(Spoilers from the Hibike! Euphonium Light Novels contained below)
Ok! Hello folks, I just want to talk about these snippets of the next Hibike! Euphonium episode right here. There’s actually alot in this preview that is worth speculating on but I want to focus on the bits from the screenshots above. So, basically, we have Kumiko and Shuuichi in what appears to be a darkened room/tent, wherever, alone, talking to each other. FYI, I am on the kumirei ship but even fans of the show who aren’t should understand why Kumiko and Shuuichi shouldn’t end up together (I am aware that in the light novels, they do, but I am going off what I have seen in the anime SOLELY thus far). My reasoning is quite simple, what has Shuuichi done this season at all to give us the inclination that he is interested in Kumiko? The only substantial interaction the two have had this season was when they cross paths at the festival in the first episode. Kumiko greets him with that same, and as Reina put perfectly, indifferent tone that we’ve seen with a majority of their interactions in season 1. Then, soon after, Reina returns and shuts him down, and that’s basically been it until now.
Let me preface, I don’t hate Shuuichi, but his lack of development in the show is what makes this situation worrying. As a character, Shuuichi has served no purpose other than having an interest in Kumiko (and a crush for Hazuki, but that didn’t work well) so why should we care about him? More importantly, if he’s not even a significant, developed character, then how would Kumiko even consider having a romantic interest in him? It’s not logical. If Kyoani gave some type of individual plot or conflict that he’d have to deal with, such that his attraction to Kumiko served as motivation to solve said conflict, and become a better person when it’s over, then sure, I’d at least have reason to see the justification of the them being together, provided Kumiko has similar feelings towards him. I may not like it, and it may be your run-of-the-mill high school romance but at least there would be reason, and we don’t even have that.
So for Kyoani to now basically bring him back in out of nowhere is bewildering to me, unless the scene above is Kumiko shutting him down. It’s hard to tell, but we can see that Kumiko looks angry/embarrassed as she turns her head away from him and Shuuichi is blushing, so he’s definitely expressing something in this scene he’s embarrassed for Kumiko to hear. It could be possible that Kyoani’s lining up Reina’s confession to Taki with Shuuichi’s to Kumiko’s just to add some tense dynamic during this part of the episode. To wrap this up, we’re almost halfway through the season, and unless Kyoani spends significant time developing Shuuichi in the coming episodes, which I doubt, there’s no reason why he should be with Kumiko and I feel like it’s simply too late in the game for Shuuichi to undergo that much progression. Well, we’ll see what happens this Wednesday. Thanks to anyone who has read this far, this is my first major post for Hibike! I absolutely adore this show. Feel free to message or ask me about anything regarding it.
Guzma is one of those insanely talented people who’s skills for whatever reason just went unrecognized no matter how much effort he put in. Seriously. Notice how all those trophies are different? He competed in so many different things, and yet the best he ever got was 2nd place. That right there just kills me inside.
He was probably really charismatic and a lot of fun to be around as a kid, before things started going south and the constant slew of failures and disappointments, not to mention the *heavy implications* of an abusive father broke him down and made him into the angry, insecure person he is today.
His story is just so sad, and really hits close to home for me as I once had a good friend who was literally exactly like Guz. Super-talented-yet-never-recognized, with an abusive father and all. He too was bitter and angry the world. The only thing he didn’t do was start/join a gang, but I digress. I mean, not many actual, living people can endure that kind of stuff and still come out fine, so that really puts it out there what a great character design Guzma has. He’s actually very realistic.