide the club…or something.
Lots of fun stuff happened but to me the highlight was where Kuina pulled out a magazine. Best not to ask why she had it in there. In any case fun conversations were had as the girls psyched each other up discussing and planning for their eventual debut as the Hitotose Troupe. Looking forward to seeing Hinako and the other two learning to act alongside Chiaki. I also hope the fifth member won’t take till episode 8 or so to debut. The same goes for the club advisor’s return.
PS: I ship Hinako X Kuina.
Next up is BanG Dream 12. This episode is even quicker to summarize.
Every time I see the kaichou it’s like the show is teasing me. It’s like writers can sense how much I miss Euphonium’s Asuka. Anyhoo we learned in this segment that Arisa secretly trained with the kaichou since they’re both the keyboard players of their respective bands.
While dealing with the stress of final exams and the pressure of their upcoming “last chance audition” Rimi-rin asked O-Tae if she could come over to O-Tae’s house. O-Tae happily accepted and then the others invited themselves over with no objections. Oh and to the surprise of no one O-Tae’s mom is WONDERFUL and this explains where O-Tae got her…”O-Tae-isms” from.
Like I said in the above paragraph the episode was about PoPiPa working hard but being incredibly nervous about their upcoming audition. The girls did their best to cheer each other on but the nervousness was there and would be there up to and after their audition. It was okay though because it was natural for them to be nervous. It was their last chance to pass after all.
Our heroines gave their all at the audition.
Even though we all knew they would pass it was still a very emotional performance and I cheered them on to victory.
My theory is that the Owner intentionally gave them a three try audition because she sensed it wouldn’t be easy for them and she saw a special spark inside them for quite some time. Maybe she felt she had to help PoPiPa find their way, the only way she knew how, before closing shop.
What happens next I do not know but I am excited for both shows.