“Pose like this!”
(Wien’s not allowed to sit on furniture after last time…)
Genre: School, Music, Slice of Life, Age: All ages
Released: July 1 2012 – onwards
From the previous episode, Wien receives the shock of having his letters returned to him. The rest of the group are still preparing for the White Festival. Sawano is having trouble nailing down the melody of the song that she’s composing with her late mum.
Warning! May contain spoilers!
Asking her father for advice, Sawano’s dad tells her not to push things. Her mother was a natural composer, and took things very relaxed.
(Sawa’s not pleased with the amount of bread they eat)
At the choir group’s meeting, Konatsu comes up the idea of a full-blown musical, complete with costumes and an original song.
All this stuff costs money, and the choir group must find some kind of income, because the school’s budget doesn’t spread far.
(“We can cut up curtains for costumes, and use plants… and any old junk…”)
At the other other end of town, the local council is having a meeting of how to promote the local shopping center. Sawa’s mother suggests having mascots parade the shopping center, to generate interest.
(Everyone has doctor’s appointment on the day of mascots)
The group is in desperate need of money, and Sawa’s mother is in need to young blood to train. Wien’s is the most enthusiastic about dressing up as a Super Ranger for the day.
(“Don’t worry maam. The rangers are available any time an innocent is in danger!”)
At home, Wakana’s is still struggling to come up with some notes for her song, but she seems to be having an easier time accepting her weaknesses.
(Desperation: looking to the cat for inspiration)
The group decide to practice at Wien’s house. Teaching them the poses stolen from his favourite show, the group dress up as various foods and items sold at the shopping center.
(Wien can do his falsetto as a super-move!)
Dressing up a Super Ranger has a special cause for Wien. He’s reminded of a young boy that he was close with Austria. their favourite show was Super Rangers.
(“In the future, I’m going to be a ranger…. with a falsetto!”)
Miss Takakura has an argument about changes made to the Vocal Choir that she teaches.
(Ms Takakura has to share space with other people? The nerve!)
Her mood spreads her thoughts, and when Konatsu and company barge in to demand permission to take a job, she signs without any comment.
The choir group now have permission and a job lined up to get some money for their musical.
(“Gimme permission…. or I shoot. Your choice.)
Overall, the series has kept it’s pace well over getting to the White Festival. Maybe equal focus isn’t given to all the characters, the girls seem to steal the limelight a lot, so it was nice to see Wien getting an episode. The history with Jan, the young boy in Austria, had clearly had an impact on him.
Can’t wait to see the gang dress up as Super Rangers.
Rated 3.5/5 Well paced, and character driven.