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12 Days of Anime #9: “Goodbye Competition” December 17, 2015

Posted by navycherub in 12 days of anime, Anime, Essay, Hibike Euphonium.
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12 Days of Anime Intro
Today’s episode: Hibike! Euphonium episode 13

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I thought I’d keep it a little simple today – a little easier on my hands.

Hands are important to Hibike! Euphonium.

Screenshot_534Kumiko’s hands trace her sheet music one last time the morning of the competition.

Screenshot_535But they don’t rest – she continues to practice her fingering throughout the day.

Screenshot_536A small detour to playfully rib Reina – one of very few people she trusts with her hands.

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Taki’s hands recall times past before moving forward to the current day competition.

Screenshot_561The ever-wavering president, Haruka, finally lifts her hand with conviction to calm the band and bring full attention to herself.

Screenshot_538Again, Reina trusts Kumiko’s hands in a personal way – asking her to tie her hair back.

Screenshot_539Taki’s hands come together to bring reassurance and cohesion among the band before the competition…

Screenshot_540…and then they separate to lead Kitauji to their goal.

Screenshot_542The other person Kumiko trusts with her hands, Shuuichi, bumping hands to provide reassurance.

Screenshot_546Of course, the hands that perform the music in the first place.

Screenshot_551And Taki’s hands leading the group, moving with the confidence that comes from experience watching them grow.

Screenshot_560They may not be playing, but Natsuki and Hazuki’s hands come together as a form of group cohesion, too.

Screenshot_558Midori’s hands have gone through the harshest time, but they move forward with their goals regardless.

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Finally, Reina’s hands deftly perform the key solo at the end of the piece, a close-up scene that meticulously recreates the solo in animated form.

Screenshot_559And eventually, Taki’s guidance lets the musicians go, their stress, trials, and tests from the past few months over in a simple gesture of the hand.

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