Following the anything-but-stellar recital rehearsal, the newly formed Choir Club faces a stalemate and a period of hardship as their temporary members had left as soon as the rehearsal was over. It was up to Miyamoto to think of ways to recruit people back into the ranks to barely meet the club quota of 5 members. Sakai got chased down by a overly-attached Spanish man who claims to know her. They try to win Tanaka over by challenging him to a Badminton match. Having won, albeit through the most unfair of methods, Tanaka reluctantly joins the ‘Choir and sometimes Badminton club’. They got Wien in as well and got the principal’s rather unconditional approval once more. They head to the beach for Summer activities and happened to notice the ‘World Stage Music’ being constructed and decided to join in. The Condor Queens, a well-known roaming Spanish band butt into their audition, and tell them how ‘pros’ do their work. When deciding on a place to stay, Miyamoto suggested for them to stay at Sawa’s place- which they accepted without hesitation. Miyamoto was delighted and sought to learn more from them, though Sawa was not too happy with her complacency when they Condors are around. When Sakai arrived at Sawa’s place, it was revealed that Sakai’s mother was a part of the reason why they came to Japan, and that the woman was of significance to the band. They paid their respects to her mother soon afterwards. The Condor Queens strengthened Miyamoto’s resolve to try and participate in the World Music Festival once more. Through Sawa’s mother, they made last minute arrangements to perform. Having resolved their internal conflict, the Choir Club members use the days remaining to practice singing for the festival.
Ultimately, though Sakai did not perform, The Condor Queens specifically told her to never give up music. That is up for her to decide.
I have been asking myself ‘how will the Choir Club keep picking itself up over and over again?’ And they have demonstrated their resilience through these series of events. Though as an aspiring male, you’d see that Tanaka is subjected to a happenstance that he’d probably never would have thought happen in his life. All the poor guy ever wanted was to expand his badminton club and eventually compete in the nationals and further to a professional player status. Cheekily, the female leads in the story will always have their own extortionist ways of getting people to join her cause. Zing. But hey, at least he gets to ‘sometime’ play badminton amidst the music-centric activities of the club. Nevertheless, he shines in the self-esteem department and wouldn’t let his friends down, because he believes that this is a worthwhile cause. [ right? right ?]
The plot seems to be sidetracking a lot at this point, but all this will serve well to prepare for the actual recital. [ all that trouble for just the recital ?!]
Speaking about sidetracking, we saw Miyamoto being distracted more than ever, even suggesting the group to skip practice just to watch the Condors perform. Sawa had to force her back into the group’s focus. Some more character development we see over here.
The Condor Queens, at first the victim of being prejudiced as a bunch of cocky hags, actually turn out to be a fun bunch to be around. Throw in a bit of Spanish into their Japanese and you have a ‘World Music Band’. Unfortunately, a Google Search has officiated the status of Condor Queens to be ‘non-existent’ in real life- bummer, they’d actually be awesome folks if they were real. Anyway, they serve to reveal more and more of Sakai’s proverbial background in Music.
We haven’t heard Sakai sing a single note up until this point and probably when she does, we will hear the voice of an angel. Because, hey, that’s the momentum that the story has been building up right ? It better be.
Another good round of laughs,giggles, stellar art and genuine singing.
[ Clenches fist, thrusts it into the air,Screams lets do this in Austrian]
Continuing the rather climactic end of the first episode..
We see Miyamoto, Okita, Taichi , Wien and Sakai meeting up at the city’s park.
Casually greeting each other, Taichi goes about asking whether Miyamoto was singing.
Okita took this opportunity to ask Sakai to come along as the may their way to her house. The boys went their own ways, with Taichi showing Wien around the city.
With Miyamoto idling about Okita’s room, she decides to show Sakai the clip of Miyamoto ‘screwing up’ during last year’s combined recital. Miyamoto tries her best to remain composed, as much as she dreaded that event.
Seizing this the opportunity once again, Okita requests for Sakai to be in the choir club, even if she will not be singing. Sakai gladly accepts.
They then got to discussing strategies to bring more members into the choir club, with the distribution of attractive flyers as one of them.
The next day, Miyamoto seeks approval from the principal as she has gathered enough members to start the new choir club.
Reluctant at first, the principal dismissed the girl’s seemingly innovative plans for the new choir club. Upon inspecting that Sakai Wakana is seeking to be a member of the club, he instantly undergoes in a change of heart and immediately approves of the club. He even promptly requested to be the club’s advisor, whose request Miyamoto unhesitatingly accepts.
After school, Miyamoto tries her hand at piano and desperately fails. Sakai enters the clubroom and comforts her. Surprised at her piano skills, Miyamoto asks her to play a few more songs.
Eager to start as soon as possible, she then requests for Sakai to aid in the club’s practice by playing the piano.
And so, the each day went by, as the choir club practises. The vice-principal initially rejects the chosen song, but gives in to Miyamoto’s burning passion to perform it.
On the day of the first combined rehearsal, the principal goes MIA, this caused the Choir Club members, Okita and Miyamoto scrambling to look for the assistant adviser.
Miyamoto got Sakai, who reluctantly accepts to lead the practice in her stead for the time being, as she was the only actual student of music in the club.
They finally found Ms Takahashi at the hospital and rushes for the location of practice.
Sakai requests for the choir club to perform last, as she was the sole member who was at the auditorium.
The club just barely cleared congestion in the city area on the way, hope fades away for the club to reach in time.
Upon seeing the failure of the choir club to turn up on time, the vice-principal decides to cancel off their slot in the rehearsal.
Miyamoto’s determination crumbles and she decides to go home. Okita swiftly spanks Miyamoto to remain focused and keep her spirits up.
With Sakai’s assistance at the piano, two of them boldly took the stage and starts their song.
This just keeps getting better and better. The choir club has taken their first step into the limelight and the journey has just started. The relationship between each character is getting developed steadily, though, the rest of the choir club’s members do could use a bit of introduction even if they are considered as extras solely for the voice ensemble. I’m sure you’ll do that, right, P.A works? Alright. The art remains consistent and beautiful, with glorious voice-acting-cum singing at that.Other than that, I think this episode is a perfect example of what happens if one does not plan their external events properly – best not to screw up next time, Miyamoto !